Swell Sunday Sewing

Swell Christmas fabric collection by Urban Chiks for #modafabrics features  cotton &  PVC coated prints! Today I'm sharing the projects I made and a few tips for sewing with these coated fabrics.

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Sunday afternoons I like to visit my sewing machine and enjoy some fabrics.  This week I wanted to try and sew a few things with Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics.  Most especially, the 3 PVC coated Swell Christmas prints .

 

These coated prints are perfect for snack bags, place mats, aprons, bibs , table cloths, zippered pouches, notebook covers and more. There are so many ideas and patterns on line, it didn't take long to find free patterns for these 2  quick to make projects

Thanks to Petit Bout de Chou for the 10 minute Zipper Pouch  & Tara at TInkerfrog for her Ba Dunk Ba Dunk scrap and trash bag

The scrap bag has self ties that you can use to hang it around the headrest in your car, but it also looks cute with the top folded down so that the coated inside fabric peeks out.  I can put one in my car , but I think I will use these for scrap catchers at my sewing table

The zipper pouch really only took 10 minutes to make once I had printed Petit Chou's free pattern and cut out the simple shapes needed for the pouch

I have sewn with the iron on vinyl before, but not with a fabric that was already coated.  These 3 PVC coated prints that are part of the Swell Christmas collection were fun and easy to work with.

Sewing with coated fabrics requires a few precautions: avoid pins, the holes they leave won't go away.  Instead use wonder clips or binding clips to hold pieces together while stitching.

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Be careful if you decide you want to iron your work, test a scrap  of your coated fabric on a cooler temperature setting, or risk melting it.  For these small projects that I decided to make, I was able to hold things in place with my fingers, so I didn't pin or use clips. Although I didn't use my iron. I did press my seams flat with a wooden press as I worked. 

You may have a teflon presser foot that is designed for sewing vinyl and plastic.  I found these PVC coated prints from Moda to be SO soft, easy to handle and almost silky to the touch, so I just left my all purpose foot. and had no issues.  I only switched to my zipper foot when I wanted to stitch closely to the zipper on the zippered pouch.  If you find that the PVC coated fabrics are grabbing or sticking instead of feeding nicely through your machine, by all means use the special presser foot that you may have.

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That sweet retro Santa towel is part of a set of  Swell Christmas Towels  from Moda.  I think we should put one set in the kitchen and maybe I will use a second set to make a pillow.  what would you make with these holiday towels?

That sweet retro Santa towel is part of a set of Swell Christmas Towels from Moda.  I think we should put one set in the kitchen and maybe I will use a second set to make a pillow.  what would you make with these holiday towels?

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-Carol Detloff

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HERE'S THE PRIZE BUNDLE: FAT QUARTER BUNDLE  OF SNOWFALL FABRICS BY MINICK & SIMPSON FOR MODA & AURIFIL THREADS


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Ooh what could be better on a hot summer afternoon than breaking open this festive bundle of holiday fabrics?  Get your summertime stitch on and get started on some holiday quilting projects. The Snowfall collection has a great holiday color palette - cool crisp blues,  fresh wintergreens, Christmas reds and creams captured  on fabric in snowflakes , candy canes, holly leaves and  happy dots.

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BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT -A- LONG • WEEK 15 • #MODABEMYNEIGHBOR

WELCOME BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD • WEEK 15 •

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT-A-LONG

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE GOOD FOLKS AT MODA FABRICS / UNITED NOTIONS


  • VISIT OUR BLOG EACH MONDAY TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BLUEPRINT AND BUILD YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  
  • THERE'S A PICTURE OF THE COMPLETE QUILT  WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE SETTING PATTERN AT THE END OF THIS BLOG POST.
  • IF YOU DIDN'T GET THE PATTERNS FOR BLOCKS ONE THROUGH THIRTEEN YET, CLICK ON THE GREEN BADGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PATTERNS.

CLICK TO LIKE US☺

  • QUILT-A-LONGS

  • GIVEAWAYS & PRIZES

  • TIPS & TUTORIALS

  • LOADS OF OTHER QUILTY FUN!

Are you quilting along with us?

If you're building your neighborhood we want to see your blocks too. If you'll share a photo of your block with us each week you could win a prize. Read how below:

READ ABOUT THE PRIZES:

  • Each Monday come here to our blog get your free  downloadable blueprint .
  • Stitch up your house block.
  •  Share a picture of that week's completed house block with us by the following  Sunday at 12 Noon. Central Time (see below how to share a photo )
  • We'll enter your name into a random drawing for a prize.  Winner announced  on the weekly Monday blog post along with the next pattern download.
  • Every Monday  we have started fresh with a NEW  house blueprint to download and a NEW contest to enter.  You can send a photo from anywhere. if your name is chosen as a weekly winner we can ship prizes  all over the world to our international friends too! - We are a global neighborhood☺
  • When the final week starts Monday DECEMBER 19 th  the LAST contest for a new prize will begin, then end the following Sunday at Noon.  AND THEN IT'S ALL DONE, sigh.

WAYS TO SHARE YOUR WEEKLY BLOCK PHOTO:

  • send your photo in an email to me : Carol@RockingChairQuilts.com
  • post your photo on our Facebook page- CLICK HERE to get to the Facebook page.
  • Tweet a photo @makeaquilt  or tag us in your tweet @MakeAQuilt
  • Post your photo on Instagram and tag us  # rockingchairquilts 
  • If you live nearby you can pop in during SHOP HOURS each week we'll take photo of your block for you.

PRIZE WINNER FROM WEEK 14

A RANDOM DRAWING WAS HELD AND THE WINNER FOR WEEK FOURTEEN IS:

DIANNA EICKHORN

CONGRATULATIONS DIANNA !   YOU HAVE WON  A CHRISTMAS QUILT KIT , TITLED 'SUGAR',  IT IS FRIVOL #10, FEATURING THE COOKIE EXCHANGE FABRIC BY SWEETWATER FOR MODA FABRICS


HERE'S THIS WEEK'S BLOCK:

BLOCK 15 : PAGODA HOUSE

BLOCK 15 PATTERN DOWNLOAD

BLOCK 15 PATTERN DOWNLOAD


NEIGHBORHOOD PHOTO GALLERY

UPLOADS OF BLOCK 15 FROM QUILT-A-LONG PARTICIPANTS

(you can click on each block to enlarge it)


A NEW WEEK HAS BEGUN AND WE HAVE A NEW PRIZE!

•THIS WEEKS GOODIES •

Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company • AND • A Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle to get you started playing with some of the sweet Christmas block patterns in the festive book

Share a photo of Block #15 with us by Sunday , December 18th, and we'll add your name to the drawing for this prize ☺


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT

CLICK ON thIs picture to get your settiNg PaTTERN

CLICK ON thIs picture to get your settiNg PaTTERN

YOUR  BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT -FROM MODA:

  • The finished quilt will measure 68″ x 84 1/2″.
  • There are 16 blocks in the quilt top.  The rows are separated by horizontal sashing strips.
  • These are very scrappy blocks so exact yardage for a set number of fabrics has not been calculated. Mix your favorite Moda prints to create your colorful neighborhood!

Fabric Requirements:
16 House Blocks: Assorted Prints & Solids
Background and Sashing: 4 -1/2 yards
Borders: 1 – 1/4 yards
Binding: 2/3 yard
Backing: 4 – 3/4 yards

For a quilt using the same background for blocks, sashing and borders, you will need 5 – 3/4 yards total.  For scrappy backgrounds, sashing and borders, allow for just a little bit more fabric.



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Thank you for reading! I have been enjoying the quilt a long immensely and wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone who has followed along - even if you haven't decided to share a picture - just knowing you're out there somewhere sewing along is also very gratifying .  We are just about finished with Be My Neighbor , The final Block #16 is slated to drop next week -  I hope some of you will  then share a photo of your finished quilt ( here or anyplace on Social Media )when you get them put together .

Happy Holidays!

 Carol

BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT -A- LONG • WEEK 12 • #MODABEMYNEIGHBOR

• WELCOME BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD • WEEK 12 •

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT-A-LONG

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE GOOD FOLKS AT MODA FABRICS / UNITED NOTIONS

   Photos of Block #11 shared by participants last week

   Photos of Block #11 shared by participants last week

VISIT OUR BLOG EACH MONDAY TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BLUEPRINT AND BUILD YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THERE'S A PICTURE OF THE COMPLETE QUILT & SETTING PATTERN AT THE END OF THIS BLOG POST. IF YOU DIDN'T GET THE PATTERNS FOR BLOCKS ONE THROUGH ELEVEN YET, CLICK ON THE GREEN BADGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PATTERNS.

CLICK TO LIKE US☺

  • TO SEE PICTURES & NEWS OF:

  • QUILT-A-LONGS

  • GIVEAWAYS & PRIZES

  • TIPS & TUTORIALS

  • LOADS OF OTHER QUILTY FUN!

Are you quilting along with us?

If you're building your neighborhood we want to see your blocks too. If you'll share a photo of your block with us each week you could win a prize. Read how below:


READ ABOUT THE PRIZES:

  • Each Monday come here to our blog get your free  downloadable blueprint .
  • Stitch up your house block.
  •  Share a picture of that week's completed house block with us by the following  Sunday at 12 Noon (see below how to share a photo )
  • We'll enter your name into a random drawing for a prize.  Winner announced  on the weekly Monday blog post along with the next pattern download.
  • Every Monday we'll start fresh with a NEW  house blueprint to download and a NEW contest to enter.  You can send a photo from anywhere. if your name is chosen as a weekly winner we can ship prizes  all over the world to our international friends too! - We are a global neighborhood☺
  • When the THIRTEENTH week starts Monday NOVEMBER 28th  a new contest for a new prize will begin, then end the following Sunday at Noon, and sew on and sew forth, until the neighborhood is completed

•16 BLUEPRINTS •16 WEEKS •16 PRIZES•

We're not picking our favorite block photo, or looking for nice seams or anything like that.  This isn't a sewing contest - it's a neighborhood of quilters sharing pictures of their projects and ideas.  This is a FUN neighborhood we're building, such a happy place that the quilt police need never come down our streets, so don't stress about it -  just let the construction begin.

Stitch up your block, snap a picture and send it off to us. The weekly winner will be chosen in a random drawing from all the people who shared a photo of that week's block with us - we just want to see your blocks so the weekly prize drawing is a way to thank you for sharing photos of your Be My Neighbor quilt blocks.


PRIZE WINNER FROM WEEK 11

A RANDOM DRAWING WAS HELD AND THE WINNER FOR WEEK ELEVEN IS:

BRIGITTE CAMMI

CONGRATULATIONS BRIGITTE!   YOU HAVE WOn a  STATE FLOWERSCAPE FAT QUARTER BUNDLE by Turn of the Centuries for MODA !


HERE'S THIS WEEK'S BLOCK:

BLOCK 12 : patchwork place

PATTERN DOWNLOAD BLOCK #12

PATTERN DOWNLOAD BLOCK #12


A NEW WEEK HAS BEGUN AND WE HAVE A NEW PRIZE!

•THIS WEEKS GOODIES •

Hawthorne Ridge by Jan Patek for Moda Fabrics Layer Cake and yardage!

GET A PHOTO OF THIS WEEK'S  HOUSE (BLOCK 12) TO ME BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, AT 12 NOON AND

YOU'LL BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS PRIZE:  Hawthorne Ridge layer cake and 2 1/2 yards of coordinating fabric.


NEIGHBORHOOD PHOTO GALLERY

UPLOADS OF BLOCK 12 FROM QUILT-A-LONG PARTICIPANTS

(you can click on each block to enlarge it)


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT

YOUR  BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT -FROM MODA:

  • The finished quilt will measure 68″ x 84 1/2″.
  • There are 16 blocks in the quilt top.  The rows are separated by horizontal sashing strips.
  • These are very scrappy blocks so exact yardage for a set number of fabrics has not been calculated. Mix your favorite Moda prints to create your colorful neighborhood!

Fabric Requirements:
16 House Blocks: Assorted Prints & Solids
Background and Sashing: 4 -1/2 yards
Borders: 1 – 1/4 yards
Binding: 2/3 yard
Backing: 4 – 3/4 yards

For a quilt using the same background for blocks, sashing and borders, you will need 5 – 3/4 yards total.  For scrappy backgrounds, sashing and borders, allow for just a little bit more fabric.

CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR SETTING PATTERN

CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR SETTING PATTERN


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Thank you for reading!  - Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or any problems getting your free patterns to download from our website.  - Carol Detloff


#moda #aurifil Merry Merry Month of May Giveaway!

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Congratulations to our Winner Jane O. of GA!

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OK Let's Go!

Time for another giveaway:

The excitement is building here at Rocking Chair Quilts as Christmas fabric is starting to arrive. To celebrate here's a Moda GIVEAWAY! 
We are giving away a fun prize bundle of Sweetwater's 'The Cookie Exchange' collection to one lucky winner!

This Prize Bundle includes a quilt kit , Frivol #10, SUGAR -beautifully packaged in a collectible tin, & the fabrics you need for border, binding and backing for your Sugar Quilt, and to make it even SWEETER- 3 spools of Aurifll Thread to match.(MSR Value $104.50) Woot!

We will be randomly selecting the winner next Saturday, May 7th at 3:00pm CST Good luck to everyone 

 

Sew may ways to enter!

  • Enter at our FACEBOOK PAGE by  liking the post and tagging a friend in the comments section.
  • Click the rafflecopter box below in this blog post and enter up to 3 tiimes there.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post 

 

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

Congratulations to our Winner Jane O. of GA!

To read All the usual rules that apply to our regular giveaways and  yada yada CLICK HERE

#modafabrics #aurifil Hello Darling! Fabric Bundle Giveaway at RockingChairQuilts.com

 

this giveaway has ended

congratulations to RINA M

Enter below to win this fun  fabric bundle 

Enter below to win this fun  fabric bundle 

 

Hello Darling-This fabric collection has the perfect name to be included in  our Valentine's giveaway prize, don't you think so? We have loaded this prize bundle with  Bonnie and Camille's   Hello Darling fabric collection from Moda Fabrics.  Five  (5) yards of fabric, a Jelly Roll, a Layer Cake and yummy Aurifil threads to match. Yowza, that's a nice bundle!

Be sure to LIKE US on Facebook so you'll know when each giveaway begins.

 

 

Contest ends FEBRUARY 17th at Midnight CST . Retail Prize VALUE $150.00 USD. For complete rules click HERE.

What's in the bundle this week?

This prize has a MSR value of $150.00 USD and contains

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

CONGRATULATIONS TO RINA M

Here's everything in the prize bundle for this giveaway.

Tah dah!

LET FREEDOM RING GIVEAWAY! #WindhamFabrics #Aurifil

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, DARLENE B!

Thanks so much to everyone for participating, we really enjoyed reading all the Memorial Day memories and project ideas you shared!


For Memorial Day 2015 in celebration of the brave hearts who serve and have served our country, 

we are sponsoring a patriotic prize bundle giveaway over  this Memorial Day weekend!

LET FREEDOM RING!

FREE Downloadable Pattern - 'ATOP the MOUNTAIN' by Bethany Fuller will be avaiable soon.  Check back often 

FREE Downloadable Pattern - 'ATOP the MOUNTAIN' by Bethany Fuller will be avaiable soon.  Check back often 

Nancy Gere is proud to present her latest collection of patriotic stars and stripes aptly titled Let Freedom Ring. From Windham fabrics the red, white and blue flags paired with patriotic eagles are part of our American national pride. These patterns will make great quilts and other projects that will celebrate your patriotism or honor a soldier serving their country. To quote James Monroe, "National honor is national property of the highest value"

 

Rocking Chair Quilts is happy and OH so excited to give all of you the opportunity  to win a bundle of this fabric!  

 

But wait- wait.......There's more for the winner of this prize package: Three (that's right 3!) delicious AURIFIL BIG SPOOLS of 50 wt. MAKO cotton thread in the most pleasing patriotic colors. Woop!  
And....... just in case you can't settle on a project to stitch with your Let Freedom Ring Fat Quarter Bundle and Aurifill Threads we are including these laminated pattern folders from the Sweet and Simple collection : Little Brass Buttons and Peaks and Valleys designed by Carol Hopkins.

Enter  up to 3 times using the Rafflecopter widget (the WHITE BOX below) at the end of this blog post.

Contest ends May 26th at Midnight CST . For complete rules click HERE.

Here's everything in the prize bundle for this giveaway:

TAH - DAH!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, DARLENE B!

Good Luck to Everyone!  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Holly Jolly This and That

Sew many patterns I want to make!

 A book by Sherri Falls for This and That Pattern Company

Now that Thanksgiving has been enjoyed, I am revisiting this Book (it has 18 great Holiday Projects in it!) This is my favorite book in the shop right now.  Even more so now that December is afoot!

 One sweet pattern in the book is the 'Oh Christmas Tree'  tree skirt.  I made this one from a 25th and Pine Jelly Roll click HERE to get your Jelly Roll.

 Besides being fun to make and pretty when finished , I like that this project uses up nearly the entire jelly roll.  You'll need some other fabrics to make the binding, ties and backing.

The hexagons in the tree skirt are pieced in nifty rows,  No set in seams or tricky business in this festive project.  A 60 degree ruler is a most helpful tool for cutting the tree skirt pieces.  I like this one from Creative Grids rulers 

3 of the projects in Holly Jolly this and That

Holiday Project? Meet me at the Corner of 25th & Pine.......

Come visit this festive collection in the shop HERE.  

                              

                              

 #Aurifil threads to match all your Holiday Projects!

 #Aurifil threads to match all your Holiday Projects!

       

 

 

 

    

    

Happiness is Holiday blanketstitch #Aurifil 2865 green 1103 red #Moda @BasicGrey 25th&Pine #JukiLove

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