Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We're Heading To Idaho and Giving Away a NEW Brother Sewing Machine!



WIN THIS MACHINE!



John and I are headed out to Idaho this week for a little vacation and of course I'm going to stop at my favorite little quilt shop, Daydreams Quilt N Sew. I want to spend a day sewing at Annalee's shop and just enjoying myself. Isn't that what vacations are all about? Didn't want to haul my machine on the plane and tote it across Idaho so I have ordered up this Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW sewing machine to be delivered to the shop today and it will be there when I come to spend the day next Tuesday, June 19th. I will sew on it that day and we will give it away on June 20th. (that way I don't have to ship it home either...lol)  It's a perfect machine for a quilting retreat, a first time quilter or even just as a back-up to your grand sewing machine. Here are just some of the features...

  • Brother™ Project Runway™ model delivers couture-level, consistent stitch quality
  • 50 stitches – customize in style with built-in clothing, decorative, heirloom and quilting stitches
  • Includes complete designer sewing and finishing solutions, with 6 specialty feet, accompanying stitches, and specialty needles. Enjoy designer features for blind hems, zippers, overcasting edges, sewing on buttons, knits and stretch fabrics, twin needle top stitching, and more
  • Professional, elegant buttonholes – 5 one-step buttonholes automatically sized to fit your specific buttons, for truly custom results
  • Reliable, easy threading of both top thread and bobbin – for consistent, high quality stitching. Please note: this machine is recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use

Daydreams Quilt N Sew, 802 Pancheri Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho


HOW TO ENTER:

1) Come into Annalee Leonard's shop Daydreams Quilt N Sew, located at 802 Pancheri Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho anytime from June 13th until June 19th and you will automatically be entered. You do not have to purchase anything.


2) If you make a purchase at Daydreams Quilt N Sew, either in the store or online at their website https://www.daydreamsquilts.com/ from June 13th until the end of the business day on June 19th, you will be awarded additional entries as follows:

      Purchase up to $20. will be awarded 5 additional entries
      Purchase over  $20. and under $50. will be awarded 10 additional entries
      Purchase over $50 and up will be awarded 20 additional entries

Online orders, please type SISTER in the comments section of your order.


3) You can receive an additional free entry by going online to either our Facebook page Sister of The Divide or Daydreams Quilt and Sew's Facebook page and under the post with the picture shown above, TAG your friends or SHARE on your Facebook page.

There you have it!  Drawing will be held on June 20th, you need not be present to win.

I will be in the shop all day on Tuesday, June 19th, sewing my happy little heart out. I hope you will come on into the shop and say hello! I'd love to meet you.

John and I are so looking forward to our trip, we will be visiting friends and scouting locations for our retirement home, wheee! I'll post pictures of our travels on our Facebook site. Keep stitching! I'll see you in Idaho at!



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Oksana's Wedding Quilt April 2018

Mr. & Mrs. Artem Kurudimov, married April 15, 2018

Oh my gosh, this year is flying by and I cannot believe that I have not stitched or quilted yet! I know! Hard to believe! December I had carpal tunnel surgery, January we started packing for a move in February, February I came down with the croup which lasted way into March, March our kitty Sophie had to have her left eye removed...and I am STILL unpacking boxes! Yes, it's exhausting just reading it. But here we are, it's April and I'm back!

One of the gals that I work with has been planning her dream wedding for the past year. Oksana and Artem were married last Sunday in the most beautiful wedding. It took place at Catta Verdera in Lincoln, California and the venue was lovely. The whole day was perfect, incredible weather, happy people in attendance to witness the joining of this couple. The reception was filled with music and fun antics and of course great food and a beautiful cake. 

Oksana is a "modern" girl and not much into the quilting scene, so I asked her to pick out a quilt that she would like me to make for her wedding. It did not take her long to let me know that her "color" was gray. Gray! And she would like a very modern quilt with clean lines...we looked at several on Pinterest and she decided that she liked The Modern Gray and White quilt by Amy Smart shown below which you can see more of on Amy's Blog here: Diary of a Quilter

Modern Gray and White Quilt by Amy Smart

Oh, thank goodness she picked an easy quilt. This year has already presented enough challenges to go around! Now, which box is my rotary cutter and mat packed in??? Yes, it's like that, quit laughing!
We have moved temporarily to a tiny house less than half the size of our previous home and will be here for two more years until I retire and then we are off to Idaho! Half our belongings are in storage and the rest of what we kept is slowly getting sorted out and put away here. Meantime, I'm going next door to my friend Noell's house to use her sewing room and get this quilt cut. (I was able to locate the rotary cutter and mat about a week later) The Bride wanted all solids so I chose a bundle of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Grays and got to cutting. I cut my squares 6".


After cutting all the squares of the gray Kona Cotton, I cut an equal number of 6" squares of Kona Cotton White. Then I sat down with my fine tip permanent marking pen and drew a diagonal line on each of the white squares. Then I paired those white squares up with one of the gray squares and started machine piecing them through, stitching 1/4" away from the diagonal line, and turning the piece and stitching down the otherside of the diagonal line again 1/4" away.  Now there are a gazillion ways to make HST units and I won't go into that here, we will save that for another blog post. Once all my Half Square Triangle units were stitched, I cut them on the diagonal line and then proceeded to trim them up.



One of the most important things to remember when you are quilting is that you must make sure that each unit that you make is the same size, exactly. You can make hundreds of units for a quilt and think that you are making them all the same size, but if you measure them, they may be off just a bit...well, that "just a bit" translates into a whole lotta "off" when you get them altogether. Take your time, measure and trim up as you go along and you will have much less aggravation when you are quilting. Just think if you built a house and you didn't measure carefully and you were off on every board that you cut and nailed together, just imagine how that would look and how long that house would stand. Same with a quilt. And that old carpenter's adage "measure twice, cut once" applies to quilting as well. Take your time, don't be in a hurry, it's a process, enjoy the process.


So, all my little HST units are put together and I'm thinking...hmmm...I know where my design wall is but where am I going to put this thing up so that I can see it...there really isn't a space in this house. The only place is the hallway...so, there is it. I cannot really get the perspective that I would like, looking at it straight on but I think we are in the ballpark here. Make do!  All the little HST's are stitched together now and I am waiting for the backing fabric to arrive this week. I should have this completed by the time the newly weds return from their honeymoon!

We love our little temporary home on 10 acres in the forest and it came complete with 3 little miniature donkeys and a creek in the front pasture area. Coupled with all the Canadian geese that have flown in to have their little babies, it's really a grand place. The view from my sewing room is so pretty. It feels like we are on vacation everyday here.


Our 14 year old kitty Sophie is recovering nicely after having her surgery. 

Her eye had a malignant tumor it turns out so we are not sure how much longer we will have her with us, the vet said it was pretty advanced and it could have already spread to other parts of her body, but for now she is feeling great and seems back to her old self. She just looks like a dolly that had one of her button eyes come off. Her stitches are out now and she and her sister are back to their old antics running and chases each other up and down the hallway.


I have a fun giveaway to announce this coming weekend...so be sure to check back, you won't want to miss out! Thanks to all who have been following on Facebook and have expressed your kind thoughts and have offered up your prayers for us. They are felt and they are so appreciated. All is well on the Divide! Now let's get quilting!!!



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Winner of the Brother Sewing Machine Announced


WINNER ANNOUNCED!

UPDATE: The winner of the Brother CS5055PRW Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine is Sandra J. Harris. Congratulations Sandra, it's on it's way to you right now!

                                           * * *
I promised you a special giveaway. We will be giving away one Brand New Brother CS5055PRW Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing MachineTreat the Designer in you to a range of professional features in the CS5055PRW, a Project Runway™ Limited Edition computerized sewing machine with 50 built-in stitches, including 5 styles of auto-size buttonholes. Use the bright LCD display screen with computerized stitch selection to choose from a range of decorative, quilting or heirloom stitches to embellish your wardrobe. Experience virtually effortless sewing on denim, tweed and other thick fabrics with the exceptional feed system. Complete with an advanced needle threading system that makes threading easy, fast bobbin winding system, Quick-Set™ bobbin and super bright LED-lit work area, the CS5055PRW will help you turn clothing into runway style creations in no time!

Watch the Video below to view the machines features. 




To Enter you must like our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sisterofthedivide

Comment below telling me why you would love to win this machine. 

Share this post on your Facebook page or on your blog.

Drawing will be held February 1st 2018 and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on February 2nd 2018.

There is nothing to purchase ever. This is for fun and to encourage quilting and creativity. This Giveaway is restricted to residents of the United States of America. There is no cash value.

Good Luck Quilters!



I am off this month recuperating from carpal tunnel surgery so I will not be posting much this month other than this giveaway. I hope you are enjoying your New Year and dreaming of projects that you would love to create on your very own Brother Project Runway sewing machine!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Quilter's Christmas Shopping List Guide


It's that time of year and often times, if someone is not a quilter, they can be in a quandary trying to figure out something their quilty friend or loved one might like. This guide will give you a list of some of the items we have featured on our Facebook page over the past year or so. The price ranges vary, there is something for every budget here!  We have made it especially easy for you by including a link to the item, just click on the highlighted text. Hint: If you are a quilter...print this out and leave it laying about so that Santa will know what you want...circle the items of most interest to make sure your Santa won't skip a beat! 


This first item is a great stocking stuffer. Very small in size but mighty in ability. The Thread Cutterz. It comes in a couple variations. The one shown above is flat on one side with adhesive already applied, you just peel and stick it to the surface of your desires, which in my case was my Vintage Featherweight as shown below. It also comes on an adjustable ring so that you might have thread cutting ability at your fingertips at all times. Great for a hand quilter or for someone who loves to stitch. It has a razor sharp blade that is secured inside the protective housing so that your fingers and those of little ones will never meet the sharp edge but your thread will glide right through and quickly be dispatched. You can purchase them directly from the producer at www.threadcutterz.com and I know my friend Annalee Leonard at 
Daydream Quilts has them as well! Be sure to check out her notions section online!


Second on our list of goodies are just some basic staples that every quilter should have in their box of tricks. A good 6" x 1" ruler, some clear template plastic and a fine point sharpie marker. These items can be obtained at any Little Quilt Shop (LQS), at your local Joann Fabrics, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Office Depot...they are pretty common actually. These items will help your quilter to make templates for fussy cutting. Particularly desirable for someone who enjoys English Paper Piecing (EPP) Very inexpensive, and toss in some washable glue sticks and small scissors, some Aurifil Thread, some Needles, a Clover needle threader, a Clover dome needle storage case, Thread Heaven thread conditioner and and you will have a dream stocking for your quilter.

Template Plastic, 1" x 6" ruler, Sharpie Fine Point Marker

Washable Glue Sticks
Small Embroidery Scissors
Aurifil Thread
John James Easy Glide Milliner Needles size 11

Clover Desktop Needle Threader
Clover Dome Needle Case,Stores up to 10 pre threaded needles.
Thread Heaven thread conditioner, prevents tangling

Since we are visiting EPP, you might want to get a Fiskars punch. They come in lots of shapes, the hexagons are particularly fun to work with. Save your Christmas cards and when the holiday is over, punch them up and you are ready to sew! These are readily available from Joann Fabrics, both in their stores and online. (use their coupons for a deep discount) They are also available online at Amazon.com. They come in several sizes. Pair this with a pretty 2.5" packet of fabric, a washable glue stick and your quilter is ready to make some magic happen! 



Let's talk about basic tools some more. If you have a new quilter that wants to get started, there are several starter packets out there. They will need a good rotary cutter, a basic rotary ruler and a mat. 
I like this one from Fiskars. It has a 6" x 24" ruler, an 18" x 24" cutting mat and a rotary cutter. It's a good starter set for a quilter. You can find smaller rulers and smaller cutting mats but if someone is actually going to make a quilt, they will appreciate the larger mat. There are other brands out there and lots of places to purchase these items, so if you find a good deal, go for it! And remember, check for coupons, Joann Fabrics often has deep discount coupons and you can save up to 60% on these items. That link will take you directly to their current coupons. If your quilter already has a mat and cutter, extra blades are always appreciated!


Another foundational tool for a new quilter is a seam guide ruler. You can get these from Bonnie Hunter. You simply drop your sewing machine needle in the corresponding hole to check your foot and make any changes you need to obtain your 1/4" seam allowance. Perfect seams make for perfect piecing.

Bonnie Hunter Sewing Machine Seam Guide
Square up rulers are another good addition. A square up ruler lets you square up your work as you go along, making sure things are the proper size and squared up will result in a more pleasing quilt. They come in a multitude of sizes from 2.5" on up. For the average quilter I would suggest 3 sizes that are most frequently used: 2.5", 6.5" and 12.5". They come larger than that but these would be the most frequently used sizes. You can often find them in packs that will save you money if you buy multiple sizes at the same time.

Square Up Rulers

If your quilter already has the basics, you can add to their quilting enjoyment by gifting some fun rulers. Here are a few of my favorites:

A June Taylor Quarter Cut mat makes short work out of cutting stacks and stacks of fabric. You lay your strip out, and drop your rotary cutter into the appropriate slot and before you know it you have just cut several hundred squares the size you need! Stack several strips side by side and on top of each other, watch this little video demo:




Another one of my favorite rulers is the Hex-N-More...watch this little video below for a demo. This ruler gives your quilter so many options for creativity. 



Flying Geese have never been so easy when you are using Eleanor Burn's Flying Geese rulers. She has them in every size and she even has a pack with several in it and a fussy cutting square as well. Watch this little demo video below to see how easy and perfect your flying geese can be!



For a creative finish on a quilt, the Quick Points Rulers are a lot of fun. You can do a lot more than just finish your quilt with them. 
Choose from Prairie Points, Scallops and more. This little demo 
video will show you how. You will want to get the corresponding pusher and a Frixion Erasable pen for a complete package. The Frixion Erasable pen is wonderful, you can just iron it away when you are finished. Comes in a multitude of colors.


Quick Points Ruler
Quick Points Pusher
Frixion Erasable Pen

Pins and clips are great stocking stuffers. There are 3 types of pins that I use most. Regular glass head pins, Fine point glass head pins and Flat head pins. When you are piecing, the fine point glass head pins are really great for accurate piecing. 

Glass Head Regular Pins

Glass Head Pins Extra Fine

Flat Head Pins
Clips


Proper lighting is essential to good quilting. Ikea makes a great task lamp that is super flexible, LED and great light portable light for your work area. Under $10. it's a great buy. I have used mine for years!
Ikea Jansjo LED work lamp

Does your quilter have a featherweight sewing machine? You will want to get a thread stand. This can be used with most vintage sewing machines being placed in the oiling hole at the top of the machine. Allows you to use large spools of thread that you normally would not be able to use on a vintage machine.

Featherweight Thread Stand from Nova Montgomery

To maintain your vintage machine, it's good to have a great oiler. This one is my favorite, you can get a precise drop of oil exactly where you want it. Great for longarm machines as well! 
Precision Machine Oiler

Specialty sewing machine feet are nice to receive as well. A good Quarter Inch foot with a guide is really great! Make sure you know what type of sewing machine you are buying for. Get the make and model and if you are not still unsure, take a photo of the area where the foot attaches and take it to your local sewing machine shop, they can help you select the appropriate foot. Other notions in this realm would be extra bobbins, bobbin storage cases, sewing machine needles. All are necessary in sewing and quilting and would be much appreciated.

1/4" Quilting Foot with Guide
Would your quilter love a vintage featherweight, beautifully restored? Well, who wouldn't? Right? The folks at Twice Nice Sewing Machine Restoration have machines fully restored, painted, decals, ready to go. Or you can send in your old featherweight, they will tune it up for you and can paint it any color you wish! And they don't just do featherweights! They have a variety of machines in stock, ready to go, from traditional black to a multitude of colors. Pricing is fair and the quality is good.







Does your quilter fancy a longarm? May I suggest that you look at the new Handi Quilter Amara. It is well built here in the USA, designed by quilters for quilters. This machine is their newest longarm, it is a step up from the Avante which I have. All the same features, a 20" bed. Plenty long enough for the home quilter. Stretch your arms out in front of you, you want to be able to control your machine if you like to free motion, it is rare that you would have your arms outstretched as you would lose control. You don't need a giant longarm unless you are planning to go into the business of longarm quilting for a living. Pricing is reasonable, financing is available. 

Here is their demo video: 



That is the top end of the present giving...let's get back down to earth here and talk about fabric! Every quilter will love fabric. You can choose to give a gift card for a little quilt shop your quilter frequents. There are tons of online options.  If you want to actually pick out fabric, you may want to select precuts as they offer the most variety in a bundle and pricing. Precuts come in a range of sizes, here are a couple guides that will help you. Generally, Mini charms will be your least expensive and half yard bundles will run you the most. Fabric in these precuts will generally contain the entire line for that designer in one or more colorways, already pre-coordinated for you so there is no color matching to do on your part.


Okay, Santa's helpers...I hope this has given you just a few ideas to get you started on your gift shopping. Lots of great deals to be had out there! Be creative, bundle your goodies in a second hand thrift store basket or bowl, lined with a fat quarter of pretty fabric, tie it all up with a ribbon. Make sure to include some chocolate! Merry Christmas Everyone!!!