Monday, October 16, 2017

Bye Week - Quilters Recipe Box

Since there are 5 mondays this month and we are away for the weekend, I am taking this week as a bye week for the Quilters Recipe Box - I will be back next week with our third block for the month.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Finished or Not Fiday - Finished is good!

A couple finishes on the blog for me today - one is the finish of the Christmas Caroling Row Along!  Congratulations to Barbara and Kat!  Marian sent you an email with details, so make sure you answer her in the next couple days so that you can get your light!

I also finished this quilt:

This is a custom quilt made from baby clothes.  My client does a great job of separating the outfits out into wonderful color palettes - and this gray and mint green color theme seems to be pretty popular right now!

I was thinking about doing the machine quilting with a medium gray, but then I realized that the big cone of neutral that Aurifil sent me in my Artisan pack was the perfect color!

How nice not to have to worry about running out of thread!  (6952 yards on this cone - that's a lot of piecing and quilting!)
I did a nice large meander over it, being careful to leave the pockets unquilted so he can hide treasures in them!



So many cute little appliques and fun little boy prints.  I mailed this out on Tuesday and it arrived Thursday.  My client was so happy - she said: "Thanks Pamela Boatright, you didn’t tell my the quilt came with feelings."  That's one of the best things about making a special quilt for someone!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, October 09, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box, Twisted Star alternate for Split Half Square Triangle

Happy Monday!  I'm running a little behind today, but I made it!  Today's block is another way of using the Split Half Square Triangle unit - the block is Twisted Star.

This one is quick and easy to make, so if you struggled a little making the Card Trick block, don't worry, this one will be a piece of cake for you.

I used 3 colors and a background fabric for this block.  Color 1 - cut a 3 1/2 inch square.  Color 2 - cut two 3 7/8 inch squares, then cut those in half for half square triangle units.  Color 3 - cut one 4 1/4 inch square, then cut in half diagonally both ways for quarter square triangle units.  Background - cut one 4 1/4 inch square, then cut in half diagonally both ways for quarter square triangle units; cut four 3 1/2 inch squares.

Start by sewing your Color 3 and Background quarter square triangle units together.  Place them right sides together with the 90 degree corner at the bottom and the Color 3 triangle on the top.  Sew from the point toward the corner.  (If your machine wants to pull the point down into the throat plate you can flip the triangles and sew from the corner to the point with the background piece on the top)

Press to the darker color and trim the dog ears off.  Sew these units to the Color 2 half square triangle units to complete your split half square triangles.
Pretty!  And they match my ironing board cover :)  Trim those dog ears off now!

Arrange not like this!  See my error?  I corrected that as I sewed my rows together, but didn't notice when I took the picture!

And the finished block - easy, right?

Don't forget, today is the last day to download my I Saw Three Ships row for Christmas Caroling Row Along, as well as the last day to enter to win two LED sewing machine lights!  Click the picture below to go to the blog post where you can do those two things!



I also want to say welcome to all those who may have just subscribed to my newsletter!  Make sure you check out the link at the top of the page to download all the Quilter's Recipe Box patterns - I hope you enjoy this block of the month series.  If you've been following along, can you take a minute and let me know if there is something you would be interested in learning for next year?  I'm thinking of doing a Monthly Mini Monday - is that something you would enjoy?  The plan would be to do one step a week and at the end of the month have a cute mini quilt finished.  I love mini quilts and would enjoy sharing some tips and ideas for them.  If you have any other ideas, please let me know as well - I'd love to hear your opinions!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Welcome to the Ninth Day of the Christmas Caroling Row Along!

I'm excited to finally get to show my row off for the Christmas Caroling Row along!  This wonderful event is being hosted by Marian, and she has worked so hard to put it all together - so many talented bloggers and generous sponsors all brought together and organized through her hard work.  Thank you, Marian (Seams to be Sew).  My second thank you goes to Northcott Fabric, who generously provided us with fabric for our rows!   We were given the opportunity to choose from their new holiday lines, and it was so fun to get a sneak peak at them, and hard to choose!

Are you ready for my Row?  For my song I chose the lighthearted tune "I Saw Three Ships"  This is an old song, probably English in origin and has been sung for a long time, and recorded by many artists. One of my favorite versions is by Glen Campbell.  I love it because it is a happy song, and to me, Christmas is a wonderful time to share joy and just be happy!

Here is the row I designed:

I wanted to make my row fairly simple, and had fun designing it!  It was quite the challenge to draw those ships, but I found a simple way of altering the size, so I actually only had to draw it out once!

I was super excited to try it out in my fabric!  I chose to use a selection from this cute line:

Click the picture and see the gorgeous fabrics, the panel is a stunning digital print!  The color numbers I chose were:  90210-10, 9020-53, 9020-78 and 21-69842 
I thought the blue with snowflakes would make a wonderful wintery sea, and it did!
I have a tip to share with you if you are doing white applique on a colored background.  Use a double layer of fabric sandwiched with fusible web, then a final layer of fusible on the bottom - it makes the appliques really stand out!  

I was worried that it might be hard to stitch through so I made a little sample to try out and it was no problem at all!



I love how quilting around the edges of the sails made them look like are filled with air and moving the ships along!

Notice that I left the masts out?  I felt like the pieces were just too small to applique.  I thought that those could be added with embroidery if anyone wanted to do that.  I might think about it later, but for now I've left them out.  They are included in the pattern if you would like to use them!


Oh another fun tip - notice the sand in the cove?  What fabric do you suppose I used for that?  It's actually the reverse side of the gold fabric that is the top part of the ships!  Like we say at the quilt shop - you pay for both sides, why not use them?

Since I really wanted to quilt my row for the hop I decided to finish it with simple borders and complete it as a small quilt.  There have been so many lovely rows on this Row Along that I would like to do eventually, but for now, I am happy to have my row be a complete project on its own.  
I pulled the red from my stash, and used the rest of the gold and green for the border and binding.

I'm very happy with how my row turned out and I hope you enjoy it!  My pattern is available on Craftsy for free until October 10.  Just click below to be taken to it:





Now...are you ready for the giveaways?  There are three you can enter to win - the first one is only on my blog and there will be two winners!

This giveaway is from Inspired LED, and it is for 2 Sewing Machine Light Kits!  I've seen these and would love to have one for my machine (which is like the one shown in the picture below!)  Look at how much light it gives you - I could sure use one of these with the dark days of winter approaching all too soon.  For this giveaway you will have to pay for the shipping, that shouldn't be too much in the US, but for overseas it will run a bit more.  The value of this prize is $30.00 each for a total of $60.00.


Thanks to Inspired LED for sponsoring this giveaway!  It ends October 10, so be sure to enter by leaving me a blog comment!


This giveaway is a shared giveaway, which will be on all the blogs for today's posts.  You will have the opportunity to win one of five 50% discount coupon for a 12 x 18 cutting mat.  These are fabulous mats, and well worth their cost - and at half off, it's an even better deal!  I have a large one and a small revolving one, and this would be perfect for my collection!  This has a value of $34.99.

Thank you Calibre Arts for sponsoring the Christmas Caroling Row Along!


Last, but not least, Northcott not only provided the bloggers with fabric, but they are also giving you the chance to win some!  You will get 8 fat quarters from their Christmas collections (value of $20.00)  This giveaway ends on October 9





Here are the rest of the Bloggers for today!  Make sure you visit their blogs, download the free rows and enter their giveaways as well!

MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster



Thank you for making this a great Row Along!  We couldn't do it without you!  If you've enjoyed the free rows and giveaways, we hope that you will feel generous and give back as well.  We are encouraging you to go and make a donation to your favorite charity.  There is so much tragedy and sadness these days, lets all try to make a difference and help those who need it.

Finally - a little housekeeping - Marion has provided us all with a set of rules and guidelines for the giveaways!  Please read, and thanks so much for your participation.   And a big thank you to all the sponsors for making this such a fun event!


Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways

Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

All winners are chosen at random.

All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year

in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.

All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.

Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

Quilter's Recipe Box Unit 10 - Split Half Square Triangle - Card Trick Block

Hello - welcome to the 10th month of Quilter's Recipe Box!  If you are new, make sure you look right above this post and click on the Quilter's Recipe Box tab to catch up on the previous blocks.

This month we have a unit that might be a little tricky, but if you've made it this far I am confident that you can make a Split Half Square Triangle unit.  This unit is the key to making the traditional Card Trick block - which is a great block and looks way more difficult than it is!

For this block you will need to cut a lot of triangles!  There will be some that are not needed, but go ahead and save those, we can use them for a block later this month.


From four different fabrics you will cut one 3 7/8 inch square (cut in half for two half square triangles) and one 4 1/4 inch square (cut in half diagonally in both directions to make 4 quarter square triangles - set aside 2 and use 2 for the block).  From your background fabric, cut two 3 7/8 inch squares (cut in half diagonally for 4 half square triangles) and one 4 1/4 square (cut in half diagonally both directions for 4 triangles)

For this block you will want to lay all the pieces out before you start sewing.  I like to start with the center first.
Then add the corners (if you like you can sew these to the background half square triangles and get that done).
Now, place the remaining half square triangles, then the quarter square triangles.  See how you get a heart shape out of each color?
Finish up with the background pieces.  Now let's put those quarter square triangles together for the Split Half Square Triangle units.
Sew the background and colored quarter square triangles together on the short sides.  Sew with the point up and put the colored triangle on the top and the background on the bottom.  Press the seam toward the dark color and trim that little dog ear at the top!
Sew to the half square triangle that is next to it. 

Press the seam toward the large triangle.
Your finished unit should measure 3 1/2 inches.  The seam of the quarter square units should be on the diagonal line and the center point should be right at the 1 3/4 inch mark.  Make sure you trim those dog ears and that your unit is nice and square!  (This is one of the reasons I like to sew with batiks - they press crisply and are easy to square up!)


Sew the four remaining quarter square triangle pieces together, making sure to keep them in the right order!  Measure and trim this piece up as well.  All your seams should go to the corners and the center should hit that 1 3/4 inch mark as well.  Goodbye to the dog-ears!
Double check your layout once again and sew it all together!

If the corners on the outside edge give you problems, you can press those corner blocks with the seam going toward the background.  Mine came out all right, but there is a bit of extra bulk there at the edges.

Take your time, pin if you need to, and make sure you match up the corners nicely - you will be glad you did!

Give your block a nice press, and now you can admire it!

Isn't this a great optical illusion?  Looks like overlapping cards - hence the title, "Card Trick".  Click below to download the recipe card and make your own block!

Download Card Trick Recipe Card

I hope you continue to make these blocks with me.  They are getting a little more difficult, but it's great to continue learning and stretching - the more you learn, the more quilts you will be able to make.  Thanks to Island Batik for these lovely Dotalicious fabrics!  If you like these fabrics, you might have to do a little searching to find them, but I still see them available online in several shops - they were from the 2016 Fall line.  I've sure enjoyed working with these this year!

As always, come back every Monday in October for a new block using the Split Half Square Triangle Unit.  Thanks for sewing with me!



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wrapping up the Back to School Blog Hop

Well, we've officially made it to the end of the Back to School Blog Hop with Island Batik!  Did you follow along?  If so you got to see the awesome Spring/Summer lines that will be arriving at your quilt shops over the next few months.  Make sure to let the places that you shop know what you would like to see them carry!  As an employee at a quilt shop, I can tell you that we love your input - we really want to stock the fabrics that you are interested in working with.


Time to announce the winner of my giveaway!  Congratulations to Thunder, whose entry for visiting my facebook page was chosen as the winner.  I've e-mailed you for shipping information, so let me know and I'll send these beauties your way on Monday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is the last day to download my Pacific Tote pattern - if you want it for free, make sure you pick that up today : 


Now it's time to get into the sewing room and finish up my row for the Christmas Caroling Row Along!  Here's a peak at my fabric - these were provided by Northcott and are going to make my row look fabulous.  They are from the Santa Claus is Coming to Town line.  I have a picture somewhere on my computer, but it seems to be hiding, but I will share that later when it turns up! 

Wishing you a good weekend, hope you find the time to do some stitching!




Friday, September 29, 2017

Just a Quick Note

I just wanted to remind you that this is the last day for the Island Batik Back to School Blog hop!  My giveaway will be ending tonight, so tomorrow I will be drawing for the winner of two awesome Stash Builder rolls - plus Island Batik is giving three lucky people the chance to win a fat quarter bundle of some of the wonderful fabrics that are just now shipping out to your local quilt shop!  Click on the link below to see my post from last week and enter both drawings:

Back To School With Island Batik


Good luck!  I am off for one more day of working at the quilt shop, then next week I will be back with the usual quilty posts.  Monday is a new month for the Quilter's Recipe Box, Tuesday is my day for the Christmas Caroling Row Along, and I will have some progress to show on my current custom quilt!  Here's a little eye candy to see you through....and I am so glad it's Friday!

This lovely quilt is off to a new home this week - someone is going to be cozy this winter :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Whack A Mole

Today I am catching up on some design work!  I need to have three fall quilt block designs and so far I only have one that is finished!  This is the block for the Oktoberfest 101 quilt run:

Now I need to work on the block for the quilt quild November block of the month to present next week, and another one to add to my Craftsy shop!  I keep thinking I will catch up on all these things, but it seems like as soon as I have one thing under control another one pops up!  Kind of like Wack-A-Mole around here.  Speaking of moles, my poor husband is going to have to deal with one in our yard.  Mr mole has popped up several new mounds over-night. 

Anyway, if you want the pattern for the Fall Basket you will have to come to Threads That Bind in October!  But it will be worth your while because while you are there you can register for the giveaway :)

I read a good blog article today:  How Quilts Saved My Sanity.  My house is full of quilts and it really does help with the sound levels!  I love the different posts that Adele comes up with, her blog is definitely on my list of favorites.  I thought you might enjoy reading this as well.

Speaking of favorites, I'm linking up with Connie for Linky Tuesday today - come join in the fun.  I spotted lots of gorgeous projects being shared today!