Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AccuQuilt is saving us money again

AccuQuilt is helping us save more money again with great sales on their Cutters, Dies and more.  Check out these savings and with the money you save you could buy even more AccuQuilt products.  Good luck with trying to decide on which one to buy because that is the hard part but once you are over that hurdle it is easy sailing.  What I especially like about AccuQuilt is that they are so user friendly!

Now this is a great price on the Studio and it could be yours.
http://www.accuquilt.com/studio-shop/studio-fabric-cutter/studio-fabric-cutter.html

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Once you have the Studio you can get a great deal on their dies.
http://www.accuquilt.com/studio-shop/dies.html

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More savings when you but multiples, gotta love a saving!
http://www.accuquilt.com/go-shop/sale.html

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Now this is one sweet deal-love that Alex Anderson. My bucket list is to meet her one day.
http://www.accuquilt.com/go-shop/go-portable-fabric-cutters/go-baby-fabric-cutter-gift-with-purchase.html

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Have fun with the sales and hope you become a member of the AccuQuilt family.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blogger problems

Sorry I am still having trouble with Blogger so will keep working at it for the giveaway.

Giveaway of a Baby Go! and 3 dies

I hope this post works as I am having trouble with blogger so here I go again.


Thanks to AccuQuilt I am able to Giveaway a Baby Go! and 3 dies of the winner's choice. 
I can feel the excitement growing.

To decide on the 3 dies you just couldn't live without go to AccuQuilt and enjoy the view.


Here are the rules:
  1. Leave a comment here (at the end of this post) with your 3 choices of Baby G0! dies.
2.   Become a follower or comment that you are already a follower for another chance to win.

3.   Post about this giveaway for yet another chance.

Only comments on this post will be included in this giveaway so please don't leave a comment on the AccuQuilt Facebook page.

Remember in order for me to contact the winner I need a way to do so.  If you are a no-reply-blogger you could miss out on a chance of a lifetime.

The Giveaway will close on midnight, July 9th, 2011 and I will announce the winner on Sunday, July 10th, 2011.

Good luck to everyone

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Go! Instructions are simple

I wanted to try my hand at giving a Go! demonstration using one of my newly acquired dies. 
The die I will demo is the Quarter Square-4" Finished Triangle.

The first thing to do when you get a new die is to outline the blade area.
This will help to position your fabric on the die.
Once you have chosen your fabric colors cut strips 11 1/2" wide across the width of your fabric.
Give them both a press.

You can fan fold your fabric to lay it on the die or just cut strips.
The fabric then can be placed on the die to cut.  Cut your fabric on the straight of grain to reduce distortion.




 I was going to use my Baby Go! but switched over to the regular Go! (the one my hubby bought me for my Birthday).  Yes I am pretty spoiled but in a good way.



Look at this delightful pile-oh-la-la and with the dogears already cut off.  So sweet and time saving.

You now can sew right sides together.  Match the two lighter fabrics and the two darker fabrics in pairs. Remember you are dealing with raw bias edges so handle carefully.


Chain piece wherever you can, it does save time and thread. 

Make sure to press your seams as you go.  Lock those babies together!

Press seams open towards the darker fabric.

Your pairs can now be joined into an Hourglass unit.  Once again set your seams then press open.
Continue this process until you have Four Hourglass units made.

We're at the home stretch.  Sew your Hourglass blocks together in pairs, press the seams, then join the pairs together to make a block.

As you can see I do pin to match my seams and still hope for the best.


Press seams to set then open your block and press it.
Now wasn't that super easy and the time you save cutting using the Go! machine is phenomenal (big word).
You can get all the details off of the instruction page when you purchase the die.  Have fun, it is easy peasy (too much Jaime Oliver).



I cut some more Triangles and then cut some more and then....... well I did make a little project using the Quarter Square-4" Finished Triangle die, the Go! Strip Cutter-1 1/2" and from my Value die, the 2 1/2" square.  Can you see where I used what? 

Also visit the AccuQuilt site and browse to your hearts content.  There is a wealth of knowledge freely given so indulge yourself.

May there be an AccuQuilt in your future!


Giveaway alert

Friday, June 24, 2011

AccuQuilt has Landed

AccuQuilt has landed/arrived by a very harried UPS man thanks to our Canadian postal Strike.

Awhile ago I mentioned that I was the lucky recipient of three dies of my choice from AccuQuilt.  Paulette over at Sweet P Quilting was "sweet" enough to mention that she had two gals, actually she called us sharks, that were very interested in some dies that were duplicates of a set she had won.  Rather than send them back to AccuQuilt they graciously said to give the duplicate set to one of the Sharks aka Vicki over at Vicki B Quilts and the other sharkie could pick out three dies of her choice.  So there I was with the chance to pick out my own.  Time to do the Arsenio Hall (that dates me) fist pump.

Well if any of you have perused the AccuQuilt die site you know what an extensive selection they have.  I knew I would like to choose ones that would work with what I already own.  So here is what I decided on.

Go! Triangles in Square-3" Finished
Go! Quarter Square - 4" Finished
Go! Strip Cutter-1 1/2' Finished

All these dies come with their own mats too.


I have been very fortunate to have earned the name of Sharkie and I wear it with pride.

So when your husband asks you what you want for your birthday just Go! for the gusto and ask for an AccuQuilt Go! like I did and who knows where your journey might lead you.

Thanks AccuQuilt and Sweet P Quilting you are a great team and I am a team player.

So I am off to check out my new dies and later this evening I will be attending a performance by Madeline Peyroux.   It is Jazzfest here in Victoria and the city will be alive with new faces and great music.

Have an awesome Friday everyone.

Quilting Bee

Kaaren at The Painted Quilt needs our prayers and well wishes and being quilters that means a quilt.  Allie over at http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/ has come up with a plan to show Kaaren that she has many friends out in Blogland.  If you can participate that would be great.  So check out Allie's blog to see what needs to be done to show Kaaren that we want to be active participants in her recovery.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scroll down to view this video, you won't be disappointed.  Vicki B Quilts helped by sending us over to the blog that had it posted on their site.  You won't be disappointed, enjoy!   http://bluebirdswing.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I continue to make progress on my Farmer's Wife Quilt Sampler

 #8 Bouquet
I quite like my colors in this block and the foundation piecing was not too......bad.


#9 Box
Not sure if this looks like a box but....


#11 Broken Dishes
This block was a lot of fun so broken or not it came together quite well.



#12 Broken Sugar Bowl
Not sure what is what with the broken theme but my broken sugar bowl never did have sugar in it-whew!


#13 Buckwheat
Edges look a little whobbly so it may be a do over when it comes time to put the quilt together


#14 Butterfly at the Crossroads
 I hope the butterfly would  like to land on these pretty flowers in this block.



#19 Checkerboard
Yes, I jumped ahead but this block looked like so much fun that I actually did it three times yesterday, don't ask!

So this is my progress so far and I will do another block today if the quilt Gods are willing!
 There is another giveaway out in blogland by Stray Stitches.  She has been away on holidays so is celebrating  her return by giving away a Connecting Threads Kit and cute Embroidery Scissors so don't miss out on this one.http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Garage sale put on by Quilters selling off their Stash.

Doesn't that sound too good to be true but it actually happened and I did my civic duty by participating in their stash buster sale and helped deplete their over indulgence in fabric.  Oh, that can't be, too much fabric, no way.  As I overheard a conversation they were just selling off to buy new.  Bless their dear little hearts. I thank-you, I thank-you, I thank-you!


 I don't have many yellows so was happy to find a great bunch of yellow fat quarters.


Look at these gold tones.  They'll come in handy for one of my Christmas projects.



 This is a little blurry perhaps because I was imagining myself riding atop the elephant on this happy fabric.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Accuquilt Die Giveaway

If you would like a chance to win 3 dies from Accuquilt just go here and enter this giveaway.  http://talinscorner.blogspot.com/2011/06/go-cutter-sponsored-giveaway.html
Good luck to everyone!

Never hate Mondays

I love Mondays, yes I do, do, do and here is why.  I have this amazing quilt blogging buddy who thought of me when she was awarded with three new dies for her Accuquilt awhile back.  The Go team sent her duplicates and there she was with extras.  Well, you know quilters are great with sharing their goodness so she was able to keep the extras to give them away to another Go owner and guess what they also allowed her to giveaway three more dies.  That is where I come in and it didn't take me long to scan the Accuquilt site to pick out three new dies.  I still can't believe my luck and hope to be able to share some goodness in the near future.

My Go Family

 

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I continue to make progress on my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt


This block is called Big Dipper and is the type of block one can do on a late Sunday night.
Yes, that is exactly when it was done.
As there is no maid in my house I am lucky enough to do the housecleaning and laundry so that's why I was quilting late into the evening.


 #7 is called Birds in the Air.
These blocks look rather wonky but they are Kathy perfect.  I'll let you think on that one.


This is #10 Bowtie and yes it is out of sequence but then so is my life.
I quilt the easier ones late in the day and attack the more compilcated when, well you know how it is.


I had a great Saturday evening at Cloth Castle participating in their Quilt Until You Wilt.  Now I know what goes on behind those closed doors on a Saturday.  I would share pictures but was told what goes on at Quilt Until You Wilt stays at Quilt Until You Wilt.  And boy I wanna go back so this chickie is playing by the rules.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pillowcases for my Girls



My daughter-in-law, Teri asked me to make some pillowcases for the camper for my Granddaughters Maddy and Boo(Brooke).  The colors are fun and I hope they think of me after a long day of playing and swimming at the lake.
The bottom picture is of a table runner I made for Teri.
It was from a kit she picked out.  What drew her to it was the well loved look.
From my heart to theirs. 

Sampler Quilt is on!

Since there was no rain in the forecast I decided to start The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  That was on Wednesday and once it was all organized I ended up with one block and this is it.


#1 is Attic Window

I wasn't happy with it so I plowed it under.


There is a difference believe me.

I managed to do a few more.


This is #2 Autumn Tints


This is #3 called Basket

I still need to hand stitch the handle down


Basket Weave is #4



I am working on #5 Bat Wing and because it has been years since I've done Foundation Piecing it's driving me you know what!

Wish me luck.