Friday, November 30, 2012

Friendship Strips & Scraps Quilting Bee

From this....
to this....

and eventually to this....
 This is the quilt that sparked it all.  Penny Buetler made this beautiful star quilt using traded strips from members of her quilt guild.  When Leisha was quilting this quilt, ladies were oooooing and ahhhhing as they saw it.  And so our little Friendship Strip Quilt Group began.  I feel like we need an official name for our little group.  Many thanks to LaReen for scheduling the city building, and to Leisha and Sandra for getting the word out.  20 ladies joined in the strip swap.   For those of us who stayed to quilt, we each paid a dollar or two to cover the cost of the building rental.  Look around for civic centers or city rooms - they are usually very inexpensive for a meeting like this.
 The book and artist that started it all!   "Fabric designer and quilter Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts invites quilters everywhere to enjoy the fun, creativity and camaraderie of her new friendship fabric exchange idea--trading fabric strips. Share from your own stash or use precut fabric strips such as Jelly Rolls and Honey Buns. Edyta tells you how to plan a successful fabric strip exchange, so go ahead and start your exchange with friends, through shops, a guild or on a retreat, just keep in mind that the more people, the more variety of fabrics and the more the merrier! Edyta has created a simple strip panel technique and designed 18 gorgeous quilted projects......Hundreds of step by step technique photos, diagrams and illustrations for creating strip panels and fusible applique. You'll want to make every quilt in this book."
 We held our first Strip Swap Nov 13th.  What fun.  20 of us..........Leisha, Lauri, Renee, Sandra, Susan, Barbara, Debbie, Jeanenne, Caroline, Penny, Julia, LaReen, Kim, Joleene, Shelli, Nola, Pam, Valerie, Kristin, and Jen.  We all traded 1  1/4" x WOF strips.  We went with that width so that we could use Jelly Rolls. As you can see in top photo, each member brought 10 different strips for each member.  YES that is 190 strips we cut to trade and another 10 for ourselves.  But wait untill you see the collection of strips!  It was like Christmas or a birthday.  We were so excited.
We had some wonderful soups and dips!  This first meeting was a day to evening event to accommodate everyone's busy schedules.  Ladies dropped in when they could and about a dozen of us stayed to sew.
And of course we need some snacks!
 Machines are set up and we are ready to sew.
 Penny was the first to begin sewing her strips together!  Definitely singing blocks!  Penny had several ideas.  One was to add an extra strip wider than your template.  This way you can move the template and get a different look of each triangle or diamond block.  Also, she keeps track of where she has sewn by picking up each strip by the selvage - can you see her strips - that way you will know to begin sewing the next strip  on the opposite end. Remember to sew your strips together from opposite ends to avoid the wave.

My first attempt.  This was a little difficult at first.........I was trying to match prints and colors.  HA.  Forget that.  Just select random prints and let those colors "sing" as Edyta says.  Penny also suggested to cut each strip in half at the 2022" mark and sew shorter blocks.  That way you can create more variety in your blocks.  Another plus is that you will have less wave.

My first cut triangles for the star spider quilt.  Make sure to select the right template.  Pay attention to the name of the quilt you are creating.  Several templates have "A" on them but you will need to select the template with the right name and letter.  Sorry for the blurriness - these pictures were taken with my phone.
 Yes I think they are beginning to sing.   I am so excited about this quilt.  I was a little scared at first...not now.  I am so excited.  I
 So this is what I did with the other side of my cut strips.  I want to make the neighborhood house quilt.  I lined them up to prepare my selection for the house blocks.
 Here is a small pic from the book.  I have been eyeing this quilt for a year now!

 This is not even half of the strips we received.  I still have bags of strips to open.  Isn't this fabulous!
 What did we do besides trade strips and chat and snack and laugh and share!  We sewed.  Kim is making a stack and slash versions with layer cake squares.  Cut though the blocks at the 3.5" and 6.5" mark.  Take the first fabric to the back on one pile.  Sew blocks back together and then slash crosswise and sew again.
 LaReen was making the half square triangle pin wheel quilt.  Notice her nice tray of matched up blocks?  I love this.  I am never this organized.  Sew around the outside edge of the matched squares and then cut an X through the center and TADAAA you have 4 blocks.
 Leisha was working on her Mama's Garden quilt.  I forgot to take pictures until the end so I missed most of the ladies.  Next time we will post a group shot.
 See down in the left hand corner.  That is Penny's Stip Quilt.  So beautiful.  Also, notice her cute little iron table she keeps that to the right of her sewing machine and just had to reach over and press as she sewed.  Great idea.
 Sandra was working on the binding of her 1 charm pack baby quilts.  All these are for gifts for new moms.

Joleene made this gorgeous quilt.  Here with Barbara's help, they held up the quilt so I could get a full picture.  We loved the rich fall colors.

I am sorry I didn't get pictures of everyone that was there.  Jeanenne was there earlier in the day sewing her Hearts Hearts Hearts Quilt. Heather was there working on her half square pinwheel quilt as well.  Next time I will remember to get some better pictures and permission from everyone to print them here on our blog!  I didn't use pictures of the ladies today because I didn't get permission first.  Also, I have some great pictures of us busy teaching and sharing with each other, but someone is always bending over.  Haha. We will print no unflattering pictures.

SO, when are you starting your sewing group?  We are going to meet once a month!  That is doable!  Get the ladies in your area together.  It is so fun.  And we can keep those Quilting Bee traditions alive.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Yes, we have been in business 2 years.  We opened our Etsy store on Nov 17th, 2010 and our SISTERSANDQUILTERS.COM in November of 2011.   We are just two sisters wanting to share our love of fabrics, sewing, quilting.  Yes it has been lots of work but we have had so much fun and made so many friends.  We consider you all our Sisters and Brothers in Quilting!  And extend a big.......

to all of our wonderful Customers from around the world.........90 different countries to be exact!  Thank you for your business.  Just click on the map link down to the right and you can see where we all have gathered from.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandra & Kristin

Friday, November 9, 2012

Grab and Go Bag Kits are here!

We love this bag!  It is made from the Grey and Red Floral Marmalade Laminate or Coated fabric.  You can wash it and just wipe it clean.  Great for the beach, diaper bag, sewing project travel bag, or just on the go bag!  This bag was sewn and designed by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way.   Our Moda Rep Jane showed this to us and we knew we had to kit it.  
If you decide that you want the red trim as seen in this pattern picture, just let us know and we will switch it out with the green.  Right now the only Laminate fabric we have in stock is the grey.  That was our favorite.

  The magnetic snaps from Studio Kat Designs are the best closures we have found.  The button is just sewn on for decoration.  We also sell these separately.  You can purchase the kits with or without the Snaps and Buttons.  That way you can decide where you want to place them and how many to add to your bag. 

What else is new......

Great Holiday Gift Idea!  Great Stash Pattern!  Fun Table Trivets designed by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way. Rice filled trivets will protect your table while serving your hot dishes. Without the rice they can be adorable pot holders too. Great gifts for your favorite friends! Each of the finished trivets are 9” x 9” 

Mama's Garden Quilt Kit By Sweetwater.  This quilt is made with the Mama Sad Sew Black Daisy Print. The pattern and fabrics were designed by Sweetwater. You will receive everything you need for the quilt top and binding. The finished quilt measures: 71" x 71"    And if you want the red daisy print instead of the black.....just let us know!   Get yours while they last.  CLICK HERE

Rock n Romance Collection in by Art Gallery! Gorgeous Corals, Soft Shell Pinks, Chrome Blacks, Dark Browns, and Grays. And a touch of fushia. Pat Bravo always does an amazing job of blending color and modern prints. If you have purchased these fabrics, please send us pictures of your finished projects. We would love to see what you are creating with them.

Stars and Stripes Bundle of 8 fabrics designed by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake.  Great price of only $2.24 per fat quarter!

And what is up with US?   Here is a hint - it involves lots of strips and lots of trading.

YES!  You counted correctly - that is 20 piles of strips!  Check back Tuesday eve or Wednesday morning for more pictures!