Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spring Sampler Prize Drawing!


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Sorry we're running a little bit late here at Casa de CQ, but I wanted to pop in before the weekend was over to announce the Spring Sampler Quilt Along winners.  Congratulations to ...


Beacon by Heather @ QA Creations


Friendship Block by Lisa Marie @ Quilts by Lisa

Even though we've announced our winners, please feel free to keep adding photos of your finished blocks to our weekly posts and to our flickr group.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Introducing ... Diana!

I'm so, so very excited to finally be share our latest CQ pattern!  Introducing ... DIANA!



I had been hoarding a little stash of Kate Spain's Honey, Honey, just waiting to find the perfect block to show off these large-scale prints.  It turned out that the classic Broken Dishes block was just what I needed!

I pieced and trimmed what seemed like a million HST ... and then with a little planning ... managed to get all of seams to nest together and pieced all the blocks without PINS!



Now, I am a creature of habit and an inveterate pinner ... but my points rocked on this quilt!  I just might have joined the no-pinning-revolution!

This was the first project that I did start-to-finish on the beast, and while quilt finishing is still not my favorite part of the process, it is WORLDS easier on a machine with a bigger harp space!  And this was no small quilt - it finished at 69" x 85"



In keeping with the simplicity of the quilt top, I just decided to finish it with some echo quilting within the Broken Dishes block and around the edges.  I used a larger stitch length to give it a hand-quilted-esque feeling.

On a side note, while trying to get a beauty shot as I attached the binding, I noticed a series of notices on my presser foot!  Lo and behold, the notch at the bottom of the indentation is exactly a 1/4" away from the needle ... so when need to stop sewing 1/4" away from the edge of your project, you know exactly when to stop.  GENIUS!


(I KNOW I'm not the first person to notice this ... but it was one of those light-bulb moments!!)

So, anyways ... I backed it with this beautiful grey floral print from Connecting Threads and bound it with my favorite lavender sprig print in coral ...



... and then whisked it off for a little photo shoot at my favorite childhood park.  So, there she is!  And she's very happily living in her new home with my very best friend.


I'm happy to share that Cora's Quilts Diana pattern is now available in our etsy and craftsy stores and we're celebrating this week by offering it at 25% off, through 8/1/14.  Use etsy coupon code: ANNEandDIANA to receive your discount.


Diana - Soft, floral prints, Broken Dishes blocks, and crisp, white sashing come together to make the perfect quilt for picnicking by Barry’s pond.  Blocks finish at 14” and can be constructed without pins, so that you can spend less time sewing and more time enjoying the summer sun.


This week, we're sharing our new quilt in these linky parties!

A HUGE thank you goes out to my wonderful pattern testers, who did such a beautiful job piecing their own Diana blocks and quilt tops with minimal notice!  Please stop by and give them some love!





Shauna @ Shauna's World




















Monday, July 21, 2014

Spring Sampler Wrap Up


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Hi Spring Sampler friends!  Just a friendly reminder THIS Friday (7/25/14) is the drawing for our fabulous Connecting Threads gift certificates - US and Canadian residents only, please!

Be sure to add your photos to our Flickr Group or our weekly linky parties.  Each block is an entry into the raffle!

Friday, we'll announce the winners and share photos of your finishes in a little parade here on our blog.  You can email [Info{at}CorasQuilts{dot}com] me with photos or a link to your blog if you'd like to share your sampler.

Friday, July 18, 2014

What's New!

Hi Quilty Friends!

Sorry it's been a little while since I've stopped by!  Lately, we've been "running around like chickens with our heads cut off," as my mom would say ... but this morning, I thought I'd share a few snap shots of what's been happen at Casa CQ!  In reality, this probably should be at least three different posts ... but that's not likely to happen!



First up, our littlest man turned ONE last weekend!  How on earth it happened so fast?  I have no idea.  He such a sweet, happy, little mischievous soul and he keeps us in stitches all day long.  The thing that makes my heart happiest of all, is watching the loving, teasing, playful relationship he's developing with his brother.  Sure, we have our share of squabbling, but it's the best feeling in the world to look down in the stroller on our morning walks and see the two little buddies holding hands.





For those of you sewing along with our Spring Sampler project ... we share finishing instructions for the wall-hanging and lap size quilts a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks to my mom whisking the boys away for a playdate at Mamaw's house, I was finally able to finish piecing my own quilt top!  Despite receiving some fantastic thread from our sponsor, Connecting Threads, I just don't have the bandwidth to finish quilting it at home.  On Monday, it's off to Darby at the Quilted Squid for some beautiful long-arm quilting.  BTW - you have to check out her beautiful work!  I'm so excited to have her quilt this for me!


Just a note on the Spring Sampler: we'll be having our parade of finishes next week, so be sure to send me your photos, if you'd like to participate.  Remember: each photo you share on Flickr or in our linky parties is an entry in our prize raffle!


Speaking of Quilt Alongs, the updated pattern containing the Autumn Coloring for our Aspen Glow Quilt Along will be sent out next week to those who have already purchased it through Etsy and will be available for download on Craftsy.




Visit our information page or email me (Info[at]CorasQuilts[dot]com) to sign up to sew with us starting in September.


And finally, to wrap up our quilt along updates, my Cloud block for our Super Mario Quilt Along is finally finished!



Man, this little guy sure was a labor of love.  Do you ever have those projects where everything seems to go wrong?  I had one free afternoon this week, and while I hoped to finish up three projects ... this one sucked up all the time ... and I barely got it finished!  Bobbins ran out repeatedly, my little guy ripped several of the rows apart, the iron was too hot and melted part of the backing ... you name it, it went wrong!  I'm a little worried about starting next month's block!


So that's what's new in our neck of the woods.  It might me a little quiet around here over the next few weeks, as I'm in various stages of pattern-drafting and testing.  A huge thanks goes out to my awesome pattern testers who have diligently been working over the last few weeks.  I can't wait to introduce this beauty to you!  



It's killing me to have so many projects that I can't share yet.  More on that over the coming weeks, I promise.  In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with a little eye candy.  This fabulous collection of vintage Fig Tree came my way thanks to Lisa @ Stashmaster's recent de-stashing efforts.  I just couldn't resist those beautiful country prints ... and those super soft wovens are just calling to me!



I'm valiantly trying to resist cutting into them since I have a million deadlines looming ... we'll see how long I last!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Calling All Pattern Testers!



Hi Quilty Friends! Cora's Quilts has 6 new patterns coming out over the next few months and we're looking for pattern testers before releasing! Project deadlines vary from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Drop us a line if you're interested!

If you've already volunteered this year, you'll be receiving an email from me today!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along & BOM - Block #4

Welcome to our Super Mario Brothers BOM Club and Quilt Along!  Each month for the next year, we'll be releasing a free quilt block pattern to make this super fun Mario Quilt!  The release schedule and more information about our Block of the Month club is available here.  Fabric kits are available for purchase in our etsy shop and here on our blog.


Well, July is here, and earlier than expected, might I add!  Our block this month is a cheery little cloud, happily finishing at a very manageable 18" x 18" - the perfect size for a mini-quilt or throw pillow.




We're using the fusible backing construction method and it really helped with those teeny, tiny squares.  If you're sewing along with us, make sure that you use a 1.5" grid for this block and the remaining border blocks!!

Kits (with or without the fusible backing) are available below ... are SOLD OUT!  





I'm being a terrible quilt along host - I haven't finished my block yet to show you!  I'm terribly behind on life right now, what with the finish of our Spring Sampler Quilt Along this week and the completion of a huge quilt over the weekend [more details on that coming soon] ... not to mention my littlest man is teething ... and walking ... and climbing on everything ... and we all have super lame summer colds ... I'm just off my game this week!

I promise I'll have pictures posted in a few days.  In the meantime, you can check out fabulous quilt along pictures (and add your own!) in our flick group.  Happy sewing!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spring Sampler - Finishing Instructions: Lap-Size Quilt


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Welcome to our last set of instructional posts in our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.


The following post gives instructions for finishing the 9-block wall-hanging version of our spring sampler.  If you're making the 13-block lap-size version, finishing instructions are posted here.


Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Sashing & Border Triangle Cutting Instructions


From a Vibrant print fabric (#1), cut:
        2 - 18 ¼” triangles, cut in quarters, diagonally {setting triangles}
        2 - 9 ½” squares, cut in half, diagonally {corner triangles}

From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         35 - 12 ½” x 2" rectangles

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips

Choose one Medium Print (#4), and cut:
        24 - 2" squares


Quilt Top Construction


1.  Lay out 2 - 2” Medium Print squares and 1 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press towards Medium Print squares.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.


2.  Lay out 4 - 2” Medium Print squares and 3 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.


3.  Lay out 6 - 2” Medium Print squares and 5 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.




 4.  Lay out the 13 Sampler blocks, as pictured.  We like this arrangement:






5.  When happy with the arrangement, add the left-leaning 12 ½” x 2" Background rectangles, and the setting and corner triangles.  Sew the blocks together into diagonal rows, pressing seams away from the sashing rectangles.



6.  Lay out the sashing strips made in steps #1 - #3 along with the rows made in step #5.  Sew the rows together and press seams towards the sashing.



7.  Trim the edges of the over-hanging 2" Medium Print squares so that they are flush with the edge of the quilt.  There should be a 1/4" beyond the intersection of the Medium Print square and the Background sashing rectangle.

Borders


Please read this important note before border construction:
The border measurements provided below are mathematically correct measurements.  Since all quilt tops can vary a little bit in actual constructed size, measure the length and width of your own quilt top in several places (but not along the edges, as they can stretch a little during construction) to find out if any adjustments need to be made to your own border sizes.  Press all seams towards the borders.

8.  Sew the 7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips together, end-to-end, into one continuous piece; press seams open.

9.  From the continuous strip, cut 2 - 57 ¾” x 3 ½” rectangles.  Attach these to the left and right sides of the quilt top.


10.  From the the continuous strip, cut 2 - 63 ¾” x 3 ½ rectangles.  Attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.






Finishing Instructions


11.  Layer backing, batting, and quilt top together.  Baste and quilt as desired.

12.  Cut 7 - 2 ½” x width of fabric strips from the Binding print and attach end-to-end into one continuous strip.

13.  Match the raw edges of the continuous  strip together lengthwise, and iron along the fold to crease.  Attach the binding to the front of the quilt, aligning the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and hand sew to the back edge with a neat, blind stitch.


Congratulations!  You've finished your sampler!  Please share your photo finishes in our Parade of Quilts linky party or in our Flickr Group.  All photos count as entries into our Connecting Threads gift certificate drawings on July 25th!

Thank you so much for sewing along with Cora's Quilts!  It has been my incredible pleasure to share this journey together - I'm so happy to have met some wonderful new friends and can't wait for our next quilt along project - our Autumn Aspen Glow Quilt.


Happy summer!!