Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pretty In Pink Giveaway Winner | Appleville Friday!

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WOW!! The readers have spoken! You all LOVE and can't wait to get your hands on the stack of Kona Jackie is offering. What a generous person to be giving away gifts during her very own birthday celebration.

Kona Pretty In Pink Bundle

Thank you Jackie!

Out of the 1347 comments Mr. RNG can only pick one...

The winner is comment #447, Ella!



YAY Ella!! Please contact me with your address so Jackie can mail your prize.

Jackie carries a large selection of solids in the Canton Village Quilt Works Shop! Please take a look!

Friday I'll be talking with designer Suzy Altman about her newest release from Robert Kaufman called Appleville! Available in stores now! This fabric is beyond adorable and I can't wait to share Suzy's interview with you.

See you then,

Monday, June 27, 2011

Quilt Talk | Charlie Scott of Qubee Quilts

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Happy Monday everyone! Today, we have a special edition of Quilt Talk featuring an interview with fellow male quilter Charlie Scott of Qubee Quilts!

Charlie, who also happens to be my partner in crime for Patchwork Squared, is hosting a FREE Christmas Quilt Along beginning Sunday, July 10! Mark your calendars, he also has prizes you can win!

Here's a photo of charlie and I in Houston last year. My wife, Charlie, his partner and I took the last day off from Quilt Market and went to the Houston Zoo. We had a great time.



RWQ: Hey Charlie! Thanks for being here today and talking with me for my readers. Can you give us a little background about how long you've been quilting?

I have been around quilting my whole life. I never really even thought about it or considered it as a child. It was not until I was in my early twenties that I first thought to quilt myself. My Aunt and Grandmother were always quilting. My Aunt would quilt on her long arm machine. Not the machine like most of them today, but the first type that you moved the frame. My Aunt made her living quilting for others until she got too old and could no longer stand that many hours at the machine. My Grandmother used to hand stitch quilt tops. When I was young, my Grandmother asked what colors I would like her to make me a quilt in. I told her pink. She used a 1930's bubble gum pink. Even today I love the reproduction prints of the 30’s. I love the use of vivid colors and contrast.

I first began quilting in 1998 after watching a friend piece a quilt. I thought it might be fun to try. She told me to pick out a quilt pattern from her library of books and buy some fabric. Her advice was not to start with anything too big in case I did not like it or it could become overwhelming. I picked out a log cabin quilt that measured 30” x 30”. I thought this would be the perfect first quilt. I went to Jo-Ann's for fabric even though I had no idea what I was doing. I was a fish out of water. I had no idea how to match colors. There weren’t fabric collections. All I found that would go together were a group of Christmas fabrics. I brought my fabrics home and began to cut them into small strips for my blocks. How did I sew them together? I went to Wal-Mart and bought the cheapest sewing machine I could get my hands on. Big mistake, but we live and learn.

I went to my friend’s house and showed her the fabrics and machine. She thought I was doing great. She told me just keep it up and call if I had any questions. I set the machine up and got to sewing on my new quilt! I liked this! I was half way done when I noticed that my blocks were not square. I went back to ask my friend about them and she took a look at my blocks and asked what pattern I was using. After a minute or two, she told me I was doing a miniature quilt! The quilt called for 6” blocks. She suggested it might be better if I made a small quilt using full size blocks. I placed that project in a shoebox and went in search of another quilt pattern and more fabric. Sorry, to say I never finished that very first quilt.
The next pattern I took on was Court House Steps. I combined reds, yellows, greens and blues. It turned out great. I was hooked. I have never looked back since, nor been sorry I have gone down this road.

RWQ: Well, 13 years later here you are! How would you describe your quilting style?

I am always amazed and grateful when people love my work. I never dreamed anyone would want to see my quilts! I’m so encouraged when others declare how unique and original my designs are. I’m a traditionalist with a modern twist. I take a little of this…. and that ….then before you know it --- I have a whole new quilt design.

RWQ: I think that's why we work so well together for P2, buddy. We are both modern quilters with a love for traditional block designs. When you started Qubee Quilts what were your goals for the company?

My blog, “has taken me to great new places. You might say - it has put me on the “Quilting Map.”

I started the blog just as a fun side thing and to show off my work. We all like to wave our hands in the air and say, “Look over here! See what I have made”.
I’m not a writer. With that being said, I’m not sure why I started this blog. I can’t even spell. (Really he can’t! –editor’s note.) With the help and support of a few close friends and some creative editing --- I bring you my blog --- a snippet into my life each time.

RWQ: I know we've discussed this extensively and have worked together several times in the past, but for the sake of the readers, what methods do you use to design your quilts?

I just take some shapes, put them together and keep trying till I have something that is pleasing to the eyes. I don’t design on paper like so many others, but I use the computer. I can’t draw a straight line. I would never design if it was not for the computer. I’m a “see it in front of me to see if it works” kind of person. I can’t see it in my head like so many others. I wish I had that gift, but I don’t I don’t have a sense of color or even know what looks right together. I just take some fabrics that I like and look pleasing to the eye and place them together. I don’t have the color gene. When I think of color I don’t even keep the color wheel in mind. It was not till a few months ago that I even had a design wall to try out different things. I now throw it on the wall step back and look at it then mix it up some, but still for the most part a throw it all together type person and hope it works out.

RWQ: Can you tell the readers about the quilt patterns you’ve released through Qubee Quilts?

I’m not the type of person that likes to talk about himself and boast about my works. I have always made my work for myself and not given a damn what others think or even going to say about it. It’s maybe that mind set that has led me down the path and the encouragement of others to design a few quilts with Moda on their bake shop. I’ve even put them in the state fair, at the request of others. I have designed some quilts for a local quilt shop here in Kansas City and they, along with the Bake shop quilts can be seen on www.QubeeQuilts.com.


RWQ: Oh sure, take the easy way out on that last question! Let's get down to the reason why you're here today: the quilt along. Tell us all about it!

There are only 180 day left till Christmas, are you ready?

The Christmas Quilt Along is basically just a day when we lock ourselves away, (or lock the rest of the family away), work on our own Christmas projects, post from time to time about our progress during the day, go and visit the other people who're taking part to see what they're up to, maybe eat a little festive something (chocolate's always good!) and generally give ourselves almost a "retreat day". During the course of it, 'cause it's difficult to stay serious for too long, there will be some fun bits, maybe a little quiz, some suitable music, that sort of thing, and there might be prizes too!

I read this and knew right away I wanted to join in on the fun, but I work every Saturday. I wrote Sue to see if they ever did anything on a Sunday and they have not. She said I could do it on Sunday if I wanted in lieu of Saturday, but I thought that would be no fun. So I wrote Sue back with a few ideas in hope that I could convince her to also do a Sunday, but she told me I had such great idea that I could just run with it myself.

To help you get in the mood Qubee Quilts has teamed up with Cathi & Sue and we're going to make one big weekend event of this. Our Quilt Along will be the 2nd weekend in July, the 9th &10th.

On the 9th you jump on over to Cathi & Sue and see what fun things they have planed for you. Then on the 10th you jump back over to Qubee Quilts.

Now, me being me, I can't let all my peeps just run amok. I've got to be in control you know. :-)

I have designed a quilt for my Sunday quilt along. I even have giveaways planned for the whole day. Sure to be lots of fun.

The quilt sample pictured above uses Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.

RWQ: I'm happy to say that RWQ is a proud sponsor of your quilt along and hope we see a lot of participation. Please tell everyone how they can join in.

Thank you for being a sponsor of this quilt along and encouraging your readers join along. My hope in doing so is to get people to start thinking about Christmas long before the last minute. I know for most that will never happen, but we can try right? Welcome on board it’s great to have you and your readers.

The QAL Flickr group: CLICK HERE

QAL Frequently Asked Questions: CLICK HERE

Basic Supplies QAL Post: CLICK HERE


Thanks for being here today Charlie!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Kona Pretty in Pink Bundle Giveaway | Sponsored Giveaway Post

Happy Friday everyone! With summer in full swing, lets go ahead and kick start the 4th of July celebrations a little early with some colorful Kona.

Fireworks of the fabric kind!

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Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works is here to offer a luscious selection of 21 fat quarters in different shades of Kona pink to 1 lucky winner!

Kona Pretty In Pink Bundle

Wont that stack keep you busy for a while ... Thank you Jackie!

You can enter to win by doing the following (please leave a separate comment for each entry on this post):

1. Just leave a comment saying you'd like to win!
2. Leave another comment saying you signed up or are currently a subscriber of the Canton Village Quilt Works Newsletter.
3. Leave yet another comment saying you "like" the CVQW page on Facebook.
4. And finally, leave another comment saying you have signed up as a follower or are already following the Canton Village Quilt Works blog.

I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator and announce them here on Wednesday, June 29, 2011!

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Please take the time to visit Canton Village Quilt Works today by clicking on the image above.

If you can't wait to get your hands on some Kona of your own, Jackie has a large selection of Kona available in her shop here.

Good luck everyone!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Artful Home Winner!

Hi everyone! I'm so happy you all enjoyed Heather's interview. I love her designs just as much as you all do and was honored to have her appear on the blog!

Artful Home by Heather Mulder Peterson

Now is your chance to WIN a half yard bundle of this wonderful collection donated by the Fat Quarter Shop!

The winner out of 297 comments is #265, Melinda!



Congrats!

Thank you everyone for commenting and following along. Thank you Kimberly for donating the giveaway fabric, and last but not least, thank you Heather for sharing your inspiration and beautiful fabrics with us!

I do have one announcement to make about the upcoming feature with Suzy Ultman. We are going to reschedule it for the following Friday, 7/1 due to time restraints. But, don't worry, a sponsor shop Canton Village Quilt Works will be offering a giveaway this coming Friday, 6/24! :)

Stay tuned for more details,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Eye Spy Monster Pillows

I've been sort of on a pillow kick lately.

This idea came to me while I was trying to think of a quick, no fuss, raw edge design for a throw pillow. If you're a quilter, then you should have all the materials necessary to make these. It's time to dive in your scrap bins!

Meet the Eye Spy Monster Pillow! This is a kid-friendly project. Let them help you dig through your scrap bin for bits of fabrics that tickle their fancy. To make an extra special version, fussy cut the scraps. Use a colorful printed fabric for your foundation for another layer of fun!

Eye Spy Monster Pillow Tutorial

This simple, raw edge pillow is a new favorite of my kids. It provides lots of texture appeal and motor activity when they lift the flaps and look for the rest of the picture.

In this tutorial I used a plain fabric for the foundation to simplify my pictures and let you see better the lines I marked. I recommend using a printed fabric for the foundation to add more visual interest for the kids.

Named the "Monster Pillow" by my son because it reminds him of "monster fur."

Materials Required

Muslin or solid fabric for foundation and closure
Fabric scraps
20" pillow form
Basic sewing supplies

Cutting Instructions

From your muslin or solid fabric cut:
3 squares, 20 1/2" x 20 1/2"

From your fabric scraps cut:
90 rectangles, 4" x 2"

Assembling the Top

1. Use 1 of the 20 1/2" squares as your pillow foundation. Use a pencil or fabric pen to mark a seam line 1/4" from the outside on 3 sides.

2. Rotate the pillow foundation upright. The top is the side with no seam line marked. Beginning from the bottom seam line, use your pencil or fabric pen and ruler to mark a line 4" away. From the 4" line, continue to mark 7 more lines. Space them every 2".


3. Begin sewing the scrap rectangles to the bottom of the pillow on the 4" line. Make sure the first rectangle for each line begins at the 1/4" seam line. Once the bottom line is full, continue upwards to the next line until the entire pillow front is covered. You will have room for 10 rectangles on each line.





4. Sew the final row of scrap rectangles along the top of the pillow foundation using an 1/8" seam. This will hide the seam when you assemble the pillow.


Assembling the Pillow

1. Take your 2 remaining 20 1/2" squares and fold 1 side on each of them over 6". These will be used to create your backing. Press to create a crisp seam. If you wish to decorate one of the closure edges with trim, now would be the time to do so.


2. Pin the scrap rectangles along the bottom and side edges toward the center to prevent them from being sewn in a seam.


3. Layer your pillow top and 2 folded backing squares right sides together by aligning the raw edges. If you decorated the edge of one of the closures put that one on your pillow top first. Pin around the edges to hold everything in place.


4. Sew a 1/4" seam around the entire pillow. Snip the 4 corners to create sharp points and turn the pillow inside out.

5. Insert your pillow form and enjoy!

Eye Spy Monster Pillow Tutorial

If you enjoyed this tutorial and make a pillow to share with your kids (or friends!) please join and post a picture to the I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts "I Made It" Flickr group.

This tutorial is copyright 2011 by Ryan Walsh Quilts. All rights reserved. Please do not make items to sell using this tutorial. Please give me the proper credit if you post pictures of items made using this tutorial.

Have fun!

Cherry Fizz Giveaway Winners

Well, as you may have seen from the updated giveaway date on the Cherry Fizz post, I got really busy this week at work. Things settled down yesterday and I was able to spend a little time in the studio!

Who want's me to hand out some of these lovelies? Anyone? :)

Win Some Cherry Fizz!

Well, I'm a little bummed about not being able to keep these for myself ...

The lucky winners of the Cherry Fizz fabric are:

Comment #219, Kiki!


Comment #72, Amy!



Comment #21, passingdowncrazy!



Comment #220, annmarie!



Congrats winners! I'll be contacting you to collect your mailing addys!

Thanks again to Barbara Jones who donated the fabric for this giveaway and was kind enough to answer some questions. Thanks also Kimberly Jolly and her crew at Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring!

Hope all you dads have a great Father's Day today!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sewing with Organic Fabrics | Cloud 9 Pillows

Cloud 9 Organic Pillows

Happy Saturday everyone! I took the opportunity today to finish up some small pillows I started working on last week. My wife went strawberry picking this morning with her sister and kids in tow.

I really took to the Cloud 9 Nature walk fabrics when I saw them at Fall 2010 Quilt Market in Houston and came across these pillows by Karen listed for sale in her etsy shop a few weeks ago.

I already had these fabrics in my stash so I decided to make some rather than purchase them. With Karen's blessing, of course!

The bright aqua backgrounds and deep reds and limes that Michelle used in this all organic line are stunning. Paired with a few prints from her previous lines, I threw together these 4 small pillows. The fabrics are so soft!

I think I know 2 little boys who will be snatching these up pretty quick!

You know I had to make a Sprocket Pillow with some of the leftovers! Allison's pattern is a new favorite for me!

Sprocket Pillows!

Sprocket Pillows!

You can find Cloud 9 fabrics in the following sponsor shops: Hawthorne Threads, Fabric Worm, So Fun Fabrics, & Lola Pink Fabrics.

Don't forget there's a new Fat Quarter Shop Friday post up featuring Heather Mulder Peterson's Artful Home.

Enter the giveaway for a half yard bundle by leaving a comment on THIS post!

I gotta get working on more of those cute round pillows. They are disappearing just as fast as I make them! ;)

Hope you all had a crafty Saturday as well. What were you working on?
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