Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – Quarter Square Triangles Tip from Sew Preeti Quilts

June 23, 2015

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

First, I want to announce the winner of my Fat Quarter Shop Delectable Mountains Giveaway! If you missed that post, and would like to see the new Fat Quarter Shop pattern for Delectable Mountains, you can check it out here.

The winner of four 1/2 yard cuts of Morning Walk by Leah Duncan is Mary Malon!

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I followed your link from Crazy Mom Quilts (great blog) and now follow you via email.”

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my Delectable Mountains quilt!

If you missed the 2015 New Bloggers post from Monday, and you’d like to enter our Big Week 2 Giveaway, click here.

My post today is going up a little later than usual, which is a sign that it is clearly summer, and the kids rule the roost at home. There’s much less time for sewing and pattern writing now.  I still try to fit it in at night, but it’s so much harder when the kids stay up later in the summer.  During the days we’re knee deep in trips to to the pool, dress-up parties, nerf-gun wars and lots and lots of messes.

I sat straight up in bed early this morning and realized that for the first time since I started this Tuesday linky party, I had forgotten to write a blog post. Luckily, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about…

Did you happen to see Preeti’s link up to my Tips and Tutorials Tuesday last week?  Last year, Preeti from Sew Preeti Quilts, came up with a new method for making Quarter Square Triangles.  She linked it up again for us last week as a reminder that this cool method is out there in the blogosphere. I know it’s been a year… how did I miss this?!! Glad you linked up Preeti!

This is intriguing to me because I have a pattern to write up that features quarter-square triangles, and I’d love to be able to make 4 at a time.

I tried out the method using some 5″ charm pack squares, and I loved the result.  So fast!!  Thank you Preeti!  You just made my life a lot easier.

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Now I can get to work on sewing up and writing the pattern to that quilt I designed… I better get busy.

Do you have a tip or tutorial to link up?  Please click below to enter.  Even old posts are welcome!


2015 New Bloggers Hop

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop Week 2: New Bloggers and Another Giveaway!

June 22, 2015

 

New Quilt Blogger Participant Intro Icon2Welcome to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Week 2. I have four wonderful new quilt bloggers to introduce you to today.  I can’t wait to see their posts! My hive is called the Sew Fabulous Hive, and they really are just that.  If you want to enter the giveaway after checking out their blog posts, scroll to the bottom and click to enter.

Button Designed by 2015 New Blogger Deb McGregor

Button Designed by 2015 New Blogger Deb McGregor

Today I am excited to introduce you to:

Erin@ Twin Mom Quilts:  

(click here to follow Erin on Bloglovin)

Anja@ Anja Quilts: 

(click here to follow Anja on Bloglovin)

Carrie @ Chopping Block Quilts:

(click here to follow Carrie on Bloglovin)

Adrian@ Quilting Fabulous:  

We have 4 hosts this year, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Terri Anne @Childlike Fascination and me, each posting the names of several new bloggers for you to check out every Monday over the course of 4 weeks.

So after you have had some time to get to know more about the Sew Fabulous Hive, please visit the other hosts to learn more about other new quilt bloggers!

It’s a big blog hop, so that also means big giveaways. Scroll down to the bottom to check out this week’s awesome sponsors and big prizes.

Also, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:

Do you have a great advice post that we can link to? Send me an email or leave a comment and we will add you to our resource list!

New Quilt Bloggers Week 2 Giveaway!

We are so thankful to our generous sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. This week you can enter to win one of five fabulous prizes:

GIVEAWAY Week 2

You can earn up to 6 entries to this giveaway:

Just use the Rafflecopter widget to enter (click on image below to go to the Rafflecopter entry page)! ***Commenting on this post does not make you eligible for the giveaway!***

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Giveaway will run from June 22nd through June 27th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, June 28th!

2015 New Bloggers Hop

Giveaway Winners Announced for Week 1 of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

June 21, 2015

 

Giveaway Winners Week 1

Thanks again to our generous Week 1 sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: AurifilPile O’FabricThe Fat Quarter ShopMeadow Mist Designs, and Quilting Jetgirl.

Without further ado, the 5 winners are:

Congratulations to our Week 1 Winners; emails have been sent to confirm your contact information!

Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 1 and stay tuned, as Week 2 kicks off tomorrow!

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Quantum Quilters

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Nurdan @Hug-a-Bit Quilts (Instagram @hugabitquilts)
Ali @Needle Down
Denise @CrafTraditions
Bernie @Needle and Foot (Instagram @kringleb)

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New Bees

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Ashley @Crafty Ashley B
Gayle @Pedal Sew Lightly
Sarah @123 Quilt
Hayley @MooBird Stitches

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Sew Fabulous Hive

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Sandra @Musings of A Menopausal Melon
Tessa @Half Square Quilts
Jinger @Trials of A Newbie Quilter
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Johanna @Sewing Time with Brownie

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Sewcial Swarm

Host: Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Jayne of Twiggy and Opal (Instagram @twiggyandopal)
Robyn of Hoops & Thimbles
Shayna of Wife. Mom Creator. (Instagram @shaynashipley)
Francine of MochaWildChild (Instagram @mochawildchild)
2015 New Bloggers Hop

Easy Zippered Box Pouch Video Tutorial & How To Embed Videos in Blog Posts

June 20, 2015

Box Pouch Tutorial

As a part of the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop, on Saturdays, my co-hosts and I are taking turns writing blog posts with bits of advice for new bloggers.

Today, I’d like to introduce the idea of embedding videos into your blog posts.

As an example, I’m sharing with you a YouTube video by my friend, Melanie Ham, about making an awesome zippered pouch tutorial. If you like quick, simple, how-to sewing tutorials, I highly recommend subscribing to her channel on Youtube. She has a ton of great projects there for your inspiration.

Why Would You Want to Embed a YouTube Video?

1) I have enjoyed watching Youtube videos as I have learned to sew over the years.  They’re free, easy to access, short, and intimate — perfect for the self-taught sewist.  I love when my friends share videos with me that they have found particularly helpful, and so I have in turn started to try to post more helpful short videos on my blog.

2) By embedding your videos, readers don’t have to leave your blog to view the link you’ve provided.

3) Embedding videos also improves your Search Engine Optimization, hopefully increasing your page views, and increasing the reach of your blog.

How Do You Embed YouTube Videos into Your Blog Posts?

It’s unbelievable easy!

1) Open your browser, and go to the YouTube page that displays your chosen video.

2) On the video’s YouTube page you’ll see the “share” option. It looks like this:

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3)  Click the “Share” button and select “embed“.

4) Set it to the size 640 x 360.

5)  Copy and paste the code into the HTML tab (“text” tab on WordPress) of your blog post.

I hope you find this tip helpful and can add this Blogging How To to your toolbox (have you considered creating a Pinterest tab yet to organize all your blogging advice posts????).

And if you’re not a blogger, and reading this post, I hope you enjoy Melanie’s video and are inspired to make a cute little zippered pouch of your own!

Please check back again on Monday when I share 4 more new bloggers with you that you don’t want to miss!

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

June 16, 2015

 

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Hi there!  Did you get a chance to visit the new bloggers I introduced yesterday in my blog post?  Did you get to enter the big giveaway?  If not, click on over and go for it!

When you get back, I want to highlight a tutorial that Sue from Supermom – No Cape linked up last week.  It was so fabulous that I want to make sure you all got a chance to see it.

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Matching prints takes a little patience and extra time, but it is so worth it!  This is one of those great tutorials that you need to pin for later.  You never know when you’re going to have a backside emergency.

Hmph.  That sounds really funny. But it’s true.

Thank you, Sue, for writing this fantastic tutorial and sharing it with all of us!  I hope everyone who didn’t get a chance to see it last week hops over to your blog to read it, contemplates your fabulousness, and pins it for later!

And as a second tip for you today, did you know that Sue hosts a linky party on Mondays for embroidery?  I hope you’ll keep it in mind next time you pull out your needle and floss to stitch something beautiful.

I hope some fabulous bloggers have new tutorials and tips for us this week!

Bloggers Unite! Show us the good stuff.



 

 

2015 New Bloggers Hop

Sew Fabulous Hive: Week 1 & Giveaway

June 15, 2015

Button Designed by 2015 New Blogger Deb McGregor

Button Designed by 2015 New Blogger Deb McGregor

Welcome!

Over 70 new quilt bloggers are participating in this fantastic blog hop, and they are excited to share their photos, projects and quilty ideas with you!

We have 4 hosts, Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl from Meadowmist Designs, Terri from Childlike Fascination and me, each posting about several new bloggers for you to check out every Monday over the course of 4 weeks.  It’s a big blog hop, so that also means big giveaways.  Scroll down to the bottom to check out this week’s awesome sponsors and big prizes.

Today I am excited to introduce you to the first 5 new bloggers in my group, the Sew Fabulous Hive:

 

I invite you to click and visit their blogs, and leave them a friendly comment to show your love.  Bloggers appreciate comments so much; so many of us don’t have friends to sew with, and connect to the quilting world virtually.  Comments make the online quilting world go round!

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Also, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:

New Quilt Bloggers Week 1 Giveaway!

We are so thankful to our generous sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. This week you can enter to win one of five fabulous prizes:

  • (1) Kate Spain 50wt Aurifil Thread Collection from Aurifil
  • (1) Parrot Fat Quarter Bundle from Pile O’Fabric
  • (1) $50 Fat Quarter Gift Certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop
  • (2) Patterns of your choice from Meadow Mist Designs
  • (2) Patterns of your choice from Quilting Jetgirl

GIVEAWAY Week 1

You can earn up to 6 entries to this giveaway:

Just Click On the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!
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Finish it Up Friday

Delectable Mountains Quilt Pattern – A Fat Quarter Shop Hop

June 12, 2015

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Welcome to the Fat Quarter Shop Delectable Mountains Quilt Blog Hop!

If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, welcome.  I hope you’ll sit down, kick your feet up and stay awhile. If you’d like to enter my Giveaway in honor of the blog hop, scroll to the bottom for entry details.

Today I’m thrilled to show you the Late Night Quilter version of a fantastic Fat Quarter Shop pattern, Delectable Mountains, made from the latest block in their Classic & Vintage Series.

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The Classic and Vintage Delectable Mountains Quilt in a Classic and Vintage bathtub!

When Fat Quarter Shop invited us to participate in this hop, we were so excited, because my friend Michelle and I happened to be in need of a baby gift for our close friend Kitty, from Night Quilter.  We thought the Delectable Mountains Quilt would make the perfect present for this new baby, who desperately needs a new quilt (not really… that poor baby is surrounded by quilts day and night.  But Quilters Gotta Quilt, right?).

The pattern is written in 4 sizes, from Baby to Queen, and Fat Quarter Shop graciously allowed us to choose whatever fabric we wanted from their huge online store.

Michelle and I chose the fabric line Morning Walk, by Leah Duncan.  Leah is an Austin-based designer, and her latest fabric line is inspired by local scenery.  So it seemed like the perfect choice for us. The mustard, mint, orange and navy are boyish, but different.  I love it.

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I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends in the quilting community.  A year ago, when I started my blog, I knew no one who quilted.  And now, I have friends like Kitty and Michelle, who inspire and support me every day.

Since our blog names are so similar, people always ask Kitty and me how we met.  Well, over a year ago, we both noticed the similarity in blog names too, and started (gently) stalking each other.  We both realized that we were living parallel lives across the country from one another.  Despite the distance between Texas and Maine, we have become fast friends.  I can’t wait to see her newest little baby in person someday; but for now, her beautiful pictures and blog posts will have to do.

Baby Finn

I hope Baby Finn likes his new quilt, and someday, when he’s bigger, playing in his playroom with the quilt draped across his favorite red chair, his mama can tell him that it was made with a lot of love, as all good quilts are.

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The delectable mountain block is as old as the sea (or at least the early 1800s, according to Barbara Brackman). It can be constructed a couple of different ways, but the Fat Quarter Shop version uses familiar Half Square Triangles (HTS), so this block is a snap to put together. In its most traditional layout, it has a medallion feel to it, which makes it ideal for modern quilters who are head over heels in love with medallion quilts these days.

Delectable Mountains on Chair

For A PDF of the free block pattern click here .  Or you can watch Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop put it together in this YouTube video.


Video: https://youtu.be/wpm3QLBUTr8

The complete pattern, with all the measurements you’ll need, is available for $4.98 online at Fat Quarter Shop.  And it also comes in a kit form to make life a little easier.

Tips For Success:

Try the Magic 8 Method of making 8 HSTs at a time.  It’s a huge time saver!  Here’s a link to a tutorial by Chez Stitches on how to do it.

For this pattern, you’ll need to make 2″ finished HSTs.  For the Magic 8 Method, use two 5 3/4″ squares (or 6″ squares if you like to be able to trim down your HSTs for improved accuracy).

Chain piece your HSTs!   Here’s a 30 second video of me chain piecing away! (Special thanks to Michelle, for making most of the HSTs on this quilt!)

Quilting

To quilt this, I used straight line quilting, because I know that is one of Kitty’s all-time favorites. I also used Aurifil (40 wt cotton…. not the longarm poly).  The cotton thread held up well (I went easy on it and avoided any intense longarm acrobatics on this quilt) and I had very little breakage.

But the big square in the middle needed a little something special instead of just straight lines.  So I used my water erasable pen to trace a motif designed by Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz, and did a little ruler work on my Nolting longarm.

Center Motif

I sure wish I had enough time to make it bigger.  This quilt would be gorgeous in a master bedroom!

Delectable Mountain on Bed

Thank you so much for visiting.  For my giveaway, I’ll be giving one lucky reader 4 half-yard cuts of Morning Walk, by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics (thanks to Fat Quarter Shop!).

Morning Walk Giveaway

You can enter by leaving two comments:

  1. What would you make with your winnings?
  2. If you follow me, Late Night Quilter, let me know how–or visit my right toolbar to follow me if you don’t already, then tell me how! (e-mail, WordPress, Bloglovin’, Instagram, Feedly)

The giveaway will be open until Friday, June 19th 12 noon CST. I’ll select one winner randomly from the comments below. Good luck!

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – The Quilter’s Knot Video Tutorial

June 9, 2015
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Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  Today I have a short little video for you about How to Tie A Quilter’s Knot.

If you’re a new quilter, check it out.  It’s the fastest way in the universe to tie a knot at the end of your thread. I learned this tip from my friend Jessica who owns and runs the Cotton Cupboard, my local shop in Lakeway, TX. She has taught me so many quilting skills, with an open heart, and I will always be grateful.

 

 

If you’re an old pro, and you’ve been tying quilter’s knots for years, you can skip the video. But please, can we just take a moment together to jump up and down and run in circles to celebrate the fact that…

I FIGURED OUT HOW TO EDIT A VIDEO AND MUSIC IN ADOBE PREMIERE!!!!!!

It’s a tiny video, but I did it!  With edits and fades!  I am ridiculously proud of myself because it’s been a huge goal of mine to film some tips and learn this monster of a computer program.  For the past month, I have floundered with it and failed several times.  Then all of a sudden, I found the right tutorials, simplified my approach, and achieved my goal.

Thank goodness, because it was taking up way too much real estate in my brain.

Now, if you’re a quilt blogger, please consider taking a moment to link up your tips and tutorials of late.  We love reading what you have to say!

I’m linking up to Blossom Heart Quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Freemotion By The River, and HugaBit Quilts.

 



2015 New Bloggers Hop

New Quilting Bloggers I Love

June 8, 2015

 

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Over the next 2 months, we will be getting to know the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers better through a series of blog hops.

The blog hops are going to be broken down into 4 hives hosted by Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination, and me!

While we are putting the finishing touches on preparations for the blog hop, which will include weekly giveaways due to generous sponsors like Aurifil, The Fat Quarter Shop, and Pile O’Fabric, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:

Do you have a great advice post that we can link to? Send me an email or leave a comment and we will add you to our resource list!

I am excited today to introduce you to my hive!

Here are their names and blog addresses. They may be new bloggers, but they are an incredibly talented bunch.  I invite you to click around and see what they have to offer.


I am looking forward to getting to know them better in the upcoming weeks! Be sure to stop by and check out the groups hosted by Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination this week to get to know their hive members.

 

Fabric

Sunday Stash – Leah Duncan’s Morning Walk

June 7, 2015

Last week, a huge bundle of Morning Walk (by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics) arrived on my doorstep from Fat Quarter Shop.  Talk about happy mail… This is what we like to call, ecstatically happy mail.

Morning Walk Town Lake

Michelle and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Fat Quarter Shop and make a quilt for their upcoming pattern release (to be blogged about very soon).  They even sent us a fun little pack of alphabitties to label our fabrics and keep everything straight while sewing.

Have you used these yet?  I love them!

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I’ll give you a hint about this fantastic new pattern; it’s a modern take on a  classic, vintage block. And I think this beautiful, silky smooth Art Gallery Fabric will suite it perfectly.

When Fat Quarter Shop asked us to choose any fabric from their huge catalogue, Morning Walk was an easy selection for us.  The designer is an Austinite like us, and this fabric line is inspired by walks around her neighborhood and Town Lake, which also happens to be the name of the colorway we chose.

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The colors– mustard, cobalt, coral, navy, orange, grey and mint, all have an organic, natural feel to them, and are lovely together.

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Here are a few of my favorites.

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This project is a bitter-sweet one.

The bitter – It’s the last quilt that Michelle and I will be able to work on together for awhile, and Michelle won’t be blogging with me here at Late Night Quilter as often.

The sweet — Michelle found her dream job.  She will now be working full-time for the Abundant Life Foundation, an organization that assists the people of the Bay Islands of Honduras, a seriously impoverished area, by supporting education and micro-businesses and connecting them with the outside world.

I’m so happy for Michelle – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her.  And there’s nothing more exciting than following your heart and your dreams.

In the meantime, I’ll still be here, quilting and blogging, and thoroughly enjoying connecting with you.

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