Cotton Bliss Giveaway!

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Cotton Bliss has a special GIVEAWAY to share with you guys today…

A 10 Fat Quarter Bundle of Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda! The FQ’s in the bundle will be a surprise, but here is a pic of this gorgeous line.

Mirabelle Fat Eighth Bundle

Cotton Bliss also wants to thank you for blessing them with your business. They have a great Easter deal on shipping that ends today so you have to jump on this one quick!

US Customers will receive FREE shipping on orders totaling more than $25 in regular-priced merchandise. Sale items can be in your cart, but they don’t count toward the $25 minimum.

International Customers will receive HALF-PRICE shipping on all orders!

Sale ends 4/21/14. No coupon needed. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

and…….Guess what’s new?

That’s right, Holiday Bliss! New Christmas fabric lines are coming in:) One is Kate Spain’s new Solstice line, pre-cuts available and yardage will be soon. Look at some of these gorgeous Christmas colors….I can’t wait to get my hands on these. If I start now maybe I will be done by Christmas, haha!

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Something else pretty new it their bliss rewards program. Make sure you click on the link and sign up so you can earn you money back while you shop!

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Cotton Bliss offers everyday discount prices, so if you haven’t checked them out yet…you won’t be sorry.

 You can find Cotton Bliss on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the newest fabrics and deals!

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TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment on this post telling me something you love over at Cotton Bliss!

(Contest ends Sunday, April 27th at midnight/EST. Open internationally)

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Flower Power Quilt an Oblongagonalong Finish!

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So excited to have finished up my Flower Power quilt!

This one was part of a quilt along over at Sew Fresh Quilts, called the Oblongagonalong. This unique take on a hexagon…a slightly different shape created by accident was fun to play with! It is made with all Y-seams so that was the challenging part…but, I finally got those down pat I think:) Lorna@SewFreshQuilts did a great tutorial for learning how to do those tricky seams HERE.

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It finishes at 35″ x 44″ and was made using fabrics from the Cuzco line by Kate Spain for Moda. I added a few yellow and bright blues to fill in where I needed extra. I think they add just the right amount of pop!

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I used a meandering or stippling free motion quilting design and can I say it has been awhile! I had a little rust on these skills:) After a bit I started to feel like I was getting back in the groove of things. You can see some of the curves are a little angular and almooooost criss-crossing, that is a supposed no-no with stippling:)

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Here are a few areas that started to have some “eyelashes” and you can see my stitches were a little too long.  I was moving too fast for my needle speed. This causes the tension to get off…especially noticeable in curves and the bobbin thread comes up too far=eyelashes. I just had to get my hands and the needle speed in sync and go a little slower to get smaller stitches.

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It was hard to decide what color thread I wanted to use since there are so many different colors.  I went with a magenta color thread for this one, it was a predominant color in the quilt and I had a similar color for the backing fabric…..when in doubt, match the back! This will hide the work a bit if you are worried about your stitching abilities:) I knew I was rusty and it wouldn’t be perfect.

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I finished it up with a matching binding using THIS machine binding tutorial….purple would have looked great, but sadly no there was no purple left:( so I used more pink…matching the binding with the backing is helpful for hiding mistakes too!

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Triangle QAL Update!

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Update!

Hey guys! Hope your quilt tops are coming together and you are getting quilty with it:)

I have an update that will make you breathe a little easier…..you have some extra time to get these puppies finished! Yay, right!

My original list of dates finished us up on April 25th….I forgot to take into account that I usually give you the whole week to get your pics linked up. No way we can do that in one day and me get the Triangle Extravaganza together! So here is how it will go… I will announce the final link up on Friday, April 25th and you will have until Saturday, May 3rd at midnight/EST to get your finished quilt linked up. Monday, May 5th I will announce the winners and show off these gorgeous triangle masterpieces!

April 25th- Final link-up!

May 3rd- Final link-up closes.

May 5th- Triangle Extravaganza! and prize winners announced.

That is a few extra days….I know some wished there was an extra week or two! This is my first QAL so I will do better next time, I promise:) If I change it now I might have some angry quilters on my hands, lol.

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If you do not finish by the deadline on May 3rd and you get it done the next day…you will miss out on the prizes, but email me a pic and I will get you in the Extravaganza parade of quilts!

If you know you don’t make the deadline, no worries! Keep on quilting and I am planning a special something for those who just need more time. More on that after the Extravaganza so keep on pushing and see if you can’t get your quilt finished!

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Guest Post- Felicity Quilts

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Break Week!

Quilting Your Triangle Quilt

Wow guys, You made it! It is finally break week so there will be no link up this week:) You get to have all of this week and the next to get those triangle quilt tops basted and quilted…and if you are behind, Well time to catch up! No worries, you can totally do it:)

Congratulations to Kris@SewSunshine!, last weeks winner! I will contact you so you can get your gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics and your free pattern from Swirly Girls Designs.

I have a guest post today for you from Felicity Quilts to help you figure out how to quilt up your beautiful triangles.

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Hi there! I’m Felicity and I blog (sporadically) over at Felicity Quilts. I was delighted that Paula asked me to contribute a tutorial to the awesome Triangle Quilt Along that she’s hosting!

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I recently made a triangle quilt of my own, which is how Paula found me. As is so often the case for me, I wasn’t entirely certain how to quilt the top once it was done. I do have a tutorial on my blog that shows how to use a photo of your quilt top, a vinyl sheet and washable markers to audition quilting designs. But rainy weather here in Vancouver meant that I didn’t have a photo of my quilt top to work with, so I had to find an alternate method. Here’s what I did:

1. I went to the image that Paula has in the kick-off post for the Quilt Along. I right-clicked on the image, selected Copy Image from the menu, then pasted it into a word processing document. I then printed the document 4 times.

2. Using a coloured pencil, I started doodling possible designs. First I tried some straight lines beside the seams:

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OK but seemed like it would take a long time

And then some organic wavy lines:

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Not feeling it

A curvy S-shaped wave with echoes (I’d seen this design most recently here and loved how it looked):

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This one has potential but worried how it would affect all those bias seams

And a spiral:

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Yup, this one

3. I chose the design that spoke to me. When I saw it the spiral on my colouring sheet, I just knew it was right choice. As you can see from my finished quilt, I actually did concentric circles, mainly because I didn’t trust myself to be able to execute the beginning of the spiral well enough.

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Print as many copies of the sheet as you want – you could even use regular graphite pencil and erase if you wanted to reuse the same sheet. But just give yourself permission to play. You’ll see very quickly what design work for you.

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Happy Quilting!

Felicity

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Thanks Felicity! Just a final note here guys to remind you that the next link up will be for finished quilts and the Grand Prizes are a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and a second prize for $50 to Cotton Bliss! So keep pushing and get those tops done:) It will be totally worth it for some fun fabric shopping! You can join the final link up no matter when you started the quilt along and even if you have not done any link ups so far…..so get to quilting:)

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Sugar Block Catch up!

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I spent this weekend catching up on some of my Sugar Blocks!

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The one above is the Febuary block called Explore. This one really got on my nerves! If I had enough fabric I would probably redo it. You may be able to see some distortion…I was trying to press it into submission:) Well, the block won. It should finish at 12.5″, but it is 12″. I am going to just make do and leave it. I suspect that do to a lot of seams that I slowly ate up a little seam allowance here and there and it caught up to me. If I have to I can border it and then square it up to the proper size.

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This one I thought would be harder, but it wasn’t! I think I could have used more contrast in the star points….more red. As I grow as a quilter I am trying not to over analyze everything and just keep moving forward. Less ripping, more stitching. So this one will stay as it is too!

Now to finishing April’s block and I will be back on track.

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For all you guys doing the Triangle Quilt Along….

If you opted not to trim the zig zag edges of your quilt, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shared a great tutorial on how to bind those and work inside those tricky corners! This is a great tutorial even if you are not using it for this quilt, so check it out and say hello from The Sassy Quilter!

Binding inside corners tutorial at SewFresh Quilts

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Triangle QAL- Joining Rows

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Week 4

Joining Your Rows

Okay guys! I know this week the pressure was on. Laying out your quilt top and piecing those rows was a little time consuming, but really brings this quilt together quick! If you weren’t able to get them all done….Well, no worries:) The next step is super easy so you will have time to finish your rows and join them together. As a matter of fact, many of you already have and I am so impressed. I even saw a few quilting it up already! Love it:)

Congratulations to Terri van Gulik! She won last weeks sponsor prize from Pink Chalk Fabrics and Swirly Girls Design!

Don’t be to bummed because you have a chance this week to win the same:)

A $25.00 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics!

 

and a pattern from Swirly Girls Design!

Now when it comes to joining our rows together our #1 concern is keeping those points on our triangles! I am going to show you a few tips so you don’t chop those off and maybe even get them to line up:)

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On the back of your piecing where you can see the stitches, you want to look for where the threads cross and form an “X”.

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You will insert a pin from the wrong side of the fabric so that it comes out right at the tip of the triangle on the other side.

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Now take the row you are matching it up to and insert the pin at the tip of that triangle.

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Straighten up your pin and smush the two together. If you pressed each row in alternated directions your seams should be going in opposite directions and nest together.

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Hold the two pieces together so they don’t shift and secure the tip of the pin to keep that in place. Work your way down each row pinning all the points and then adding one in between.

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Sew a 1/4″ seam to join the two rows. When you approach the “X”, sew just to the right of the point where they cross. The “X” is your tip and as long as you are to the right of that you will never chop it off. I could have been just a smidge closer, but this is okay.

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and Voila!…

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Squaring the Edges

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Our left and right edges have some zig zag action going on and you can leave that if you feel up to the challenge of binding it.  Not so bad actually, just use bias binding to give yourself some room to stretch. If you are not feeling ziggy or zaggy….let’s just square up this angular action.

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Line up your 1/4″ marking on your ruler just to the right of the points near the end of each row. Trim and continue moving your ruler along the edge of the quilt, making sure to leave a 1/4″ seam.

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Here is my finished top! I went with a random layout and even let some touch each other:)

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So keep on stitching and come back and link up your finished top by Thursday, April 17th at midnight/EST. If you are behind or have missed a link up don’t let that stop you from linking up. Each link is individual so it doesn’t matter if you didn’t make it to the earlier ones or even if you only do the final one!

Remember: These are finished tops only …nothing is quilted yet! Our next link up will be in 2 weeks so you have plenty of time to get these quilted up.

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Triangle check in!

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Just a quick hello and how ya doing!

Hope everyone is coming along with getting their triangle rows pieced together. Be sure to link up by tonight at midnight/EST!

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I also wanted to let you know you can link up any rows you have complete! So don’t panic if you haven’t gotten to those last few:)

Tomorrow’s post will be on how to finally get those rows joined together and trimming those edges….can’t wait!

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Hexagons and a winner!

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Hexi Stripe

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Hope everyone had a great weekend! I got to meet with my guild girls and work on some hexagons. For some it was there first time, so that was fun! I have to say my fingers haven’t done any hand stitching in a while and my thumb was sore!!! A thimble would probably help, but I find them too bulky. Just have to toughen up those quilting fingers:)

We did the two April blocks following along with the 2012 Craftsy BOM. You can find the FREE class HERE!

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Lesson Learned….don’t use red paper for your templates! When I starched and pressed them there was just a slight bit of bleeding through the fabric.

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HERE is an awesome site to print off as many FREE hexagons, triangles, graph paper, etc.! Super easy to use, just plug in any size you need and print it out.

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Last week I shared a tutorial to make a sewing machine cover using Riley Blake Designs Union Jack fabric. Fort Worth Fabric Studios created a great kit so you can easily make your own and graciously offered one to give to a lucky viewer!

And the winner is….. Brandy Pettit@pamperedpettit.blogspot.com!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR OWN KIT!

You can also get 20% off all Union Jack Panels through April 7th with discount code:

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Triangle QAL- Piecing Rows

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Week 3

Piecing Your Triangle Rows

Time to get stitching this week ladies! So excited for this part, you really start to get a feel for the quilt. If you didn’t get to link up your pic, no worries! That is just for the prize drawing. Do continue making your quilt and try for next weeks link up! Wanna know who won last weeks prize???

Congratulations to Alida @ tweloquilting.blogspot.com!

This weeks sponsors and prizes are….

$25.00 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics!

and a  Swirly Girls Designs pattern!

The first thing you are going to need to do is layout your triangles. A design wall is great, but the floor works just as good…..or just go random and let if flow!

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Important things to know when doing your layout:

Alternate how your rows start. Row 1 will start with the first triangle pointing up and Row 2 will start with the first triangle pointing downward. This gives the quilt a zig zag edge, we will trim the edge square at the end.

You will have 17 triangles in each row and 12 rows.

Triangles are STRETCHY!!! Do not man handle these pieces and let them flow through your machine with out pushing or pulling.

Pins are your friend….but you don’t have to:)

Use a consistent 1/4″ seam! A quarter inch foot for your machine would be helpful.

Once you have your layout you are ready to start sewing. Here are some step by step pics for piecing your triangles together.

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Layout your first two triangles of Row 1, The first should have the blunt tip pointing up. The second, should have the blunt tip pointing down.

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Flip them together with right sides facing. Make sure all three points are lined up and not just the two you on the side you are piecing.

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Pin along the side you will be sewing on to add stability to your pieces. Then sew a 1/4″ seam, be consistent.

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If your seam is correct your line of stitches should land right where your trimmed tip and the other corner come together.

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Gently press open and use an up/down motion rather than side to side….remember, stretchy!

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Layout your next pair.

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Flip these right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.

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Your tips will line up on one end and the other will have the 1/4″ tip beyond the triangle. This makes a “V” shape where your sewing line should start. If one end is not lining up properly…you probably have the other wrong.

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Gently press open and keep working your way down the row. I like to press my seams closed and to the side, but you can press seams open if you like.

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When you are done you should have 1/4″ of fabric past each point along your row of triangles. This means you will have enough room for your seam allowance when joining rows. Check for this each time you press open your piecing to make sure.

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For demonstration purposes this is smaller than the entire quilt, but notice how much it shrinks! Remember 17 triangles in each row and 12 rows! Be careful not to flip flop these numbers:)

Handle your rows with care:) Once again….they are very stretchy at this stage so be gentle and store flat.