Up here in Canada, we are celebrating our Thanksgiving. This includes the turkey and all the trimmings and most importantly spending time with family. At my family Thanksgiving we like to go around the table and tell one thing that we are thankful for.
I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. I have so many opportunities and outlets for my creativity, and I am very encouraged and supported by the people that surround me. I am extremely thankful for this Quilt along group. I feel like we have built a little support community that really celebrates and commensurates the challenges and triumphs of a very hard and tedious, yet satisfying quilt.
I also wouldn’t be doing this without Melissa. Words cannot express how much nicer it is to have a quilty bff! We have not only done this Quilt along together, but we have also joined several swaps. It is so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off, or complain about a difficult pattern, or help each other find patterns or fabric.
This spring I got the EQ8 design program. I love playing around on the computer and thanks to EQ Dear Jane software, I find this program quite easy to use. Lately, any time I have needed to make something I didn’t already have the pattern for I have made it myself using EQ8. This includes patterns that Melissa has been trying to find as well. If you have watched any of our Youtube videos, you will know how much I dislike making foundation pieced patterns (AKA FFPP) but I find them surprisingly easy to make on EQ8.
So Melissa mentioned one night that she would like to make an envelope block but didn’t have a pattern – well, EQ8 to the rescue! I worked out a FFPP pattern and easily sent it along. Then Melissa and I thought, why not share it with you guys?!? So here is the link for the PDF:
I have decided that I would like to make on in all the colours of the rainbow, as filler for a Rainbow swap that Melissa and I are participating in. I have only finished one block so far, and here it is:
And as you can see, there are some great opportunities for fussy cutting! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone! New Youtube video coming soon!
Wow! Is time ever flying!?! Happy first day of September everyone! I know that many people have mixed feelings about this month, summer is over for another year (sad face), a new school year is beginning (if you or your children are returning to school), retreats, classes and activities also tend to start, many people actually make resolutions for September, and like it or not, some stores are actually putting out Christmas stuff!!! (what?!?) For me, September means returning to work – or no more sewing in my basement in my track pants! I know that Melissa will agree with me when I say that this summer went by so quickly, and we didn’t get finished everything that we wanted to do. But as there are always scraps of fabric, there is always more quilting to be done!
Speaking of finishing, we hope that you have managed to finish the “F Row”. It was a doozy! But like all of the rows that we have finished so far, we can look back and reflect on how far we have come, right? We haven’t announced a winner yet for the “F Row”, but keep watching Instagram, as Melissa will announce it on the @scrappysewandso page, with the final reveal of the prize later on today.
One of my lofty goals for the summer was to work ahead on my Dear Jane rows. I did a little bit, but only a few blocks into “Row G”. So far, I find “Row G” quite challenging and I also feel like there is the added pressure of focal point as it is the centre of the quilt (which my rainbow layout really emphasizes – poor planning on my part lol). BUT … you are going to want to finish this row for sure because we have another awesome sponsor with an amazing prize!
We are so pleased to announce that this month our sponsor is Hobbs Batting! I mostly do my quilting on my domestic machine and Hobbs Batting is my go-to for quilting as it always of a reliable and excellent quality and easily available in my area. I also really enjoy the loft that it provides – and I’ve never experienced any bearding! To check out all the different qualities of batting available from Hobbs please check out their website here:
AND… this months lucky winner, who posts all 13 blocks and tags us(@scrappysewandso) and Hobbs (@hobbsbatting), will win a throw size selection of Hobbs Premium Batting Line: The Tuscany Collection
Good luck Baby Janes! And remember… this row marks halfway through the squares! WE CAN DO IT!!!
How’s everyone doing this month with the “F” Row? I finished my last block last night and I firmly believe that they belong in this row because I did utter a few choice “F” words while working on them! I’ll show them later when Melissa and I do our video for the month, however, if you haven’t started them yet, you will want to get going! I feel like this row took me a lot longer to complete and there were more blocks that needed to be hand sewn.
Speaking of videos, if you haven’t had the chance to check our latest Episode of Scrappy Sew and So on Youtube, this one is not to be missed! We have a special guest with us, Amanda Elias from Quilter’s Stash Builder and we discuss our sponsor for this month @robertjlessard. You can see his Instagram account here and check out so of his photos below this post:
Robert J Lessard Instagram Page
You can view the video by clicking here:
Scrappy Sew and So Episode 7
If you are interested in signing up the Quilter’s Stash Builder Box, that Amanda describes in the video you can click here:
Quilter’s Stash Builder
AND …. if you enter code SCRAPPYSEWANDSO you can save 10% off your first box!
So what are you waiting for? See you soon!
Hello all, we hope that you are staying happy and healthy in this steamy hot weather, and that you are having lots of time for sewing! Melissa and I finished the July Shop Hop in a timely fashion and you can see part 2 of our summer shop hop video here:
New Youtube Video: Ontario Summer Shop Hop Part 2
We also posted a another regular edition where we discuss our blocks for Row D of the Dear Jane Quilt and do an “un-boxing” of the Quilters Stash Builder Box, which is our prize for Row E. You can find this video by clicking on the link below:
Scrappy Sew and So Episode 6
Stay tuned for more exciting news and announcements as we move into August and Row F! I can’t believe how this epic quilt is really coming along!!!
Well, I know I can speak for Melissa and myself, in that June has been quite a ride! We apologize for being a little quiet, it’s just that life got the better of us this month! For me, school was wrapping up for the year and Melissa was battling a nasty cold! The beginning of July promises to be much easier as we now have a little time to focus on Dear Jane ®. As we have done in the last three years, we are participating in the Ontario Summer Shop Hop, however, this year we will be bringing you with us! So buckle up and check out our first Special Edition Youtube video here:
Scrappy Sew and So Summer Shop Hop Special Edition
At the end of the video, we announce this month’s sponsor: Atelier Fibre Arts out of Montreal, Quebec. Atelier Fibre Arts is the home of the Quilter’s Stash Builder, an awesome surprise box that I have been subscribing to since the beginning of this year. Please see my box from April below:
Amanda, owner of Atelier Fibre Arts will be coming to Ontario mid-month and we are hoping to meet up with her to talk quilting! (Seriously, what else do we talk about?!?!) Stay tuned for our block discussion video for June!
Hi Baby Janes!
This month we thought we would do a little mid-month check in to talk about our “scrappy” lives and give you some information on our awesome sponsor for this month.
Hopefully you are well on your way pushing through the Dear Jane® “C Row”. I must confess that I have completed it already, (as spring is quite busy for me – I can’t believe we are already mid-May!!!) and it was a doozy! I was more than grateful for a new stitch ripper I tried by Havel’s Sewing and I am pleased to report that it is part of the prize for May!
What is this magical stitch ripping tool? Oh, let me tell you, if you haven’t tried it, you will be converted as soon as you do! Below you can see the Havel’s fabulous prize for this month – the Surgical Seam Ripper (with replacement blades) and the 4 inch Embroidery Snips
The seam ripper has a vertical, razor sharp blade that cuts through thread like a hot knife through butter. It is so efficient that Melissa has fondly named her’s “Grease Lighting”. I came to really appreciate the Surgical Seam Ripper when I was working on Foundation Paper Piecing (the bane of my existence) the C Row Dear Jane® Blocks and Alison Glass’ Trinket Quilt. There was a time in my short quilting career where I would have just tossed the whole 4 inch block into the trash if I had sewed it wrong, but with this Surgical Seam Ripper, I was able to pick out my tiny stitches and be back at the machine in no time at all! If you are interested in checking out the Surgical Seam Ripper you can find it here: Havel’s Surgical Seam Ripper
The other tool included in this month’s prize is the Havel’s 4 inch Embroidery Snips. These are excellent little snips that I wish I had multiple pairs of as they are handy to keep by the sewing machine but I would also love to have a pair upstairs where I do my hand sewing. They are extremely precise and the curved blade is very helpful for trimming threads close to quilt blocks or other hand work. In order to be eligible to win these fantastic prizes all you need to do is post all 13 of the Dear Jane® C Row Blocks by the end of the month and tag us @scrappysewandso and our awesome sponsor @havels_sewing.
Can I still join the sew along? Of course you can!!! and if you step down for a month – no problem! We are not here to judge but to encourage you to continue!
Also there are only a few days left to sign up for our Dear Jane® Mini Swap (May 15th)- it’s only a 12 x 12 mini quilt…and mail out is June 30th – AND! the scrappier the better! Sign up here:
Hey Baby Janes! Our latest Episode of Scrappy Sew and So is now up on Youtube! Check it out and join in the the fun. You can view Episode 4 by clicking on the following link:
Also we would like to host a mini-quilt swap. If you would like to join us, you can sign up on the link below. The deadline to sign up is May 15th and the mail out date is June 30th. Quilts are to include your favourite Dear Jane® Block and be a maximum of 12″x12″
Scrappy Sew and So Mini Jane sign up
Also this week I am hosting @52quilters on Instagram, so look for my daily posts about English Paper Piecing! See you on the “gram”!