Friday, November 4, 2016

We Have a Winner!

As promised the winner of our giveaway is announced Today! But first I want to say thank you to everyone that entered and for all the beautiful comments!  Thank you so very much!
So here we go... and the winner is....Karen Chauddoin !!!! Yay!  Congradulations Karen!  Please e mail me your address and I will send your giveaway prizes right out to you!
By the way , catch up on the latest new products coming in 2017 by signing up for our newsletter, just go to our homepage on the website and sign up!

Always Quilting,
Teresa

Friday, October 21, 2016

We're Having a Giveaway!!

Everybody loves a giveaway so we're going over the top with a giveaway that has a retail value of $100 plus !  We've chosen one or two items of each catagory in our shop to put in our giveaway prize basket.
It's easy to enter, just send us an e mail at teresa@heirloomquiltingcompany.com
and tell us what you think of our website, blog and/or newsletter, What can we do to improve our store in 2017, what products would you want us to have? What can we do better? We want to be one of your favorite places to shop , so come on and tell us What you think!  We're Listening!
One lucky winner will be picked in a random drawing, the deadline for entries is November 1, 2016.  Winner announced on November 4, 2016.
Good Luck Everybody!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday Sampler Block one

Block One

from back ground fabric cut 2)  5x5 squares and 2) 5 3/8 squares
from a dark cut 4) squares 3 1/8 x 3 1/8
from medium dark cut 2) 2 3/4  x 2 3/4 squares

cut the 2) 5 3/8 back ground squares in half diagonaly from corner to corner
cut 2) of the 4) 3 1/8  dark squares in half diagonaly from corner to corner

sew one of the dark triangles to one side  the medium  2 3/4 squares and one to the other side--make two of these units.

Next take the reserved dark 3 1/8 squres and place one on one corner of a 5 x 5 background square, draw line diagonally across your dark square and stitch on that line, press back and trim the excess. Make two of these
Next sew the remaining background triangles to the unit in step one.
 Now sew your four units together and square your block to 9 1/2

Always Quilting,
Teresa


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Saturday Sampler



I thought it would fun to do an on line Saturday Sampler and reinvent my sampler from 12 years and two sewing machines ago !  Each Saturday I will post a recipe for a block, , using your own fabric and colors this way you get to do it "your way",  The blocks are finished 9"  We will be doing 20 blocks total using different fabrics for each block, so grab your stash!  my original has added a 1" red frame around each block which I like , some sashing  and cornerstones and two borders. I'm thinking I may omit the cornerstones on the new & improved version.
Let's go!   Gather your background fabric approximately one yard give or take
(I used a cream moda muslin on the original but you may want white or prints,or shirtings,  it's your quilt it's your design), and some of your favorite leftover fabrics, I'll show you options for setting and finishing later on,  You can post photos of your progress at @heirloomquiltingcompany  on instagram if you would like, I would love to see what everybody does with their design. See you next Saturday for the block one!
Jump in !   always quilting,
Teresa

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The zig and the zag

Perfecting your machine applique technique when it comes to outer curves,inner curves and the dreaded sharp point can be easily done with a few tried and true tips!
It's a good idea to have a few sample or pratice pieces on hand before actually doing it on your beautiful project.
Zig is the stitch made with the needle down in your background fabric
Zag is the stitch made with the needle down in your applique

You want to always start with the needle down into your background right next to as close as you can to the edge of the applique and you want to pull your bobbin thread to the top of your work and hold those threads in your left hand and begin to stitch, Now it only makes sense that when you think about it when you zig zag your needle moves side to side or right to left, so you have to make little adjustments with your project by pivoting your work especially for curves and points. Just before you reach the point say on a leaf applique you want to stop with the needle down in your applique(zag) just one stitch away from the point. Now make your adjustment by turning your work so that when you begin to stitch again your zig is going to land right on the point of your leaf.
Now you make your adjustments again to continue , just remember a little at a time!

Resource:Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan, comes with a CD full of step by step instructions and wonderful step by step photos, for every kind of applique hand and machine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stress free summer sewing

Summer is here and I know many of us like projects that are portable and travel with us, whether we are vacationing or sitting outiside in the sun.  One most of us do all the time anyway is english paper piecing soI thought of posting a tutorial on english paper piecing here but There are many good blogs out there with fantastic tutorials,that I could not even begin to compose anything as comprehensive and accurate as many of them.  My favorite for English paper piecing is Pam Buda's tutorial, awesome photos and step by step guide will have you mastering EEP in no time at all. There are four parts so scroll up to start with part one.
Another low volume and stress free way to stitch in the summer is using template Stamps.  These are rubber stamps that you stamp your fabric with and you have a stitch line!  My grandson loves to stamp the fabric for me so it's a way for kids to be involved too!

 One of my favorites is the spool template stamps.
The spool blocks are 2 3/4 inches so it's a great way to use up scraps this summer!
Always Quilting, 
Teresa

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's all about the Red white and Blue

Summer is almost here and that means some Red White and Blue Quilting! There are some great free patterns on the internet these days for Patriotic Quilts and Projects to honor those whose Serve,
There is a lovely sampler on the Quilts Blocks Galore Website, an original pattern by Marcia and easy to make.

Lovely hometown pattern at the McCall's website and I also found one  on Pinterest Old Glory by Yellow Creek Designs  ( I couldn't locate the pattern for this one). There are lots of great ideas out there. Don't forget to check out some of our Red White and Blue.
What will you be Quilting in Red white and Blue?

Always Quilting, Teresa