Tuesday, December 15, 2015

SMS Giveaway Winner!!

Thank you all so much for participating, I had a good time reading your comments. A special thank you for all the books suggestions; I have now plenty of new books I am looking forward to reading.

Congratulations to Carmen! You are the winner of the Tinsel FQ Bundle.
(I will email you shortly)

Here is her comment:

"Thank you for a fabulous giveaway! Makes me feel Christmas-y already:D The last photo I took on my phone was actually of a fortune cookie fortune: "Your curious nature will take you somewhere special." Pretty good, I think! Cheers and happy holidays!"

Thanks everyone for participating!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hello and welcome, It's time for another SMS Giveaway!
 It's a fun way to discover new sites and take chances at winning fabulous prizes ... Click HERE and HERE to view other SMS giveaways.

If you are visiting for the first time, my name is Maryse, I live in Florida and spend time as well in the Eastern Townships of QC Canada. I sewed all my life, mostly clothes but have been quilting for the last 7-8 years ... On this blog, I share my enthusiasm for quilting and the things I make.

Being so close to Christmas, I thought it would be fun to give away some Christmas fabrics. Sooooo ... I am giving away a Tinsel FQ Bundle by Alexia Marcelle Abegg and Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel. You will get 12 FQs, one of each print, three yards total.

So, to enter:

1. It's easy-peasy! Leave a comment, answer ONE of these questions (just pick one).

a) What was the last picture you took with your phone, be honest??
  b) Tell me about one of your favorite people you follow on IG. 
c) Have you read a good book lately? Please share, I do love a good read.

2. You get an additional entry, if you are a follower. Just leave a separate comment letting me know you do and how.

3. You get also an additional entry if you are an IG follower - @maryse260, leave your @username in a separate comment.

*This giveaway is open to everyone and international entries are welcome as well. You have until 6pm Sunday, December 13 to enter the giveaway, a winner will be chosen randomly and will ship next week.

*If you are a no reply blogger, please make sure you leave your email address in the comment. If I can't reach you, unfortunately I will pick another winner.

Best of luck!!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Today is all about Quilty365; I am a bit late to join the December party but as they say, better late then never. Quilty365 is a fun Quilt-A-Long hosted by Audrey at Quilty Folk. You can read all about it HERE and you can click HERE to see what everyone else is doing. It's not too late to join, you can jump in at any time!

I can't tell you how much I love this project; I look forward every day to make my "squircles".
Making the circles has become part of my daily routine. It doesn't take much of my time to make them; just about about 20-25 min. to make a complete circle unit each day and I still have plenty of time to work on my other projects.

My journey began on November 5th and today is day 32, so far I have been keeping up with this project, and I have now 33 circles ... (circle for tomorrow included in the picture). My plan is to keep it simple, and hopefully, I will have a quilt to show by the end of 2016, early 2017.

Here is how I prepare my "Squircles".

To prepare my circles, I use two templates, the first one is made out of plastic, this one has a 1/4" seam allowance added all around and I use it to trace the circle onto the fabric. The second one is made of a recycled cardboard box, and this one represents the finished size of my circle and I use it to press the edge under.

 Once I picked my fabric, I trace my circle onto the fabric using the plastic template, then cut on that line. I do a quick running stitch at about 1/8" from the edge all around the circle (see blue circle), making sure I leave a 2" tail on both ends. 
To press the seam allowance under, I use the template made out of cardboard, I place the template on the wrong side of the circle then pull both threads and press. Remove the template, you might need to pull the threads again to put it back in place, I do a final press. Some people like to use starch; I don't find it necessary. I don't remove the basting thread; I cut the tails after it's been sewed, at the same time I remove the extra fabric in the back.

    Alternative method with the sewing machine.

    You can also do this step with the sewing machine but beware that some machine are capricious and doesn't like to do this.  This is the method I used to prepare all my clamshells when I made my clamshell quilt; once you get the hang of it, you can do this fast. I set the stitch length at 5 (this is the longest stitch on my machine) then I sew all around the circle at about 1/8" from the edge leaving tails at both ends.

    *When I do this step, I always sew on the wrong side of the fabric, that way I know the thread from the bobbin is going to be on the right side of the fabric. *The thread from the bobbin is always easier to pull. A good trick to help you differentiate the top thread from the bobbin thread is is to use different thread colors.

    Once you sewed all around, lay your circle wrong side up and move the threads on that side out of the way towards the middle as shown in the picture. (Remember the thread from the bobbin is on the right side of the fabric).

    Place the cardboard template on top of the circle then pull on one thread, one side at the time, until half the edge is turned over. Then, pull on the other thread until all the entire edge is turned over. Press and carefully remove the template, you might have to pull the thread again to put the edge back into place then do a final press.

    Again, I don't remove the basting thread; I cut the tails after my circle is applied to the background fabric at the same time I remove the extra fabric in the back.
    Et voilà, your circle is ready to sew.

    I then lay it on my red background square, I pin and stitch it in place with a ladder stitch. The stitch is almost invisible, I have been sewing all appliqués with a red thread, you can barely see the stitches.

     Then I carefully remove the extra layer of fabric in the back and cut the tails.

    There it is!

    *For the Instagrammer ... There is a #quilty365, I have been posting progress on IG, it's another fun way to follow and interact with other circle makers.

Linking up a bit late ... with Audrey at Quilty Folk: