Thursday, September 30, 2010

And the winner of the GO! Cutter is..........

As per the Random.Org, the winner is......#56

Jorie said...

Oh your Christmas project looks like its going to be fabulous, I can't wait to see it!

September 27, 2010 9:51 PM

Go check out Jorie's blog, Beautiful Chaos. She is a young Mom who just had a little baby girl at the beginning of Sept. and also has the cutest little 2 yr old boy. Adorable little family.
So go on over there and congratulate her.
I made it through my two 12 hour night shifts. I'm still pretty exhausted. But I'm off this weekend and hopefully can catch up on the stuff that needs to be done around the house and work on finishing more projects.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Santa is coming table runner!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

I know I said I would have another tutorial for you today,
but I just didn't have time to finish it.
I have to work a 12 hour night shift tonight and
I needed to get some sleep before I go in.

I did finish the table runner though.
So, I will show you those pictures.
This is my original design.
I hope you like it. I used the GO! Isosceles triangle die to make it.
This was more difficult then I had imagined.
I had to rip a lot of seams out in order to get it right.
That's why it's taking so long for me to finish the tutorial.
I had to make sure that I was going to be able to show you a way to get the triangles together without pulling you hair out like I did.
This will definitely be an intermediate pattern.

I really had fun with the quilting. The Santa faces are appliqued with fusible web. I used free motion quilting to stitch them down. I like the technique of quilting the fusible web appliques down, instead of stitching them before the quilting is done. This way you only sew them once and it's done. I used fabric from my stash to make this. I have another Christmas project in mind to bust more of my Christmas stash. The GO! Cutter is really helping me use up some of my fabric stash. I love that!!!

Well, don't forget about the GO! Cutter giveaway, on my previous post. Make sure you leave a comment on that post for a chance to win. I'm loving all the comments. It just brings a smile to my face knowing that I'm part of the process of giving a free GO! Cutter to someone. Thanks to Accuquilt for giving me this opportunity. It's just been so much fun.

Well, I have to get ready for work now. I need to leave by 6 pm. So, off I GO!



Monday, September 27, 2010

It's GO! Giveaway time!!!!!***CLOSED***

Hi everyone!

I got the GO! ahead from Carolyn to have the

 GO! Cutter Giveaway!

Isn't it exciting????

One of you will win a GO! Cutter and 3 dies of your choice!!!


I have been having fun using mine too!!
I was hoping to have another tutorial for you today,
but it will have to wait until tomorrow.
I just need to fix the last few kinks and finish my project.

Here is a sneak peak!!
It's a Christmas project!!

Well, enough about that!

In order to win
the Accuquilt GO! Cutter and
3 dies of your choice,
 you need to:

1) Leave a comment on this blog.

2) Become a follower and leave a comment telling me that you have.


3) If you are already one of my wonderful followers,
leave me a comment telling me that you are.

4) I must be able to contact you by email. Therefore, if you are a NO REPLY commenter, you MUST leave your email address for me to contact you. Or I will select another # using Random# Generator.

That's it!!!

No jumping through hoops here.

Anyone can enter this giveaway!!!

I will chose a winner using Random # Generator on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.
I will announce the winner after 5pm Eastern time.

You should definitely go check out the Accuquilt website.

There are loads of information on there for those
who are thinking of purchasing a GO! Cutter, or more dies.

Also, don't forget to check your local quilting shops who might carry the GO! Cutters.
Many of them have a great selection of Dies and you can often try out the GO! Cutter before you buy.

In the Kingston area were I live,
carry the GO! Cutter and Dies.

I know I plan and purchasing more dies there.

It will save me from having to wait for the package in the mail.

Good Luck All!!!



Saturday, September 25, 2010

A GO! Fall table runner tutorial!!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a great day!

Here is my first tutorial ever!!!!

So bare with me!!

Here is the GO! when it is closed.
Here is the GO! when it is open.

I really like how sturdy it is. You can tell it is solid. It opens very easily.
This is the Triangle-Isosceles die. I have marked the lines of the shapes with a permanent marker as is recommended. I let it dry for a few minutes so that I wouldn't get any marker on my fabric.
I put my fabric over the die. I cut the fabric to a size just a bit wider then my shape.

Then, I put the mat over it and started cranking it through. I found it was easy to get it though.
Here it is going through the GO! Cutter. It does take a bit of strength, but not much.

Here is my fabric cut. There were a few threads that didn't cut,
 so I just took the scissors and snipped them.

This die came with a pattern for a little pillow.
 I like the design of the block, so I used it as my base pattern for my table topper.

I used two fabrics in each block. I took the two different prints and faced the triangles right sides together. I then started sewing them in pairs. As you can see in the picture above, I sewed them together starting from the tip of the triangle. It's best to sew it this way, because your points will match up better in the end.
 I chain pieced the four pairs together.
I then ironed the seams towards the dark fabric.

I then took two of my sewn pieces and matched the seams at the top point.
The seams should just nestle together nicely. I put a pin to keep it in place. Then sewed them together.
I ironed this seam in the same direction as the other seams. You can see in the photo that all the seams are going to the right. At this point, I trim the little dog ears.
Look at how nice the points meet.
You then sew both halves together.
The one above was the first one I did.
It's not the best. I got better as I made more.
I made 4 of these.
I wanted to make them into a block.
So, I cut a 5 1/2 inch square.
 Then cut it diagonally twice. That gave me four little triangles.
I pinned the little triangle to the corners of the block and stitched it on.
I ironed the seam towards the dark fabric.

This is a block. It is 10 1/2 inches unfinished.
I made four of these and sewed them together to make a table runner.
I added a 2 1/2 inch border all the way around the blocks.
Then, I basted it and quilted it, put the binding on, and VOILA!!!

Here is my finished table runner!!!

I hope you like it!

I have a few more tutorials coming up.
I really like the way the GO! is working up to now.
Once I use it a bit more, I will give you a full review.



Friday, September 24, 2010

The Winners of my 300th post giveaway, and my GO! Cutter arrived!!!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a good day.

I would like to thank all of you for participating in my giveaway.

There are five winners that were selected by

 The Winners are:

Modern Table topper:   #109

Nancy Sue said...

I LOVE the smoke coming out of the chimney and the stepping stones up to the front door on your quilt. You're very creative indeed!

Thank you for such a generous giveaway. It's a nice ending to a lonnnng week!
September 23, 2010 11:35 PM

House Quilt: #4 

deserae said....
I am a blog follower!
September 17, 2010 5:13 PM


1st Halloween Fabric bundle: #43

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm a follower!
September 18, 2010 12:16 AM


2nd Halloween Fabric bundle: #76

Kelli said...

Happy 300th post Ariane!

cute quilts! I love the colours in the table topper!
September 19, 2010 9:21 PM

Fandango Fabric bundle: #52

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your little quilts! And Love the Kate Spain fabric! Thanks for including me.
September 18, 2010 9:26 AM

Wow! This was fun! I will email each one of you for your snail mail address.

Now for some more fun stuff

I got my GO! Cutter today. Yeah!!!!!

I received two of the three dies that I'm supposed to get. I'm still waiting for the Dresden Die.

I've got a project almost done, using the GO! Triangle-Isosceles die.
It's a little fall table runner.
I will have the tutorial for you tomorrow.
So come back and see what I'm up to.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gifts of Grace Block #5, and a good read!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a good day.
I've been really tired the last few days.
I've been working so many nights shifts,
that I have a hard time switching my sleep schedule back to sleeping during the night.
I have to work day shift this weekend and
 that's going to be a shock to the system I think.
I haven't done much sewing the last couple of days, because I've been so tired.
 But I did manage to get Block 5 done of the Gifts of Grace BOM by Val Laird.
really like this one too.

I also read this really great book, Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos.
I really loved this book.
It has a complex story, but it keeps you captivated through the entire book.
I couldn't put it down.
I read it in 1 day and a half.
So, if you haven't read it already, go get it at your local librairy.

I also wanted to let you know
about some of the GO! giveaway's going on in Blogland.
Here they are:

A quilt is nice - Giveaway coming soon!

So, If you are looking to win one of these GO! cutters, GO! check these sites out.

My GO! Cutter got stuck in customs this week. It got there on Monday, and it should finally be on it's way again today. Hopefully I will get it tomorrow, or the next day. I can't wait to get it. So keep checking back. I have a few patterns I put together that would work with the dies I'm getting. I can't wait to share these tutorials with you.

Edit: It is 5:00 pm eastern time and my GO!
Cutter has finally left Windsor, Ontario and is on its way to me. Yeah!!!!!

A reminder!!!
My 300th post giveaway ends tomorrow.
So make sure that you enter on this post!!



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Use My Scraps Extravaganza!!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a very nice weekend.
It was busy for me, but nice.
I want to tell you about the
Use My Scraps Extravaganza,
 that occurred on Friday.
I asked my sister Michele, to help me use up some of my scraps by making mini quilts.

As you can see, I don't throw any scraps out! LOL!!!

 I also wanted to show her how to do fusible web applique and free motion quilting on her old White sewing machine. Her machine is about 25 yrs older than my old white sewing machine. LOL!! So pretty old. She was all for it.

So, I gathered my scraps, my sewing machine, my rulers, fusible web,
and drove over to her house for our sewing day. It was a lot of fun.

This was my sister's first time doing fusible web applique and free motion quilting.
Now, I must tell you that my sister is a very talented artist.
You can see some of her projects at her blog, Michele Made Me.
She just started her blog in April and gets thousands of views everyday.
So, I knew that she would learn it very quickly.

This is the art quilt that she made. It's about 12 inches square.
She calls it: "Moms and Tots".
Only the binding was left to finish when I left.

I made the two little quilts that I'm giving away for my 300th post giveaway!

This cute modern table topper. The binding was also in my scrap bag.
It was a leftover from another project.

And my little art quilt called, "Our little house in the woods"
I wasn't finished when I left. I'm still not quite done. I just need to put the binding on.

I did the quilting yesterday. It was a lot of fun. I wanted to do some thread painting on it.
I just wanted it to be kind of a modern country quilt. Can you do that?
I tried anyways, with the raw edge applique and the thread painting.

I guess I'm breaking some quilting rules.....ahhhh.....I make my own quilting rules. LOL!!
That's what happens when your self taught.
I hope you like it. I hope to finish it tomorrow or Tuesday.

Well, I must say we didn't use too many scraps to make these mini quilts. I think we could make about 100 more with the amount of scraps I have.
So guess what!!! We will be having more Use My Scraps Extravaganza's soon.
You may want to have one yourself.

What's in your scrap basket?



P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway here. It's open until Friday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's my 300th post Giveaway!!! ***CLOSED***

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a nice day. Today, I am having a giveaway to celebrate my 300th post. This has been a great journey for me. It has been a rewarding experience for me to blog. I have made many friends and learned so much from all of you in blogland. So, to celebrate I'm having a giveaway!!

Here is what's up for grabs:

2 fat eighth bundles of BOO! to YOU!, by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake

1 fat eighth bundles of Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda

1 small modern table topper which I made today.

1 small country wall hanging quilt which I'm still working on, but will have done hopefully by the end of the night.

Once I'm done this little quilt, I'll take a group picture of all the items together.

So, how do you enter this giveaway?

1) Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you think of my little quilts!

2) Leave me a comment on this post if you are already a follower.

3) Become a follower and leave me a comment on this post telling me that you did so.

4) Blog about my giveaway, and leave me a comment on this post telling me that you did.

5) Make sure I have your email to contact you. If you have NO REPLY to your comment and don't leave an email, I will chose another name. Winners will be selected by Random Generator.

The winners will be announced next Friday evening, after I get off work. That's Sept. 24, 2010 sometime after 7 pm, eastern time.

So, that's three chances to win, and five prizes up for grabs.



Thursday, September 16, 2010

The pincushion I made for the Pincushion Pass

Hi everyone!

My partner for the Pincushion Pass finally received her package.
My partner is Krista from Spotted Stones.
She loves all things modern.
So I thought this pattern would be perfect for her.
I decided to add a flower made from vintage trimmings.
 The flower itself is made from the bottom edge of a vintage dress.
It was among some vintage trim I got at an estate sale.
 The women I bought it from always kept the decorative edges
 from antique clothing when the clothing was no longer good.
 It was cut with a scissor, and wrapped in tissue paper.
 The beads and the taffeta seam binding are also vintage and came from the same sale.
I had made her another pincushion that was similar
 and had filled it with crushed walnut shells,
but you could see the walnut shell filling were there were pinholes.
I just couldn't send it.
 So I made her a new one
 and used mostly poly fill and just a bit of walnut shells.
I'm glad that she likes it.
 It was a lot of fun to make.
Go on and visit Krista's blog.
She makes wonderful modern quilts.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

GO! Cutter giveaway on my blog!!!! Coming Soon!!!!

Hi everyone!
I have the most amazing news.
Carolyn from Accuquilt has sent me an email
 stating that I've been selected to receive a GO! Cutter and have a giveaway on my blog.
I'm so excited.
I just sent her the information, and will be stocking the mail man until I receive it.
I'm so excited!!!
Did I say that already.
So, don't stay too far, because I will have that giveaway too.
 I really have to thank Mary from Quilt Hollow
 for letting me know that they were looking for more blogs to have giveaways!!!
Thanks Mary!!!!

Back to work tonight!!!
I'll be back tomorrow!



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mug Rugs - Aren't they just the cutest!!! and my 300th post...Wowzer!!!!!

Well, this is my 300th post.
Can you believe that?
I've been blogging for just over a year and a half.
 I can't believe I've had that much to share.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my creative journey up to now.
 I have learned so much from all of you.
 I am going to have a giveaway to celebrate, but not today.
I have to pick up a few things still, and payday is tomorrow.
So, come back on the Friday!
That's when I'll have the giveaway.

On another note, I've been going through flickr just getting some inspiration. I happened upon this wonderful group the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. It is just so awesome. I kick myself for not joining in this swap. But I thought I would share some of the wonderful Mug Rugs they have been making. There is so much talent out there.

 It's just so thrilling to see.

 So here you go....check this out.

Aren't they gorgeous???

Well, that's all for today folks. I have to work night shift tonight and tomorrow, then I'm off on the weekend. Yeah!!!! I'll see you later.



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Four Gifts of Grace Blocks done! & Charming Girls Club goals!!!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I finished two more blocks of the Gifts of Grace BOM by Val Laird. So, now I have four blocks completed. I have them pinned to my Snippets quilt in my sewing room. It's my make shift design wall. I really have to get a real design wall soon.
 I have started the fifth block. I've got quite a bit done. But those letters take a while and I haven't started those yet. I hope you like my blocks.

I'm also part of the Charming Girls Club and the theme for the next two months is Quilting the Quilt. I really need this theme. LOL!!! I have many quilts that need quilting. So my goal is to quilt at least 3 quilts by the end of our session. If I get more done, then they will be a bonus.

The quilts I hope to get done are:

These are not in any particular order of importance.
I just want to get them done.

These are also not the only projects that I want to work on during this time.

1) I hope to get a lot done on the Gifts of Grace BOM which I shared above. These are going to be for a Christmas gift. So I need to get them done.

2) I want to get another little quilt done for my guilds mini quilt auction being held in November.

3) My daughter wants a bigger pencil case. She loves the one I made, but she has a lot of pencils. So...."Bigger" she says....LOL!!!

So, that's it. Well......that I know of anyway. You know me......I like to start new projects even though I really should finish the old projects.

I hope you all have a great night.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our first guild meeting of the season!!!

I went to my quilt guild's first meeting of the season last night. They had two wonderful ladies showing their work. Diane Davies and Jane Lay shared some beautiful quilts with us. They are so talented. I took some pictures, but my camera wasn't co-operating with me. I need a new one. But I will show you the best ones. Lots of pictures here we go.

I love the Paddington Bears Maze quilt. It's so cute!

I also love this quilt with all the trees....Gorgeous!!

And look at this large appliqued quilt. Isn't it sweet?

The one lady did mostly applique. I love the dragon!!!!

Another woman brought her Tisket A Tasket quilt for show & tell. This was my favorite of the night. It's just gorgeous, and the quilting is amazing!!!

They also had the community quilts on display. They made 25 quilts over the summer do give to local charities. They were also gorgeous!!!

Well, that's all for today. I work night shift starting tonight and for the next three nights.
I don't know what I will get done sewing related during those days, but I will try.