Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#Giveaway! Kate Spain Solstice Charm Pack

#Giveaway  Moda's Solstice by kate SPAIN for Moda!  Yes a charm pack of your very own featuring this delightful collection! And just in time for the Holidays!!!  Here's what you need to do to enter:

1.  Go to www.Facebook.com/SisterOfTheDivide and "Like" our page.  If you have already done this, you do not need to do it again.

2.  Leave a "Comment" on this post on our Facebook page.

3.  "Share" our Facebook post with your friends on Facebook.

4.  Leave a comment below this post telling me what your favorite Holiday memories are.  What did or do you enjoy most about the Holiday's.  I love to read all your comments and appreciate that you take the time to share your thoughts.


So in the Spirit of Holiday Cheer...I will be holding 2 drawings, one for the folks on facebook only and one for the folks that take the time to comment here on our blog.  Each winner will receive a Kate Spain Solstice Charm Pack!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WINNER UPDATE - #Giveaway! 10" Hello Fall Square Collection -

Congratulations Diane Davis Curtis!  You are the Winner of our Facebook Drawing for the Hello Fall giveaway.  Please contact us with your mailing address within the next 10 days.

Just in time for Thanksgiving!  We are giving away the 10" square collection by Hello Fall as soon as we reach 1100 "Likes" on our Facebook Page!    I recently used the charm squares from this line to make this little table runner and I absolutely love them!

To Enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this blog telling us what quilting technique you would most like to learn more about?

2.  For an extra chance to win, go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sisterofthedivide and "Like" our page, look for the post with the photo of the fabric giveaway "Like", "Comment" and "Share".  

And be sure to enter our Monthly drawing for the Quilter's Tool.  

This month's tool is the Hex N More Ruler.  An awesome addition to your ruler collection!  To enter that drawing, click here http://sisterofthedivide.blogspot.com/2014/10/monthly-quilt-tool-giveaway-hex-n-more.html and follow the instructions!  Good Luck Everyone!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Candy Corn Table Topper Tutorial

This is a tutorial for making the Candy Corn Table Topper.  If you want a fast and easy project, this is a good one.  It took me about an hour, start to finish, with taking photos along the way.  Mind you, this has not been quilted yet, but I think probably another hour of time and I could have it quilted and the binding on.

Okay, here we go, start with 5 strips cut 2.5" x WOF 
(Width of Fabric 40-44")  
mix up lights, darks and mediums for visual interest.  

Stitch your strips together in a strip set and press all the seams in one direction. Doesn't matter which way, they just all need to go in the same direction.  TIP:  make sure your seams are all the way open.

Now take a look at your quilt ruler, look for the 60 degree marks. Don't get them mixed up with the 45 degree marks or you'll have a mess.  You might want to put a colorful sticker at one end to remind you.

Lay your ruler on your fabric and line up the 60 degree line with the first seam on your set. Make sure the bottom of the ruler is on the fabric before you make a cut.   Trim away the fabric to the left of the ruler as shown below.  Make sure your ruler doesn't move when you are cutting.  The first cut is very important.

Okay, now move your ruler and line up that 60 degree line with the cut side of your fabric as shown below.  See how we are creating that 60 degree triangle?  Okay, now cut your fabric along the right side of the ruler, as shown below.

Now, without turning your fabric, turn your ruler and line up that 60 degree mark along the cut edge of your fabric as shown below.  Again, you will make your cut on the right side of the ruler as shown below.  You will continue to do this, alternating your ruler back and forth until you reach the end of the strip set.  You should have 6 triangular pieces.

If you have done as instructed, you should have 6 triangles.  You will notice by cutting 3 right side up and 3 upside down that we have two different looking sets of triangles.  Alternate these for your layout as shown below.

We will sew this together in two sets as shown below.  All seams will be pressed OPEN.  

Take one triangle and place it right sides together on the other.  Now this is the cool part.  Since we ironed all the fabric seams in one direction to start, they will nestle together.  Nest your seams and place a pin next to the seam to keep things lining up properly. This seam is on the diagonal so be careful when you are stitching and don't over stretch the seam, you can give a little tug to get things lined up if necessary.

Nest your seams as shown below, you will feel them nest together, then tuck a pin next to the seam.

When you have stitched your seam, press it open as shown below.

You are now ready to attach the third triangle.  Make sure you alternate colorways.  Note the tip or rabbit ear that is sticking out. Don't cut it off.  Leave it, we will use it to match up the tip of our next triangle as shown below.

Now stitch 1/4 inch starting at the intersection of that tip and the other side as shown below.  Press your seam open. and it should look like the one below.  Leave that little tip, it will help us line things up, you can trim it after.

Do the same for the other 3 triangles.  You should have two halves sewn together now.   Take a pin and put it through the intersection of the point on one half and through the same point on the other to line them up right sides together.  Keep this pin perpendicular to your fabric and place a couple pins on either side before you remove it as shown below.

As before, nest all of your seams, placing a pin next to each one to keep your fabric from moving and stitch your final seam.  Trim off any remaining bunny ears and press your seam OPEN.  You are ready to quilt and bind your Candy Corn Table Topper!  It will take two strips of fabric 2.5" x WOF (width of fabric 40-44") stitched together to bind your little table topper.  Finished size is about 23 inches in diameter.   You can increase or decrease the size of your table topper simply by using wider or narrower strips in your strip set.  The table topper will finish at about twice the width of your strip set.  

Over The Rainbow Table Runner

To make this runner you will need:

2 Charm Packs, one light and one medium to dark. 
(fabrics used are Over The Rainbow Batiks by Moda)

1/2 yard of fabric for backing 40-44" wide.

1/2 yard of thin cotton batting.  (I like Warm and Natural brand)

3 strips - 2.5" x WOF (width of fabric) for the binding.

1 EZ Dresden Ruler

Use the instructions shown on our blog post to create the pieces necessary for the X block.  You will need 32 charms for the X and 32 charms for the background.  Click this link for the instructions.

You will make a total of 8 blocks.  Lay your colors out first to make sure you have them in your desired location before stitching your X-blocks. Make a total of 8 X-blocks.  

I like to stitch my top block to my bottom block, and I do this for the remaining blocks. You have four pairs stitched together.  Now stitch the first set to the second and the third set to the fourth.  You have two sets of four blocks sewn together.  Now stitch those two sets together and you are done!

Make a quilt sandwich with your batting and backing fabrics and quilt as desired.  Trim your backing and batting even with your quilted top.   Stitch your binding fabric strips together on the bias, fold them in half and press them in half lengthwise.  Bind the edges of your runner, mitering your corners.

BONUS:  By cutting your fabric using this method, you will quickly see that you have (at the same time) cut the fabric for a second table runner in the opposite color position!  One for you, one for a gift?  

Fabric purchased from our friends at FatQuarterShop.com!

Friday, October 3, 2014

WINNER UPDATE - GIVEAWAY! Bumble Fat Quarter Bundle by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics

Jude Edling CONGRATULATIONS! You are the Winner of the Bumble 15 Fat Quarter Bundle-Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics. Please message me with your mailing address and we will get them out to you right away! For those that did not win this round, be sure to enter for our Monthly Quilter's Tool Giveaway! You could win the Hex N More Ruler this month! Look for the post on our Facebook page or enter on our blog by simply leaving a comment! Watch for our next Giveaway, always something fun! BIG Thanks to our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for making this Giveaway possible! Please be sure to visit their site at FatQuarterShop.com Always amazing and SEW MUCH MORE THAN FABRIC!

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To celebrate 1000 Likes on our Facebook page we will be giving away a Bumble Fat Quarter Bundle by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics!  This is made possible by the great folks at FatQuarterShop.com!  You can go to their website and check out the entire line, it's AWESOME!  Yes, I am in love!!!

Okay, to Enter:
1)  Leave a comment on this post, tell me how long you have been quilting and who got you started.
2)  Go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sisterofthedivide
3)  Like the page
4)  Comment on the post.
5)  Share the post with your friends.

Good Luck!

Be sure to check out our post for the Monthly Quilting Tool Giveaway.  This month's tool is the Hex N More Ruler!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

All Things Hexi! Tutorials, Free Patterns, Inspiration featuring Hexagons


Congratulations to Susan Tate Pick!  
The WINNER of the Hex N More Ruler!  

First of all, Congratulations to Charlene Tudor who won our EZ Dresden Ruler Giveaway for last month!  She has a brand new baby niece to sew for and I know she'll be creating something fun!

On to this months Monthly Quilt Tool Giveaway!  The Hex N More ruler by Jaybird Quilts!  Oh the possibilities this holds.  Just look at what you can do with it...4 shapes in 4 sizes with one ruler! Hexagons, Triangles, Half Hexagons and Jewels.  You know you want one!!!  

Okay, here is what you have to do to enter: 
Leave a comment below.
Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sisterofthedivide and find the post with the same picture as above.  
Leave a comment on that post and share it with your friends.  

TIP:  scroll to the first of the month posts, we always post this giveaway around the first of the month.  

That's all.  Nothing to purchase ever.  

Each Hex N More comes with complete detailed instructions showing you how to cut the different shapes and sizes, it even tells you how many you will get from your strip of fabric!

If you get impatient and you think you need one right away, our good friends at Fat Quarter Shop have them in stock and you can purchase one today!

Tutorials for the Hex N More Ruler are on website at Jaybird Quilts.

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Here is a link for printable Hexagon Templates in a PDF format, you will want to save this for future reference.

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Sue Daley's English Paper Piecing Video Hosted by Riley Blake Designs

English Paper Piecing Video Tutorial by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Inspiration - by Karen Meyer - Sister Of The Divide  Quilt created using the One Block Wonder Stack Method, all hexagons created from one fabric.  Kaffe Fassett Cloisonne Black.

Three of the One Block Wonder books written by Maxine Rosenthal, I highly recommend these if you are interested in this method of quilting.  Once you learn her secrets you will be off and running!  Easy technique and she breaks it all down for you.  

Inspiration: Years ago, this quilt, "Candied Hexagons" by Kerry Dear was featured in Issue #18 of Australian Quilter's Companion Magazine.

Inklingo has a great little video, about 5 minutes long that has some great hexi inspiration and lots of quick tricks using their product.

Inspiration - A lovely Fall Finish for this Hexi Quilt by Bailey Girl Five

I'm not finished updating this link, check back there will be more.  I'm going to take a break and go sew now...LOL