Friday, March 30, 2012

New Books!

There's something for everyone on our shelves. You're sure to find something that you love from our new books on appliqué, paper piecing, antique quilts, modern designs, quilting with curves, and embroidery projects. Team the patterns with the fabric of your choice and notions and you're good to go!

Baltimore Garden Quilt
Barbara M. Burnham's Baltimore Garden Quilt is sure to be treasured by antique quilt enthusiasts. The original quilt is initialed 'M.E.C.' and dated 1848. The 25 patterns reflect garden themes in the classic red/yellow/green color scheme. Enjoy recreating this quilt with Barbara's innovative method and easily print out the full-size block and swag border patterns, including 20 additional unique flowers, from the CD provided with the book. Baltimore Garden Quilt is published by American Quilter's Society.
Click here to purchase:  Baltimore Garden Quilt

60 Pieced Quilt Borders - Mix and Match

Live on the edge with 60 Pieced Quilt Borders by Judy Laquidara. Make any of the 15 quilt centers, then mix and match the 60 pieced borders to make a quilt of any size and design. Learn how to use coping strips to make size adjustments and learn to visually balance multiple borders on any quilt. The possibilities with this book are truly endless! This book is published by American Quilter's Society.
Click here to purchase:  60 Pieced Quilt Borders


Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves
If you're into curved piecing, or would like to get started, Karla Alexander's Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves from That Patchwork Place is the book for you. Choose one of her simpler designs if you're a beginner or dive into the more challenging patterns if you're an experienced quilter. The results - contemporary, bold, and truly dynamic quilts! The book is published by Martingale & Company. 
Click here to purchase: Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves
English Paper Piecing
Vicki Bellino's English Paper Piecing from That Patchwork Place presents a world of possibilities. Vicki gives us twelve inspiring quilt patterns, from a small quilt suitable for framing to larger wall hangings and bed quilts. You could also use the shapes - hexagons, diamonds, pentagons, and Dresden wedges - to make whole quilts, block elements, or appliques! The book is published by Martingale & Company. 
Click here to purchase: English Paper Piecing

Fresh from the Clothesline
Fresh from the Clothesline by Darlene Zimmerman is published by Krause Publications. The book features 22 large and small projects with vintage appeal, but some of the projects are also made up in other fabrics to show the possibilities. The patterns have easy-to-follow instructions with lots of good illustrations. 
Click here to purchase: Fresh from the Clothesline

Just Spooling Around
Pull out your browns and taupes and have fun with these delightful projects from Terri Degenkolb's latest book (2012) Just Spooling Around from Whimsicals. Terri packs in quilts and projects in this tastefully designed paperback.
Click here to purchase: Just Spooling Around 

Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts
Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts by Alissa Haight Carlton features 20 super sleek and ultra modern graphic quilts that use lots of white space to show off the simplicity of the quilting. The book is published by Stash Books.
T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy
Say goodbye to saggy T-shirt quilts - Martha Deleonardis' T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy is here! Learn how to stabilize T-shirts for a neat, finished look; adjust any T-shirt design to fit your quilt pattern; and sew straight lines, curves, and circles perfectly. Martha uses a 'Comparative Quilt Design Chart' to show how to artfully arrange blocks of various sizes into a visually pleasing whole. Her techniques and projects will build confidence and inspire you to preserve your memories. This book is published by American Quilter's Society.
Click here to purchase: T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hip Hop Flip Flop!

Summer is coming and we just got in the most amazing flip flops you have ever seen!  They have a quilting pattern on the footbed and on the thongs they say  LUV2Quilt!  Too cute and only 9.99/pair  (shipping will be 8.99 for these but you can add as much to your order as you like and the shipping won't increase -  spend over $100 and the shipping is free!).

Luv2Qlt Flip Flops - Size 10 - 11
Click here to purchase online:
Luv2Qlt Flip Flops - Size 6 - 7
Luv2Qlt Flip Flops - Size 8 - 9
Luv2Qlt Flip Flops - Size 10 - 11

Fundamentals Sew Along - week 13

Hi Everyone:
I hope everyone has had even a little time to stitch last week.  I know I carved out an evening to make a small  quilted bag for my camera.


I must apologize for this blog  post being a day late.  Yesterday was a crazy day!  We were so busy  that I thought I would post in the evening.   I made the blocks during the day, went home got all set up to blog and realized I had made next weeks blocks instead.  I have just finished  this weeks blocks which are called King's Crown.  I really like anything that has flying geese segments in it.   This block is a variation of a square in a square block.


King's Crown Block


Just thought I would check in and see how you are doing with your blocks. I know I have a bit of catching up to do for my personal blocks. Let me know if you are quilting along with me or you are saving them up to do them at once or a few at a time. Post a comment and we will draw for a free fat quarter. Happy stitching everyone. See you next week. Jeannie

New in March!


We've been opening boxes and boxes of new fabric, notions, books, and patterns over the past few weeks and we're so excited to share them with you!

New Fabric

Gorgeous prints and colours - you've got to get  your hands on these bolts before they run out! 


Ruby, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, is a cheery line of fabric featuring retro flowers, vintage prints and pretty little scallops. We have it in flannel at only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Ruby Flannel from Moda



Sweet Shoppe is a collection by Michele D' Amore for Benartex, Inc. This bright and happy collection features candy, cupcakes and other sweet indulgences in shades of aqua, cotton candy pink, licorice red and more.Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Sweet Shoppe by Michele D'Amore



Pinfeathers is a fun, modern collection by Carina Gardiner for Northcott. Flowers, little birdies, stripes and prints come in two colourways - Paradise Pink and Peacock Blue - both of which are sure to make you smile as you work with them. Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Pinfeathers by Carina Gardiner


La Belle by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio comes in two colourways - Raven and Cardinal. The focus print is a beautiful floral, coordinated with vines and textured leaves. The colours are warm and earthy - perfect for projects that need a touch of sophistication. Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: La Belle by Deborah Edwards 



Family Forever is by Erin McAllister for Benartex. This charming collection has a feeling of warmth in every detail. Colored in soft rustic blue, warm gold, vintage green and barn red-this handsome group is ideal for any time of year.
Click here to purchase: Family Forever by Erin McAllister


Indian Summer by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda features nature-inspired branches, birds, fading blooms, and tiny beetles in blues, chocolate browns, deep reds, and antique-button whites.Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Indian Summer from Moda



Forever Spring is by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex.The collection features gentle swirls, tiny checks, flowers, vines and subtle stars on a soft palette that includes Nancy's signature gold, blue grass, celery, and soft salmon. Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Forever Spring by Nancy Halvorsen



Blueberry Crumb Cake is by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics. These gorgeous florals in a peaceful blue and tan palette are sure to bring harmony and rest into your projects.Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Blueberry Crumb Cake from Moda


Bunny Patch Flannel is designed by Deborah Edwards for Northcott. The collection features bunnies and their friends in two colourways - Chocolate Cherry and Cotton Candy. Only $10.99 per metre!
Click here to purchase: Bunny Patch Flannel by Deborah Edwards


Friday, March 23, 2012

Beginner Quiltmaking by Machine - Register Now!!!


If
  • you've always wanted to quilt but didn't know where to begin?
  • done some quilting but want to better your skills?
  • sewed but never quilted?
  • had a difficult time working the sewing machine?
  • always wanted to take a quilting class but was not sure which one to take? 
Then we've got just the class for you!!!!

Jeannie's Beginner Quiltmaking by Machine class is on in April!!! 

Jeannie will take you through the basics of making your very own quilt by machine. You'll learn to rotary cut, piece, assemble the top, sandwich the quilt, quilt, and bind! And after only 7 sessions you'll go home with this beautiful quilt!



Classes are on:
Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 beginning on April 3rd  (7 Sessions)
Class Fees: $99.00 (class material not included)
You will need to bring your own sewing machine.
Come in to the store to sign up or call Judy at 416-633-8800

We can only take a limited number of participants so make sure you sign up now!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 12

Hi Everyone!

This is the third week of lovely spring like weather in Toronto.  I finally broke down and went into the attic and retrieved some of my summer clothes.  I hope that doesn't jinx things.   At this time of the year it is a tug of war between quilting and gardening. Today quilting won!

Today's block is called  Jacob's Ladder.  It is a variation of the Double X block that we did on week 10.                                     At first I was struggling about what I would say about the piecing in this block,  then I realized that  some of my half square triangles weren't exactly accurate.  I am not sure whether  it was cut or sewn incorrectly or distorted while being ironed.   I thought I might share with you how I square them up if they need it, using the 45 degree angle on the Omnigrid Ruler.

Omnigrid Ruler
If you line up the 45 degree angle on the ruler with the diagonal seam that joins your triangles, it will give you an accurate 90 degree line so you can trim your blocks.

Squaring up your Blocks
  Once everything is squared, piecing them together will be much easier.
Jacobs Ladder Block

This  is the finished product!!  Happy sewing everyone.   
Jeannie


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along Week - 11

Hi Everyone:

     In Toronto, we have had two Wednesdays in a row with beautiful spring-like weather.  I can really get used to this.  As much as I like winter, not worrying about heavy coats and boots is really nice.  The block we are working on this week is called Churn Dash.  It is one of my favorites, and is on my list to do a whole quilt using this one block.  Possibly using 30's fabric.
   
     This block will come together easily.  The one thing I thought I might talk about (especially for the beginner quilters)  is cutting your fabric. I know this might sound ridiculous, but  I like to take as much of the math out quilting as I possibly can.   Instead of getting out the calculator or the graph paper to figure out how to get the shapes out of the fabric that you have been given. First, trust that we have given more than enough fabric to get you through this project. Then I would cut out the bigger shapes first.  Then the smaller ones.

     Today's block calls for 2  - 3  3/8"  squares.  My first cut was a 7" piece of fabric one.  The 2nd cut was
2 - 3 3/8" squares then cut into triangles.  The rest of fabric 1 can be cut into your rectangles. (see diagram below)
Cutting directions - fabric 1
Churn Dash Block
These are the finished blocks.  Aren't they pretty?  Happy sewing everyone.  See you next week.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We're Nominated!


Susannah from fibrechic wrote to us today saying we were nominated for the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards!!! We had no idea! Thank You to the lovely people who nominated us - you've made an already gorgeous day even better. :) We truly are honored that you did. 


The 2012 Golden Quilter Awards is hosted by SewCalGal and has ten different categories - all open to public vote! Here are the categories and you can find the nominees on the SewCalGal blog. 

  1. Best Designer 
  2. Best Teacher/Instructor  
  3. Best Author 
  4. Best Quilt Store (Physical)  We're nominated in this category!!!
  5. Best Quilt Store (online) 
  6. Best Long Arm Quilter 
  7. Most Innovative product (physical item) 
  8. Most Innovative product (software item) 
  9. Best Quilt Book Publisher 
  10. Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement" 


Quilters from all over the world sent in their nominations! There are some really inspiring and wonderful quilters on this list and we urge you to take a few minutes and vote. It's a great way of appreciating people who have enriched the quilting world. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Winners of the Bargain Lover's Contest!!!

Wow! What a rush this past week has been! The votes came pouring in! Thank You everyone who took the time to vote. And many, many thanks to all our wonderful Bargain Lovers who participated in The Bargain Lover's Contest. You'll are simply fantastic! Every entry was so beautiful and so many voters said they really had a hard time choosing.

Congratulations to all of you for doing such a great job!

And now for the prizes!!!

Jeannie's Choice - A Three Month Subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club goes to Ellen Marcinowski for Gratitude.


Gratitude by Ellen Marcinowski

 Here's what Jeannie had to say about her pick:

What a lovely display of quilts and small projects. It is always fun to see what ideas people come up with. I really had a difficult time choosing a winner. One of the quilts that really stood out was Gratitude by Ellen Marcinowski. Love the white combined with the bright colours. Very fresh looking! Also your workmanship looks outstanding! Nice work Ellen - Congratulations!

Judy's Choice - A Three Month Subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club goes to Cathy Loos for King Tut.  
Cathy and I share a love of King Tut.  When the King Tut exhibit came to Toronto in the seventies I was lucky enough to win tickets in my grade school class.   I have had a passion for Egyptology ever since.  Cathy's quilt captures the colors and the feel of ancient Egypt.  The beauty of the wheels set against the gold background is remarkable.  Well done Cathy!


King Tut by Cathy Loos

Viewer's Choice - A Three Month Subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club goes to Dorothy Green for Courthouse Steps.

Courthouse Steps by Dorothy Green


Most Original Idea - A Three Month Subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club goes to Michele Timms for Malaya's Quilt.

Malaya's Quilt by Michele Timms


Before we announce the Grand Prize winner we have a few more prizes we want to give.

Honorable Mention: Congratulations Heather Pearson, Catherine Godwin, and Regina Streicher! You have each won a one-month subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club!


Wall Hanging by Heather Pearson

Twinklingo Stars by Catherine Godwin
Kitty Quilt by Regina Streicher

And because we can't stop spreading the love we want to give two more entries a one-month subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club! Congratulations Deb Ridell and Hetty Gruener! Enjoy your fabric!

Raggy Heart Bowl Fillers by Deb Riddell

Fabric Fusion by Hetty Greuener

And now for the Grand Prize!!! The One Year Subscription to The Bargain Lover's Club goes to Anne Howes for African Women Wall Hanging!  This wallhanging is exceptional in every way and we have all  fallen in love with 92 year old Anne and her charming daughter!  This was a landslide victory and we know Anne will use her one year supply of fabric to continue to create beautiful quilts for a long time to come.  Congratulations Anne!

Anne Howes - African Women Wall Hanging

Many Congratulations Anne!!! Enjoy your one year subscription to the Bargain Lover's Club!

Well that's our awards night everyone! Thank You all once again for participating. There truly was some amazing work.

And if you haven't signed up for The Bargain Lover's Club yet go to our website and join the party!


Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 10

Hi Everyone:
     For those of you that are from Toronto, I hope that you are enjoying the spring like weather we are having today.
     You are getting another fairly simple block this week.  If you are used to using "Thangles" or any other paper triangles that you might have used last week, you can use them in this block too.  Even if you are piecing without paper, this is a good block to piece all of your triangles at once.  Feeding them through your machine in an assembly line fashion.
Strip Piecing Triangles
TIP;  It is not necessary to trim the small triangles off your blocks, but I always do.  I find there is less bulk when your block is pieced and it looks neater.  I also find my piecing is more accurate because I can see my quarter inch guide.
Double X Block
Have a nice week everyone,  Jeannie

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Stitchery Kits

Check out these adorable new kits!  They make up quickly and combine applique and stitchery. 
Folk Art Houses Candle Mat Kit
Folk Art Houses Candle Mat Kit
Click here to purchase online:  Folk Art Houses Candle Mat Kit

Folk Art Houses Candle Mat Kit
Beeskeep Candle Mat Kit
Click here to purchase:  Beeskeep Candle Mat Kit
Bunnies Candle Mat Kit
Bunnies Candle Mat Kit
Click here to purchase online:  Bunnies Candle Mat Kit


Cats Meow Candle Mat Kit
Cats Meow Candle Mat Kit
Click here to purchase online:  Cats Meow Candle Mat Kit


Puppy Love Candle Mat Kit

Puppy Love Candle Mat Kit
Click here to purchase online: Puppy Love Candle Mat Kit

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Voting is Open!

Voting is now officially open! Go to sew-sisters.com to vote for your favorites in the Bargain Lovers Contest!
Look carefully at all the submissions and then send us an email at connect@sew-sisters.com with your vote for:

  1. Viewer's Choice
  2. The Most Original Idea 
  3. The Grand Prize  

Winners will be announced March 7th 2012.  
Voting is open from March 1st - March 6th 2012. 
Spread the word!