Friday, May 31, 2013

Frday Fun Day and the giveaway

Hi Everyone,

It is Friday again and you know what that means...

Today we are taking a little trip South a couple hours to my friend Diane's place she is hosting our giveaway today.

Head on over to her blog check out her awesome photography and enter to win a bit of this:

My sweet assistant Colleen put this bundle together last weekend and I loved the summery feel of it.

Have a super awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Modern Mini Quilt Tutorials...

As some of you might know I used to be on the Creative Team of The Quilted Fish... I had to quit when the shop got so busy, but that doesn't mean I am not still watching those girls... Today the team has posted tutorial for all of the mini quilts they made for Amanda's booth at Spring Quilt Market out of Madhuri. So take a little hop and check them out:

Brooke


Sally

 
Jackie



Jana


Candice


Stephanie is at a conference but when she gets back I am sure she will post... I think I saw a post about it a couple days ago but she must have been waiting for the other girls and today...

Have fun!












Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Excuse me for a moment...

Hi Everyone,

I might be suspiciously quiet this week. My Mom is moving in to our tiny house with us. So there is a lot of shuffling going on. My ever so patient and wonderful husband is letting me have a silent freak out and providing me with much chocolate and good wine in order to get through it.

This is me today... Actually, I wish I looked that good :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Sale In the Online Shop.

Hi Everyone,

The Brick and Mortar is closed on Monday but we are having a memorial day sale in the online shop. The coupon code is MARKET15 for 15% off your entire purchase. The Coupon is not valid on the BOM or the Fabric Clubs.  Ends Monday 5/27 at midnight.

http://www.intrepidthread.com

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Fun Day Starburst Pillow Tutorial and Giveaway

Thank you Julie for inviting me to be a guest on your Intrepid Thread blog. Hello from Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski.  I'm here to provide a tutorial for this pillow which I call the Starburst:

I made this same design and color pillow for a swap a few years ago and have been asked numerous times for a tutorial.  When Julie asked for ideas for a tutorial on her blog, this is what came to mind.

Materials for 18" pillow:
  • 1/8 yd. WOF of 10 fabrics – 5 of one color and 5 of another
  • ½ yd. for pillow backing
  • ½ yd. muslin
  • 18" sq. of batting
  • 18” X 18” piece of freezer paper
  • 18" zipper (optional)
  • Dresden ruler or protractor to obtain an 18 degree angle (I used a Dresden ruler minus the seam allowance)
  • Piece of cardboard to use for angle template
  • Pencil
  • Long ruler (I used 6” X 18”)
  • Something round to draw center circle (I used a roll of masking tape)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
Note from Julie: I have made a kit for this pillow available Here
 (there are only a few so get it quick if you want it)

1.  Using the Dresden ruler trace the angle WITHOUT the seam allowance and transfer to a piece of cardboard and cut out a template.


2.  Pick a spot NOT in the center of the square and draw a circle.  Next draw a line from side to side through the center of the circle on the dull side of your freezer paper square.
3.  Now line up the template you created with that line along one side and draw a line along the other side.

 
4.  Continue until you have 20 segments like you would with a dresen plate.  Use your long ruler to extend your short lines of the template out to the edge of the paper as shown above.

 5.  Number each segment (1 - 20) and then letter each segment across from another (ie 1A and 11A, 2B and 12B) as shown below.

 6. Cut on all the lines and cut out the center circle.  Save all the pieces.

7.  Identify the order you would like your fabric to appear around the circle and letter from A to J.  Iron your freezer paper template to the RIGHT SIDE of fabric.


 If you look closely you can see I ironed segment 5E and 15E to the right side of the same fabric.  Do this for all ten fabrics.

7.  Cut out all segments ADDING 1/4" seam allowance to all sides.



8. Sew together in number order: 1&2, 3&4 etc. then 1/2 to 3/4 section etc.
 I leave freezer paper attached as it helps to avoid stretching of the bias edges.


9.  Remove freezer paper.   Press seams open.  Sandwich on top of muslin which is topped with batting and baste with safety pins.



10.   I topstitched on the left edge of each segment for my quilting.  Quilt however you like.

11.  You may choose another way to cover the center circle.  This is how I did mine.  Iron the freezer paper circle to the WRONG side of the fabric.
12.  Using a small paint brush paint liquid starch to the seam allowance a small section at a time.

13.   Using a small iron, press the seam allowance over the freezer paper working slowly and avoiding pleats.


14.  Turn over and press with your regular iron.  Remove the freezer paper.


15.  Pin to cover opening and hand stitch edges using a blind stitch or ladder stitch.  Make your own style of pillow back and sew to the pillow front.  I made a zipper back with a flap covering the zipper.  Turn right side out, press and insert pillow form.

16.  Enjoy your new pillow!


Stop by my blog HERE and see what else I'm up to!  If you make this pillow, I would love to see it.  Please email me or send me a link to your flickr photo.


For the giveaway today Rachell at Claddaghs, Quilts and Stars is hosting, we have Field Day by Josephine Kimberling. So head on over and enter to win some yummy retro goodness.





Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Go Lucky and Field Day are in

Yay!

Happy Go Lucky


Field Day

Something fun for tomorrow and a new Fabric Club

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited that we will have a guest contributor tomorrow. If you have been around the blogging community for any time at all you have probably seen our guest around Mary on Lake Pulaski is a pattern tester extraordinaire and her designs are so much fun. A few years ago she made this adorable pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap  and it has to have been one of the most popular in the swap. She is bringing us a super tutorial tomorrow for Friday Fun Day.

So don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the tutorial.

Our new fabric club is starting soon. Alison Glass previewed her new modern basics called Sun Prints at Market. Here is a picture:

They are coming from Andover. They are supposed to start shipping in July they are shipping each print one month apart starting with the Feathers in July. Andover is usually about a month late with their shipping. So we are going to start the club in August. With the club you will receive nine prints in the rainbow of colors in either Fat Quarters or Half Yards. Each month (or as soon as Andover ships them) you will get the next print in the collection. August is Feathers, September is Text, October is Party Streamers, November is Corsage, December is Bike Path, and January is x & +.

Here is a close up of the Feathers


Here is a close up of the text so you know what it says :)


Here are the options for the fabric club:

Fat Quarters


1. Fat Quarter Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 FQs total).  You get a 10% discount for pre-paying. $155.10 includes shipping in the US  You can buy it here


2. International (outside of US and Canada) Fat Quarter Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 FQs total).  You get a 10% discount for pre-paying. $223.50 includes shipping.  You can buy it here

3. Canadian Fat Quarter Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 FQs total).  You get a 10% Discount for pre-paying. $199.50 includes shipping.  You can buy it here

4. Fat Quarter month-to-month option. Paid monthly by subscription, can cancel at anytime. $22.50 per month (plus shipping). A Paypal invoice will be sent each month, and you will have 5 days to pay for your invoice. If you want to cancel your subscription, simply ignore the invoice and you'll be automatically dropped from the club.You can buy it here

Half Yards



1. Half Yard Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 HYs total).  You get a 10% discount for pre-paying. $276.60 includes shipping in the US  You can buy it here

2. International (outside of US and Canada) Half Yard Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 HYs total).  You get a 10% discount for pre-paying. $345 includes shipping.  You can buy it here

3. Canadian Half Yard Option, Pre-paid for the six-month-long Club (54 HYs total).  You get a 10% Discount for pre-paying. $321 includes shipping.  You can buy it here

4. Half Yard month-to-month option. Paid monthly by subscription, can cancel at anytime. $45 per month (plus shipping). A Paypal invoice will be sent each month, and you will have 5 days to pay for your invoice. If you want to cancel your subscription, simply ignore the invoice and you'll be automatically dropped from the club.You can buy it here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Home! New Fabrics Bonjour Mon Ami and Holiday Bouquet

I came home to these pretties. I got to see them at Market as well and meet their lovely designer Amanda Murphy

This is Bonjour Mon Ami

 
I will try to get you more the Market scoop in the next day or two... I am still recovering :)


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Yep, I am at Market...

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have been keeping up with my adventures on Instagram and facebook. There isn't as much on facebook as instagram. The hard thing is that the connection for my phone at the convention center is not so great so sometimes the uploads fail... I showed a preview of Lotta Jansdotters new collection coming next February (I know) on Facebook last night.

 My Sample Spree Haul

 My new favorite Collection Waterfront Park by Violet Craft


 Lotta's New collection... just for those that don't do facebook.
Have a super Saturday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Market and Another Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

I am off tomorrow to Quilt Market. Now that I have the iPhone I will be able to keep you all updated so much easier. I have put the instagram icon in the upper right corner her on the blog so follow along if you want to see our adventures. You will see Miss Brooke and Miss Sally (the regular contributors to my newsletter tutorials) and all kinds of other wonderful people.

So my friend Patti (also in the UK as it so happens) is hosting a giveaway for this cool colorway of Bonjour Mon Ami by Amanda Murphy. It will be in the shop this week.

So head on over there and see if you can get some.

I will see you from Quilt Market tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Field Trip and a Giveaway...

Hi Everyone,

Today we are going to take a little field trip to see one of my favorite people in the Universe. I wish that I could really see her because I am going to miss her at Market. She just moved into a new home so it is probably keeping her busy as a bee.... I am speaking of Mistress Hoey aka Aneela. I love her fabric designs and she is just the nicest lady you ever want to meet.

She is giving me that look... (by the way if you don't have her book, it makes even me want to do hand work and that is saying something).

Anyway... hop on over to her blog and enter to win some Tsuru ... she picked it out just for you.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Bijoux and Modern Patchwork Magazine are in

Here is the lovely Bijoux


And here is Modern Patchwork. I will try to get some more of the books listed this week.


Friday Fun Day with Two, Two, Two

giveaways in one...

Yay! It is mother's day weekend. I am celebrating by taking my mom to another concert... she and I love country music and this weekend it is Miranda Lambert... woot! We are also celebrating by sponsoring two giveaways this week:

Head over to see Melissa at Happy Quilting and learn a little about one of our favorite people, Natalia Bonner from Piece and Quilt to win this:


Then when you just can't stand the fun anymore ... head on over to Maureen's to continue the happiness and enter to win this:

 
 
Then when you are done there head on over to the shop and use this coupon code for 10% off for Mother's Day ... MOTHERSDAY  (I know I am so original). Coupon is good through Sunday at Midnight Eastern.


I am taking the day off ... sort of... at least the morning. Gonna spend some quality time with my hubby.

Have a great weekend!