Category Archives: Quilting

Stitchin’ Post

By Guest Blogger, Betsy Sue Sews. Look for Betsy Sue Sews on Facebook and join the fun of socializing with other crafters.

I’ve been a fan of the Stitchin’ Post since I first started sewing. I especially like their quilt kits and patterns. It’s located in Central Oregon, and most quilters are familiar with the Stitchin’ Post and their products. If you are ever in the Sisters, OR area they offer sewing and quilting classes and have a huge selection of quilting and craft notions. Plus the most quilting fabric I’ve ever seen in one place! I’m fortunate enough to have a vacation home in Central Oregon that my parents maintain year round (and the house I grew up in!) so I try to stop by to see what’s new any chance I get.

I told you the fabric selection is huge, and that’s just one corner of this store! I just got the Messenger Bag and Quilted Lap Top Pattern by the Stitchin’ Post. I’m excited to pick out fabric and get started on my bag! I’ll let you know how my bag turns out.

At the Stitchin’ Post website they have free quilt patterns to download. Additional patterns for other bags and purses, wallets, skirts and more are sold at CreateForLess.

Winners!!

Congratulations to Judi who was randomly selected as the winner of Free Stuff Friday and the 8 Pieced Tree Tiny Patterns!

These little 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ laminated pattern card are such a quick and easy way to start a project! Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back. Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back. You will love these little pattern cards to create quilt kits with fat quarters and leftover fabrics. These tiny patterns make table toppers or table runners.  

Judi’s winning answer to “What is favorite Halloween candy” was…

“Chocolate of course but not those nasty Halloween themed chocolates wrapped in foil. The real stuff like M&Ms!!”

Free Stuff Friday!!

Enter to win 8 Pieced Tree Tiny Patterns! These little 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ laminated pattern card are such a quick and easy way to start a project! Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back.

Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back. You will love these little pattern cards to create quilt kits with fat quarters and leftover fabrics. These tiny patterns make table toppers or table runners.  

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winner and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of week: What is favorite Halloween candy?

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Winners!!

Congratulations to Laura Keane who was randomly selected as the winner of Free Stuff Friday and the Quilting Designs Books!

With the Ricky Tims Celtic Fantasy Book add drama to your quilts with flowing Celtic appliqué designs like knots, trees, flowers and more. You get a full-size freezer paper pattern, plus 9 bonus quilt “skeletons” and 25 Celtic appliqué designs.

Adaptable Quilting Designs has quilting patterns were made specifically to address the need to do more than stitch-in-the-ditch in problem areas such as strips, squares, corners, and triangles. This much-needed addition to any quilter’s quilting pattern library is formatted for ease of shrinking or enlarging every design to fit the tricky spaces that happen on all quilts. Minimal text provides maximum space for inspiration or tracing. Over 2 dozen color photos provide additional visual instruction for the quiltmaker.

Laura’s winning answer to “What is your favorite summer time treat was” …

“I love the red, white and blue popsicles that used to be called “bomb pops.”

Free Stuff Friday!!

Calling all quilters! We’ve got a giveaway for you! Enter to win two quilting design books, the C&T Publishing Ricky Tims Celtic Fantasy Book and  Adaptable Quilting Designs by Sue Patten.

 

With the Ricky Tims Celtic Fantasy Book add drama to your quilts with flowing Celtic appliqué designs like knots, trees, flowers and more. You get a full-size freezer paper pattern, plus 9 bonus quilt “skeletons” and 25 Celtic appliqué designs.

Adaptable Quilting Designs has quilting patterns were made specifically to address the need to do more than stitch-in-the-ditch in problem areas such as strips, squares, corners, and triangles. This much-needed addition to any quilter’s quilting pattern library is formatted for ease of shrinking or enlarging every design to fit the tricky spaces that happen on all quilts. Minimal text provides maximum space for inspiration or tracing. Over 2 dozen color photos provide additional visual instruction for the quiltmaker.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winner and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please. Contest opened to all US residents.

Question of week: What is your favorite summer time treat?

Winners!!

Congratulations to Lindzie and Valerie who were randomly chosen as the winners of Free Stuff Friday and the Simplicity Studio Simpli-EZ Rulers!

They win the Simplicity Studio Simpli-EZ Ruler rectangle set or the square set. Markings around all edges at 1/8″ intervals and at 1/4″ and 1/2″ intervals inside square as well a 45 deg. diagonals from corner to corner. Leftie-Rightie friendly. Black markings for Right-handed and Red for Left-handed.

Their winning answers to “What would you write for a Free Stuff Friday question? ” was…

Lindzie H. – What do you have too much of? Ribbon, buttons, inks, etc

Valerie – What is the most ambitious craft project (successful or otherwise) that you’ve ever taken on?

Check back every Friday to see if we used your Free Stuff Friday question!

Personalizing Your Quilts

Please welcome guest blogger Tracey from “Imagine That Quilts” and the blog “Peppermint Patcher”.

Have you ever considered using photographs as a means to personalize a quilt?

There are products on the market that allow you to use your own home printer to print directly onto special fabric sheets. You can print any photograph from your computer onto these fabric sheets. Once you’ve done that you can use the fabric like any other and cut it, stitch it into or appliqué it onto a quilt.

There are several points you should consider before printing your photos onto these fabric sheets.

  1. Check the size of your photographs. The fabric sheets generally come in the same sizes as paper that can be fed through a printer. Make sure that your photograph is not bigger than this size. You may need to take the photo file into some photo manipulation software to do this.
  2. Look at the contrast levels in your photo. If your photo is very dark or very light you may not be able to see it well once it prints onto the fabric sheet. Again using photo manipulation software can help with this. It may also help to make the photograph black and white. This allows you to easily see the contrast.
  3. If you plan to stitch the photograph into a patchwork make sure you leave plenty of seam allowance around the photograph. Don’t just leave the traditional quarter inch as this doesn’t leave any room for error. Give yourself at least half an inch, just to be sure.
  4. If you are using a fussy, patterned fabric around the photo consider adding a border around your photograph before printing. Most photo manipulation software will allow you to add a border around your photos. You can add a narrow border before printing to give the outline of the photograph definition. It’s easier to do this before printing than it is to stitch a narrow strip of fabric around the photo.

Now don’t just assume that because cameras take rectangular photos that you have to put rectangles into your quilt. Why not think outside the square and unleash your creativity? You can fussy cut around a photo printed onto fabric.  In the same way that you might fussy cut around a print on a quilting fabric to create an appliquéd scene you can create an appliquéd scene around a photo.

I take photos of children’s faces and print those onto fabric. At Imagine That Quilts you can see how I use appliqué those faces onto bodies and create imaginary scenes around them. My nephew becomes a pirate, my niece a fairy. This makes a highly personalized quilt. These quilts are loved and adored by their recipients!

So why not give it a try? Follow the directions provided with the fabric sheets and make some quilts that are truly unique!

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