Friday, September 19, 2014

Super Mario BOM Club - Round 2

Happy Friday!  If you're following along with our Super Mario QA, you'll know that we're passing the half-way point this month!


We still have a number of new quilters who are interested in the club, however, so I'm very excited to announce that we'll be starting a second round of the BOM club in October!!  And, as of today, all of the block kits are back in stock!

More information abut the club is available on our info page.  To sign up for the next round, just pay the $6 membership fee using the yellow Paypal button below.  Paying the membership fee guarantees that a block will be reserved for your each month - important especially since with the first round, we sold out of each block within a week or two of posting them.

Space is limited, so I hope you'll join us.  Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spring Sampler Reveal!

Ok ... It's only been two months or so since we've finished our Spring Sampler Quilt Along ... but I've finally managed to get some photos of my finished quilt!


The long arm quilting was done by the fabulous Darby at the Quilted Squid.  She did such a fantastic job and was so unbelievably fast!  I just couldn't envision a thread color so I left the choice in Darby's capable hands.  She picked this gorgeous, iridescent ivory that looks amazing - it just sparkles in the sunlight!



It was so hard to find a good place in our yard to take some pictures!  The bushes hid an entire block while it was hanging from the fence ...


... and while I kinda liked it piled on our swing ... the shade and river rocks make it seem like an autumn quilt ...


... so we packed the kids off to one of our favorite parks one evening ...


... and hubby kept the monkeys occupied on the jungle gym, while I ran around snapping pictures.  I got some strange looks from some of the soccer parents watching their kids practice nearby - the park was unusually crowded that afternoon ...


... but as the sun started setting my favorite photo spot was finally free ...


This gorgeous granite bridge was built in the 1880s, along with 11 others, by Parker Whitney as part of a road from his ranch to our historic downtown along the Southern Pacific Railroad Line.  So pretty!


While our Quilt Along is over, we're leaving the instructions for all nine of the quilt blocks up on our blog.  If you prefer a printed version, we've also published a .pdf pattern available in our Craftsy and Etsy shops.  The 34 page pattern includes full color illustrations for constructing all nine of the 12" blocks, plus the block tutorials and discussion on scrap quilt tones and fabric selection.  The .pdf pattern also contains a bonus "coloring quilt" that can be used to audition colors for your own quilt.


And we love seeing photos of your finished quilts, so share them any time in our flickr group.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Aspen Glow QAL - Block B


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Welcome to the Aspen Glow quilt along!  Over the next three months, we'll be putting together quilts based on our popular Aspen Glow pattern.  Join us any time and share your photos in our Flickr Group to be entered into drawings for fabulous prizes!  You can access any of the previous posts on our QAL Information Page.
How did Block A work out?  Hopefully it went together smoothly - I'm having so much fun seeing everyone's blocks come together!
This week, we're setting out to make Block B.  Again, it's not too complicated, but I do have a couple of quick tips to make things go as smoothly as possible.

A few people have notice the bright green tape on my sewing machine bed.  It serves as a guide for sewing squares together, diagonally, without drawing 1,000s of pencil lines on the wrong sides of the squares to serve as a sewing guide!

To do the same on your project:
  • Place a piece of painter's tape on your sewing machine so that the edge lines up directly with your needle and sewing line.

  • Pin (or just hold in place) a small square in the corner of the large square and stitch a diagonal line, always keeping both corners of the smaller square lined up with the edge of the painter's tape, as pictured below.


  • When finished sewing, cut off the extra corners, leaving a ¼” seam allowance.  PRESS (put the iron down and then pick it up to move to an new location) - NOT IRON (moving the iron back and forth).
My old sewing machine had very wobbly feed dogs, so this method of piecing always resulted in very wonky seams.  The beast handles these diagonals beautifully, and I'm definitely a huge fan of this method.  It sure does beat drawing all those lines!  (I'm sure my pattern testers are totally rolling their eyes at me right now ... am I right ladies? )

Now, some sewing machines have a top loading bobbin case, which prevents the placement of tape ... or at least makes it very irritating.  Joanne, one of my fabulous testers, ran into this problem while testing one of our upcoming projects and suggests folding each small square in half along the diagonal and doing a quick finger press to mark the line, rather than using the pencil.  Thanks for the tip, Joanne!


Now, once you've finished pressing you're technically done with this block ... unless you're like me and totally against even the tiniest bit of fabric waste.

If that's the case, stitch those tiny scrap triangles together and trim down to 1.5" squares to save for a fun project down the line. :)


Be sure to share pictures of your quilt blocks and fabric choices in our Flickr Group and stop by and introduce yourself on our discussion board, if you haven't already!  If you have any questions or would like to share a blog post about your Aspen Glow project, just leave a comment below.  See you next Monday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Aspen Glow QAL - Block A

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Welcome to the Aspen Glow quilt along!  Over the next three months, we'll be putting together quilts based on our popular Aspen Glow pattern.  Join us any time and share your photos in our Flickr Group to be entered into drawings for fabulous prizes!  You can access any of the previous posts on our QAL Information Page.
Things have been a little crazy at Casa de CQ - most nights as we've gotten the kids to bed, we feel like we're "faceplanting into home base" - so the fact that Block A is a quick, simple block with now seam intersections to line up makes my tired brain happy!

While I used to be a consummate pinner and lover of pressing seams open, over the last few years I've been migrating towards directional seam pressing, especially since it means sewing with less pins (remember Diana)!  Now, the traditional rule for directional pressing is to always press towards the darker fabric, so that you don't have any darker fabric from the seam showing through behind the lighter fabric.

With the ready availability of really high quality fabric, however, I don't know that this is really a hard and fast rule any longer. Unless the light fabric is very thin, my personal preference is to press in a manner that creates the least amount of bulk at seam intersections behind your block - and this is how the pressing instructions for this pattern have been written.


As with all our patterns, we give instructions on how to make a single block first, followed by the number of blocks needed to make each quilt size, and the materials needed for each.  The idea is to make a practice block and then mass produce (aka chain piece) the remaining of the blocks.  If you've never tried chain piecing before, this is a great project to give it a whirl.  There are a number of great tutorials out there, including this one by Connecting Threads.
Be sure to share pictures of your quilt blocks and fabric choices in our Flickr Group and stop by and introduce yourself on our discussion board, if you haven't already!  If you have any questions or would like to share a blog post about your Aspen Glow project, just leave a comment below.  See you next Monday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along & BOM - Block #6

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.


Can you believe that we're over half-way through our QAL?  Things have been a little chaotic in Casa de CQ, and with too many brands in the fire as it is, I just have a pattern to share right now!  Rest assured, I'll be caught up before you know it!  Our block this month is a cute little "?" box, 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. asdf



Cora's Quilts Mario BOM - Block 6: ? Box


Be sure to share your fabulous blocks our flick group.  Happy sewing!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Aspen Glow Quilt Along - Introduction

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Welcome to the Aspen Glow quilt along!  Over the next three months, we'll be putting together quilts based on our popular Aspen Glow pattern.


Here are a couple of housekeeping items as we gear up to start sewing!
  1. You'll need a copy of the pattern to sew along with us.  It's available on Craftsy or on Etsy.
  2. Get a flickr account and join our Aspen Glow group.  Photos you share each week are your tickets to the fantastic prize drawings we have in November!  We have some awesome prizes provided by June Tailor, Kate and Birdie Paper Co, and we'll be throwing in some fabric and Cora's Quilts patterns too!
  3. Share your pictures on Facebook, Pintrest, or Instagram too! Use the tag #CQAspenGlow!
  4. Introduce yourself!  Send me a link to your blog post, introducing your own Aspen Glow project or drop by our Flickr Discussion Board.  Tell us a little bit about your project and show us the fabric you'll be using.  You can meet your fellow quilters here.

Every Monday, I'll be sharing tips and tricks for putting together the different blocks needed for the quilt.  I'll also be answer any questions posted here on the blog or on our flickr group discussion board

This week you'll be doing all your cutting and prep-work.  Be sure to stop by our Pattern Errata page, to view any updates.  Despite my best efforts, the occasional error can creep into our patterns.


Since I have several different projects going on at the moment, I chose to keep my cut pieces organized by sorting them into labeled ziplock baggies.


Then, each time I sit down to sew, I fill up my little "shopping basket" with the exact pieces I need ... 


... and keep it right next to my sewing machine as I chain-piece.


If you have any tips or tricks for keeping large projects organized, I'd love to hear them below.  Can't wait to see your fabulous fabric choices - see you next Monday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aspen Glow Quilt Along - Meet the Sponsors: Kate & Birdie Paper Co

I am so excited to add Kate & Birdie Paper Co to our Sponsor Roll for our Aspen Glow Quilt Along!



Kate & Birdie Paper Co. is an award-winning Canadian boutique paper company founded by Gloria Wall and her husband Steve. Specializing in sustainable, illustrated paper goods, their products feature illustrations and patterns drawn by hand in Kate & Birdie’s signature style and sophisticated color palette. Our notebooks, wrapping paper, boxed note sets and greeting cards are locally made with care using fine, recycled papers and vegetable-based inks.  Our textile collection for home and baby is available exclusively through Moda Fabrics, the premier manufacturer of top quality sewing and home decor textiles. Kate & Birdie paper goods can be found in more than 1000 boutiques, bookstores, and specialty shops worldwide.


Winter's Lane, their gorgeous debut line for Moda, was a huge inspiration for the original Aspen Glow quilt - you can read more about the story behind the quilt here.

K&B released two more lines, Bluebird Park ...


... and Storybook ...


... before releasing my {current} favorite line, Autumn Woods - which inspired Aspen Glow v2.0 and the subsequent quilt along that's right around the corner!



Gloria, the mastermind behind K&B has generously agreed to send some of her fabulous paper goods to one lucky Aspen Glow-er!  

Cora's Quilts will also be contributing a lovely little goody-bundle full of K&B fabricy goodness. :)

To be entered in the drawing for our fabulous quilt along prizes, share fabric selection and progress photos each week of your Aspen Glow Quilt each week in our FLICKR group.  Our drawing will be held on 11/23/14 and winners (US or Canadian residents only, please) will be notified by email, so if you're sewing along with us, make sure you're on our mailing list!

Be sure to send me your information and blog post links in you'd like to participate in Friday's "Meet the Quilters" parade!


*** While this is a sponsored post, it contains no affiliate links and all opinions expressed are my own. ***


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Hi Quilty Friends - remember my Around The World Blog Hop post from last week? Well, the quilting friends I tagged have posted their answers today!  Be sure to stop by and visit Rene, Heidi, and Shauna!

Not much sewing has been going on at Casa de CQ - I've been consumed with getting ready for our Quilt Along, and have been writing patterns like crazy.  Hopefully in a week or two, I'll some actual crafty photos to share.  Because every blog post needs a photo, though, I hope you don't mind my sharing this super sweet photo of my boys!


A few weeks ago, we had a super fun family photo shoot with the ever talented Leann of Leann Marie Photography to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Leann and I had cooked up the super hero clothes-line scene the week before, inspired by a couple of things we saw on Pinterest, but when we got to the shoot, she surprised us with this totally amazing sign!

I think this just might be my favorite photo of the boys, EVER!  I still get a little misty-eyed every time I look at it!  If you're in the Sacramento area, I can't recommend Leann highly enough!  Follow her on facebook and be sure to visit her website to check out her other fabulous photos!!  Thanks Leann!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Aspen Glow Quilt Along - Meet the Sponsors: June Tailor

I can't tell you how excited I am to announce June Tailor, Inc as our first Aspen Glow Quilt Along Sponsor.

June Tailor was originally established in 1961 as a manufacturer of pressing boards and notions for home tailoring needs.  Their company has grown substantially over the years with the introduction of premium home d├ęcor products, quilting rulers and templates, ink jet heat transfer products, and other sewing notions.  They continue to design, create, and manufacture innovative products in Richfield, WI.  The June Tailor line consists of over 210 unique products and maintains several trademarks and patents.  Most products have been developed with the intent to make quilting, sewing, and decorating easier for the busy consumer and offer unique features to differentiate them from competition.



Now, way before the birth of Cora's Quilts and any of our patterns, the June Tailor Shape Cut™ ruler was among the first quilting notions I ever purchased as a new quilter.  If I remember correctly, it was the first notion I purchased after my rotary cutter, mat, and my 6" x 24" and 6.5" x 6.5" rulers.


At the time, I was practicing my "craft" if you will, by making and re-making the same baby-size quilt based on 2.5" squares set on point.  Cutting fabric was my least favorite part of the process and in my impatience, my pieces never came out quite square using just the straight-edge ruler.  The Shape Cut™ ruler allowed for quick, easy, and most importantly, accurate cutting that let me get down to sewing ASAP! 

Seven or eight years later, the Shape Cut™ ruler is still one of my favorite tools.  You may even remember me just recently raving about how easy it made cutting and counting the thousands and thousands of squares needed for my Super Mario Quilt Along project!



My only complaint with the ruler ever was that the markings were only in 1/2" increments.  So, imagine my delight when I received my new Shape Cut™ Plus ruler and discovered that it now includes a mark that can be used to sub-cut in 1/4" and 3/4" increments AND it includes the greatest chart that does all the sub-cutting math FOR YOU!


Needless to say, I was able to cut the fabric for my QUEEN SIZE Aspen Glow quilt in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken with a traditional ruler!

In addition to sending me a box full of their fabulous notions to test-drive (which I'll be sharing more of as we quilt along together), June Tailor will also be providing a Shape Cut™ ruler and a Shape Cut™ Plus ruler for me to share with you Aspen Glow Quilters!  And just so you can get a feel for how AWESOME these rulers are, check out their great demo video!



Check out the other demo videos on their website to see more of their fun products and be sure to follow them on facebook to keep up with their latest news!


To be entered in the drawing for the Shape Cut™ ruler or the Shape Cut™ Plus ruler and our other fabulous quilt along prizes, share fabric selection and progress photos each week of your Aspen Glow Quilt each week in our FLICKR group.  Our drawing will be held on 11/23/14 and winners (US or Canadian residents only, please) will be notified by email, so if you're sewing along with us, make sure you're on our mailing list!

Check back later this week for more sponsor news, and be sure to send me your information and blog post links for our participant parade on Friday, 8/29.


*** While this is a sponsored post, it contains no affiliate links and all opinions expressed are my own. ***