October 8, 2015

Community Giving Campaign Raffles off Pumpkin Spice!

I am honored to have my Pumpkin Spice pattern turned into this lovely quilt and being used to raise money for the United Way annual Community Giving Campaign event.

Employees of the Mayo Clinic participate in this event every year.  Pumpkin Spice, made by Mayo Clinic employees, is being raffled for $2 a ticket. 

Within the first week over 500 tickets were sold!  
 Would you like a chance to win this Queen Size 
Pumpkin Spice quilt??
The raffle drawing is open to everyone!  Help raise money for this wonderful event by purchasing a chance to win this gorgeous quilt!                                 
Information is provided below
 Raffle ends October 24th, drawing is October 28th.  

"Rita Radil and Lori Heimer this year made a queen size fall quilt from the pattern titled "Pumpkin Spice" by  Karen M. Walker.   Variegated leaves are sewn throughout the quilt.    If interested in purchasing raffle tickets, you can contact Rita Radil at radil_rita@yahoo.com and she will contact you with further details on how to get your tickets.    Please be sure and under the subject line type in "Raffle tickets for Community Giving."   If you purchase tickets and win the quilt, you are responsible for Shipping and Handling if you cannot pick it up." 

Funds support the local communities of 
Olmsted County Minnesota. 
Read more about the Community Giving 2015 Campaign  

October 5, 2015

Cinderella Pumpkins!

Announcing my new Cinderella Pumpkins Pattern!   Available now in my Craftsy Pattern StoreEtsy Shop and here on my blog.  
 Fun for the Fall season... My Harvest Cinderella's (above) remind me of the ghost pumpkins!

 There are 3 sizes included in the pattern.

A 2 x 3 Harvest Cinderella Pumpkin wall hanging, 
measuring 36" x 30" 

The 1 x 4 Halloween Cinderellas make a perfect door or porch hanging...measuring 20" x 39"
As you can see in the above picture...sometimes patterns change as they are stitched together.  After making these Halloween Cinderella's...i decided there was no need for the extra seam...so i eliminated it in the Harvest Cinderella Pumpkins and wrote the pattern accordingly.

A Pillow Pattern is also included...pictures to come!

September 3, 2015

Playing on YouTube....

For the past couple years i've been wanting to create some sharing videos on longarming and machine piecing. Today is my first attempt!  A bit awkward with a lot of uummmms thrown in. 

 My mom's probably cringing...and giggling...
~artwork by my aunt Loretta Smith~
         Maybe you'll laugh yourself into stitches watching this!!  Lol

 Follow my video journey on the new 'laugh yourself into Stitches*' YouTube channel...in hopes you may learn a quilting tip or two. :)

My first video covers how to eliminate fullness in a quilt top without taking tucks.  

September 2, 2015

Six Different Quilt Settings

My recently published pattern 'Set Your Quilt!' features 6 different setting options.  
Learn to set quilt blocks into 3 different 'straight settings' and 3 different 'onpoint settings'.  
It's easy and fun...and much of the math is provided in this pattern!
Take a look at a few of the setting options included in
 'Set Your Quilt!'
on point quilt settings

quilt settings
 With so many free block patterns on the web...you can choose your favorite blocks (you pick the size) and create your very own unique quilt using the instructions offered in 'Set Your Quilt!'.
quilt settings

straight set sashed with cornerstones

(not shown are the quilt settings: onpoint blocks with and without cornerstone sashing)

 The pattern answers questions like:
How do i determine sashing size?  How do I press my sashing?
What is a finishing triangle?  Not only does this pattern offer multiple quilt settings, but teaches valuable quilting skills.

Offered for only $6
Click HERE for purchase options

August 30, 2015

9 FREE Tutorials....

Over the past couple years, i have created and shared a number of quilting tutorials.  
From how to cut 16th inch increments to step by step instructions for making different quilting units like the Magic 8 and the Hourglass block. 
I do not have the ability to offer free downloads on my blog.  :/

So yesterday i downloaded 9 instant free pdf downloads onto my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Facebook Group.  
Whether or not you are making the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt or using my instructions to make this quilt, you are welcome to join us and learn how to become a more confident, skilled quilter by taking advantage of these free download tutorials.
Find them HERE 

You are welcome to share them...please give credit back to laugh yourself into Stitches*  
Happy Quilting!!

June 14, 2015

Set Your Quilt!

is my newly released pattern offered on Craftsy!  
Five pages packed full of information to help take your favorite block(s) and create a one of a kind quilt!  

Offering 6 different Quilt Settings anyone can do! 
3 Straight Setting options and 3 Onpoint Setting options. 
Math Chart included for Onpoint settings too!

Read all about it HERE and begin designing your quilts today!!

May 29, 2015

1930's Farm Collection

I'm sure by now lots of quilters are familiar with Laurie Aaron Hird's new book!  Isn't it beautiful?  

Many of you have asked if i am creating modern rotary cut instructions for her book.  The answer is no...Laurie has done a great job including not only template piecing and paper piecing instructions, but also rotary cut measurements for blocks that can easily be converted.

However....I could not just sit back and not be inspired!  Look what i purchased yesterday!  Ahhh Love!!

I pondered the possibility of making blocks from Laurie's new 1930's book...but honestly...the blocks in her new book just don't speak to me the way her first book does.  Perhaps it's because i have spent so much time with her original Farmer's Wife Sampler.
It's like an old warm friend.  Tattered, True, Test of Time.  

Even with rotary cut measurements included in the new book, there's still quite a bit of  work to be done.  I was disappointed that easy rotary cut measurements for the setting triangles are not included.  They are only offered as templates.  

With all that said...i'm sharing my modern rotary block instructions for Block One, Attic Window from the original Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book.  I'm using Maywood's 'Walk in the Park' fabric line as my 1930's inspiration and throwing in scraps from my stash too.

To make Attic Windows from the original Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book....with my rotary cut instructions...(using the colors below)
Cut (2) 4-1/2" squares pink floral
Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" light pink rectangles
Cut (2) 2-1/2" blue squares
Cut (1) 2-1/2" center square 

1. Sew the blue 2-1/2" squares to opposites sides of the center square as shown above.
2. Press towards the blue.  
3. Next, sew the light pink 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles to either side of Step 1.

4.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 4-1/2" pink floral squares

 5.  With right sides together, place one pink floral square on top of the completed Step 3 unit...and stitch directly on the drawn line.

 6.  Trim the excess fabric, flip and press

7. Repeat Step 5 and 6 on the opposite corner

Attic Window complete!  No templates and no paper piecing!

If you have the original Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book but love the look of the New 1930's Farmer's Wife quilt...dust off your book...and come farm with those using my lessons!  

Need a copy of either book?  You'll find both offered through my Amazon link.  The Original FW Here and the 1930's FW Here
Check out our Facebook group HERE!
Happy Farming!!

May 20, 2015

~Send me your Photo Collage!

Have you made a photo collage before? 
They are pretty easy to do and a fun way to keep a record of your quilting efforts.

I create a collage for each month's Farmer's Wife blocks.  This allows me to document my farm journey and makes it easier to decide on my next fabric choices.

 Not only can a collage keep your quilting task organized, it is also a great tool for determining contrast, sparkle, and the need to add more OR less big print fabrics for movement, or perhaps small prints or solids to calm a grouping of blocks....

I thought i would also show you Amy's photo collage of her Farm blocks...wouldn't this make a beautiful screen saver!

This patchwork collage is a fun way to showoff some of my quilting patterns.

So how do you make a collage?  I just happen to have a free pdf download available!  Easy 'how to' tutorial found in my Craftsy Pattern Shop!  
Click HERE and Look for~
 How to: Photo Collages for Quilt Blocks+ 

I'd love to show off your Quilt Collage...email me your photo collage and i'll post it on my blog! chezstitches@gmail.com 

May 15, 2015

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 5

Welcome back to the School House!
Today we're stitching all the blocks together that we've learned over the past month.  You can join anytime...Find Part 1 HERE

You should have:
2 Pinwheels 
8 Flying Geese
10 Hour Glass blocks
4 Triple Triangle units

Let's put it together.
Step One:
Sew both Pinwheel blocks together...matching seams and intersections

Step Two:
Sew the yellow and white Geese units side by side, do the same for the yellow and blue Geese.  Stitch the two Flying Geese sections together.  
Repeat with the remaining Flying Geese

Step Three:
Sew the Fly Geese units to each end of the Pinwheel center.
Match seams and intersections

Step Four:
Sew a blue and yellow Hourglass block to either side of a blue, yellow and white Hourglass.  Repeat. 
Sew these Hourglass sections to either side of the Pinwheel/Flying Geese unit.

Step Five:
Sew two Hourglass units together with a Triple Triangle block on each end.  Repeat.
When sewing the Triple Triangle block to an Hourglass, I like to place setting pins close to each corner.  This holds the units together and eliminates shifting.

Step Six:
Sew the Hourglass/Triple Triangle sets to the top and bottom to complete the quilt section.  Match seams and intersections

Step Seven:
Adding the borders
Cut:   2 blue strips 4" x 30-1/2" and attach to each side
         2 blue strips 4" x 32-1/2" and attach to the top and bottom

For helpful tips on matching seams and intersections along with other handy quilting information....
Head to my Craftsy Pattern store and look for 'Must Know Quilting Tips'.  It's a FREE download!

The next step...How are you going to quilt this?  
Stay tune for our next lesson on some fun free motion quilting options you can do yourself!

May 9, 2015

Are you on Instagram?

If not...you should check it out!  It's a free App for all those smart phones...easy to load, set up and enjoy.  There are lots and lots of quilters using Instagram inspiring us with their creativeness!

Tonight i posted my latest farm block on Instagram.  It's block #57 from The Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival, Class 5.  

Instagram is a quick and easy way to show others what i did today!

These photos are screen shots from my Instagram posts. The one directly below is a screen shot of my Instagram profile. 

Oh...and when you want to 'tag' someone on Instagram, use the @ in front of their Instagram name, like @laughyourselfintostitches.  Or use a hashtag # to show others who use the same hashtag what you are doing!  I typically use #longarmquilting or #farmerswifequilt in my Instagram posts. 
 Notice there are no spaces between words when using a hashtag.

#longarmquilting #spirals #longarmquiltingservices
Come join me on Instagram @laughyourselfintostitches!

May 6, 2015

Gardener's Alphabet by Crabapple Hill

I had a lot of fun quilting this for Billie...her amazing embroidery with crayon tinting and a bit of doodling from me for a quilty finish.

Here's the entire quilt.  Picture taken from the Crabapple Hill Studio website where you can also find the pattern

May 4, 2015

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 4

Welcome Back!  Sorry for the extra few days it took for me to  
      **ring the bell** and continue with our lesson.

Today we are learning how to construct the Triple Triangle block. You will need a total of four Triple Triangles for the sampler quilt.

Begin by cutting:
2 yellow 6-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangle
2 yellow 3-7/8" squares
2 blue 3-7/8" squares
4 blue 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles

Combine a yellow and blue 3-7/8" square right sides together. Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the wrong side of the yellow square and sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.  Repeat for the remaining blue and yellow 3-7/8" squares.  Cut apart, yielding 4 half square triangles.

Sew each half square triangle to a blue 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle exactly as shown below.  
Place 2 of these sections right sides together with the yellow triangles pointing towards each other...as shown below.  
Sew the unit together. Repeat.

Clip the seam between the yellow triangles, pressing one side of the seam up and the other side down.

Now place the 45 degree angle of your ruler across the top of the unit so the ruler edge will line up exactly through the intersection of the yellow triangle tip and a corner of the unit.  Draw a line.
Turn the unit around and draw a second line.

 Place this unit right sides together with a yellow 6-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangle.  Stitch directly on each drawn line.  Repeat with the remaining unit and yellow rectangle.

 I placed a few pins to avoid any shifting before sewing together.

Cut the unit(s) apart using a 1/4" seam allowance.

You will now have 4 Triple Triangle units for each corner of 
The School Bell Has Rung Sampler quilt.
Place the 4 Triple Triangles aside...and stay tuned for our next lesson!  Sewing Pinwheels, Flying Geese, Hourglass blocks and Triple Triangles together to create: 
'The School Bell Has Rung Sampler' quilt!

Join the Quilt~Along anytime!  Find Part 1 HERE

For a free pdf download on the Triple Triangle method including a Math Chart....visit my Craftsy Pattern Store HERE


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