Mar 13

Weekly Giveaway Round Up – 3/13/15

Weekly Round Up of Giveaways - Sewers & Quilters @ Wowilikethat.comHi All,

Friday the 13th is a lucky day for sure because there are 158 current giveaways going on today for sewers, quilters and all around crafters. That is a lot of giveaways, my fingers would be hurting if I sat and entered them all at one time.  It is too many to enter all at once, so be sure to check daily for new giveaways.  If you enter a couple a day, it isn’t that bad. And you never know what you might win. There are tons of great things on the list again.  A commercial embroidery machine, an extension table for quilting, oodles of beautiful fabrics, lots of books and so much more.

I won last week and it came this week. I was thrilled I won but not nearly as thrilled as I was when I opened the package. I had no idea it was so darn cute. It is beyond cute. These were so incredibly adorable.  I won the prize bundle from Believe Magic. I got 3 patterns. 2 patterns came with the fabric faces to make 12 gals in each. A bag of small pieces of fabric for the dresses. A roll of little ruffle skirts and a bunch of buttons. Beautiful buttons. I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I have the little quilt done and I’ll start on the girl tomorrow. Honestly, neither her blog nor her Etsy shop capture how overwhelmingly lovely these patterns are. You can see her Etsy shop here.

In the Quilt Shop - Quilt Pattern

I also won a bundle of 15 fat quarters this week.  They didn’t arrive yet. I was excited about that too.

I hope you won too. If so, write me, let me know what you won. I love hearing and sharing your joy.

As always, take time to look around the blogs where you are entering the giveaways. You may just become their newest, biggest fan with all the abundance of talent out there.

The Giveaway List can be found here or at the top of the page. Good Luck.

See you next time,

Debbie

 

Mar 06

Weekly Giveaway Round Up – 3/6/15

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Hi All,

Wow, what a good week. 120 current giveaways going on today. Some end today so get scrolling and enter those that are ending soon.  You can always come back and get the rest of them.  Remember that I update the list daily so new giveaways are being added every day.  I don’t do a blog post with the updates so you won’t know about new giveaways unless you come daily and check.  Use the old fashion bookmark system and check daily.

There are some really good things on the list this week. There is a commercial embroidery machine, a top of the line sewing machine, tons of beautiful fabric, notions, books, patterns and other great things. 120 is a lot of giveaways to enter but it can be done.

I don’t usually enter all the giveaways. I only enter the ones that I will use. It could be a great giveaway but if I don’t think I would use it, I don’t enter so that someone else will have a better chance of winning.  I have too much stuff now. I would love to be one of those people who only have 100 things. I would be perfectly content with only 100 things not counting my sewing things. The people who truly only live with 100 things don’t have a fabric addiction. I’m sure you can relate.

I did win again last week. It was a surprise bundle and I can’t wait. I’ll let you all know what I got. If I can’t use it, I’ll be giving it away myself. I was again just thrilled that I won.

As always, be sure to look around the blogs and websites where you are entering the giveaways. You may become their new biggest fan. Looks of talented gals and guys out there.

The Giveaway List can be found here or at the top of the page. Best of luck to you. Hope you win.

See you next time.

Debbie

Feb 23

More Free Quilt Patterns

More Free Quilt Patterns @ wowilikethat.com

Hi All,

Just a quick little post.  Yesterday I added 2 new quilt patterns to the Free Quilt Pattern List – this put is over 120 free patterns. All the patterns have a modern flare. You can find the list here.

Anyway, I found these two and they were so darn cute that I didn’t want anyone to miss them.

Hidden Star Retreat Star

This one is from Amy McHugs. I am so loving this quilt. Looks easy to make too. You can find the complete directions here. I was loving her blog too.

Hipster Cat Quilt || Free PDF Pattern || Shwin&Shwin

This one, on my gosh. Isn’t it the cutest thing?  This Hipstar the Cat quilt pattern can be found at Schwin & Schwin.

Be sure to check the Giveaway List today if you haven’t already. I think I added over 30 new giveaways today already. You can find the Giveaway List here or at the top of the page.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Feb 20

Weekly Giveaway Round Up – 2/20/15

Weekly Giveaway Roundup @ wowilikethat.com

Hi All,

82 giveaways going on today for sewers, quilters and crafters.  Be sure to scroll through the list and enter those that will be expiring today – there are a few.  The others can wait till tomorrow, right?  Some great things too – lots of beautiful fabric, lots of books and there is another sewing machine in the mix again.

There were things I wanted to win this week but didn’t. Drats!  Hope you won though.

I’m having thoughts of giving up the Giveaway List. It takes a lot of time but I don’t mind that. I look for giveaways on my own because I like the mail and I believe the sharing part brings me good luck. I don’t like doing all the work and someone taking it. That bothers me. I don’t know, I’ll ponder it.

My question to you, do you like the Giveaway Round Up and how I list them?  I like it. There are other places that list a variety of giveaways but not on a dedicated page and not always with pictures. None that I have seen with feature pictures. I don’t know of any other list that keeps the list current and up to date. Not like I do at least, I update daily.  I have also never come across one for just sewing, quilting and crafting. I’m not interested in other giveaways. I’m just not. I don’t care to win a frying pan, I have enough pans. Frying pans don’t inspire me to make things, not like fabric and beautiful sewing books do.  Share your thoughts on this. It would help me out.

Enough belly aching from me. On to the fun stuff. The Giveaway List can be found here or at the top of the page. Remember to visit the blogs where you are entering giveaways. You might become their newest fan and follower. Be sure to share the Giveaway List with your fellow crafty friends. The more the merrier. Please follow me too, either here or on Bloglovin or Facebook. The buttons are on the top right of the screen.

Good Luck.

See you next time,

Debbie

 

 

Sep 24

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.comHi All,

Pillow # 4 is similar to Pillow #2. The instructions are the same but the piecing is place off center and the strips are varying widths.  Instructions for Pillow #2 can be found here. (If interested you can see Pillow#1 and Pillow#3 too.)

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.com

From the already stitched sheet & fat quarter piece which is left over from Pillow#2, cut 5 strips of varying widths. Cut one 1″ wide, one 1-1/2″ wide, one 2″ wide, one 2-1/2″ wide and one 3″ wide.  Each strip is 10″ long.

Cut 6 pieces of the solid or sheet 1″ x 10″.  Starting with a solid 1″ strip, stitch the 1″ pieced strip right sides together and always using a 1/4″ seam. On the other side of the pieced strip, sew another solid 1″ strip. To that, stitch the 1-1/2″ pieced strip.  Continue stitching solid strip to pieced strip using the next size of the pieced strip as you move along. Finish with the remaining solid strip.  Press flat.

Again this is for a 16″ pillow form so my finished pillow front needs to be 16-1/2″ x 16-1/2″.  That is to allow for my seam allowances when I stitch the front to the back.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow#4 @ wowilikethat.com

I wanted the design to be off centered – not in the middle. I didn’t want the pieced section to be sewn in the seam allowance so I added a 1-1/2″ piece to the bottom and a 5-1/2″ piece to the top.  This made the finished length about 16-1/2″. Just like Pillow #2, 16-1/2″ is your goal but if it is a bit smaller, it is ok, it will fit just fine. Just get close enough – no stressing.

I still needed fabric on the side to make my 16-1/2″ square so I added 5″ piece to the side. Stitch everything with a 1/4″ seam and as always press flat and square up.

That is it.  The pillow top is all done.

The pretty quilting is just a simple curved stitch on my machine that I sewed on the diagonal.

I sewed an envelope back as in the previous pillows and that is it.  Pillow #4 done and just as cute as the rest.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll answer.

There is a Pillow#5 too. I’ll get to posting that in a day or so. Happy Wednesday to you.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Sep 04

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2

 

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.comWhat can a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter make?

Sorry before I said 4 pillows but I squeezed one more out of my little scraps so to be truthful it is 5 adorable pillows.

Today is the one shown above.  I had showed this pillow to my friend who quilts and she said she can’t do little squares. Just can’t do them. Said she doesn’t have patience to do them. I said they really aren’t little squares and you can do them.

So on to the little squares that really aren’t little squares or more affectionately called Pillow #2.

**Be forewarned. There will be extra strip fabric left over when done but that is because there will be enough for Pillow #4. Be patient.

I used my thrifted sheet and one fat quarter of Andover Fabrics Sun Prints to make. You can buy Sun Prints from almost any quilt shop or you can get it from Amazon here.

Cut:  Four 2″ x 26″ of print fabric.

Two 2″ x 1-1/2″ solid fabric (mine was the thrifted sheet)

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Stitch one  2″ x 26″ print to one 2″ x 26″ solid to one 2″ x 26 print using 1/4″ seams. Press flat.

Repeat with the remaining 3 strips.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

*Quick Tip – When I use sheets for sewing, I rarely if ever cut with a rotary cutter. I rip instead.  Sheets as well as many other cotton fabrics, rip straight and it is quicker than cutting.  I couldn’t do it on the String of Pearls – I tried but it made the fabric funky so I used the rotary cutter.

See the two sewn together strips above?  Cut or rip a 1-1/4″ x 26″ strip. Stitch this strip in the middle of the 2 pieced strips. what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

See the 1-1/4″ strip sewn on the piece above?  As always, press before moving on. Also if needed, straighten up any wiggly edges. Dimensions don’t have to be exact, it can always be fixed at the end. Just make sure everything is even.

Cut the stitched piece into 2″ strips as shown above. Six cut 2″ strips are needed for Pillow #2.

My strips measured 9-1/2 long. I cut or rather ripped three 1″ x 10″ strips. Making it a little longer gives me room to straighten up.

Stitch the 1″ strips to the middle of two 2″ pieces.  Do this 3 times.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is 2 of the 3 times.  As always, press flat and straighten the edges.

Swhat can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Cut or rip two 1-1/2″ x 10″ strips to join the 3 stitched pieces together. Press flat, trim up any wiggly edges.

what can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make. Pillow 2 @ wowilikethat.com

Above is the strips all stitched together – plus some iron water marks. Eeek. Plus shown is the top and bottom piece stitched also.  I made my pillow for a 16″ pillow form. Therefore my fabric needs to be 16-1/2 before stitching the back on.  That is 16″ finished plus 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides for sewing.

My top and bottom pieces were 3-1/4″ wide x the length of the stitched piece which was 13-1/2″.  It does not have to be this exact measure.  Make it work.  If your piece is smaller. Add more fabric to this outside piece.  Got it? Stitch and press flat.

 What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.com

Do the same for the sides.  Figure what is needed to make a 16-1/2″ piece. I needed two 1-3/4″ x 16-1/2″.  Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect nor even a perfect square. Stitch and press flat and trim any wiggly edges.  That is it. The pillow top is done.

I spray basted to a piece of batting and to a backing piece and quilted with simple straight lines on a diagonal.

 What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? @ wowilikethat.com

To quilt on a diagonal: draw one line, stitch on that line.  Use the edge of your presser foot to add additional lines.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Since I was using a sheet, I had some already hemmed edges that I used for the back.  First trim up your quilted piece.  Lay the quilted piece on a flat surface.  Two pieces of fabric are needed the depth of the pillow x the width of the pillow plus at least 4″.  If needed, hem the edges. Press.

Lay the fabric right sides together with the quilted pillow top. Overlapping in the middle. (In reading this it doesn’t sound clear. If unsure on how to make a slip in pillow or envelope pillow back – Tater Tots and Jello has some easy instructions here.) Sorry I was done when I realized my shots of this step weren’t that clear. If you have additional questions, ask.

Stitch all around. I used a zig zag stitch and stitched all these seams too so that it can be washed without raveling.  If preferred, it can be serged.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

Clip corners, turn and press well.  Insert pillow form and that is it. Pretty pillow for very little money and very little time.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

If you have questions, ask.

In a couple days I’ll post how-to’s for Pillow # 3 shown below.

What can a thrifted sheet & 1 fat quarter make? Pillow #2 @ wowilikethat.com

See you next time.

Debbie