Thursday, July 18, 2013

QAYG Tinkertote winner

Tinkertote QAYG Review and totebag giveaway

Goodness it's Thursday and I'll bet you thought I forgot about the winner I was supposed to pick yesterday.  Right? Yep, that's because I did!

A friend just bought a new house so I was over there helping her paint and completely forgot about this giveaway last night  - Sorry about that folks!

Anyway, without further delay here is the winner as picked by
#4  Congrats Andrea!

I have emailed you.

Congrats again and thanks to everyone for playing along.  For those of you who didn't win, you can still make your own Tinkertote using Tara's Craftsy class.

Have fun and happy sewing!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Doctor.Who.Along block 6 ~ Werewolf

PLEASE NOTE – these patterns have been removed are no longer available

It's time for block number 6 of the Doctor Who Along quilt along.

This weeks block is brought to you by Soma, my paper-piecing partner in crime.

I hope you like the block. It was a fun one to put together and actually went together much more quickly than some of the other blocks in this QAL which I know you will be relieved to hear.  I will rate this one as intermediate. 

Here is my version of the block:

Pattern and instructions can by found on Soma's blog.
My background is more of Lizzy House' Constellations fabric which is truly tailor-made for this QAL.  Thanks Lizzy!! Also included are kona solids and tonal mosaic from Michael Miller.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tinkertote Quilt-as-you-go review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Tara of Tinkerfrog  asked if anyone wanted to review her Quilt-as-you-go class on craftsy.  I had been wanting to take a craftsy class and learn more about QAYG, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Let me just start off by saying what a fun class this was. Tara is such a wonderful, enthusiastic teacher you can't help but want to dive right into your project after you take this class.  She really explains the quilt-as-you-go process very clearly, starting you off with an easy potholder to master the technique and moving onto the construction of a large tinker tote.

Personally, as a bag maker of many years, I can say that she really does cover all the basics of bag construction and shows you everything in detail including interior pockets, zipper installation, working with leather and how-to install purse feet and a magnetic snap.  Even if you have never made a bag, you will be able to follow Tara's instructions and end up with a fabulous quilted bag when you are done. Tara gives you lots of options for designing your bag. Don't want leather? No problem! She shows you alternate ways to make your bag.  Plus it's a scrap project and who doesn't have ton of scraps that need to be used up?

Here is the potholder that I made in no time at all.
My potholder ready for binding from @tinkerfrog #quiltasyougo  #craftsy  class. So much fun!!!

The bag I made took a little longer but that's just because it's a lot bigger and there are more steps. Turned out pretty cute I think!

She also included a super easy peasy and fun to learn zipper tutorial - which I know can be daunting for some of you. She makes the whole process super easy and you'll wonder why you ever feared zippers after you watch her class.

It's a no-brainer peeps really!  It's also quite a lot of bang-for-your buck as you are learning quite a lot of new stuff all in one class! Totally worth-it!

So as part of this review, Tara and Craftsy are offering a 25% discount to her quilt-as-you-go class if you use this link.

Finally, I'm giving away the bag I made on this blog!  If you want to win it, all you have to do is comment here.   If you tweet this post, share it on facebook, or pinterest, you'll get extra chances to win. Just pop back here for here post and make a comment so I know you did.

Good luck with the contest and have fun sewing!! The contest will close on July 17th. Open to US Residents only this time.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Who is Badwolf?

Ah yes the endless Badwolf references. We spent a whole season (or more) wondering who Badwolf was? Remember those? Pretty iconic Doctor Who I think.  That's this weeks theme for Block 5 of the Doctor.Who.Along.

Badwolf Doctor.Who.Along Block 5
Yes I know it looks complicated and to be honest, it is one of the toughest blocks in the QAL but if you go slow and do small sections at a time, I know you will get there! This block took me approximately 2 evenings to piece - that's about 6 hours.  So keep that in mind. Take your time and roll with it!

The pattern can be found here and on Craftsy.

I chose a brick print background for my block but since it's directional, it adds another layer of complexity to the piecing, if you are a beginner, stick with a non-directional or even a solid print for your background. Follow my piecing guidelines here for those tricky diagonal seams and all will be well.  A glass of wine might help also :)  After all, it's supposed to be fun, right?!

Don't forget to add your finished block photo to the Flickr Doctor.Who.Along photo pool.

Happy Sewing!  Geronimo!!!