Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chic Stars ~ Our free Holiday Gift Pattern!

~Chic Stars~

We are excited today to share with you our Chic Stars pattern, a free Holiday Gift Pattern!  Free PDF download is available here.

The free pattern shows you how to make one Chic Star.  You will need the Quick Curve Ruler to make this fun star.

Jenny had way to much fun with the quilting on her quilt.  She used our new QCR Sidekick rulers for everything "curved quilting" on her quilt....even the curved crosshatch!  The QCR Sidekick rulers will be available for purchase next week!

 Jenny's Chic Stars are on point, where Helen's Chic Stars are not.

Helen used Cotton and Steel fabric called Tokyo Train Ride and alternated her background fabric.

It's fun seeing how a different quilting and layout design can change the look of the Chic Stars.  

 We wanted to say thanks to all of you that have supported us and our patterns and hope you enjoy our free gift this Holiday season.

FYI....we are having a Cyber Monday Holiday sale on our Website.  More details later this week.  

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday

We're kicking this holiday season off with a fun surprise gift for all of you. But...you'll have to wait just a couple more days. This was Jenny's inspiration for the colors she chose...
and beautiful fabric!
A little tease of what we have planned for you!:) 
We are very excited to share our fun surprise! Stay tuned! :)
Helen has been busy finishing some works in progress of her own.  Love the quilting she's done on this Fun Poinsettia!
Sherilyn's keeping busy finishing her Chic Kisses quilt. It's coming together nicely.
Speaking of Chic Kisses were so excited for the release of our two new patterns, Chic Kisses and Chic Shells. We appreciate your patience while we have been working on getting these patterns completed. Here are the beautiful cover pictures for these patterns.

We're very grateful for those of you who have and are currently testing these patterns. The new release date for these patterns is Dec. 1st! 

We hope it's a very happy quilting day for all of you! 

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Tips - Urban Candy

Squaring up Urban Candy blocks
First, line up seams of block (both top and bottom of block), as close as possible, under the reference marks indicated in the pattern. 1 3/4 and 4 1/4 inch marks on ruler. 

Occasionally it may be difficult to square up an Urban Candy block to the 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 as the pattern indicates.
This is not a problem.  Simply square up block to 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 or 6 1/4 x 9. Make sure all blocks are squared up to the same measurements.
The only difference will be is that the finished quilt is a little shorter.

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Friday, November 14, 2014

FYI Friday

First of all - Thanks to everyone who participated in our Curve It Up Challenge QAL! Everyone's quilts are absolutely beautiful! 
If you didn't get a chance to see some of these beautiful quilts click here
Today we're featuring Helen's "Quilt Built"! So named by her son Seth who helped her build it! :) A fantastic way to show off many beautiful quilts at once.  Here are the instructions for those who may be interested in building one yourself. Very simple!

(2) 2"x6"x8' (sanded and painted)
(3) vinyl coated closet doweling (Home Depot)
1 1/2" holes drilled 31" apart
1/4" angle cut at top and bottom for looks and functionality

Also, Jenny's Curvy Geese (From our Curve It Up Pattern) re-work is looking awesome! Can't wait to see it completed! :)

FYI - Just putting a few finishing touches on our new patterns, Chic Shells and Chic Kisses. Yes! so close!! :)

Happy Quilting and Happy Friday! :)

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Friday, November 7, 2014

Curve It up Challenge Link-Up Party!

Let's Party!! :)
Curve It up Style!
We hope everyone has had as much fun as we have! We are so excited to see everyone's Curve It Up Challenge quilts! From what we've seen so far, we know everyone is in for a treat and all you need to do now is add your link below!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday Tips - Binding

Questions about binding? What size?
Here's a great tip!
One size doesn't always fit all quilts. Thickness of quilts vary depending on thickness of batting. Make different size sample bindings. This is a good way to know you will use just the right size for your quilt. 
Also, for a near perfect mitered corner take your stitch at a 45 degree angle straight to the corner. Brilliant! :)

Happy Quilting!
-Sew Kind of Wonderful-
Jenny, Helen, and Sherilyn

Friday, October 31, 2014

CIU Challenge QAL - Last Day!!

Boo!! Happy Halloween Everyone!! 
Wow! It's hard to believe Oct. 31 is already here!
Today is the end of of our Curve It Up Challenge QAL. We've loved seeing all the blocks and quilts on IG and Flickr. They're awesome!! Jenny and Sherilyn are working on their quilts and will post their finished quilts next week when we have our Curve It Up Linky party! We look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful quilts!
We had wonderful inspiration from the beginning with Helen's amazing, all-solids, quilt.
Here's a peek at Sherilyn's before the border's final touch. 
Hurry, hurry, hurry and get your quilts finished and we'll party next week! :)

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-
Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Magazine Surprise!

Look what came in the mail while Jenny and Helen where at Quilt Market in Houston….Quilt Scene magazine from International Quilt Festival.  
One of the projects in the magazine is "Quilter's Caddy Apron" made using the Quick Curve Ruler.

At spring market in Pittsburgh Helen had made all of us an apron to wear.  The Quilt Scene folks saw the aprons and asked us to do a write up.  We just weren't sure when it would be published.  What a fun surprise! 

Just a reminder, tomorrow is the last day for the Curve It Up Challenge.  How is your project coming along?  Plan on a linky party next week to see everyone's quilts!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday!

Check out those darling pumpkins! Helen put a spin on our Crazy Eights pattern in the our Contemporary Curved Quilts book and made a harvest table runner! Love it! :)
Helen is busy today! 3 bindings on 3 quilts in 3 hours...well that was her goal at least! Let's hope she achieved it!
Sherilyn is almost finished with her 2nd ciuchallenge.  She's trying to decide on sashing color(s).  A lot of great ideas on FB, and she'd appreciate more thoughts here! Please comment and give her some ideas. #ciuchallenge to IG and FB and upload your pictures to Flickr. The quilts we are seeing are AMAZING! :)
Also, check out Sherilyn's Chic Kisses! She's half way finished and really loves how it's coming together.  This pattern, along with Chic Shells, will be released soon! 
Helen and Jenny enjoyed some sisterly time together at the quilt show in Santa Clara, CA. The Quick Curve ruler, patterns and book were a big hit! Sherilyn will hopefully get to join them next time! 
Happy Quilting!
-Jenny, Helen, and Sherilyn-
Sew Kind of Wonderful

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sassy Stars Runner!

I had fun doing up this Sassy Stars Runner this week!

We needed a smaller sample since the actual Sassy Stars quilt in our Book Contemporary Curved Quilts is a big one.

I've collected some of my favorite greens from some of my favorite fabric designers over the years and got to use them all at one time for this little quilt!

I of course had to custom quilt it!  I used our new Sidekick Rulers....(soon to be released) and did some fun quilting designs to be taught next year at a couple of quilting shows....more about that later.

It was fun doing a smaller non-thinker quilt this week that we don't need to write up a pattern for because it's already in our new Book!

We are heading to California tomorrow to PIQF!...so if you happen to be going, come find us at the end of row one!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pattern Winner!

Congratulations Lorna!  She was lucky number 75 and won 3 Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns.

Hope you all have a great weekend and get some much needed projects done....quilting projects that is!  

Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CIU Challenge and Pattern Giveaway!

CIU Challenge QAL

We wanted to check in with everyone who is participating in our CIU Challenge QAL.  We hope you are all having fun with the CIU blocks and challenging yourself to come up with something you love!

I've had a blast challenging myself to come up with a new design. 
Here is my latest creation.

I'm making four of these HUGE blocks and sewing them together to create my end design.  The border was an after thought yesterday and I love how it really sets off the block design!  I did up a sample of what blocks I used from the CIU pattern and where they go to create my design.

I used the Churndash, Sawtooth, Ninepatch and Curvygeese blocks.  You can see above, where they go in my design. 

I'm using beautiful "Cherie" fabric from Frances Newcombe with Art Gallery Fabrics. 

Sherilyn is having so much fun with the Challenge that she has started another quilt and here is her first block.

Gotta love that Flea Market Fancy!!

Remember to share your WIP's with us on our Flickr Group and also #ciuchalleng on IG.  

Now for the Giveaway!  

For a chance to win 3 Sew Kind of Wonderful PDF patterns, leave a comment telling us your favorite color combination right now.  That's it!!  We will announce the winner Saturday morning.

Happy Quilting!

Jenny, Helen and Sheriln

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday Tips - Removing Paper and Pressing Curved Seams

About That Paper!
If having difficulty getting the paper off the back of the Quick Curve Ruler, follow these simple picture tips - it should come off fairly easy.

...peel slowly...


And, when pressing curved pieced blocks, it may be easier with a little extra padding under quilt block.  You can either purchase a separate iron pad to place under ironing board cover, use a couple pieces of batting or simply use a fluffy towel. The extra "squish" allows seams and bias to ease together easier and helps avoid ripples at the pressing stage.  Place the batting or towel under ironing board cover...

or right on top.  

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-