Monday, 26 October 2009

Win a Christmas Quilt

This Christmas Quilt needs a home.

The Story - how this quilt came about:

Any quilter who has taken my online class knows that with all the various options in class, I often make several samples. Yesterday while doing a video shoot for my tree skirt class I just happened to have a single poinsettia block with no home so I decided to take a little time out from work!

The background was a piece of fabric left from cutting wedges hence the cut angles. Luckily when I stitched the poinsettia, I used a larger than needed piece of batting and backing. I pulled three additional fabrics from my stash - 2 Christmas pieces (green with gold Christmas trees and a red poinsettia batik) and a green hand-dyed fabric from New Zealand. Perfect!

I added a couple of strips - first the dyed fabric, then the red and squared the whole thing up with the tree fabric. Just for fun, I stippled the background with silver metallic thread and bound the top and bottom edges in green with red for the sides.

Now I need to find a home for this quilt and know someone will enjoy hanging it for Christmas so decided to have a competition for you to win.

The Competition:

Enter into our drawing by doing any of the following options. There are 4 options to choose from and each option gives you a chance to win.

Option 1: Send us a photo of any project you made using an Arbee Designs design. The design can be from one of Ruth’s class or from a purchased pattern. You can send in as many photos as you like. Your name will be entered in our drawing once for each different project you send.

Option 2: Purchase any of our patterns from our website including sale price items (excluding downloads). For each pattern purchased, your name will be entered into the drawing.

Option 3: Sign up for any of our Christmas online classes at the Academy of Quilting. For each class sign up, your name will be entered twice into our drawing.

Option 4: Tell a friend. If your friend says you are the person who told them about this drawing and they enter, your name will be entered into the drawing as well as their name. You can refer as many friends as you like. Each person entering may only name one person as referee.

Additional Notes:
The competition will end on the 30th November 2009 and drawing will be done on the 1st December at which time the winner will be notified by email or phone. As soon as we receive the winner’s physical address, the quilt will be shipped.
Any purchase made by check or e-check, must be received at least one week prior to closing date and be bank cleared before competition closes.
When sending in a photo, you will be acknowledging acceptance for your photo to be displayed on any of our web pages with your name as maker. We will not display your contact details.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Quilted Jigsaw fun

Here is a fun jigsaw of our Christmas Holly Wreath quilt. Have fun making it as a jigsaw and feel free to join us in this online class at the Academy of Quilting.

Be sure to tell me how long it took to complete.

For information about our class visit our website Click here for The Holly Wreath Online Class information

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Star Block

I actually made it to my sewing table today! I'm known for my applique more than my patchwork, but today was all patchwork and I had fun. I wanted to make a star block for my tree skirt. Why? Because I know not everyone likes to applique like me so I decided it would be great to add the option of a block in my Tree Skirt online class for those who want to do that. (Find out more about the class here >>)

Well for Christmas I thought, a star would be a good thing to make. So I got carried away like usual and make five stars instead of one, just couldn't help myself. So here is the first star. It's a 9" finished block.

One large star is just not my thing, I need more of a challenge than that! I decided I should add some smaller stars in the corners of the large star. So I did. Each small star block is 3" finished.

That's some pretty small pieces don't you think? Okay, so I got thinking. Now that can be a dangerous thing for me, but I did anyway. What if I made a star in the center square of my 3" star? Good thought? Hmmmmmm, okay so I wasn't going to start over because time was running out, but I just had to try it. After all, it is only a one inch star, I couldn't waste too much fabric on that. Worked great!

I had to take the photo so close to fill up my camera screen that you can even see the grain in the fabric. This was fun for sure. So tell me, what's the smallest star you've made?

Those star points are just 1/4", I wonder if I could do 1/8"....

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Twisted Ribbons Block

Doreen is in my Twisted Ribbons online class and sent me in a photo of her practice block. It's great and she is having a lot of fun with this so I wanted to share it with my blog readers. This is a new block I designed where it is almost impossible to make two identical blocks. There are no templates, no need for precise seams and it doesn't even matter if your strips are a little crooked. You cannot go wrong!

Doreen found the instructions easy to follow and had a wonderful job of her block. I am looking forward to seeing her next which will be different again.

This class has just begun so there is still time to register but you need to be quick as registration close next weekend. With lesson one already available, you can get started right away. For more details see our website here: Twisted Ribbons Online Class

Twisted Ribbons is also available as a pattern if you prefer not to take the class. For more details about this please read: Twisted Ribbons quilt pattern >>

I hope you enjoyed seeing Doreen's block as much as I did. Keep up the great work Doreen!
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