Friday, September 26, 2014

Curve It Up Challenge!

 Curve It Up Challenge is alive and well!! Here's the progress Jenny and Sherilyn are making on their quilts.
We're loving Jenny's very modern feel to her blocks! Very appealing! 
And Sherilyn's - Whoa! Does crayons comes to mind? :-) Fun!! 

We're loving the pictures that are coming into IG and Flickr! Keep em coming! We'll soon be posting pictures of customer's quilts and blocks here on the blog. Again it's not too late to start! Remember to #ciuchallenge
How is everyone doing on there CIU Challenge quilts? Let us know!


-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

How you know you're married to a quilter! Haha!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Exciting Things Happening!!

So many exciting things in the works!!

After much team work, Chic Shells is complete!! Helen began with this amazing design, all three of us collaborated and worked out a few important details, Sherilyn pieced it and Helen put the finishing touch on it - with some amazing quilting!! We are thrilled with how it turned out.:-)

Our new website launches next Tuesday
Woot Woot!! Lots of hard work but well worth it! Be sure to check it out!


Jenny wrote an excellent post today about quilting fillers. Go to Pattern Jam and check it out! It's sure to inspire! 


We hope everyone's having a fun time with the Curve It Up Challenge! We're loving the pictures we're seeing on Flickr and IG. Remember to #ciuchallenge. Keep up the great work! If you haven't begun yours, it's absolutely not too late!! 

Jenny and Sherilyn are making progress on their quilts. Obviously, by these two examples, This pattern has endless possibilities! Thanks to everyone who let us know what challenge you're doing. Continue to let us know! We're curious and want to get excited with you! :-)

Happy quilting everyone!! 

-Sew Kind of Wonderful- 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Curve It Up Challenge QAL! - What are you doing?

Jenny's blocks are Amazing!! She chose option 3, which is anything goes and obviously her creative juices are flowing!:-) She is using Frances Newcombe's new fabric line, Cherie by Art Gallery. 
Sherilyn chose option 2. She's using some old 30's print she's had for a while. She's having a lot of fun with these colorful prints and solids. She's excited to add more twists and colors to this Sawtooth Star block pattern!

We're curious to know what all of you are doing. Option 1 (using all of the blocks)? Option 2 (using 1 or 2 blocks only)? Or option 3 (anything goes!)? Please leave a comment and let us know. :-)

For all the details on our CIU Challenge QAL click here
Please share your CIU pictures on our Flickr group and #ciuchallenge on Instagram and Facebook. 

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tips - Urban Nine Patch!

Here are a few tips for The Urban Nine Patch pattern, a customer favorite! 
Let's begin with the center nine patch. Sew first 
2 convex pieces on - opposite sides. Press seams open.
Sew the next 2 convex pieces on the 
remaining sides
Press seams open and square up to 8" square. 
Place block under square up ruler. Center the center block under 4" intersection
and the diagonal ruler line should line up pretty close to the corners

Be sure the entire block sits under 8" ruler marks
(this one's close... but close enough! ;)
Notice the 9 patch corners do not extend all the way to the block corners. The 9 patch block should appear to "float"
Another tip that might be helpful - Press open these rectangle block seams rather then press seams to side. That narrow center strip seems to relax better with pressed open seams. 
And, here's a reminder about lining up the QCR 1/8" mark on the curved seems when squaring up the rectangle blocks.

And most important tip of all...HAVE FUN!! Because quilting is FUN!!! :-)

We Hope everyone's Curve It Up quilts are coming right along. We're anxious to share our progress! Remember to post pics to our Flickr group and #ciuchallenge to Instagram and Facbook

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Haha! We do love square blocks and square quilts!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Curve It up Saturday Spotlight!

Today we wanted to spotlight a few Curve It Up quilts from our last CIU Challenge QAL. We selected a few from our previous CIU Flickr group. There were so many amazing quilts and blocks to choose from.  Here are just a few. 

We love the choice of fabric and colors, and of course the quilting is always the perfect finishing touch! The possibilities seem endless with these blocks! Here are some repeated 1 block ideas.

It's always interesting to compare and contrast the difference between prints and solids. The looks are so different and yet equally as beautiful! 

We hope everyone participating is having fun with your Curve It Up creative quilts. 

For details about our CIU Challenge QAL click here.
And remember to upload your CIU pictures on our Flickr group
If posting pictures to IG or FB use #ciuchallenge

Happy Quilting everyone!! :-)

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

And just a reminder, you can find us on Pinterest!:-)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kisses - MuWah!! And QAL!

Jenny's Chic Kisses are coming together quite nicely! We are anticipating each block and looking forward to seeing them all put together! 

We currently have several "works in progress" but definitely want to focus on our Curve It Up Challenge QAL!

For all the details about this challenge, click here.
We're so excited about the blocks we have already seen posted over on our CIU Challenge Flickr group. Keep them coming! :-) Also, if posting your pictures to IG or FB use #ciuchallenge

If some of you aren't quite sure how to get started with this challenge, here are a few tips/suggestions from Helen. She made a copy of her pattern picture, cut up the blocks then rearranged them. This gave her a place to start. 

She then suggests finding a favorite photo, fashion outfit, fabric, etc... This time Helen was inspired by this beautiful fabric, Field Study!

Rather then actually use this fabric (which would have been awesome as well!) she chose to use solids inspired by this colorway.  


She didn't end up using all this fabric and rearranged the blocks a little differently in the end - but it gave her plenty of ideas to work with! And as we can all see...SUCCESS!!

One idea leads to another idea and pretty soon the possibilities are endless!! 
Good luck and Happy Quilting!! :-)

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

*Note. There are a couple of revisions made to the Curve It Up pattern. Click the Pattern Revisions tab at the top of our blog. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Curve It Up Challenge! Let It Begin!

Curve It Up challenge has begun!
We are so excited!!

If you are planning on participating in our QAL, remember to add our QAL button to your blog or website!

*Here are some details you need to know about the QAL:

*The QAL starts today, September 2nd and will go for 6 weeks, ending on Friday, October 10th.

*We will check in with you weekly and we'll have some fun Giveaway's throughout!

*We will end with a linky party for everyone to show off their quilts!

*Note! There are a couple of revisions made to this pattern. They can be found by clicking on our "Pattern Revisions" tab at the top of the blog. 

Now for the Challenge part of it!

We are giving you 3 options to choose from:

Option 1  Using all the Curve it Up blocks, simply create your own design!!  That's what Helen did for our Quilt Sample:
 You can see how she mixed all her blocks up.  Many of the Curve it Up blocks have 4 parts.  You can easily separate those blocks and use them to fill in other spaces.  Mathematically it will work!!
 Option 2  Using only one or two blocks create your own design.  Here are 3 samples showing how fun it can be to come up with your own design.

 This is the Curve it Up Log Cabin block. 1 part of the block, repeated, then set on point.

 This quilt uses 4 Curve it Up Star blocks and the Curve it Up Curvy Geese blocks for the border.

This quilt uses 6 Curve it Up Dresdens and one of the Curve it Up Sashings to create a border on the top and bottom of the quilt.

Option 3  Anything go's!!  Basically if your mind can think it then this is the option for you!!

Are you getting excited yet??  We are!!  Jenny and Sherilyn will be making their own Curve it Up Challenge quilt right along side all of you and will be sharing their progress along the way. If you have any questions, let us know.

Sherilyn's first block! Wahoo!!

 We created a Flickr group here for this Curve It Up Challenge.

We are very excited to see everyone's creations! 

Curve It Up Challenge QAL!
 Ready... Set... Go...! :D

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~