Thursday, April 3, 2014

Words to Live By Block 3 BOM

Kindness


I am really enjoying this quilt kit.  I love how the wool adds so much dimension and texture to the blocks.  You will love it too.  Now I just need to add the hand-stitching.  My favorite part of this block is the plaid patterns in the wool.  It is beautiful in the leaves and flowers.
 If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit. I will admit this quilt is a stretch for me.  But so far....soooooo good.

If you want to see Sandra's Love Block 2 with the words embroidered by machine CLICK HERE 
If you want to begin with Block 1 Joy CLICK HERE

 There are several small wool cut outs in this block.  It helps to trace the small circles together in rows.  It will save you a little on the wool.    I did trim the stems just a little thinner towards one end before I pressed them on.  That way they look more like stems.

 If you have received your cotton finishing kit, you can begin your half-square triangles.   Follow your pattern cutting instructions.  I am going to make a set each month. This was the first time I have tried the Triangles on a roll paper guides.  So so much faster.  And no pencil lines to draw!  NOTE - When you pin your fabric with right sides together, place the lighter fabric on the top.  (Not like I did).  When you cut and press the half-square triangles open, it will be easier for you to tear the paper off.
 Stitch right along the stitching lines.  Use a smaller stitch than you normally do so that you can tear away the paper easily.  I just followed the arrows.
 Next cut along the solid lines.  I cut the outsides off first.
 Press your triangles towards the dark side with the paper still attached.  Then tear away the paper guide.  This will be easy if you placed the light fabric on the top.  If you didn't then you can gently tear away the papers and then press.  Be gentle.  Your first set will tell you if you need to lower your stitch length.


Back to the Kindness Block.  Follow the pattern guide and arrange your wool cuts outs.  Press!  Look at those fun plaids and herringbone patterns in the wool. 


If you want to join us, we still have some kits left.  Here is the LINK
Note that Words to Live By Wool Blocks 4-6 are available for purchase.

Happy Sewing! 

We were covered in snow this morning.  I put Disney's Frozen DVD on and cut out those wool pieces.  Perfect afternoon!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Triangle Parade May 5th!



Have you created a Triangle Quilt?   If you haven't, join our parade!  Create a triangle quilt, email us pictures and we will add them to a parade May 5th.  Quilt above created by Leisha Farnsworth using fabrics from Adornit's Vintage Gray Circles, Lotta Jansdotter's Echo and Glimma, and Doodle Zoo yellow dots. Those diamonds are almost 16" from top to bottom!



They are popping up on several sites.   Last summer Leisha and I decided to use the full size of our new Creative Grids 60 degree Triangle 8-1/2" Ruler.  We loved the idea of a huge triangles to show off some of the gorgeous fabrics we had been collecting.  Many of the prints were large and bold colors. Of course Leisha was much faster than me in creating her quilt.


I also arranged mine in a diamond pattern. If you look close you can see these are triangles sewn in rows to create a diamond.  I tried a random triangle pattern and a hexagon pattern but loved the diamonds with these large prints. Yes we have a little wind today.

I just cut these blocks from fat quarters - 6 triangles from each fat quarter.   Fold the fat quarter in half with a 9"  length and the 20/22" width, doubled.  Cut 3 sets of large 9 inch triangles.    Rotary cut around the triangle ruler, lay them out in a pattern, and sew the rows together.  It really is that simple.  Cut off the edges for a straight edge which I will do when I have decided on a backing (leave a seam width for your binding).  My fabrics: Kumari Garden Blues from Dena Designs with a few prints from Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and a couple of unknown prints.

 Remember Sandra's Valentine quilt pattern Hearts Hearts Hearts?  The triangles were arranged into hearts.
Here is Joleene Kooyman's beautiful hearts version using the High Street Fabric Collection by Lila Ashbury.
 What a fun quilt!   Sandra's pattern is still available on both our website and Etsy store.  Thank you Joleene for letting us share your awesome quilt.  (Joleene is the creator of the Sew Red Glasses).

 

Try a unique arrangement!  Sandra made this bright fun baby quilt arranging the triangles into hexagons.  This is so easy to do - again arrange them into rows and stitch the rows together.  I love the triangle borders!



My new favorite baby quilt is this Sailboat pattern using the Batholo-meows 10" Slice Triangles designed by Tim and Beck for Moda.  I believe there are enough triangles in the Slice precuts to make 2 quilts.  Just add background.  I will add pictures when I have finished this quilt.  (I want to make a girl's version).   
Did you know these Slice Triangles are 10" squares cut in half?  Just cut those layer cake squares in half on the diagonal and you have your triangles!
How cute is this quilt pattern! To the Point from Cluck Cluck Sew is another great triangle quilt idea.  Great stash pattern! We have just a couple of these patterns in stock right now.



Another great quilt idea is this nautical Make A Splash Quilt created with Moda's new Slice precut bundle in Bella Solids.   Pattern is included with this precut bundle.


Polly over at Pieces By Polly Blog has a free triangle Hot Pad tutorial.  Check this out!

She also has a darling Triangle Quilt for sale in her Etsy shop.  A great little Guys Quilt! We love this Polly.  Thanks for letting us share your ideas!


Have you made a triangle quilt?   Join the parade!  Please email us a picture at Sistersandquilters@gmail.com

We will parade all of your triangle quilts the first weekend of May.  

Happy Spring and Happy Sewing

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Love-Words to Live By Block Two

Love

 
 
Aren't these LOVE birds so cute! Hence "Love" Block Two of "Words to Live By". I started this beautiful block on a weekend getaway with some friends. The guys went skiing and the girls stayed back at the cabin to sew and visit. I didn't get it all done in one day hahaha, but have it all ready to do the hand work in my free time while in the car or while watching a favorite TV show.
 
 

Instead of using the pen like Kristin did I chose to use my fairly new embroidery machine to do the words. I am still learning, but once I had it hooped correctly and the size adjusted, it stitched away!! YAY!  I "LOVE" how it turned out. I used the pattern to measure the word and then adjusted the word size on my machine. What do you think?


 
Here are all my applique pieces laid out. Make sure when you start with the green that you do the long stems first, using the full width of the wool. The pattern suggests that you attach 2" of the fusible webbing and then rotary cut three 1/4" strips. My piece was a little smaller and it slid a little when I cut the last one so make sure you use the 2" as the pattern says. 
 

 
Here is my rough layout before ironing. I laid the vines out first laying the pattern over the block checking often to make sure the placement was close.
 
 
Make sure you have the dip in the heart lined up with the point of the background fabric.
 

I trimmed off the excess wool vines leaving just enough to hide the edge underneath. Now it's time to do the hand work.

I took my first few stitches and realized I need to use a smaller needle. It is way too thick and is really hard to push through the wool. I hope you will join us in the fun and can learn a little from our tips.


Join us each month as we blog and sew the Words to Live By Quilt Block of the Month Program designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  All of the fabrics and wool are by Primitive Gatherings.

Kristin and I have assembled the kits!  They are ready to ship.  The next 6 customers receive a FREE Marking Pen and a FREE Half-Square Triangle Paper Guides Roll!   These kits are the starting registration kits. They include all of the Primitive Gatherings cottons for the triangles and border. This is 10 3/4 yards of fabric.  CLICK HERE for kits.

The 12 block wool kits are sold separately - by month or by quarter. Purchase by the quarter to save on shipping charges.  Each kit comes with the wool applique fabrics and 1/2 yard of the neutral Primitive Gatherings cotton.  Note - This tan cotton print will also be used in the half-square triangles and the corner blocks.  The final wool kit will be the center applique and corner blocks applique - they also have great messages.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us!  Happy to help! 


 

 
 







Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Bundles to Choose From!

Just arrived....


Wee Wander Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  (We are expecting two more prints any day!  This is a darling bundle)


Mixed Bag Bundles in blues or reds by Studio M for Moda


Sphere Blue Fat Quarter Bundle of 6 by Zen Chic for Moda



Fox Playground Bundle of 6 by Dena Designs for Free Spirit



From Outside In Fat Quarter Bundle of 4 by Malka Dubrowsky for Moda.  We have Charm Packs and Layer Cakes from this collection!


Twirl Fat Quarter Bundle of 11 by Jill Finley of Jillily Studio for Henry Glass


Hearty Good Wishes Fat Quarter Bundle of 10 by Janet Clare for Moda (A favorite for the Guys!)


Paris Fat Quarter Bundle of 6 in Black & White by Michael Miller




Little Black Dress 2 Fat Quarter Bundle of 20 by BasicGrey for Moda.  Yay!  Little Black Dress was such a huge hit - now you get collection 2.


Botanique Navy & Salmon & Aqua by Joel Dewberry for FreeSpirit


Grant Park Fat Quarter Bundle of 13 in Red and Blue by Minick & Simpson for Moda


 

Heart and Home Fat Quarter Bundle of 6 by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics


Heart and Home Bundle of 6 by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.  Our bundles of Black and Brown Bundles have been great sellers for a few years.  Here are some more to add to your stash!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Joy - Words to Live By Block One

Joy 


I have to say that I love this JOY block.  The floral wool applique images dance. Maybe the word dance comes to mind because I was watching the Olympic Ice Dancing Teams when I began my hand stitching. This applique came together beautifully.
Join us each month as we blog and sew the Words to Live By Quilt Block of the Month Program designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  All of the fabrics and wool are by Primitive Gatherings .

Remember - If you are joining us, please email me photos of your blocks and we will post them!

Helps or Hints:
Thread - I love hand stitching with the 12 weight thread. I don't have the Valdani threads that the pattern calls for in any of the shops nearby, so I purchased a couple of 12 wt. Sulky petite spools which are 50 yards each. Each strand is the same as 2 strands of embroidery floss.  No uneven threads, separating, or tangles.  Very easy to use.  I am a fan!  You can also use embroidery floss.

 Pens - Your kits will include the Ultra Fine Permanent Marking Pens called for in the pattern.  I was mostly happy with the pen.  Just use a LIGHT touch when tracing your image for the fine lines.  Fill in the thicker areas but don't keep filling in the area to make it darker!  Maybe wait and let it dry before darkening.  As you can see the little ball at the end of the J bled just a little.  I will be more careful next time.


Fusible web - When I trace the image I want on the paper side of the fusible web, I always leave about 1/8 - 1/4 each space outside the line.  Then I cut through the webbing and wool at the same time for a more accurate image.

Press a slight crease to find the center of your cotton block.  I folded the square in half, pressed in the center and then repeated the process by folding the block in the opposite direction.  This gave me a center guideline AND a line for the stems. Worked perfectly.  Make sure to follow Lisa's pattern instructions for pressing wool appliques.


The kits are ready to mail!


Sandra and I have assembled the kits!  They are ready to ship.  The first 8 customers receive a FREE Marking Pen and a FREE Half-Square Triangle Paper Guides Roll!     These kits are the starting registration kits.  They include all of the Primitive Gatherings cottons for the triangles and border.  This is 10 3/4 yards of fabric.  CLICK HERE for kits.
The 12 block wool kits are sold separately - by month or by quarter.   Purchase by the quarter to save on shipping charges.  Each kit comes with the wool applique fabrics and 1/2 yard of the neutral Primitive Gatherings cotton.  Note - This tan cotton print will also be used in the half-square triangles and the corner blocks.  The final wool kit will be the center appliques and corner blocks appliques - they also have great messages.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us!  Happy to help! 

Happy Sewing!
Kristin and Sandra

Friday, January 24, 2014

Quilt Kit Ideas and thegreatdestash#

First up....Quilt Ideas

Join Sandra and me this year the first week of each month as we create this heirloom quilt designed by Lisa Bongean  Words to Live By BOM fabric and wool kits have arrived.  February's block is JOY.    Included with each month's kit is the wool applique fabric and the cotton background.  The words are inked in.   (Note -the corner triangle fabric of each block is included in the cotton finishing kit.)

We will be offering this for purchase in 2 ways.  You can purchase the 12 blocks separately by month or receive 3 Blocks each quarter.  Purchasing 3 block kits a quarter will save you a few dollars on shipping.  Also, if you want to stitch your squares together in a different design or fabric, just purchase the wool applique kits separately.  You will need to also purchase the pattern designed by Lisa Bongean.  CLICK HERE to see your options.
 The first 10 customers to purchase the Cotton Kits Finishing Kit receive a FREE roll of 2" paper triangle guides - the easy and quick way to make several half square triangles.  Stitch right on the paper guide and then pull the paper away.  Have you seen pictures of this quilt?  CLICK HERE  to the see the Quilted Pinapple's beautiful quilting on Lisa Bongean's quilt.  I love all the birds included in the applique.  Can't wait to get started.


 Blessings of Autumn BOM quilt kit by Shabby Fabrics and RJR Fabrics!   These kits will be shipping in February 2014.   Celebrate the richness of Autumn with pumpkins, sunflowers, cornucopia and baskets full of apples.  We are offering these kits all at once. Complete your each block as quickly as you want.  No waiting for each month's shipment.  Save several $ $ on shipping and receive your entire kit up front!

 We just love this Mixed Bag Chevron kit designed by Studio M.  And it includes a FREE Pattern.   Just download the pattern from the link listed by the kit.  This quilt is made with one Mixed Bag Jelly Roll and one Bella Solid White Jelly Roll.  How simple is that!

This Charming Stars Quilt Pattern is from Moda Bake Shop designed by Stefanie Roman. It is one of my family's favorite quilts.  It is a fairly easy quilt - easy enough for Beginners with some quilting experience.  It is made with Charm Packs.   This year we are offering the kit with the Grant Park Charm Packs.  Another great red, white, taupe, and blue collection.

Gorgeous prints from the Grant Park Collection designed by Minich & Simpson for Moda.  Choose the borders and binding from any of our Grant Park fabrics in stock!

thegreatdestash#

The Great De-stash is an instagram sensation!  Join in the fun.  Quilters are posting their overstock.  All kinds of treasures!   After Sandra listed a few LAST ONE bundles on instagram they sold immediately.
We decided it would be easier to take it to our ETSY shop.  So we listed over 180 "LAST ONE" or "END-OF-BOLT" PIECES ! They are selling fast.   Here is the LINK  

Also remember to see what is going on at SewMuch2Luv.  This week we are giving away a free fat quarter bundle.  And you might just find a discount code to use on either our Etsy shop or our sistersandquilters.com quilt shop!  :)

Happy Sewing!