Sewing Teddy Bears – Sewing Hope

Many of us know that a quilt can provide great comfort to those dealing with various life challenges, just as sewn animals.  But I find it amazing and heartwarming when I hear about young people who go above and beyond to make things to provide such comfort to strangers.  Sewing Hope, is one story that should not be overlooked and I want to share it with you today:

Campbell, a 12 year old boy, looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down, making hundreds of teddy bears for sick children.

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"He looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down".12 year old Campbell spends his time making hundreds of teddy bears for sick children. Get out the tissues.

Posted by The Feed SBS VICELAND on Monday, October 24, 2016

For those that may have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to view it directly in Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quHdFGV94OM

While I tried to make contact with young Campbell, to find out if there is a way those interested could donate supplies and/or money, I was not able to do so.  Still, I wanted to share this heartwarming story.

 

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider – Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book from Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider, by Natalie Bird

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Once you pick up your needle and thread, you won’t want to put them down! Enjoy stitching small and sweet quilted projects with embroidered accents, including a table topper, pincushion, tote bag, wall hangings, and more.

  • Create decor for your entire home with designs you can customize with your favorite colors and fabrics
  • Add simple embroidery motifs including birds, flowers, hearts, and houses for the whimsical look you love
  • Clear how-to illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions are included

About the Author:

Popular Australian designer Natalie Bird is known for charming patchwork patterns that feature appliqué and embroidery. She is inspired by family and friends, nature, and the world around her. Natalie is also a fabric designer for Clothworks. You can find her at Thebirdhouse.com.au.

Click here for more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with sweet projects based on themes of friendship, family, and home.  The projects range from small projects (e.g. Cushions, Totes, Coin Purse, Table Topper, Pincushion, thread catcher baskets) to mini stitchery that are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to quilts that are 70 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.

All of the projects have easy to follow instructions with great visuals and certainly would make beautiful projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as heartwarming gifts that would be cherished for years to come.  With 10 projects in this book, I feel this book is an exceptional value.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you are interested in them making this book available, as it is so new they may not yet be aware of it.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Thanks to Martingale, I have one copy of this new book to giveaway to one lucky follower.  But due to postage expenses and my limited budget, this prize is limited to US Only Residents.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim one or more entries, as appropriate.  I will notify the winner via email and update this post to reflect the winner, next week.

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Fat Quarter Shop – Classic & Vintage Quilt Series – Free Jacob’s Ladder Pattern

The Fat Quarter Shop  has kicked off a free quilt-along event today, called the Jacob’s Ladder Classic & Vintage Quilt Series.  I’m participating in this QAL and I hope you will join the fun too!  

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FQS shows off a beautiful collection of fabrics by Jo Morton, with Moda Fabrics, called  Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle which they use for their Jacob’s Ladder.  It certainly makes for a very beautiful quilt, with a classic look and feel that is absolutely perfect for the Jacob’s Ladder design.

 The free FQS pattern for Jacob’s Ladder pattern has been written for using fat quarters.   It is an easy to follow pattern, with great visuals. And, it provides fabric requirements and instructions to make a table topper, Lap quilt, as well as twin or queen size quilt.

While you can make a stunning quilt with a  Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle  fat quarter bundle, this quilt will look great using almost any fat quarter bundle, or like me, you could easily adapt this pattern to use yardage.  

While I do love the Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle, I also fell in love with the Old Glory Stonehenge Fat Quarter Bundle and I hope to use it to make another Jacob’s Ladder quilt. but in a lap top or twin size.

But, I ended up with a plan to create a Jacob’s Ladder quilt with a variety of blues and greys to create a nautical feeling.   As I couldn’t find a fat quarter bundle, in the colors I wanted to use, I opted to use yardage for this project.   I’m making the “queen size” Jacob’s Ladder and still have more blocks to finish, but I wanted to share how my quilt is progressing.  I have the majority of the pieces stitched and I’m working on assembling my blocks.

I hope you’ll check out this classic pattern and join the fun sew-along too!  You can more info on the “Jolly Jabber blog today,  where you’ll be able to watch a excellent video tutorial  by Kimberly, with plenty of helpful tips for precision piecing, as well as find a link to download the free pattern.  There are also links to several bloggers who are participating in this sew-along and sharing their project/WIP with you today.   Stay tuned, as I’ll share more on how my Jacob’s Ladder comes together, as well as how I quilt it (pretty sure I’ll be using rulers for FMQ).  

Don’t forget to go visit the Jolly Jabber blog, where the Fat Quarter Shop will share more insights on this free pattern and sew-along.

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Star Cross Quilt-A-Long, a #freemotion QAL, with Dena Wilkins

Craftsy Class Review – The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It, with Christa Watson

Today I’m delighted to share insights about a new class on Craftsy, called “The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It“, with Christa Watson.  This is definitely an excellent class for newbies to free-motion quilting, but also a great opportunity for those that might want to lean some fun and fast techniques for incorporating your walking foot with free-motion quilting designs.  Christa shares plenty of tips and inspiration, that will help you plan out how to quilt your projects and get them finished.

ABOUT CHRISTA

Christa Watson is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, designer, teacher and author.  She’s the author of two books: “Machine Quilting With Style” and “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.”   She also enjoys traveling to teach at quilt shows, quilt shops and to quilt guilds.

CLASS OVERVIEW

You can quilt it yourself on your sewing machine! Join quilter Christa Watson and discover simple techniques for machine quilting with a walking foot or free-motion stitches. Along the way, learn the most efficient way to travel around your quilt as you quilt it.

CLASS MATERIALS:

Students get a free downloadable pattern for the “Pinwheels quilt pattern” designed by Christa.  This is a fun and fast quilt design, which Christa uses to show you how to quilt in this class.  Of course, you can use a practice sandwich, as well as apply the designs on any project you wish, but this is a great design that I think many will be inspired to create and use for the FMQ lessons in this virtual class.

Here is a summary of the six lessons provided in this class.  Don’t forget, like all classes at Craftsy, you can take these classes at your leisure, start/stop/repeat according to your schedule and interest.

LESSON ONE:  QUILTING WITH YOUR WALKING FOOT (25:52 minutes)

Christa kicks off this class with this lesson providing a great Introduction, as well as insights on using a Walking Foot vs Dual-Feed, selecting Fabric Thread and Warming Up, as well as stitching Wavy Lines.

LESSON TWO: MORE WALKING FOOT DESIGNS (26:31)

In this lesson, Christa shows us a variety of beautiful walking foot designs: straight lines, shattered lines, decorative lines, continuous spirals, square spirals.  She also shares a collection of her inspirational quilts and discusses the quilting designs she applied to create interest and texture.

LESSON THREE:  QUILTING WITH FREE-MOTION (22:27 minutes)

Great lesson for the basics of free-motion quilting, Christa’s  favorite supplies, with plenty of FMQ tips to help you quilt your quilt, as well as designs in this lesson:  loop designs, fun loops for single, double and triple loops, loops & flowers.

LESSON FOUR:  NO MARK DESIGNS (23:47)

Building on your skills acquired in the previous lessons, in this lesson you’ll learn how to create a large variety of free-motion quilting designs:boxes, switchbacks and swirl motifs with plenty of variations of each family of designs (e.g.  ribbon candy. crazy eights, etc).

LESSON FIVE: FREE-MOTION COMBINATIONS (23:01)

Christa shows how fun it is to combine free-motion quilting designs in this lesson, where she teaches you a variety of swirl combinations, Woodgrains and waves, and improv designs.  I also love her inspirational quote “Aiming for texture vs perfection”.

LESSON SIX:  COMBINING WALKING FOOT AND FREE-MOTION QUILTING (18:54)

In the final lesson, Christa covers combining walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques. She also shares insights for planning your quilt using an approach called “divide and conquer”, one section at a time to add texture. She shares several quilt samples and shares insights on how she quilted them to add texture, while combining designs taught in this class.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This is an absolutely perfect class for beginners, as you will learn how to quilt your projects using a walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques.  But I think it is also a good class for those with experience that may want to round out their skills, and learn more tips and designs.  It is a fun class packed with inspiration, tips, as well as beautiful and easy walking foot and free-motion quilting designs that can help you quilt your quilts with traditional or modern designs, as you desire.

Christa shared a link so new students can get 50% off the class using this link, which is valid through 4/4/17: http://craftsy.me/2iIqdEy.    

Lastly, while Christa will be teaching at the upcoming QuiltCon East, her classes are sold out.  But she is holding a meet ‘n greet/book signing at QuiltCon on Friday, February 24, from 12-1 in the Electric Quilt Company booth # 337. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and it’s a great chance to stop by and say hi.

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QuiltCon

QuiltCon East is coming soon and I hope you get a chance to attend.  Angela Walters will be the keynote speaker and there is a special exhibit of many of her quilts, as well as quilts by Tula Pink, Emily Cier, Jacquie Gering, Alexandra Ledgerwood, Cherri House, and more.  

There will be inspirational quilts on display, great vendors, and plenty of excellent classes at this fun event.

At QuiltCon West, this past February, I was thoroughly impressed with the quilts and vendors and I’m confident that attendees of QuiltCon East will be so too!

Here is a quilt that caught my attention for design and free-motion quilting:

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#IAMONBOARD was designed and made by Allison Chambers, of San Antonio, Texas.

 

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Artist Description for this quilt: “I have always loved the traditional quilt block.  I modernized it by blowing it up to an 18″ x 24” block.  The boat floats on half-square triangle waves against a large expanse of a sky.  The popularity of Saturday Night Live’s video short “I’m on a boat” featuring Andy Samberg and the resulting Instagram hashtag is the inspiration for the title of this quilt.  I used Chambrey to add texture to the water and Jessica created a design for the quilting that mimics clouds and wind for the sky and the churning waves and sea foam bubbles of the ocean.

Have you ever attended a Modern Quilt Show?  What do you think of Modern Quilting ?  Are you going to attend QuiltCon East?

More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!

SHEREE SEWS

Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.

MARTINGALE

Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl

WENDY SHEPPARD/IVORY SPRING

Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.

WE ALL SEW/BERNINA

Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial

LANDAUER PUBLISHING

Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.

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ANGIE STEVESON/LUNCHBOX QUILTS

Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.

MARJORIE BUSBY/BLUE FEATHER QUILTING STUDIO

Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.

SARAH VEDELER DESIGNS

Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:  http://quiltshopgal.com/fun-and-fast-valentines-day-theme-projects-freebies-and-a-sale/

The Quilt Show: Victoria Findlay Wolfe – #Show #2002

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims has a variety of free shows, available to anyone with a free TQS account.  But for Star Members, who subscribe to TQS, they get 200+ Shows, Classrooms & Online DVDs with Star Membership, plus access to new shows as they are released during their membership.  To my delight, a new show has been released showcasing Victoria Findlay Wolfe and I know a way everyone can watch this show for free, this week.
This new show #2002 – Look Out! Double Rings and Curves Ahead modern and contemporary focuses on Victoria’s beautiful style of working with curves, as well as her signature Double Wedding Ring Quilts.

She also shares her improve way of cutting and sewing curves.  Her quote “belly on the bottom, floppy toppy” is definitely going to stick with me, after watching this great episode of TQS.

TQS show #1404 – 15 Minutes of Daily “Play” also has Victoria sharing her fresh look and approach to quilting.

Here is a show trailer for episode #2002:

This TQS episode also has guest Linda Faires of Gees Bend, who shares insights on colors and decorative stitches, which is also very insightful.

TQS Star Members get amazing value, not just with enjoying all of the TQS shows, but with the ability to watch Featured Guest DVDs, learn from a variety of teachers via classes only offered online at TQS, create via BOM programs unique to TQS and much, much more.

Did I mention I know a way everyone can watch the new TQS Show #2002 – Look Out! Double Rings and Curves Ahead for free?

Visit Victoria’s blog for a link to this TQS episode and you can watch it for free thru January 29th.

You can find Victoria at:

http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
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https://www.instagram.com/victoriafindlaywolfe/?hl=en
https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaFindlayWolfeQuilts/

 

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http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
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Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I want to share insights about some wonderful projects that would make great decorations for your home and/or for gifts.

GETA OF GETA’S QUILTING STUDIO

Sweet free pattern for coasters and more.    She also has a number of great patterns including Love is in the Air, Endless Love, Love Letters, and Happy Heart that would all make great fun and fast projects for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

BARB OF BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB

Round Valentines Table Topper

Scrappy Time Valentine

Hearts of Plenty

Spoken Hearts Table Topper

All You Need Is Love

CONNIE KRESKIN/QUILTING BY THE RIVER

Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial

Piano Keys table runner with hearts

LEAH DAY

Stitch n Paint, a downloadable machine embroidery design.  And, I’m going to be stitching these out for gifts.  Some I will paint and some I will give away for the recipient to paint, as desired.  They are super fun and fast to create. Want to join me?

Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop is an amazing way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills, while making a beautiful wallhanging that is also perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This workshop is also available at a very reasonable price.  QuiltShopGal highly recommends it.

ACCUQUILT

GO! Heart of My Heart  a free pattern

Hearts a Feather

SWOODSON SAYS

Upcycled Heart Handwarmers  (a free tutorial)

CRAFTSY

Truckful of Love Mug Rug, by Sher’s Creative Space

Craftsy also has a sale on all of their classes for only $14.99, or less.  Simply use code “17JUST4U” at checkout.    Skip the flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day and treat yourself to a fun class.

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9 Months to Crochet

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

The New Year is always fun, but even more exciting when you are looking forward to the arrival of a new baby.  On the other hand, it is even fun when one has already arrived.  Babies just make life so much fun.  Of course, it is also fun to make things for babies too!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale, which has some wonderful projects you can make for babies.


“9 Months to Crochet – Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! – 25 Projects to Make While You Wait”, by Maaike Van Koert,  is definitely a book filled with #CreativeGoodness and fun projects for babies, as well as the excitement about the arrival of a new baby.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Is there a baby on the way? Spend nine months crocheting a darling collection of infant outfits and nursery gear for boys or girls, including toys, blankets, and pillows–plus stylish accessories and clever organizing options for the new mom. Cute and classic with a modern twist, these eye-catching designs are perfect for welcoming a little one!

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.

About the Author:

Maaike von Koert is a talented crochet designer and author who runs creJJtion.com, a popular website for crochet enthusiasts. Maaike grew up in the Netherlands, lived for a while in Canada, and then returned to the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Floyd the chocolate Labrador.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with absolutely adorable items to crochet for a new baby to wear, cuddle with, as well as to decorate their room.  All of the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this book perfect for a beginner, as well as those with expertise with crochet work.  I hope you can see with I feel this book is such an exceptional value with 25 wonderful projects.  I do hope you get a chance to check it out at your local quilt or sewing center, but don’t forget if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is such a new book they might not be aware of it.  Of course you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

For those that may not have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, don’t overlook the fun you can have with this book to make handmade gifts for some future baby.  There are so many babies born every year, whose families would love such a handmade gift.  They also make great items to go into baby themed gift baskets for silent auction fundraisers.  But one of my most favorite and common reasons to make baby gifts is for Operation Homefront.  

Operation Homefront is a non-profit program that focuses on helping Military families and Wounded Warriors with financial assistance, food assistance, repairs and so much more.  And, they also host several group baby showers for soon to be mothers, often living away from family and friends, while their husband is deployed and they are having a baby.  If you are not familiar with this program, click thru to find out more info.  I also hope you’ll contact your nearest office and let them know you are interested in making handmade baby items for them to give to these soon to be mothers, or find out other ways you can help these families.  

As there are also many ways to help others, I’m also hoping that if you have a favorite way where someone can make a cute baby item and donate to a good cause, that you’ll share by way of leaving a comment below.  Of course, if you have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, I’d love to hear about that too!  

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