Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winner of the 2 Martins In A Nest Headband



The winner of the headband from 2 Martins In A Nest is Deanna!!! Please send me your address and I'll get it into the mail.

Smiles,
Kelly

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House Chapter 6

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House
Chapter 6....how many more chapters?

The Quilt Branch


This is Susan Knapp from The Quilt Branch.  She and Mary Jane Mattingly are the designers of  the Creative Girds House Ruler 9-1/2in x 12in and authors of three books.   Susan demonstrated how to get all of these angles with just one ruler.

 

I'm a visual person so this chart did more to explain the value of this ruler than any demonstration could have.  Although I enjoyed watching the demonstration, this photo says it all for me.  I left out the photos I took of Susan doing the demonstration because I think this chart is more than explanatory, don't you?

The quilt on the left is from Susan and Mary Jane's book Six Halves Makes A Whole Sampler and the one on the right is Six Halves Makes A Whole Lot More.  I'm sorry about the easel in the foreground....somehow I just wasn't able to jump over the counter and move it....but you know I would have :)

 

This quilt is on the cover of  Six Halves Makes A Whole Lot More. Here's more inspiration for using one or two of those great those great roll-ups of 6 half-yard cuts. Six new projects each using 6 half-yard cuts. There are instructions for five five quilts and a set of place mats included, plus extras.

 

Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler 
Start with six half yard cuts of fabric - 2 mediums and 4 darks - add background and sashing fabrics and you will create an heirloom 62" x72" quilt. Complete instructions for using the the Creative Grids House Ruler are included to make it easy to cut out future quilts too. Patterns for using the blocks for a table runner or tote are also included. Designed by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly

For a free pattern stop over to The Quilt Branch website!!!
Smiles,
Kelly

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lazy Girl Designs at Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House
Chapter 5
Lazy Girl Designs

This is Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs.  Joan is a fabulous purse designer and she has a bag suited for everyone's taste and needs.  I only wish I could come up with that many designs all different, interesting and functional.  I'm thinking she might consider changing her business name from Lazy Girl Designs to "The Hard Working Gal Formerly Known as The Lazy Girl Designer." 
The purse at the top of this photo is the Margo Handbag.  The small wallet up front is the Wonder Wallet and the taller one in the back to the left of the photo is the Maggie Pattern.  The wallet I carry is the Wonder Wallet pattern and I'm telling you I need to make a new one and fast.  (Mine is very dirty...that's why I never mentioned it to Joan when I saw her....imagine my embarrassment if she had seen that filthy wallet....yikes....she doesn't know lazy!)
 
Joan's latest pattern is the Lily Pocket Purse and it is only available for pre-order.  The patterns are expected to be released early October.   There is an excellent photo of the inside of this purse on Joan's blog....just click here to see what I'm talking about :)
 
I love the fun print on this Margo Handbag.  Just change the fabric and you have a great purse for the fall and winter too.    That is what I love about carrying a handmade purse....being able to make another one in a different fabric for myself or as a gift. 
I love the name of this bag, the Whimsy Bag.  I just like the word....Whimsy....Whimsy....Whimsy....
You may have known Joan has designed all of these incredible patterns and so many more....honestly....so many more....but did you know she wrote a quilting book too?  I didn't until recently...check this out:

Joan makes 24 different Lazy Angle Blocks and uses them to make more than 230 block combinations....and she still keeps calling it Lazy.    So if you are truly lazy, like me, then you can use the Lazy Angle Ruler to make your cutting so much faster and accurate....she has again done all the work for us. 

Hmmmm....do you think the Lazy refers to me? Us?  Yikes....I can speak for myself....indeed I am lazy and I don't want or need to re-create the wheel, television, Internet or anything else....I'm so lazy there would be none of those inventions if it were left up to me!!!

Don't forget about the Giveaways....don't know about them?  They are posted in Chapter 3.

Smiles,
Kelly

Taking A Minute to Smile Here

I'm working, I'm working....honestly....and yes the photos are coming.  If you have not enjoyed a little smile today....you may want to see this cartoon posted on the Seasonal Cottage Blog.   I could so identify with the tape dispenser....feeling a little out of place sometimes....but loved none the less...LOL

Smiles,
Kelly

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House Chapter 4 - Simplicity Creative Group

Checker Distributor
62 Anniversary Open House
Chapter 4
Simplicity Creative Group
You may have noticed or will notice that during the Checker Open House I took photos of the banner for each demonstrator or presentation....with this one exceptions....Simplicity Creative Group.  Sooo....I was forced to cut and paste one here....and as you can clearly see....I don't know how to remove unwanted objects ....so just pretend you don't see that red hair in this photo!!!  Thank you kindly :)

Many of you recognize this as the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker Machine.  I have one and have really enjoyed using it because I no longer burn my fingers and because I like to do things I consider boring a little more effortlessly.  The Simplicity Bias Tape Maker Machine was introduced at Spring Quilt Market 2009 and since then several new tips have been added.  The one you see above is the Quilt Binding Tip for 2 1/2 inch strips.    I saw and touched the 1/4 inch tip that will be coming and I was very good and did not slip it into my pocket....and for the first time....I didn't even think about it...LOL.  I must be recovering from my fantasy kleptomania!!
Honestly it is Mimi Shimp's job to be introducing the Simplicity products....but as you can clearly see....I got so excited to be able to touch it that I stood right in front of Mimi.  She is so petite that you can't even see her behind me because I'm the  larger version of petite:)  I'm sorry Mimi....please forgive my childlike exuberance....it happens sometimes.
You may recall my previous post about the Deluxe SideWinder Bobbin WinderSeveral people have commented that they want to know if it will work with their machines.  The answer is YES, YES, YES....Mimi Shimp, Product Manager, has not found a bobbin yet that will not work.  Long Arm Machines, Embroidery Machines and Sewing Machines....the answer is YES
  • Interchangeable bobbin spindles to fit all makes and models of sewing, embroidery and long arm quilting machines.
  • Interchangeable bobbin spindles accommodate bobbins for all makes and models of sewing, embroidery and long arm machines.
  • Winds thread from small spools to cones that hold as much as 12,000 yards.
  • Two storage compartments in the lid to hold bobbins or spools of thread.
  • Offers a telescoping guide that adjusts to different heights of thread spools.
  • Enjoy a thread cutter, bobbin fill control and a speed control knob.
  • Adjust the tension knob to accommodate a variety of thread weights.
  • Compact size makes it easy to store or pack for travel
  • For household use only
  • Universal adapter included (which means it can be used outside the US!!!-wooo hooo...I can hear that coming from my customers in AU and NZ :)
  • 90 day limited warranty against manufacturer's defects
Oh but did I mention....you can get yours here at IHAN :)  I'll even autograph the box if you like!!! ROFL

Moving right along.....this is Mimi Shimp demonstrating the Rotary Cutting Machine by Simplicity.  It was also introduced at the Spring Quilt Market 2009.


Simplicity later released an Extension Table that can be added to support your fabric as you move it through the machine.  It also has  interchangeable blades, small and large wave,  that are  that are available.
Here you can see that I was using the Rotary Cutting Machine with the small wave blade to cut some fabric.
  
Fall Quilt Market 2010 brought the Simplicity Deluxe Rotary Cutting/Embossing Machine.  You may recall my previous post from Fall Quilt Market.  And just for the record, I did politely ask Mimi if I could use the Simplicity machines because it is one thing to watch them being used and quite another to use them myself.  I want to feel and see how the machines work and not necessarily have to purchase one of every machine I want to discuss here on the IHAN blog.



You can see, they have also made a Deluxe Extension Table that is available.  It is very helpful because it extends the bed of the Deluxe Rotary Cutting/Embossing Machine.  Here you can see me moving the fabric through the machine.  It is important to keep your hands both in front of the fabric and behind the fabric to keep it even as you move it through the machine.
This is clearly the WRONG way to do it. You don't take your eyes off your cutting surface and you need one hand behind the fabric and one in front!!!  Silly me, what was I thinking?
When you don't keep your hands in front and behind the machine....you get crooked cuts and that my friends is referred to as "Operator Error."  There is a learning curve to using both Rotary Cutting Machines but honestly it only took me a few minutes when I first used one (way back in 2009:).

The Deluxe Rotary Cutting/Embossing Machine has many new features.  First the obvious one is that it also embosses and you will see some examples of that below.

The other additions to the Deluxe model include:

  • Speed control that allows you to control the speed at which you would like to cut.

  • A LED light that illuminates the cutting / embossing surface.

  • It includes the tools for removing the blade and adjusting the pressure for the blades. (the blades are rotary-meaning round....not sharp.  The machine cuts using pressure not the traditional razor sharp blades)

  • A longer cord for the foot pedal.

  • It cuts paper or fabric 1/4 inch to 6 inches.
The embossing rolls and optional decorative rotary cutting blades are sold separately- just like Barbie's accessories....remember that?  Always sold seperately...LOL.  (I think when you get married there should be a "sold separately clause" that states-"this version of the wife does not include a clean house and interesting meals or constant attractive company"-all of those things are sold separately and come at a very high price!!!)

These are some examples of what can be done with the Embossing Rolls:





 
This what the Embossing Rolls look like up close.  I did not notice the measurements on any of the packaging so I used this quarter to give you an idea of their size.
 
Mimi was wearing the Winding Buddy around her neck and I was teasing her about her necklace.  The Winding Buddies are actually use for the Bias Tape Maker Machine and the Winder Machine by Simplicity.  While they are made for these machines....you might find me wearing one with licorice or a fruit roll up wound in it so I'd have easy access.
Smiles,
Kelly                                                                                                                                                                      

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House Chapter 3 point 5

This post does not qualify for an entire chapter so it will be referred to as Chapter 3 point 5 :)

Another lunatic has ambushed one of the demonstrators and commandeered their tools.  I'll definitely share more about Simplicity's Deluxe Bobbin Winder but I could not resist posting this photo as a "bookmark" to hold my place as I continue to put together posts for the Open House.  Remember last year when I commandeered the vacuum?  It just happens....somehow that crazy Red Head just shows up and you never know what is going to happen after that.

I know each of my posts are like entire magazine articles or mini movies....but once you look at the photos I ask you....which one's would you leave out?  See, I obviously am not a good editor so my posts are lengthy and have a zillion photos.  How else could I make you feel like you were with me? 

More soon....I do have to take a few hours to do the life thing :)

Smiles,
Kelly

Friday, August 27, 2010

Checker Distributors 62 Anniversary Open House Chapter 3 - The Giveaways

 62 Anniversary Open House
Chapter 3 The Giveaways
The patterns in the previous post were really fun to look at and while I was standing there admiring them I thought to myself, "wouldn't it be interesting to see just one of these patterns done in 15 different color ways."  I was looking at the blue one (below) by Kathryn Schmidt from Rule Breaking Quilts.

 by Kathryn Schmidt (Autographed)
Kathryn autographed this book during Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  I can't think of a better time to offer it as a gift to a lucky IHAN blog reader. 

                                 
Hobo Quilts  by Debra G Henninger 
(photo from Spring Quilt Market)
 
This is Barbara holding up one of her quilts during a Schoolhouse presentation during Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  Those who attended the Schoolhouse lecture received a sample package of fabrics and one very lucky IHAN blog reader will get that sample package of fabric (pictured below).  The fabrics are so soft and beautifully woven.  There may be enough for a small wall hanging.
Fabric Samples for making Hobo Quilts Blocks
 given by  Debra G Henninger during Spring Quilt Market

              Take 5
By Kathy Brown (Autographed)


(photo taken at Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis)
Take 5 by Kathy Brown was autographed and  given to me while at Spring Quilt Market.  I really enjoyed the quilts by Kathy Brown on the previous post.  The use of five fabrics in the design of a quilt really appeals to me.  How many of us have at least 5 coordinating fabrics in our stash right now that could be used to make one of Kathy's quilts?  I bet many of us....I'm holding up my hand :)

The next three patterns that will be given away in honor of Checker Distributors 62 Anniversary Open House....were all designed by Carolyn Griffin of Far Flung Quilts.  During Spring Quilt Market, Carolyn autographed these beautiful Quilt Patterns and gave them to me.  I know there will be three very happy IHAN blog readers very soon!!!
by Carolyn Griffin (Autographed)

by Carolyn Griffin (Autographed)

by Carolyn Griffin (Autographed)

Carolyn works for Checker Distributor and unfortunately the most recent photo I have of Carolyn....well.....lets just say it would not be fair of me to post it here....out of context!!!  LOL  When I post the most recent photos I have of Carolyn you will know why I'm not posting them here.  She was very generous to offer three autographed patterns to be given away here on the IHAN blog.
Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction was at Checker's Open House as well.  She has been promoting her new book,  Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions.
 

 
(photo taken at Spring Quilt Market)

Amy has autographed a fun Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions tote bag (photo below) to be given away here on the IHAN blog. 

The IHAN blog is  also giving away two copies of Fiber & Fabric Mania! A travel Guide compliments of Checker Distributors!!! 
What do you have to do to win one of these 9 wonderful prizes?  Just leave a comment on any of IHAN's Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Blog Posts.  That's all....other than leaving your contact information should your comment be chosen by the random number generator.  One comment per post please.  The prizes will be assigned randomly to the winners. 
Smiles,
Kelly

Checker Distributor 62 Anniversary Open House Chapter 2

62 Anniversary
Open House
Chapter 2

Checker decorated the lunch area with the quilts below.  It was not a Quilt Show so keep that in mind when you are looking a the photos.  They way they were hung was for inspiration and decoration not as part of a Juried Show.



Santa With His List
by Jan Kornfeind

Log Cabin


Quilt In A Day
Quilt Blocks On American Barns
By Eleanor Burns
(One Autographed Copy Available..e-mail IHaveANotion@yahoo.com to order)

Quilt In A Day
Egg Money Quilts
 By Eleanor Burns


Quilt In A Day
Day and Night Quilt
By Eleanor Burns
(One Autographed Copy Available..e-mail IHaveANotion@yahoo.com to order)



Krause Publications
Hobo Quilts
by Debra G Henninger

  
Krause Publications
Hobo Quilts
by Debra G Henninger


Quilt Company PA
Christmas Pine Pillow
by Karen Montgomery


Quilt Company PA
Firecracker Pillow
by Karen Montgomery

Quilt Company PA
Hang Ten
by Karen Montgomery


Quilt Company PA
Old Man Winter Pillow
by Karen Montgomery


Quilt Company PA
Frosty Pillow
by Karen Montgomery




Sweet Treasures
Punch Card Pouch
By Terry Staats


Martingale & Company
Simple Graces Charming Quilts & Companion Projects
(Book Scheduled to be released beginning of Nov. 2010)

Martingale & Company
Simple Graces Charming Quilts & Companion Projects
(Book Scheduled to be released beginning of Nov. 2010)

Martingale & Company
Welcome Wagon Lap Quilt
Simple Graces Charming Quilts & Companion Projects
(Book Scheduled to be released beginning of Nov. 2010)

 
Martingale & Company
Easy, Peasy, One, Two, Threesy
Quilting With Precuts & Shortcuts
by Terry Martin


Martingale & Company
Front Porch Posies Lap Quilt
Simple Graces Charming Quilts & Companion Projects
(Book Scheduled to be released beginning of Nov. 2010)

 




 
San Miguel
by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Matingly

The Quilt Branch
Pinata
by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Matingly


Ahh.....now that I've linked all those photos I certainly hope I have everything correct.  I enjoyed looking at all of the quilts that decorated the lunch area.  Yes I did say Lunch!!!  Checker provided us with  very nice lunches too :)
Thank you Checker Distributors for hosting such a fun and educational event!

Stay tuned for Chapter 3 coming very soon....the giveaways will be announced in that post :)
Smiles,
Kelly

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