#projectjellyroll : National Sew a Jelly Roll Day IS Saturday September 15th, 2018

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

ARE YOU READY?

LET'S GET IT STARTED.

The fun is about to unroll. Here's your invitation to join in with RockingChairQuilts.com and celebrate the mighty Jelly Roll. Many thanks to the folks at Moda Fabrics and Supplies for hosting this awesome event.

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

NAtional Jelly Roll Day Saturday, September 15th, 2018,

We are going to get started with the fun TODAY. 

Let's be real, a Moda Jelly Roll® is already fun.

The fun is built in:

  • It's beautiful.

  • It's sew-able.

  • It's quilt-able.

  • It's fun to buy.

  • It's fun to win.

  • It's fun to touch.

  • It's fun to bust open and sew like the wind (since it's already pre-cut for you.)

  • It's Moda!

Wait.... we already know that those are all intrinsic qualities of a Jelly Roll, but what about that 5th one, "It's fun to win" ?

Rocking Chair Quilts has got you covered on that. Prizes are always fun and why not a Jelly Roll prize?  Why not TWENTY Jelly Roll prizes? That's right we are going to give away 20 Moda Jelly rolls to celebrate National Jelly Roll Day on  9-15-2018. To enter for your chance to win a Moda Jelly Roll read on. 

Holiday flavored Jelly Rolls. This one is  SWELL CHRISTMAS  by Urban Chiks for Moda

Holiday flavored Jelly Rolls. This one is SWELL CHRISTMAS by Urban Chiks for Moda


THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018

 HOW CAN I ENTER TO WIN A JELLY ROLL?

Leave your comment on this blog post (below) to enter. 

What should you comment about?

  • Add add a another word to our jelly-roll glossary.

  • Tell us about your favorite snack to eat and share when you are quilting or with sewing friends.

  • Or just say hello........

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Comment by inventing another 'Jelly' term to add to our Jelly Roll glossary,Here's  our short list:

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.THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018

TWENTY WINNERS IN ALL

Here are the 10 winners selected from all the entries collected in the brick and mortar shop , Thanks for joining in the fun:

Barbara N.

Sandie S.

Rick C.

Kay O.

Chris R.

Donna G.

Gloria F.

Kathy C.

Donna M.

Norma S.


Here are the 10 winners selected from all the online entries, Congratulations to all!

 Entries will be accepted through midnight (CDT) on Saturday September 15th, 2018. To read more about this contest, rules and all the yada yada CLICK HERE

 

 

I'm going to make some pinwheel cookies for the big day. What will you make?   CLICK HERE  to get the yummy recipe for these cookies from  BetterRecipes.com

I'm going to make some pinwheel cookies for the big day. What will you make?

CLICK HERE to get the yummy recipe for these cookies from BetterRecipes.com

THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN! - CAROL


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National Sewing Machine Day FABRIC BUNDLE GIVEAWAY

Give Away has ended Congrats to Constance W.

My Juki ♥ ♥ ♥

My Juki ♥ ♥ ♥


It's National Sewing Machine Day and I nearly missed it! If I had not seen this news pop up on Twitter this afternoon, the sun would have set without my celebrating.  It is an excellent idea to proclaim a day in the calendar year to call attention to the noble sewing machine. To celebrate we're hosting a fabric giveaway.

 Here is a short bio-clip  about National Sewing Machine Dayfrom the National Day Calendar web page:

Observed annually , June 13 is National Sewing Machine Day.  This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.
Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was intended for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.  In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson’s model. 
  • Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
  • John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably. Imagine when part of the expected tasks of the household were to make all clothing by hand - or hire a dressmaker to do it , if one had the means.

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The enjoyment & satisfaction when sitting down to sew never leaves me, I adore quilting as a hobby and count my blessings that is now my occupation.  I think I don't take for granted the luxury of having a machine to use, to sew and make quilts (and garments and home-dec  things too sometimes).   But I probably do take it for granted. I love doing hand work too but hope I never have to be without a sewing machine.  I even have a working treadle, so if I ever get thrown off the grid, I can still sew (Thanks Aunt Carol).

The old treadle machine waiting to be put into action.

 I know many local friends and quilters who are as passionate about quilt making as I am. I can never get enough, I am quite addicted and I am pretty sure it's  contagious.  Here is the scientific proof: Ben, my husband of 34 years, retired from a lifetime of building bridges and sky-scrapers is now an avid quilter and works full-time at Rocking Chair Quilts.

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Please leave a comment on this blog post below and tell me a little bit about you and your sewing machine., and you'll be entered to win this:

Quill by 3 Sisters Bundle : 2 YARDS & 2 CHARMS PRIZE BUNDLE 

This yummy fabric is  Quill by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics  . Winner will be chosen at random from all entries.   CLICK HERE  to read the rules and sew on and sew forth. 

This yummy fabric is Quill by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics . Winner will be chosen at random from all entries.  CLICK HERE to read the rules and sew on and sew forth. 

Give Away has ended :) Congrats to Constance W. !

 

Comment area is below, share  a little bit about you and your sewing machine., and you'll be entered to win. Here are some questions to get you started

  • What machine do you sew and quilt on?
  • Is is your first machine, your last (a dream machine you finally got)?
  • Is it borrowed, inherited, antique or brand spanking new?
  • What to you love about it (or maybe you are mad at your sewing machine today)?

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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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CLICK HERE for Anabelle Short’s list of projects you can make with plastic coated fabrics.  Anabelle's list is where I found these 2 projects and so much more.  Please share what you made with the Swell Christmas collection  #swellchristamsfabrics on Instagram , or post photos on my FACEBOOK page and I will share it forward.

thanks for reading ☺ until we blog again be sure and take some time to Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol Detloff

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National Sew a Jelly Roll Day• SAVE THE DATE • September 16, 2017


Save the date: SEPTEMBER 16. 2017

F3


#projectjellyroll
Plan to visit Rocking Chair Qullts, in store & online to be a part of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day and to experience F3
Wait, what?
What is F3 ?
Wait a minute - that looks like math.
F3= fabric + fun + food

(OK, that still looks like math , but I think I like this kind of math) ☺ read on.........

Moda Fabrics / United Notions has designated the 3rd Saturday in September of every year as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day to encourage collectors to tear open a Moda Jelly Roll and make something for themselves, as a gift or for charity!  It can be a quilt or a tote bag, a pillowcase or something to wear, it doesn’t matter so long as we seize the day and celebrate the joy of being a maker. Share your day on social media with  #projectjellyroll . You might even win a prize!

Moda Fabrics / United Notions has designated the 3rd Saturday in September of every year as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day to encourage collectors to tear open a Moda Jelly Roll and make something for themselves, as a gift or for charity!  It can be a quilt or a tote bag, a pillowcase or something to wear, it doesn’t matter so long as we seize the day and celebrate the joy of being a maker. Share your day on social media with #projectjellyroll. You might even win a prize!

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ROCKINGCHAIRQUILTS.COM TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL SEW A JELLY ROLL DAY:

 

September 16th, come and party with us @  the Rocking Chair Quilts storefront in Grant Park, Illinois.

  • Door Prizes
  • Free Jelly Roll Patterns -  courtesy of Moda Fabrics
  • $ave on Jelly Rolls  
  • Snacks

If you are not nearby we'll offer the same enjoyment for our online friends:

  • Jelly Roll Giveaways (your online version of door prizes ☺)
  • Free downloadable Jelly Roll patterns- courtesy of Moda Fabrics
  • $ave on Jelly Rolls  in our online store
  • Snacks. So....maybe we can't send a snack through the interwebs, but we will share our jelly roll day recipes with you .
  • Plan your own event! If you can't visit a local shop that has an event, make plans, shake it down , roll it up, play and sew with friends.
    • -start planning with Moda's free checklist (download it below)

FABRIC+ FUN + FOOD = HOO-RAY!


At this writing, National Jelly Roll Day is still about a month away - but thanks to the folks at Moda, you can start planning for your Jelly Roll Day with this handy checklist: 


Stay Tuned: We will be hosting these events and have Jelly Roll "Specials" in store and online. To find out when things get started in September:

Like us on Facebook, subscribe to this blog below or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when these fun activities begin.

Moda has a website dedicated to #projectjellyroll.  CLICK HERE to visit.  It is SO pretty!

 

Thanks for reading - I hope you make some plans to join us , or plan your own jolly jelly event .

*Share photos of all your jelly doings with #projectjellyroll ON SOCIAL MEDIA

(and you may even win a prize - PROVIDED by Moda Fabrics United Notions)

Not on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? You can email your pictures to me and I will share them for you. EMAIL me here: Carol@RockingChairQuilts.com

Until we blog again, Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol


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#MODA FABRICS #AURIFIL Bright Day Fabric Bundle Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CONGRATULATIONS TO cAROL yATES! THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED, BE SURE TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG SO YOU WILL KNOW WHEN THE NEXT GIVEAWAY BEGINS.

Hello you beautiful bright bundle: 40 count fat quarters of Fiji Batiks from Moda Fabrics and 3 AURIFIL BIG SPOOLS of 50 wt MAKO COTTON MSRP $179.99 (yowsa)

Hello you beautiful bright bundle: 40 count fat quarters of Fiji Batiks from Moda Fabrics and 3 AURIFIL BIG SPOOLS of 50 wt MAKO COTTON MSRP $179.99 (yowsa)

We've had a fairly mild winter here, were we work and live at Rocking Chair Quilts. Not bitterly cold.  nor a great deal of snowfall, but I must say that the sunny days have been few and far between this season.

To brighten our moods and celebrate the sunny days that we do get to enjoy, we are hosting this giveaway of  a BRIGHT bundle of  Moda Fiji Batiks and AURIFIL threads.

Soon we'll be enjoying the early Spring and all the sunshine that  those days will bring.

While we wait for those bright days ahead, what could be better than busting open this colorful bundle and starting a cheerful quilt  (or two) ?

Leave a comment on this blog post to enter for a chance to win this prize .  You can submit even  MORE entries when you use the Raffle-copter widget (click inside the white box below).

This giveaway ends Friday, February 10th at 11:59 p.m. CST.

I ♥ AURIFIL

I ♥ MODA

To read All the usual rules that apply to our regular giveaways and  sew on and sew forth CLICK HERE

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROL YATES! THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED, BE SURE TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG SO YOU WILL KNOW WHEN THE NEXT GIVEAWAY BEGINS.

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 thank you so much for reading this and being a part of our giveaway.

Until we blog again take time out to Enjoy the Sew!®- Carol

 

 

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BE MY NEIGHBOR QUILT -A- LONG • WEEK 9 • #MODABEMYNEIGHBOR #QUILTMARKET

• WELCOME BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD • WEEK 9 •

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

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

I AM BLOGGIN' AT YOU FROM THE INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET IN HOUSTON TEXAS!  I AM MORE THAN JUST A LITTLE DISTRACTED BY ALL THE BEAUTY AND ACTIVITY THAT HAPPENS @ QUILT MARKET- SO PLEASE, LET ME KNOW IF I POSTED ANYTHING UPSIDE DOWN OR BACKWARDS. ☺ 

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 EIGHT YET, CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PATTERNS:


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 TENTH week starts Monday NOVEMBER 7th 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.


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 8

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

AMY EASTER

CONGRATULATIONS AMY!   you have won  our halloween bundle: 12 HAlloween fat quarters and just treats no tricks BOOK 


HERE'S THIS WEEK'S BLOCK:

BLOCK 9 : Italianate Revival

BLOCK NINE PATTERN DOWNLOAD

BLOCK NINE PATTERN DOWNLOAD


A NEW WEEK HAS BEGUN AND WE HAVE A NEW PRIZE TO OFFER.  READ ON:


GET A PHOTO OF THIS WEEK'S  HOUSE (BLOCK 9) TO ME BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, AT 12 NOON AND

YOU'LL BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS PRIZE.  


NEIGHBORHOOD PHOTO GALLERY

UPLOADS OF BLOCK 9 FROM QUILT-A-LONG PARTICIPANTS


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.

Get your FREE pattern, get your needle threaded and get sewing! I am looking forward to seeing all of the Be My Neighbor blocks this week! - Carol

Get your FREE pattern, get your needle threaded and get sewing! I am looking forward to seeing all of the Be My Neighbor blocks this week! - Carol


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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!

OPENING CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY*

 

*Giveaway ended on April 11, 2015

Party in the quilt shop!

Here is a glimpse of our shop entrance & some of the prizes in this weekends shop opening celebration.  We wanted to include all of our online customers in the fun .  We could not have come this far without your support.    Our vendors have been very generous donating prizes for all of you & we have sweetened the deal by adding some fun prize items from our shop too!

Enter online- Click on the white Rafflecopter box below and complete your entry.

Enter at the shop - If you are near us- come by on Friday and Saturday, April 10th & 11th to enter.

 

 

Contest ends Saturday April 11th, 2015 at midnight CST. 

This giveaway is open to all our international friends too!

Click inside the WHITE  box below to make your entry.