Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And the winner is...

Thank you all for your understanding and overwhelming support with respect to the decision I made to "retire" my First Friday Freebie program.  It means a lot to me.  

After reading your comments, it would appear that some of you seem to think that I'm done here and that I'm now going to ride off into the sunset, never to be heard from again.  

No way!  

I'm not going anywhere and it will continue to be "business as usual" with both my blog and Facebook pages.  You all have become a HUGE part of my life and want you to know that and I'm in this for the long haul.  

And you just never know when I'll surprise you all with another FFF.

Now that we've straightened that out, it's time to announce the winner of my giveaway for the signature set of Valdani threads.

Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World is the lucky winner!  Sheila's been notified by email and I'm just waiting t hear back from her.

Happy stitching!

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Friday Freebie - The Final Chapter

Today will be my last "scheduled" First Friday Freebie.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my 40+ free designs with you for almost 5 years now but inevitably there comes a time when all good things must come to an end.  

By now you all realize that designing is my passion and that I love to share.  I have agonized over this decision for a while now because I know there are many of you who have followed and supported me since I started this journey and I feel like I might be letting you down.  Please know that you are all very special and in turn have made me feel special as well.

To those of you who took the time to leave a comment and graciously offer your thanks and encouragement, I want you to know that your words meant so much to me and always will.  Now I am looking forward to tackling my HUGE 'to do' list while I still can in addition to the occasional magazine project thrown in to keep my creative juices flowing. 

I hope that you understand and will support my decision.

Now does this mean that I will never offer another freebie design?  Of course NOT!  It means that I will do so spontaneously when I feel the urge or when I have something that I'd like to share and not just because I feel obligated to have to live up to the schedule and time constraints that I set for myself.  

I encourage you to check back from time to time because you never know what you might find here at The Painted Quilt.  The links to my FFF designs will remain on the sidebar of my blog forever and they will always be FREE.

Soooooo, my final 'scheduled' FFF is entitled Autumn Sampler 2014.  For this particular design, I used a combination of wool, flannel and homespun cotton for the elements which are both machine and hand appliqued onto a cotton background.

The design works up quickly which will allow you plenty of time to get it done and be able to enjoy it during this Fall season.

To download the PDF file which includes the photos, instructions and line drawings, please click HERE.

And if you remember, a while back I promised that I would have a giveaway for a signature set of my Valdani threads when I reached 1000 "likes" on my Facebook page.  

Well that happened just a couple of days ago so what I'm going to do is pool the names of my Facebook friends as well as those who leave a comment at the end of this post, then draw a name on Wednesday, the 10th of September when I'll announce the winner.  The giveaway is open to everyone near and far.  

If I cannot contact you by other words if you are a no-reply will NOT be included in the draw.  An easy way to check whether you are "no-reply" is after you publish your comment, click on your name where it appears in your comment.  This will take you to your profile.  If your email address does not show up in your profile, then I have no way of contacting you. You will have to change your settings and add your email address in order to be included in the draw.  If in doubt, just leave your email address in the body of your comment.

Thanks to you all and most importantly, thanks again for your continued support.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Camp Wilderness"

The pattern for "Camp Wilderness"...more affectionately referred to as my 'man quilt' now available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

The pattern is 27 pages in length and includes detailed instructions, illustrations, tips, full sized line drawings and 7 color, close up photos.  The finished size of the quilt is 102" x 92" which translates to a very generous queen or king.

What am I going to do with all my free time now?  Ya, right!!!

And just a reminder that this Friday, the 5th of September, is the First Friday of September when I'll be releasing my final First Friday Freebie.  I've designed something with an Autumn theme which I think you're going to like.  Oh, and I also have a little giveaway planned.

So enjoy the rest of the week and we'll see you on Friday!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sewing Machine Mat/Caddy Tutorial

I'm sure that there are a gazillion tutorials on how to make a sewing machine mat/caddy out there and perhaps you've already made one.  Maybe I was just waiting for the PERFECT fabric to make mine so when my friend Lucie came to visit a couple of weeks ago, she gifted me with just that...the PERFECT fabric!

Remember these gorgeous sewing-themed fabrics?

I used some of them to make one for Lucie and one for me.

Here's what I did.

I cut a 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" square out of two different fabrics, one for the front and one for the back.  I also cut a 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" piece of low loft batting to sandwich between the two layers and used 505 quilt basting spray to hold the three layers together.

Using my long 1 1/2" ruler as a guide to establish a cross-hatch pattern, I marked the sewing lines on the lighter of the two fabrics with my Frixion pen and then sewed along the lines in both directions.

To make the sleeve for the pockets, I cut two pieces of a different fabric and another piece of batting at 5 1/2" by 20 1/2" and sandwiched them together in the same manner as above.

I prepped enough binding not only to attach to the upper edge of the pocket sleeve but also to go around the entire mat which I sewed on in the same way we would to bind a quilt.

I trimmed the pocket sleeve along the bottom edge, making sure that it was square. 

I then marked the lines with my Frixion pen for where I wanted the pockets to be.

I aligned the pocket sleeve with the bottom edge of the mat and pinned it in place... 

then sewed along the lines making sure to secure my stitches at both ends so that they wouldn't come undone.

I trimmed around the mat to make sure that it was square and then sewed on the binding in the same way as I would to bind a quilt.  

Here it is, all finished and ready to put to use!

And voila!  BIG Bernie and I are very happy campers...oops, I mean sewers!  

All of my "go to" tools in one place and easy to find.

Now how easy was that!!!

Happy stitching!