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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bramblewood 1870-1890 by Betsy Chutchian

Bramblewood arrived yesterday and we are already creating lots of fun fall projects, everything from dish towels, stuffed pumpkins and of course we will making the quilts too!  You could almost smell the cinnamon and apples!  We will be making up kits tomorrow for the Bramblewood and Spicebox patterns, we are including backing with the spicebox kit and Bramblewood will have everything to make the bigger quilt and the mini too!  Backing for the Bramblewood kit wiill be sold seperately,  This collection has vintage appeal, timeless and classic and is definitely one of my favorites this year !

Always Quilting, Teresa

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dress your Table

Quick and Easy to Make this cute utensil caddy,  All you need is a 6 inch diameter flower and two 14" circles of fabric.
Layer your circles right side together and stitch the edge leaving about 3-4" opening for turning. Turn right side out and top stitch the edge sewing your opening closed and press .
Now fold your circle in half and stitch right down the middle, Next fold the other way in half and stitch down the middle again.
And that's all there is to it !  Make them to match your table setting, red white and blue perhaps for summer holdays, Black and white for a dressier look, A friend hand painted my flower pot to match the fabric so let your imagination fly!


Always Quilting ,
Teresa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spinning Star Singles

Making a ton of half square triangles?  Spinning Star Singles can help!
Make eight half square triangles at once!  Simply layer two 6 inch squares of fabric right sides together and pin a star single on top and sew following the arrows, cut apart and tear off the paper!  Easy as 1 2 3 !
I make a stack of these whenever I need to use up fabric and I have an extra  rotary cutter specifically for using with paper so I don't use the one for fabric cutting,  Comes in pretty handy especially when you are making 120 of them!
Comes in different sizes too, so pick the one size you need, I basically use the 2" finished alot.

Always Quilting,

Teresa



Saturday, April 9, 2016

SPRING CLEANING


 With the change of the seasons is when it's time to air out my quilts and get them ready for storage for the summer months,.or vice a versa ..  I hang mine out on a day the air is crisp and fresh, usually mid morning when the sun isn't too strong yet,  Then carefully fold them on the bias and put them into a cotton pillowcase.  If you always keep your quilts stored the change of seasons is a good time to take them out and refold them a different direction to prevent crease and fold lines and use rolled and crumpled up acid free tissue paper in each fold.  I do keep quilts once they are a pillow case in a large colored -not clear_rubbermaid tub, I have never had any problems storing them this way but the tubs are in a normal temperature room, not a hot attic or damp basement. I make a little sachet for each tub of my homemade herbal insect repellent recipe, This works perfect for dresser drawers and closets too--

1/2 cup cedar shavings
1/4 cup of each of dried lavender,lemon verbena, mint, & rosemary a few dried rose buds or petals
2 TBlsp each of whole cloves,cinnamon,nutmeg, lemon peel,& bay leaves
2TBlsp of orris root powder
5-10 drops of eseential oil lavender or lemon or cedar or pine
Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered jar for one week
then put into cotton muslin sachet bags or pillows and I place these in the bottom of each tub, and on the floor or on a hanger in  my closet and one in each dresser drawer.

Always Quilting,
Teresa


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Treadle

Everyone knows I love antique and vintage sewing machines and recently a friend gave me this White treadle cabinet.  It did not have a machine in it but I'm sure I will find one !   There is quilte alot of interest in collectiing old machines and cabinets these days which I am extremely grateful to see. This cabinet although it's in need of minor repairs is in great condition and  dates circa 1900.   The white company was founded by Thomas White in 1876 Cleveland Ohio.  Next to Singer, perhaps the largest and best known of the US sewing machine companies.   White owned their own forests and operated their own cabinet factories, rather than contracting them out. They were noted for having the highest quality cabinets. Read more at Treadleon.net  So for now my lovely cabinet makes a great display for these Fabrics Neutral Territory by Audrey Wright (RJR Fabrics) --- so much prettier in real life then pictures show, I just love the black tans & whites and there's an accent of a very pretty blue that just brings it all together.

Always Quilting,
Teresa

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Vintage Spools

Many years ago I made a sewing machine cover for my darling vintage singer using these little spool blocks.  The time has come to make a new one as this one is certainly "well loved" over the years.
Very easy to make and I just use leftover scraps of assorted dark/med and light prints from my basket,

For each block you need 2)  1" x 3 1/4"  retangles
                                         2) 1" x 2" retangles
                                          1) 2" x 2" square
                                           4) 1" squares
Sew the 1" x 2" retangles to either side of the 2"x 2" square, press toward the center
then take the 1" squares and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and place them on either end of the 1" x 3 1/4" retangle,  You will sew on that line you drew but be careful of your placement here, On the left side you want to be sewing from lower left to top right and on the right side lower right to top left, ( hopefully I didn't say that wrong !)
Repeat for the other 1" x 3 1/4"  retangle exactly the same way.
Press out and trim the extra off
and stitch to the top of the previous unit you just made and do the same thing on the bottom of the unit, and there you have a spool !  Fun to make , next week I will show how to these by hand with a different technique and that is totally portable and wee bit smaller in size !


Always, Quilting,
Teresa



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

News from the shop

We spent these last few weeks sprucing up the shoppe, the inventory is coming in, shelves are built and the fabric cupboards are full ! I found a wonderful antique thread display from an old general store(waiting to be assembled) and just in the nick of time because soon it will filled with new 1422 yd cones of 50 wt. Aurifil Thread!
While I am waiting out this latest weather event here in the North East and a frozen fuel line, I am sitting by the fire and working on my stamp basket handles which hopefully will be done soon as it is a sample to hang in the shoppe,  It's a perfect opportunity to catch up on good reading, of course browsing my favortie blogs too!  Although I have a huge sewing list to do, a little time in front of the fire watching the snow is not a bad idea, tomorrow brings the mail and a new fabric line by Audrey Wright called "neutral Territory" Audrey also has a new quilt pattern coming out for the line called "Salt and Pepper" and I can't wait to be stitching up a sample !

Always Quilting,
Teresa

Monday, January 11, 2016

SQUARE IN A SQUARE technique ruler

I wanted to give just a quick idea on how the square in the square ruler technique works, The book patterns and dvd give you precise detail of course..but I just love the idea of  Never having to sew or cut a triangle !  Nothing could be better easier  more accurate or faster, Using squares and strips to make a square in a square block, or half square triangles, or flying geese units,...

First you start with a square, ( I used a 3 1/2 inch square and 2" strips,) then you stitch your square to a strip, I clothesline sew to save time, so I lay my squares on a strip and sew using 1/4" seam on to one side of the strip, and then sew a strip to the opposite side, then the top and then the bottom, I think of it as east west north and south,



Now using the square in a square ruler  place the 90 degree on tip of your square you simply trim each corner and you have a perfect square in a square !  How easy is this?
There are many options such as flying geese and half square triangles that you will enjoy, what I have shown here is the basic option 1,  Next time I will show option 3 "flying geese units" !
Always Quilting, Teresa