Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday Stash #7 {On Monday}

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Are you looking forward to that GIVEAWAY announcement soon??? :)

I missed my Sunday window this week to post my stash update because it was my son Rowan's 5th birthday! We were over run with preschoolers for the afternoon. A great day was had by all.

My attempt to cut back on my fabric habit had a big fat FAIL this week. No thanks to Charlie and Lindsay! Some new lines arrived from Hawthorne Threads:

A fat quarter bundle of the new Anna Griffin fabric, Lizzie.



Some half yard cuts of Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet 2!! The rest of the collection should be on its way soon!!



I found some half yards of American Jane Dots and a yard of black and white Hoodie on etsy.


Kerri listed some yummy red and aqua stripes in her etsy shop. I just had to have a yard of each. Thanks for supporting my red and aqua habit Kerri! :)


And finally, some more Joel Dewberry Ginseng home dec arrived in greens and blues. It's almost time to get started on those market bags!


See you in a few days with another portion of my giveaway announcement!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Stash #6

This week I had a little more fabric arriving due to some upcoming projects I have planned. But first, here are my "just because" purchases. I found some Lush and Amy Butler prints for a steal on eBay and I just had to pounce on them.


One of my new favorite colors right now is bright lime green. It's very fresh and fun. Reminds me of summer. I love those lime AB dots!


Quilting bud Terri, of Sew Fantastic was destashing a little American Jane Pez so I told her to send some my way! Thanks Terri! These lovlies will go in my American Jane "Vault" for now. Only to be used for super special projects. Gotta make 'em last!



Several yards of Kona cotton were ordered. I bought at least 3 different prints in similar colors for an idea I have in my head. I'll make 4 mini quilts in the same pattern, using a monochromatic color scheme. One in Violet, one in Lime, one in Tangerine, and one in Pomegranate.


I also ordered some Kona solids to go along with the fabrics I narrowed down for my DQS9 partner. I've decided to go with Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow mixed with a little of Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley. The solids you see at the bottom from left to right are, Bahama Blue, Sable and Zucchini.


Next week will probably be a little easier on the wallet as I'll be getting to work on my planned projects. I won't make any promises though! ;)

Happy quilting,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Miss Print 2 Year Blogiversary: Day One

The lovely Miss Kaye is celebrating her Blogiversary by hosting giveaways on her blog. 4 days worth in fact! Head on over there to enter today's giveaway! You're in for a treat! There's a selection of great prizes today: a Tula Pink NEST jelly roll donated by ME!! Angela from Moda Home Mom and Kaye herself donated prizes too!

Make sure you tell her that you follow my blog, 'cuz that will get you another entry!!


Happy quilting,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Giveaway Announcement - Part 1


The lovely Carolyn from AccuQuilt emailed me recently to say what a fan her company was of my blog. Can you believe that? I was totally shocked and surprised to see a message from them in my inbox. I've been enthusiastic of their machine since it was released. Needless to say, her message made my day.

I immediately called Carolyn as the note requested and boy did I get some great news for you!

Carolyn wants to offer me a GO! Cutter to GIVE AWAY to my readers! Isn't that great?!?!



I love my AccuQuilt cutter and was so happy to hear that I get the chance to give one away to you guys. The GO! is a great tool I feel every quilter should have in their studio arsenal. Whether you are looking for something new to spark interest in your hobby again or don't have a lot of time to spend quilting, the GO! is a universal solution great for busy quilters and crafters.

The majority of problems with my quilting seem to develop around cutting mistakes. The GO! helps me by creating accurate and consistent cuts every time. I can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at a time and cut an entire quilt 90% faster than using a rotary cutter!

In a few weeks I'm going to show you how I made a quilt using my AccuQuilt GO! machine and give one away right here on my blog to one lucky reader! Exciting, right? Well, I'll also be giving away prize packs of fabric and notions that were donated by my readers too! There will be one grand prize winner (the lucky duck) for the GO! cutter and many runners up. How exciting!

I'll leave you with this AccuQuilt video explaining how easy it is to use their revolutionary machine.



Happy quilting,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Stash #5

I've been very lax in my Sunday Stash participation lately. Bad Ryan! Too many projects to get finished and not enough time to dish about all the awesomeness arriving via my best friend the post lady. I *heart* the USPS!

Here's what arrived this week ...


A few prints from Joel Dewberry's home dec line Ginseng. I found these on etsy in Dana's shop. They were on sale!

I've been wanting to make some of THESE bags to take to market in the fall to hold my sample spree loot. I'm thinking of mixing and matching the Ginseng with some of Denyse Schmidt's County Fair line. We'll see how it goes.

If I'm ambitious enough, I'll also take a few to give to friends.


I also picked up some of Lauren and Jessi Jung's Botany because it was on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks Kim! My bud John and I both think this line has an Anthropologie feel. I think a few Bundles of Joy quilts are in order! ;)

As you can see, I didn't break the bank this week with my purchases. I can always make up for it next week!

HUGE Giveaway announcement next Thursday!

Have a great week,

Friday, July 9, 2010

GREAT NEWS! GIVEAWAY SOON!

Get your mice ready and do some finger stretches everyone. We're gearing up for our BIGGEST giveaway yet! Tell all your friends and quilting pals! You don't want to miss what I'm about to announce!

STAY TUNED!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bundles of Joy Quilt { A Tutorial }


Every once in awhile I run across a quilt design and say to myself, "I can make that!" Even without taking a look at the pattern. Most of you probably had the same reaction when I posted a picture of this quilt. It's a very simple design and takes a few hours to put together. If you're like me and have an addiction to charm packs, you will more than likely have everything you need for this project right in your stash.

Finished quilt will measure around 24 x 28. Perfect for a play mat or stroller/carseat cover up.

Here are the supplies you'll need to make the top:

1 Charm Pack (or 42, 5" charm squares)
1 Yard of a coordinating solid


STEP 1: Take your solid print and slice 14 strips that measure 1.25" by WOF (width of fabric). Do this by keeping your yard of fabric folded in half on the cutting surface, rotary cutting the 2 layers at once. You'll end up with 14 strips of fabric that measure 1.25" x 44". I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman in Pink.


STEP 2: Cut each strip of solid into 7" lengths. These are the pieces you'll use to make the cross patterns in each charm square. You should end up with about 84 smaller strips that measure 1.25" x 7".


STEP 3: Take each charm square and slice them at a random measurement straight up and down. Repeat until all 42 squares are randomly cut. If your charm pack has a few repeats, make sure you keep track of both sides of those particular prints. You'll have trouble later putting them back together if you don't. I'm speaking from experience ;)

(To save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting. If you want a random cross design all throughout your top, I would say limit the number of stacked squares to 4. This way you'll have a minimum of 10 unique cross placements.)


Here is a photo of all the charm squares cut and stacked in pairs.


I used a Hushabye Charm Pack by Tula Pink for Moda Fabrics.

STEP 4: Begin piecing your charms back together by placing a 1.25" x 7" strip along the cut edge of one side of your sliced charm squares.


Sew a .25" seam along the edge and press your seams open.



Repeat 41 times until you have sewn a strip of solid to one half of each sliced charm square.

(If you can chain piece, being careful to keep track of which side will complete each charm square, it will save you a lot of time.)

STEP 5: Attach the other half of each charm square to each charm/solid strip combination you made in step 4 by lining up the edges of the sides of the charm pieces, right sides together, and sewing a .25" seam.


Again, press the seams open.



Repeat until all 42 charm squares have been reconstructed with a pink strip down the center.

STEP 6: Like in step 3, take each "reconstructed" charm square you just made and slice them at a random measurement perpendicular to the pink strip. Repeat until all 42 squares are randomly cut.



(Again, to save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting. If you want a random cross design all throughout your top, I would say limit the number of stacked squares to 4. This way you'll have a minimum of 10 unique cross placements.)

STEP 7: Begin piecing your charms back together by placing a 1.25" x 7" strip along the cut edge of one side of your sliced reconstructed charm squares.


Sew a .25" seam and press to one side. Repeat until you have sewn a strip of solid to one half of each sliced reconstructed charm square.

(If you can chain piece, being careful to keep track of which side will complete each charm square, it will save you a lot of time.)


STEP 8: Like in step 5, attach the other half of each reconstructed charm square to each reconstructed charm/solid strip combination you made in step 7 by lining up the edges of the pink strip pieces, right sides together, and sewing a .25" seam.



Press the seams to the center and repeat until all reconstructed charm squares are complete with pink Kona crosses. There should be 42 total.



STEP 9: Square up all 42 of your completed blocks to the desired size. I cut mine all down to 4.5" x 4.5". Once the top was pieced all the blocks finish to 4" square.


STEP 10: Take your 42 cut blocks and lay them out on your design surface. You will have enough to place them 6 blocks across x 7 rows down. I took a few minutes to change blocks around till I got a layout I liked.


STEP 11: Begin piecing the blocks together to construct the top. I made larger blocks by piecing 4 squares together and then joined them to make rows. I sewed the rows together to make the top.


(Feel free to use another method of piecing your top. ie: making 7 sets of strips out of 6 blocks and then combining them. This is just how I did it.)


STEP 12: Sandwich, quilt, and bind in the fashion you are used to. I used 1 yard of a coordinating Hushaby print for the back of my quilt and bound it using the left over Kona Pink.


You now have a wonderful baby quilt to give as a gift to someone expecting!


This pattern can be altered to make a bigger quilt by using a layer cake (or 42, 10" squares) and 2.5" strips of Kona solid.

This quilt is listed in the SHOP and is available for sale HERE.

If you follow my tutorial and make a quilt, feel free to post photos of it to the flickr page I've created here: I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts { I MADE IT } I love to see projects you've made using my tutorials.

Happy quilting,
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