Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 3.2.11 - Flip Flops!
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In This Issue
- On Sale This Week
- New In Our Shop
- Brand New on KayeWoodTV.com
- Show and Tell
- Kaye on "Strip Piecing"
- Tips from our Readers
- Useful Links
- March Contest
- UFO's and PIGs
- Something To Live By
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Kaye's in Puyallup, WA this week. I remember last year at this time, when Kaye and Kayla were in Puyallup there were threats of a storm surge due to earthquakes in the Pacific Rim. It didn't happen, and that's a good thing, but I'll always remember that.
Our theme this week is "Flip Flops", both in the hopes that flip-flop weather will eventually get here and also to honor our newest line - Kathie Alyce from Waterfall Quilts' Flip Flop Block and Patterns!
On Sale This Week....
Brand New For Spring, and 25% off!
This is the Block that started it all!
Kathie Alyce of Waterfall Quilts brings us the Flip Flop Block Tool and the first 2 patterns in the series.
Pictured below are (l) The Original Block, (c) Purple Sunflowers, and Aboriginal Prints and (r) Crazy Squares and Marble Swirls
I Want My Own Flip Flop Block Tool and the patterns too!
"The Flip Flop Block," a versatile, easy-to-use template which has many different design choices. Fits into a 7" x 7" square.
Flip Flop Block Pattern
Gentle, accurate, curved piecing is easily accomplished with the Flip Flop Block Tool.
Multiple directions for baby, lap, and queen size quilts.
Shadow Block Pattern
Purple Sunflowers and Aboriginal Designs
Another great variation of the Flip Flop Block pattern. Skill level: requires the ability to throw all the rules out the window.
Purple Sunflowers: 41" x 62"
Aboriginal Prints: 53" x 69"
Pat's 9-Patch Block Pattern
Crazy Squares and Marble Swirls
Contemporary piecing in this original pattern from Kathie Alyce.
Crazy Squares: 65.5" x 44.5"
Marble Swirls: 53.5" x 42.5"
Don't forget we have 2 pages of sale items, clearance markdowns, seasonal discounts and HURT items.
Show Me The Sale Items!
New Items In Our Shop....
What's NEW in Our Shop?
A New Way to Decorate Your Windows, Eco Friendly Market Bags and Flip Flop Tool and Patterns!
Yes, you can make your own window treatments. And learn to sew at the same time!
Flip Flop Block Tool
Brand new to our shop - innovative tool simplifies curved piecing. 3 patterns to accompany this cool idea!
Market Bag Pattern
It's all about being green, and with this eco-friendly bag, you can kick the plastic garbage bag habit for good! Kit for 2 bags.
Shadow Block Quilt Pattern
Just one of the 3 patterns we currently carry (and more to come) using the Flip Flop Block Tool.
|Brand New On KayeWoodTV.com!
Other Side of the Fence!
A Rail Fence design, with fussy-cut hexagon blocks that can showcase your embroidery designs, focus fabric or photos on fabric. Use these blocks to replace some or all of the vertical blocks, which seem to look through from the other side of the fence. Uses the View & Do Hexagon Shape.
|Kaye on Strip Piecing...
Strip piecing is what I do! When quilters realize that, their comment is "I've done that; it is such fun."
95% of the piecing I do is strip piecing and I haven't discovered all the possibilities of strip piecing.
What does that mean? Strip piecing means that strips are sewn together before any pieces are cut. And the type of pieces that can be cut number in the hundreds, many of which can be found in my Book and DVD, Starmaker Design Concepts. How do the Starmakers fit into the strip piecing concept? First strips are sewn together into strip sets; then the strip sets are cut in squares or rectangles OR with the Starmakers, cut into diamonds, triangles, stars, kaleidoscopes, etc, etc.... The opposite of strip piecing is template cutting, which is not nearly as accurate. Strip piecing is faster, easier, wastes less fabric, and is usually more accurate.
To strip piece a 9-patch block: Sew 2 different strip sets: sew a dark, light, dark strip set together; sew a light, dark, light strip set together. Cut these strip sets using a ruler and rotary cutter in segments that are the same width as the individual strips were cut. Each row of 3 squares is already sewn together.
To cut a 9-patch block: Using a square template or a ruler, cut individual squares. Sew 3 squares together into each of 3 rows. Sew 3 rows together.
If you haven't made at least 100 strip pieced quilts, you haven't really explored the concept of strip piecing;-)
Tips From Our Readers....
My Tip O' the Day is this, I love love love press and seal kitchen wrap. I use it to wrap up thread spools so they don't unravel. I use it to make baggies for projects I am working on. Especially Applique pieces. That stuff even works on the backside of rulers to keep them from sliding while cutting. It is great! I am sure that there are other uses I will find for it! Great stuff.....Vickie
Because I don't like to wear gloves when quilting I cut a piece of non-skid rubberized kitchen shelf liner about 4x6 and lay it between my hand and the quilt. Easy to move with my hand, and because it is no bigger than my hand, no chance of sewing it into the quilt....Rhonda
We want your tips....
Do you have a special little tip that has worked for you, that you'd like to share? We are always open to new things and would love to hear about them! Just e-mail your tip to me at the address below, and it will find a place in our newsletter! firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=sharewithus
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UFO's and PIG's - You Wanted To Know!
Brand New Contest for March!
Send in pictures of your quilts, wallhangings, pillows, placemats, tablerunners... whatever you've made using Kaye's Shapes, Tools and Templates. Get creative! Just because it's a quilt pattern doesn't mean it has to end up as a quilt! This contest will end on Feb 28, so hurry! Don't think you can make the deadline? That's ok, keep sewing because we'll offer this again during the year!
Email me the pictures, and the story behind your project and you could win your choice of one of Kaye's Tools, Templates or Shapes along with a selection of patterns specially designed for that item.
This is February's winner - Maureen made this baby quilt using the Chevron techniques in the Strip Quilting Projects Book 10 and the Starmaker 8 Master Template!
What in the world are these? I got lots and lots of questions last week. Most of you knew what the UFO was (Un-Finished Object) but I only had one person who knew what a PIG was (other than my farmers, lol). Well here's the official answer: A PIG is a Project In a Grocery (or Garbage) Bag!
Something To Live By....
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable and wealthy, not rich.
to study hard, think quietly,talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds; to babes and sages with open heart
to bear all cheerfully do all bravely, await occasions hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common
this is my symphony
William Henry Channing
I think that's all for this week!
Have a great week, and think warm thoughts!....
from The staff at Kaye Wood, Inc!