Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Twisted Blossom QAL ~ July 1 - August 31

Welcome to day one of our Twisted Blossom QAL (Quilt Along)!


If you've decided to join us than here is some information for you about the QAL.  

* You do not need to sign up for the QAL.  All you need to do is play along and share your blocks with us on Instagram #twistedblossom or on our Facebook page, Sew Kind of Wonderful. 

* The QAL will run for 8 weeks, starting today and ending on August 31st.  

* This should be fun so you can make your quilt as big or as little as you would like but if you would like to do what we are doing than you need to finish 2 blocks a week for a total of 16 blocks.

* Check in with us every Wednesday to see our blocks and see if we have any hints or tips to share with you as we all start making our blocks.

* Every Friday we will have a giveaway for those of you participating in the QAL and announce the winner on Mondays.  

* You will need the Quick Curve Ruler and the Metro Twist Pattern in order to make the Twisted Blossom block. 

In case you missed it before, here is the fabric requirement chart:


  Jenny ended up using 16 low volume fat quarters for her background fabric, just in case anyone might be doing the same.


Here is a 16 block layout image with no sashing or border to give you an idea of how it will look when we are all done.

Hopefully we have covered all the QAL details and your welcome to email us with any questions you might have.

Most of all....HAVE FUN!!

The Twisted Blossom tutorial can be found on the next post.

~ Helen, Sherilyn and Jenny ~



 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twisted Blossom Tutorial

Twisted Blossom
download pdf here

 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"


Fabric Requirements for one Twisted Blossom block:
-(8) Metro Twist blocks, 4 that face right and 4 that face left. (instructions can be found in our Metro Twist pattern)
-(2) 6 3/4" squares background fabric cut in half diagonally to make (4) 6 3/4" triangles
-(2) 6 3/4" squares focus fabric cut in half diagonally to make (4) 6 3/4" triangles
-(4) 4" squares for inside triangles

*Quick Curve Ruler

 Pair the background and focus fabric triangles.  Sew each set together. Press open.

Square up each block to a 6" square.

Place the 4" squares on focus fabric triangles and mark a reference line from corner to corner as shown above.  Stitch on line. 

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut a 1/4" away from stitched line.  Keep (small) triangle set. Repeat for all 4 blocks.  Press to make (4) 6" blocks.

Sew (small) triangle sets together.  Press open.

 Square up each block to a 3" square.  Sew together to create one block unit.

Layout your blocks as shown above.  After you are happy with the layout, sew the Metro Twist blocks together to create two unit blocks.

Sew blocks to form rows, then sew rows to make a Twisted Blossom block.

16 1/2" x 16 1/2"



Monday, June 29, 2015

Twisted Blossom QAL Fabric Requirements


This Wednesday July 1st, is the first day of our Summer - Twisted Blossom QAL! We are beyond excited!! Here are the fabric requirements for the QAL.


Just to be clear, you will need the Quick Curve Ruler and the Metro Twist Pattern in order to create the Twisted Blossom block.  The Twisted Blossom pattern/tutorial will be posted here on the blog this coming Weds. July 1st.


The Twisted Blossom QAL will go from July 1 - August 31.  Each Friday we will have a fun give-away. We will have a different give-away each Friday and on each Monday we will announce the winner. 
We want to remind everyone participating that the hashtag for this QAL is #twistedblossom
We hope to see all your Twisted Blossom blocks on IG and FB.  
We are looking forward to playing along with all of you!

Happy Quilting! :)

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Twisted Blossom QAL Sale


In anticipation for our Twisted Blossom QAL, July 1 - Aug. 31, we are having an awesome sale, today and tomorrow, on our Metro Twist Pattern and Quick Curve Ruler needed for the QAL.  



More details about our Twisted Blossom QAL (Quilt A-Long) coming soon!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer QAL and Saturday Spotlight


Who's ready for a Summer QAL!?!
We are thrilled about this fun new block! 
  We've incorporated the Metro Twist block into this funky fun blossom. Very cool! :)


We're very excited! Oh the fun possibilities! :)
Stay tuned for more info. about our Summer QAL.


Metro Rings again!! Yay! 
Trisha Ostrander considers herself a beginner quilter, having only made a wall-hanging previous to this Metro Rings masterpiece! 


Her goal was to make her sister-in-law a wedding quilt and was thrilled with how easy it was to make this quilt using our ruler. 
She did an amazing job! Way to go Trisha! :)
She did have it professionally quilted.
It's just beautiful! 
So, for those of you who might consider yourselves beginner quilters, just look at what you could do too! :)

Happy Quilting!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Thursday, June 18, 2015

E-Book Winner ~ Irish Chain Quilts

 It was so much fun reading everyone's comments about Irish Chain Quilts.  I think Melissa's book, "Irish Chain Quilts" would be a great book to add to anyone's quilting book collection.

...so out of 161 comments, #103 is the lucky winner!

 Blogger Sarah@123quilt said...
    I just finished an IC quilt top today! Thanks for the chance to win!

Congratulations Sarah!

~ Happy Sewing!! ~

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday Spotlight - Barb and Shanna Make a Great Team!


Oh my! We have ourselves another stunning Metro RingsBarb from Mountain Quilt Works blog and Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts blog did an amazing job on this best selling pattern - Metro Rings! 
Shanna pieced it and Barb quilted it.

Shanna's fabric and color choices are absolutely gorgeous and the white background sets everything off beautifully!


Barb used our QCR Curve It (formerly known as the QCR Side Kick) to help her quilt this masterpiece! The Curve It Ruler has the same curved angle as the Quick Curve Ruler, making it much easier to follow those curved lines when quilting. 


She used a double layer of Hobb's 80/20 batting and figured she quilted about 4,220 pebbles!! Wow!! Impressive! :) We hope someone was available to give her a good backrub!


Much thanks to Barb and Shanna! We absolutely LOVE everything about this beautiful quilt! Nice job ladies!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Unraveled - Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - .....E-Book Giveaway!

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop!

http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

I can't tell you how happy I am for Melissa and her new book!  A couple of years ago at Quilt Market in Houston, while looking and admiring all the booths from the windows, waiting for Quilt Market to open up, we met Melissa and her Mother-n-law.  They were doing the same thing.  We hit it off right away and I remember thinking to myself how genuinely nice and happy Melissa is.  Since then we've become good friends and when I found out she was writing a book I was so excited for her and new it would be fantastic!  

The quilt I chose to review in her book is Unraveled.

caption Image Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

I loved making up my charity block so much I did up another block just for fun!  I loved the instructions and how simple my block came together!


There are 15 Irish Chain Quilts in Melissa's book all with a contemporary twist.  This book is beautifully done and one you must have!!  

 
Book can be purchased here:
Local Quilt Shop, ask them if they carry this adorable book, if not have them order it.
Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order) 
 Amazon  (there is a Kindle version international friends)
Be sure to follow the other bloggers participating in Melissa's Blog Hop:

June 8th -    Happy Quilting - Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry  (you are here) 
June 9th -    Moda Lissa - Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop - Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th -  Piece N Quilt - Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order - Jeni Baker
June 11th -  Amy's Creative Side - Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful - Jenny Pedigo
June 12th -  Quilt Story - Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter - Amy Smart
June 15th -  Freshly Pieced - Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts - Christa Watson
June 16th -  Moda Cutting Table - Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby - Corey Yoder
June 17th -  Fresh Lemons - Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  - Vanessa Christenson
June 18th -  A Quilting Life - Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! - Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th -  Happy Quilting - Wrap Up & Grand Prizes


....and last but not least is the Irish Chain Quilts E-Book Giveaway!
Giveaway is over...thanks!!
Just leave a comment letting us know if you've ever pieced an Irish Chain Quilt?  The giveaway ends June 18th.

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Quilts, Market Fun and "Mini's"!


How can "work" be this much fun!?! 
Here are a few more sneak peeks of our brand new quilts coming out this Fall in our new book - One Wonderful Curve.













We've been feverishly working on getting these quilts finished and we are so excited to share them with you this Fall!
A few of our new book quilts were featured at Spring Market in Landauer's booth.  


Helen and Sherilyn had so much fun at market and getting to see our quilts.  Sherilyn hadn't seen "Candy Blossoms" (book cover quilt) since she finished piecing it and sent it to Helen to get quilted.  
She was in love with it all over again! Helen did an amazing job quilting it! 



We loved our time at market and getting to meet, again, some of our favorite quilters and designers and of course many of our quilting friends from all over the world!



 And, of course, Helen demoed our ruler masterfully at EE Schenck and Landauer


You might say we had a bit of fun walking around Minneapolis, enjoying delicious cuisine including seaweed salad, and admiring all the very cool buildings and bridges.  




Minneapolis did not disappoint! :)

Sherilyn finally got brave enough to load an actual quilt on her new long-arm!! She just went for it, made plenty of mistakes, but more importantly - learned a lot! She's pretty excited with the final results! :)



We've been experimenting with our own "mini" versions of some of our blocks.  Needless to say, we are ecstatic with the results and can't wait to make these possibilities a reality for everyone!! :)



We hope all our quilty friends are doing well and finding plenty of time to do what we all love!

Happy Quilting! :)

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~