Inside/Outside

Sewing usually means you are inside. And in the winter, that is OK! but in the summer, it is often so nice out, I hate being inside! Last week, when we first got home from our travels, I had a bunch of fabric to iron for a new project. And it was just lovely outside.

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Now I have to figure out how to sew on the deck. I know I can bring the machine outside, maybe on a card table or my portable table from Arrow, but what about a place to cut and trim???

Hmmm…. this will take some thought.

Any suggestions?

happy quilting,

Kate

Giveaway Winners

DSCN1911Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! And for all your kind words about the wedding quilt.

I hope you all had a great weekend- did you see my ALS Ice Bucket challenge video on Facebook? I figured if my husband’s aunt challenged me, well, I had to rise to the occasion! Thank goodness it was a nice warm day here.

 

 

 

On to the winners-

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Congratulations ladies.  I have sent you both an email asking for your snail mail address. I hope you enjoy trying out the Fabric Folding Pen.

happy quilting,

Kate

August Giveaway

WeddingQuiltBack in July I shared a couple of pictures of my son and daughter in law’s wedding quilt. It really is just so beautiful (if I do say so myself!) Though it was started 2 years ago, before their wedding, it got put away for most of the last 2 years.

I pulled it out a couple of times, planned some of the flowers and then promptly put it away again as other projects demanded attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, when I decided in May that it must be done and brought to CT in July, I was really under the gun.
t186_667aa7d2a39f743d77c3562375c0ed8cAt Quilt Market, while Elizabeth and I were looking for our notion for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, I came across a Fabric Folding Pen at the Clover booth.

The woman demonstrating it made it look so easy and so helpful. So I decided to see if it was really was helpful!

 

 

 

I had a lot of flowers to appliqué. And given that I had less than 2 months to add the borders, make the flowers, appliqué them, get it quilted….. I was looking for anything to make the process go smoothly and easily.

DSCN1436For the appliqué,  first I drew and cut my flower shapes out of freezer paper. Then I ironed the freezer paper to the fabric and roughly cut the fabric about 3/16″ bigger than the paper template.

Then it was off to the ironing board.

I tried three methods.

 

 

 

For some of the flowers, I ironed the fabric around the template, removed the paper and pinned the flower piece to the quilt.

For others, I used fabric glue to help the fabric stay down.

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Then I tried running the fabric folding pen on the fabric around the edge of the paper and then ironing the fabric.

What I found was the pieces I made using the Fabric Folding Pen stayed pressed better than those without anything. The glued ones stayed too, but it was harder to remove the paper.

 

 

 

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See how the edges are unfolding  already?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It stayed nice and flat even after I removed the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1438The pen comes with this liquid, and you add just a few drops to the barrel of the pen and then fill with water. The package says the resulting solution makes the fabric pliable and easy to fold.

True!

 

Want to try it?

I have 2 Fabric Folding Pens to give away.

 

 

 

Leave a comment below and you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of these pens.

DSCN1893Sign up for our newsletter (or let me know you already get our newsletter) and you get an extra chance.

Like us on Facebook (or let me know you already like us!) and you get an extra chance.

Follow us on Pinterest and you get an extra chance as well.

As a bonus, if we get up over 400 Likes on Facebook, I will also give away some other goodies. But those are a surprise. We have to wait and see if it happens.

So tell your friends to come here and to like us on FB too!

Giveaway closes Sunday August 17th at 9pm my time.

OK- off to do some more sewing… I love my job!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Seam Ripping- so many options!

DSCN1879So, I know I have mentioned before, my seam ripper Jack and I are good buddies.

 

 

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In fact, Jack has many friends- he needs helpers so he doesn’t get tired with all the work to do!

There are a lot of seam rippers on the market- do you have a favorite?

And then, the REAL question is, how do you rip out seams?

 

 

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Some people rip out each stitch, one by one.

Some people rip out stitches, a few here, a few there and then pull the bobbin thread out to get the rest.

Check out this Youtube video.

 

 

Others use the curved end in the seam and rip along the seam creating little stray pieces. Check out this video. It looks awkward, but it works well, once you get it started. And for me, it works better when you hold the pieces up in your hand, not flat on the table.

Do you have one way to rip? I do use a variety of methods depending on the seam, the number of cross seams, etc. Well, that, and my mood!

DSCN1882If I only have a few stitches to rip, I just pick them out with the point of my ripper.

For a longer seam of stitches, I like the method of using the curved edge and ripping along my seam.

 

DSCN1884It goes so fast that way. You just have to be careful not to poke a hole in your fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1888And for long stretches where there are a lot of seams, I may do a little combo ripping as sometimes the curved edge of the seam ripper can get caught in the seam allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

And this ripper helps to clean up the stray threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You know what else helps with seam ripping? A extra sticky pet lint roller!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and one other thing. A few of my seam rippers are old.

Most quilters like to be frugal, but guess what? Your seam ripper can get dull, just like your rotary cutter blade. So if your seam ripping is not smooth, get a new ripper!

You deserve it!

 

Happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. Two things:

1. Craftsy’s last day of the Dog Days of Summer sale is today. Click here to save up to 50% on classes! And it is not just my class- it is all quilting classes! There are some really great classes there. I am currently taking a class on machine quilting with Jacquie Gering.

2. Our August giveaway will start on Wednesday August 13th- so check back!

Week 1 of August and a Sale

DSCN1870How was your week? Mine has been busy- especially trying to get back into some sort of routine.

It is so easy to get distracted when working from home (actually distractions abound no matter where you work!) but at home the distractions are just different.

 

 

 

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the cat (she can get demanding- not so easy to ignore!),

the laundry,

the messy kitchen (fairly easy to ignore!),

the idea: oh it so nice outside, I should take a walk….

 

What distracts you?

 

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Is that snow still up on those mountains? Isn’t this August?????

Part of my week has been a little bit of sewing on a new project. When I sew, sometimes I like the quiet. No t.v., no music, just me and my sewing.

Other times, a little background noise helps.

What about you? Do you listen to music, watch t.v. or….????

This week, I have had so much on my mind, I needed noise to keep the chatter in my mind quiet.

So I watched some Craftsy classes while I sewed. Of course, the danger with that is that then you see (or hear) something very interesting and you have to stop sewing to watch.

Hmmm… so does it count a a distraction or as background helping to keep me from being distracted?

unnamedEither way, here is a code so you can sign up for some great classes at Craftsy and save $$. And be distracted with great information!

Who doesn’t like to save money? This is their last big sale of the summer and you can save up to 50% on all quilting classes.

Click here to go to Craftsy and save.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s next week we are going to do the August giveaway on the blog so be sure to pop back and check it out!

Globetrotting Catch Up

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St Louis Block 1

I am behind on my Globetrotting with Pat Sloan blocks. The wedding details derailed my plan of staying on track and getting each block in “their” month. No worries, though. I am determined to catch up!

This past weekend, when I arrived back home, first we picked up Miss Lily from the vet and then we went and picked up my sweet little sewing machine. She had been for a spa day while I was gone- all the lint and stuff has been cleaned out and she is humming along nicely!

 

On Sunday I decided to make the blocks for June to ease her back into sewing.

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St Louis Block 2

I have been to St Louis, once on my trip moving out here to CO, which is the city for June.

As some of you know, each month I am making 2 blocks so I can make my quilt a little bigger. I really loved that skull fabric I had used before and so I decided to use it again!

 

Next up, July!

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

 

DSCN1853p.s. To save time, I made the 2 blocks at the same time, chain piecing sections. Do you know what happens when you are doing this and each block has a similar BUT different background fabric? Yup- I mixed them up and had to play with Jack the Ripper! Ah well, live and learn!

Strip Piecing Tuesday

DSCN1867When we showcased the Ideal Seam Guide last month (oops!- 2 months ago!) for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, I wondered if I would use it.

I mean, I am a creature of habit and I had been used to doing something else.

 

 

 

 

I am working on a new project and I needed to sew some strip sets.

My sewing machine had been for a spa day while I was away and she needed a little workout! (She and I did do a little sewing on Sunday- I will show you those blocks tomorrow.) So today I got up and decided to get right to sewing.

 

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I love how I can make a channel between my two guides and just gently hold the fabric strips together and let them slide thru the channel.

I occasionally stopped, needle down, and re-adjusted the strips so they were lined up together and then just went pedal to the metal!

 

 

 

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Once I was done with the first group, I re- adjusted where the seam guide was, and then kept going!

 

So yes, the Ideal Seam Guide was worth it!

 

 

 

 

A whole pile of strip sets, ready for slicing and dicing – and all before breakfast. Pretty neat!

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happy quilting,

Kate

 

p.s. Does anyone know why you always run out of bobbin right before the end of the last seam?

 

 

 

Welcome Back!

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The bride and her brothers

Hello friends! I am back in Colorado after 2 weeks in CT- what a great trip! It was so nice to see all my kids together, to spend time with family and friends and to see my beautiful daughter get married! I don’t even know what to say, so I will let the pictures say it all.

 

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Alyssa and Jeff

 

Some of the photographs come from Walker Studios, LLC; two lovely sisters who took the wedding photos. Wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They had a Best Woman and a BridesMan- love it!

The place was rocking- they finally had to cut the cake before it toppled over!

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The cake was amazing- beautiful and tasty!

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The Groom’s Cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of people had some fun in the “photo Booth” area!

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Scott and Jocelyn even got Grandma in the booth!

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Sean and Rea

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Even the happy couple!

 

After the wedding, the happy couple took off, and we took to the road with our son Sean and his wife Rea for a few days on the coast before they headed back to Scotland.

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Life is good.

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Wedding Week and a Quilt

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I have been so busy here in CT getting ready for my daughter Alyssa’s wedding. What an exciting time! And frustrating.

The woman we are working with at the wedding venue said that figuring out the table seating plan is the WORST part of the wedding- and she was right! We have changed it so many times in the last few days…

People coming that we did not know were coming- change the plan.

People now NOT coming that had said they were coming. Change the plan.

The venue does not have that many of that size table- change the plan! Oh my goodness!

But I think we are finally done with that. Yea.

 

 

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Yesterday Alyssa and I picked up her brother Sean and his wife Rea in Mass.

They came in from Scotland for her wedding. They spent a few days with her family and their friends and now they are here with us and we are so excited!

We were also so excited because we were finally able to give them their wedding quilt- 2 years later!

Long story, but isn’t it beautiful?

Alyssa and I worked on it together in Connecticut before I moved, then she worked on part of it here while I worked on part of it in Colorado and then I put the whole thing together.

Crystal Zagnoli of the Quilted Cricket quilted it for me and she did a great job.

 

More family arrives today: my son Scott, his girlfriend Jocelyn and my husband Jim. First time in two years we will be all together.  So happy.

Kate

WooHoo We have winners!

Short and sweet – and more importantly to the point.

Our winners from the Notion Commotion Blog Hop are:

Robin H – the Ideal Seam Guide

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Janet F – our gRadient quilt pattern

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Susan (the farmer) – our Jelly Roll Jumble quilt pattern.

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New Jelly Roll Jumble

We would like to thank all of our entrants.  Our followers are the best!  And after visiting all of our fellow designers blogs, aren’t we all inspired?  Lots of great ideas and nifty notions

Kate has a week of pre-wedding final touches.  I will be heading up to our old stomping grounds in New England to attend.  Pictures will follow next weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop- Day 10

NotionCommotionToday is the day- the last day of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop posts! I hope you have had a good time visiting all the designers and seeing all the great gadgets and gizmos they have shown us.

 

I know I have had a blast!

 

 

southwindToday our blogger is my good friend Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. She is a great lady with some really cool patterns. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us! Pop over to her blog and check it out.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our blog hop. Don’t be a stranger- come back soon!

Elizabeth will be drawing a name on Friday and she will post the winners of our giveaway here either Friday or Saturday. So make sure you have entered our drawing- click here to go to the blog post if you have not entered yet! Click here for the entire list of bloggers- you don’t want to miss single one!

happy quilting, Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 9

NotionCommotionWow! Hard to believe we are almost done with this blog hop! Is has been fun, hasn’t it?

 

Today on the hop is Susan Emory of the Swirly Girls.

 

 

 

SGD LogoShe has wonderful patterns, designs fabric for Michael Miller and just does lots of fun stuff!

So pop over to her blog and see what groovy gadget she has for you!

 

Happy quilting

Kate

Don’t forget to pop over to all the blogs to enter to maybe win some nifty notions! The whole schedule can be found here.

Did you enter our giveaway? Hurry- Elizabeth will be drawing a name this Friday! Click here to enter!

Quilt Show

DSCN1518This past weekend some of my quilts were hanging in a booth at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Show in Castle Rock.

Did you get a chance to go to the show? I spent my day there Thursday helping in the booth and chatting with quilters. Always fun to chat with quilters!

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Here is a picture of the booth- any guess what is missing?

 

 

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This! The Innova long arm!

Crystal does a lot of quilts for me these days and I am so lucky to have found her. I can’t wait to show you a quilt she did, but it will have to wait a couple more weeks.

 

DSCN1524We were giving away a goodie in the booth- a cute charm pack and a copy of our pattern Prints Charming! Congrats to Laura!

I have a busy week ahead… some sewing… some pattern writing… stuff for the wedding – less than 2 weeks away now!

Oh- don’t forget – this is the last week of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. Check back tomorrow to see who is up next and what groovy gizmo they have.

Happy quilting,

Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 8

NotionCommotionAnother day, another notion! Today’s blogger is Laura Blanchard of Plum Tree Quilts. I wonder what she has for us today?

 

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I hope you have been able to get to all the bloggers and see their great notions and enter their giveaways! Why miss a single one?!

 

What has been your favorite tool so far? Curious minds want to know! (And it does not have to be the one we showed, I really do want to know what you like!)

 

If you need to catch up, here is the whole list of bloggers so you don’t miss a single groovy gadget! Next week is our last week of the Notion Commotion- it will be so sad not to have more tools to covet!

Have a great rest of your week-

happy quilting,

Kate

 

 

 

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWHave you heard me on Pat Sloan’s Podcast? It was so fun to chat with her! Click hear to listen.

 

 

 

CraftsyLogoHave you signed up yet for my Craftsy class? Click here for a link to get 50% off  my class!

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New Jelly Roll Jumble

 

Whatcha doing this weekend?

 

I am going to the Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival! Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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It is in Castle Rock, CO on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And some of my quilts will be hanging in a booth- my friend Crystal Zagnoli of The Quilted Cricket, will be there with her Innova long arm machine. And some of my quilts that she has quilted will be displayed. How fun is that?

So, if you are in the area, pop on over. They have free classes, vendors, and lots of groovy stuff.

Maybe even some nifty notions? Need informations? Directions? Hours? Click here.

happy quilting,

Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 7

NotionCommotionAnother day… another notion! Did you all have a great holiday weekend? Are you ready for some notions?

Today our blogger is Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods. Elizabeth and I met Celine at Quilt Market many years ago- she is a great quilter and I know you will enjoy what she has to show us.

 

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So, pop over to her blog and see what the nifty notion is today! And then check out her website- worth a look.

 

happy quilting,

Kate

Did you miss entering our contest for our groovy notion? Then pop over to this post and leave a comment.

The whole schedule is here.

 

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July- I do hope it is a nice day where you are. It is lovely here- going to get very hot, but right now, warm, sunny, beautiful blue skies…. a great day.

This morning, hubby and I have been relaxing on the deck, reading and just enjoying the day.

 

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Last night we had some clouds roll in, but as the sun broke thru the clouds, the sky was just so pretty!

 

I hope you have a lovely day!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 6

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And the fun continues! Isn’t it great seeing all these tools? And possibly winning one?

 

 

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Today on the blog hop is Brenda Miller of Among Brenda’s Quilts and Bags! Brenda is a great person and she has lots of fun stuff on her website.

I am sure she is going to have a cool tool for you today.

 

So pop over to her blog and check things out!

 

If you haven’t entered our giveaway for our groovy tool, click here for our blog post. There is still time to enter the drawing!

For the whole schedule of posts, click here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss one of these great giveaways!

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEW If you missed hearing me Monday on Pat Sloan’s radio show on the American Patchwork and Quilting network, click here, then choose our show link to hear the show! I was on along with Jenny Doan and Nancy Mahoney- what an honor!

happy quilting,

and happy 4th of July to my American peeps!

Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 5!

NotionCommotionSo today on the blog hop is….. (insert drum roll)

 

Debbie Wendt of Wendt Quilting!

 

 

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So pop over to her blog and see what nifty notion she has for us!

Happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. If you haven’t entered our giveaway for our groovy tool, click here for our blog post. There is still time to enter the drawing!

For the whole schedule of posts, click here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss one of these great giveaways!

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWp.p.s. If you missed hearing me yesterday on Pat Sloan’s radio show on the American Patchwork and Quilting network, click here, then choose our show link to hear the show! I was on along with Jenny Doan and Nancy Mahoney- what an honor!

 

 

American Patchwork and Quilting Show!

Today is the day!

 

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWTune in to the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast at 4pm ET, 3 PM CT, 2 PM MT or 1PM PT and listen to all the fun!

 

I will be on along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and Nancy Mahoney! How cool is that!

 

Happy quilting,

Kate

I am going to be on Pat Sloan’s radio show!

1 APQPodCastBlogButtonsGuest250I am SO excited!

Tune in on Monday, June 30th to the American Patchwork and Quilting podcast where I will be a guest on Pat Sloan’s  show!

I first met Pat back in 2006 when we both were at a quilt retreat at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT. The Mercy Center is located right on the water so the views are wonderful- a peaceful and serene setting.

I was teaching a 2 ½ day class and Pat was the featured quilt celebrity and she did a trunk show and lecture and it was so much fun!

I am so honored to be a guest on her show- so please, mark your calendars for Monday, June 30th and listen to me chat with Pat!

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Kate Colleran guest

 

4pm ET

3 pm CT

2pm MT

and 1 pm on the west coast.

 

 

 

 

Happy quilting,

Kate

 

NotionCommotionp.s. Did you see yesterday’s blog post on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop? It was our day to showcase a nifty notion, a cool tool, a groovy gadget! Check it out here!

You don’t want to miss out on our great giveaway!

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 4

NotionCommotionDay 4 of the hop! And guess who is posting? That’s right, it is our day on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. So let’s get to it!

We are excited to show you our nifty notion, our cool tool, our groovy gadget…

 

 

 

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Today we are addressing that pesky ¼” seam allowance. The elusive one- you know, sometimes you are right on the money,

 

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other times, well, not so much!

 

 

 

 

DSCN1419For those who have seen my Craftsy class, you know that I like to use a small seam guide on my sewing machine bed to help me maintain that ¼” seam allowance.  Now I know there are lots of ways to do it; some people will tell you to use a small stack of post it notes to bump your fabric up against. For me, that never worked. I “bump” too hard and the notes move!

 

 

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( The other reason I don’t use my ¼” foot is because I forget I have it one and then I try to do a fancy stitch and poke holes in the foot and break needles! But don’t tell anyone that part; it is a little embarrassing!)

 

 

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While we were at Quilt Market, Elizabeth spotted this great seam guide. It is called the Ideal Seam Guide from Sew Very Smooth. It is a pretty nifty little gadget!

 

 

 

 

 

First they have a seam gauge to line up with your needle- you stick the needle in the hole and gently lower your pressor foot onto the gauge.

The gauge has a bunch of markings; including both ¼”  seam and a scant ¼” seam marking.

 

 

 

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Then you peel back the cover from the sticky stuff on the back of the guide and press in place.

Remove the gauge from your needle and done! Ready to sew perfect ¼” seams!

 

 

 

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What is nice about this guide is how sturdy it is.

To be honest, it took me a while to get used to it; it is thick, so your fabric can bump against it and not easily slide over it. If you firmly press the guide in place, the sticky stuff is pretty sticky, so it stays secure.

Once I got used to the size, it was terrific!

 

 

 

 

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See me sewing my little 4 patch units for Jelly Roll Jumble!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their website has lots of how to videos- how to use it; how to clean it, etc… so it is worth a visit!

They have a 5″ long guide (which is what I have) and a 10″ long guide. And other groovy stuff!

 

 

DSCN0988One way to use both guides is when you are piecing long strips of fabric like I was doing for my quilt, Jelly Roll Jumble. You use one guide to mark the  ¼”  seam and the other on the other side of the strip to form a channel.

 

 

 

 

I did that, but since I only had one Ideal Seam Guide, I used my other seam guide on one side. Then you can easily guide long strips thru the machine without a lot of adjusting. Nice!

 

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You can even move the guide over for larger strip sets.

 

So, wouldn’t you like to try this seam guide? Of course!

The folks at Sew Very Smooth are going to give away one set of the Ideal Seam Gauge and the Ideal Seam Guide to one lucky winner!

 

 

 

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Lily testing the new Jelly Roll Jumble quilt! She approved!

 

 

 

And we are going to give away two patterns; one of our new updated patterns, Jelly Roll Jumble, and one of gRadiant- our newest pattern!

 

 

 

 

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So a total of three winners! Woo hoo!

So how do you enter the drawing? Leave a comment below an you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of the three prizes listed.

That’s it- one comment and you are entered into the drawing for the Ideal Seam Gauge and Guide or one of two of our patterns.

 

 

You can earn extra chances by signing up for our newsletter (did you know you get a free pattern when you sign up?), by liking our Facebook page, by following us on Pinterest or by sharing about the hop on Facebook or on Twitter! Please, help spread the word about the fun things happening on the blog hop!

 

Just leave us a comment for each “extra thing” that you do and you will get extra chances in the drawing. We will draw our three winners on Friday, July 18th after the end of the blog hop.

 

Thanks for visiting with us!

happy blog hopping,

Kate

If you missed the first few blog posts on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, click here for links to earlier posts by other designers! Go show them some bloggy love and enter to win their giveaways! What’s not to love?

 

Click here to get a link for 50% off my Craftsy class.

Tune in June 30th to hear me on Pat Sloan’s Radio show, sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting! How cool is that!!!

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 3

NotionCommotionHi everyone! Today is Day 3 of our Notion Commotion blog hop! Are you ready for some hopping?

 

 

 

 

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Today’s blogger is Joanne Harrison Hillstead of Fat Quarter Gypsy. I know she is going to have some fun stuff for you to see so hop over to her blog and check it out!

 

 

And don’t forget to come back here on Thursday because it is our day to post! You don’t want to miss it!

 

Happy quilting,

Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 2

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It is Day 2 of our Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today our blogger is Janice Pope of Anything But Boring.

 

Janice is most well know for her Two Hour Tulip purse, but she has a lot of other wonderful things.

So pop over to her blog, see what must have, nifty notion she is showing us and get in on the fun!

 

 

Did you get to Kris’s blog on Tuesday? It’s not too late to still get in on her giveaway!

Click here to go to her blog post!

happy quilting,

Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 1

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The blog hop is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1:

First up is Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs.

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Pop over to her blog and see what notion she just gaga over!

 

If you don’t already know Kris, you are going to love her stuff. She has all sorts of fun patterns- bags, bowls, quilts…. so after you check out her nifty notion, browse her site- it’s worth a look!

 

 

 

If you want to see the whole schedule, click here to go to my Notion Commotion Blog Hop page.

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

Wedding Shower Mania

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I just got back to Colorado from CT where I spent time with my daughter and many friends and relatives for her Wedding Shower Mania weekend.

We had three showers in three days and it was wonderful!

 

 

Here are a few of pics of the three showers…

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One with one of her future grandmother in laws…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One with her grandma…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One with me and her future mother in law…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One with a couple of her cousins…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the cupcakes her maid of honor made- they were delicious! And soooooo cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Such a cutie- goofy girl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t forget- our Notion Commotion blog Hop starts on Tuesday- first up will be Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs!

You can see the whole schedule here.

Have a great weekend!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Craftsy’s Big Summer Sale

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Craftsy is having a  Big Summer Sale- up to 50% off -  from 9am today until Monday night June 9th at midnight CDT.

 

How cool is that???

 

Click here to get up to 50% off on ALL classes!

Woo hoo!

 

Hurry, the sale ends Monday night.

 

happy quilting,

Kate

You Tube Videos

Do you watch “how to” videos on You Tube?

UnknownA lot of people go to You Tube to learn how to do things and there is so much information there!

I looked at a few the other day- maybe I can finally learn how to do Continental Knitting instead of how I currently knit. Actually, I can do the knit stitch continental, it is the purl stitch that I cannot figure out!

 

DSCN0653In our booth at Quilt Market, we were showing how to use the Cottage Ruler by Creative Grids.

The ruler was designed by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly of The Quilt Branch.

Why the Cottage Ruler? Well, it is just another way you can cut the parallelogram shape we use in our table runner pattern, Leftovers!

 

In the pattern, we give you a template that you can make out of template plastic, or tape to your regular ruler, but the Cottage Ruler is even easier!

So, while we were at Quilt Market, I decided to make my first how to video using the ruler. To see what you think- click here.  Now remember, this video is done by an amateur, so please, be kind!

 

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By the way, isn’t out little table runner adorable? We originally designed it for a blog hop and now it is it’s own pattern!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget that later this month we are doing our notion Commotion Blog Hop! I can’t wait for you to check out all the designers and what the tools they thought were pretty nifty!NotionCommotion

Remember, the blog hop begins Tuesday June 17th and goes on every Tuesday and Thursday until July 17th. And yes, there will be giveaways!

I even created a page just for the blog hop so you will be able to see the schedule- click here. I will be updating it later this week when the schedule is finalized.

Have a great week- I hope you are doing something quilty! I know I am!

happy quilting,

Kate

IMG_7842_retouchedp.s. I am still offering my Craftsy class with a 50% off link- go to this page and click on the picture.

 

Globetrotting Update

I am caught up!

Here are my San Juan blocks for April:

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Here are my London blocks for May:

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Each month, when I make two versions, I am not sure which one I like better! Though I really like the surprise fabric in one of my May blocks!

happy quilting!

Kate

Busy Week and Upcoming Fun Stuff

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I just got back from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. What a busy few days!

 

Have you seen our newest pattern? It debuted at Quilt Market and we loved hearing the oohs and ahhs. It is called gRadiant and it is really easy to do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting up a booth at Quilt Market always takes longer than we think.

Here is our booth’s “before” shot:

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And a couple of “after”:

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Don’t you love our little twinkle lights and the stars we hung? The stars all said our motto: “Yes, YOU can make this quilt!”

I am back for a couple of weeks then I fly off to CT for my daughter’s wedding shower weekend!

 

 

But in the meantime, we have some really fun stuff planned for the next couple of months.

 

 

 

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Starting in mid June, we are hosting a blog hop along with Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilts- 10 designers will show off the notions they “found” at Quilt Market. We are calling it the Notion Commotion Blog Hop and it should be a lot of fun!

So mark your calendars for that- the fun starts on June 17th!

 

 

 

Also, we are putting items in our Etsy shop starting in June- we are calling it our “Christmas in June and July” sale. We will have kits, samples, fabric…all at discount prices so you can get an early start on all your holiday shopping!

Crazy, I know, but fun! So keep watching for when we post the sale is starting, because when an item is gone, it is gone!

 

Have a fun, safe Memorial Day weekend!

happy quilting,

Kate