#PrecisionPiecingQAL – Week Three

Welcome to week three of our #PrecisionPiecingQAL.  Everyone has time to make a mini-block, with a free downloadable pattern designed by Hope’s Quilt Designs (links available in kick-off post).  You just need to make at least one block, to enter by March 19th, as I’ll be announcing the winners next week.

This event is sponsored by:

The Fat Quarter Shop

The Quilt Show

Martingale


While many have made one, or more, of the free miniature quilt blocks, some have repeated the same block, to further improve their precision piecing skills, getting better results each time they make a mini-block.  And, some have turned their blocks into miniature projects:

Bea (Beaquilter) turned her blocks into a sweet pincushion.

Jan (non-blogger) shared this very creative quilt top she created using her miniature blocks.

Deadline to enter is March 19th.  I will be announcing the winners next week.

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

Don’t forget this coming Saturday is Worldwide quilting day.  

 

And, to help celebrate, The Quilt Show is allowing everyone FREE access to all their current and past episodes plus giving away ~$10k in prizes.

I hope you will take time to make a miniature quilt block this weekend, to practice your precision piecing skills, as well as celebrate International Quilt Weekend.  This is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

byAnnie.com Placemat Quilt Along with the Fat Quarters Shop

Have you heard of Soft and Stable byAnnie.com ?  This is an amazing stabilizer far superior to battings and other stabilizers, which is absolutely perfect for bags and beyond!  Over the years, I’ve found a variety of uses for this product.  Thus, I was delighted to be able to join a Placemat Stitch Along, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop, which kicks off today.  Of course, I hope you’ll join this fun event and also enjoy working with Soft and Stable.

While Soft and Stable comes in a variety of sizes, byAnnie has packaged it in a perfect size for making placemats.  In their “Project Pack“, you get four pieces of 13.5″ x 18.5” which are still a good size for a variety of projects, but absolutely great for placemats.  Plus, the package comes with a bonus pattern where you can make super easy placemats with various size strips of fabric.

Here is a great visual that shows how well a bag made with Soft and Stable stands up vs one made with regular batting.  You get that same type of stabilization when you use this product to make a placemat, or other project.    Plus, it retains a soft and cozy feeling to it.

While the Project Pack comes with a free pattern that will help you make cute placemats, using a quilt as you go technique, I opted to use some left over blocks from the #JacobsLadderQAL.

You can easily quilt-as you go or stitch in the ditch.  I’ve also found that Soft and Stable can look great with some light free-motion quilting or some Ruler Work, but I it has such great body that you really don’t need to do much quilting to create a great looking project using Soft & Stable.

Possibilities of what you can create with Soft and Stable are endless.  Consider using a Project Pack to create placemats, small bags, zipper pouches, mini-quilts, mug-rugs, etc..

I hope you’ll pick up some Soft & Stable from the Fat Quarter Shop and come join us in this fun #StitchAlong.  For more insights and inspiration, visit the Jolly Jabber blog today.

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You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https:www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

 

You can find byAnnie.com at:

http://www.byannie.com
https://www.facebook.com/patternsbyannie
https://www.pinterest.com/byannie/
https://www.instagram.com/patternsbyannie/
https://www.youtube.com/user/byannie1/

#PrecisionPiecingQAL – The Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to week two of our #PrecisionPiecingQAL.

  Today I want to inspire everyone to work on their precision piecing skills by highlighting some great opportunities available thru the Fat Quarter Shop, as well as share some projects that some of our participants have made with their miniature blocks made during this challenge.  To clarify, you need not make anything with these miniature blocks to enter to win prizes, but for those that want to not just use this QAL as a technique learning opportunity, but to create, the possibilities are endless.

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The Fat Quarter Shop shares a wealth of helpful tutorials that can help quilters, including those wanting to improve their precision piecing skills.  Here are a few which I highly recommend:

And, the Fat Quarter Shop also has very helpful notions:

  • ByANnie stiletto –   useful to hold fabric down as you sew as you get close to the needle
  • Creative Grid rulers –   easy to read markings and non-slip backs so you can cut precisely
  • Triangle paper – get exact units, especially when working with bias edges
  • Rotating mat – move the mat, not the fabric, when cutting
  • Ideal Seam Guide – set yourself up for success with accurate seams

MINIATURE PROJECT SHARING

Amanda Best (PatchworkPrincess82) shared all her blocks, as well as this beautiful miniature quilt which she made, on Instagram.

Barbara (Cat Patches) shared insights on her creative blog, about the blocks she made and how she turned them into a miniature quilt, which she plans to use as a hot pad in her camper.  I thought it was cute she named this project “At a Minimum”.

Still plenty of time for you to make a miniature block (or more) to enter to win prizes from our generous sponsors:  The Fat Quarter Shop, The Quilt Show, and Martingale.  It only takes one entry for a chance to win a prize, but of course, I hope you’ll use this QAL as an opportunity to improve your precision piecing skills.  So, if you don’t feel your miniature block is perfect, make more till you get it right.  There are a variety of free patterns that you can use, all listed in the kick off post for this event.  But do let me know if you have any questions.

Deadline to enter is March 19th.

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Don’t forget this coming Saturday is Worldwide quilting day.  I sure hope you find time to enjoy and quilt.  Always fun to quilt with friends, even virtually.

And, The Quilt Show is also opening up all their shows to everyone to watch this weekend, as they also have plenty of episodes & more, to help you improve your piecing skills..  More info on my prior post for this event.

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

10 – Fun and Fast Spring Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Are you looking forward to Spring?  This is certainly a perfect time to think about Spring Theme projects for your home, and maybe for gifts too!  Here are ten fun and fast Spring Theme projects that caught my attention:

Natalia Bonner (Piece N Quilt) has a great free tutorial to make St.  Patrick’s Day theme blocks.

Connie Kreskin has a lovely FREE pattern with Butterflies, which would be perfect for Spring, a downloadable pattern on Craftsy.

Of course her Shamrock table topper pattern (also available on Craftsy) would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Marian Pena (Seams to be Sew) has a variety of Spring Theme designs on Craftsy, including some row quilt designs with Sunbonnet Sue that are adorable.

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb, has many beautiful table toppers, mug rugs, etc., that certainly welcome in Spring, all available on Craftsy.

This GO! Butterfly pattern, a free downloadable pattern from AccuQuilt is definitely a perfect project for Spring.

GO! Hearts Bed Runner also is a perfect touch for Spring.

#PrecisionPiecingQAL – WorldWide Quilting Day – The Quilt Show

Today I’m sharing a variety of insights, with a common theme:  Precision Piecing.    You may already be a perfect piecer who can tackle the most challenging projects and always come out with crisp points and even seams (lucky you).  I’ll confess I’m far from perfect, but I have found ways that have helped me and I need continual reminder to slow down as well as check my accuracy along the way.  And, yes, it can still be fun!

The #PrecisionPiecing QAL has officially kicked off, but I’ve extended the deadline to March 19th, to enter to win prizes.  New posts are released every Wednesday, supplemented with a few extra precision piecing themed posts throughout the event.

While WorldWide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday, March 18th, many of us enjoy celebrating International Quilting Weekend March 17-19, 2017.  While I hope you can find time to enjoy and create anytime, I really hope you can do so this coming weekend.  It is also a great time to visit your local quilt shops, but you’ll also find great fun online.  And, even plenty of opportunities to work on your precision piecing skills.  

TQS is hosting an amazing World Wide International Quilting event, where everyone can access all TQS shows over the weekend, for free.  Plus everyone can enter to win amazing prize bundles sponsored by AccuQuilt, Jinny Beyer, Eleanor Burns and Quilt In A Day, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hunter, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Bernina.  Just be sure to enter to win on March 18th on the TQS site.


I can honestly say that I love everything about TQS and find great value in their premium “Star” members ($42.95/year), where you can watch all of the 250+ shows including 26 Brand new shows a year., at your liesure.  And, yes, they have a number of episodes with tips to help you learn/improve your precision piecing skills.  Here are some that caught my attention and I hope you get a chance to watch this weekend (but Star Members can watch anytime):

Dee Christopher talks about Precision Piecing, in her show that was released Jan 25, 2017.  Here is a short Youtube excerpt about pinning:

  • #1801 – Lessa Siegele – perfect piecing techniques
  • #1602 with Sally Collins How to cut precision templates for your quilting projects, Learn the correct way to sew straight and press your fabrics
  • #1401 Janet Stone – piecing tips to achieve perfect results – create Flying Geese and HST’s
  • #1203 – Marsha McCloskey – Drafting and piecing the perfect Feathered Star
  • #1107 – Ricky Times – Piecing the Montana Star or Lone Star Quilt
  • #1008 Alex Anderson – Make a custom pincushion with perfect piecing
  • #905 – Anita Grossman Solomon – Cutting & Piecing – Key West & Windmill Blocks for Accuracy
  • #407 – Elsie Campbell – Precision Piecing – choosing fabric – 8 pointed star HST
  • #311 Alex Anderson – Piecing the perfect pinwheel

Classrooms – TQS hosts a variety of classrooms that offer a variety of learning opportunities, all free for Star Members.

 

BOM Quilts – every year TQS releases a free BOM quilt that is always stunning and free for Star Members.  This year the design is the beautiful  Halo Medallion Quilt, including tips for paper piecing, fabric selection, trimming, and pressing. Even if you aren’t making the quilt, you might want to check out these great tips.

FEATURED GUEST DVDs offer a great learning opportunity where various DVDs, from world class quilters, are accessible for Star Members.  The topics vary, but always fun and educational, increasing the value of a TQS Star Membership.

You can find The Quilt Show at:

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow/?fref=ts

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom
https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Official Kick Off

Today I want to officially kick off our Precision Piecing Quilt Along.  I want to recognize our sponsors:

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 gift certificate, which will be randomly awarded to one lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

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The Quilt Show has generously donated a TQS membership, which will be randomly awarded to only lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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As QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the lucky winners (1 book each), postage has been raised by those that kindly use my Affiliate links when making a purchase at Craftsy, AccuQuilt, CreativeBug, ThermoWeb or Amazon.  As such, a maximum of one international participant will win a book, with all US/Canada participants eligible to win a book.

Throughout this event, I’ll be showcasing tips, tutorials, teachers, books, etc., to help you improve your Precision Piecing skills.  Here are a few tips:

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Riley Blake has a free downloadable PDF with really good basic tips for precision piecing.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all mini blocks, designed by Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th 19th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

The deadline to enter has been extended thru March 19th, to link up with International Quilt Weekend celebrations.  

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:

 

 

Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

A Precision Piecing Quilt-Along

Today I want to invite you to join an easy quilt-along that is all about improving/learning your precision piecing skills, while having fun.  Each week, through mid-March, I will release a post about precision piecing.  We’ll have a linky party where participants can make one or more blocks to enter to win prizes donated by generous sponsors.

Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) is from South East NSW, Australia and she is a talented quilter and designer.  

She has many of her designs on Craftsy, including several FREE mini-blocks that finish at 1-1/2″.  Each of her patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, but her mini-blocks have inspired me for along time, as I think they are also a perfect design to use to learn/improve your precision piecing skills.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all of Hope’s mini blocks which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

 

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

SPONSORS

Next week I’ll announce our sponsors for this event.  There will also be prizes for WW participants, but some sponsors may require the prize to be awarded to US Only, or US/Canada, due to postage expenses.

Hope can be found at:

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.

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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.

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Natalie Bird at:

http://thebirdhouse.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/thebirdhouse01
https://www.instagram.com/_natalie_bird_/

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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