Posts Tagged ‘Stitched Buy’

Blast Off – Last Chance…

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Today is the last chance to get some free stuff. Check back on my previous posts and add a comment to any that you missed. Check out my fellow blog hoppers and leave comments on their posts too. Not all of them have chosen their winners yet! I’ll be choosing the grand prize winner sometime this evening. Why the vague timeframe? We have a new graduate in the house and it’s party time today!

Graduation was yesterday followed by an all night Grad Night. They all went to Massachusetts to a water park, then a roller rink/bowling alley and finally Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and returned in a zombie state to school at 6:30 this morning. Just enough time for a power nap before the afternoon parties start! So, sometime this evening when I get home I’ll be picking a winner.

 

Here is a list with links to the blog hoppers…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

Blast Off – Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Today’s guest blog hopper is Sandi Blackwell of Stitched Buy. Sandi is kept busy with her Craftsy classes, patterns, teaching and her stack of books. The most recent is pictured below. Sandi created the Square-agonals technique of making on-point quilts without all those pesky triangles. Simply sew squares and rectangles together, make a few well placed cuts, reassemble and…viola…on-point quilts. It’s pretty cool.

Sandi and I first met several years ago when she was doing bus trips and we made special arrangements for her guests at a quilt show where I was vending. Her guests got the star treatment in our booth and I got a great way to get folks into my booth, usually one of their first stops. It has worked wonderfully many times over the years. Big thank you to Sandi for helping me to create a great marketing strategy!

I had a chance to sit down with Sandi on my recent trip to Salt Lake City and catch up. Did we get a photo? No. But here we are in 2013 sneaking in some chit-chat amongst the crowds. We both had longer hair back then!

Sandi will also be the guest teacher for our April 2017 retreat. We’ll be together for a weekend…think we can manage to get a photo? Time will tell…

You can visit Sandi’s blog to see what she has going on and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway today. You can also find her at these social media locations:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/StitchedBuy
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/stitchedbuy/

Craftsy – Sandi Blackwell
Website – Stitched Buy

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Sandi’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

What’s for dinner tonight? I’m always looking for something healthy, tasty and (above all else) easy to prepare! Include instructions or a recipe for an extra entry for the grand prize drawing!

10…9…8…7…

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

It’s almost time for Blast Off!

Moose Droppings

Tomorrow begins the blog hop to send our new game for quilters into the stratosphere. If you’ve never done a blog hop here’s how it goes… Every day visit my blog to see who the guest blogger is for the day then head over to their blog to see what they’re up to. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave! Each guest will ask you to leave a comment on their blog too. They will be giving away a FREE game each day to one lucky commenter. That’s one winner every day! At the end of the Blast Off I will choose a winner from the weeks comments on my blog for a grand prize. Here’s what the grand prize winner will get…

blast off prize

Everything you need to have a great game night. Our new game, Quilter’s Block Party, a regular deck of cards in case you want to switch it up, a rustic cheese tray (perfect for members of my Moose Herd!), popcorn service, “fancy” plastic glasses with krazy straws, napkins (purple, of course), some mini trophies for your winners and a cute purple tote to hold it all together.

Quilters Block Party - Purple Set

We wanted to officially launch our game in a fun way and I’m so thankful that some of my quilty friends want to join in the fun. Please see our previous post to learn all about our game.

OK, I can’t stand it…here’s the schedule of who you’ll get to visit…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

 

You’ll get to meet some amazing quilters and see what they’re up to. I know two of them are currently doing a quilt-along and the rest have fun things to share too.  I have the best friends EVER! So…come on back each day for your shot at prizes and a visit with someone really awesome. It’s so much fun to hang out with the cool quilters!

 

Book Review & Giveaway

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

One of the perks of knowing so many talented quilt artists is that they will occasionally ask me to review their book. It’s always a treat – and sometimes I get to see the book before the rest of the world! I feel so special. (Send in my hand maidens with fans, I’m feeling flushed.) Today that honor comes from my friend Sandi Blackwell.

 

Sandi has made a name for herself by coming up with a technique to create quilts with on-point blocks without all that messy math to figure out the setting triangles. She calls this technique Square-agonals. This is her fourth (yes, 4th!) book using this technique. There is a little blurb in the book that explains the precise math involved to make this technique work but I skipped it. It’s not for the faint of heart to read and is ABSOLUTELY not required to know in order to make these designs. That’s the beauty of Sandi’s methods. I luv people like her!

Basically, you sew some squares and pieced blocks together, do a little slice and dice, give ’em a spin and sew the pieces back together. Then…viola…you have blocks on point. It’s magic. Depending on exactly where you put your initial blocks creates different finished projects. Sandi expertly explains (in both wording and pictures) where to place those blocks, how to make those slices and what the final outcome will be. This book has 6 different projects and each has 3 different design options. That’s 18 different possibilities in one book. There are 2 runners and 4 quilts (lap to queen size). I’m torn between the Babbaloo Quilt which has a modern flair and is in one of my favorite color combos teal/lime green or the Lightning Quilt which is pictured on the cover…or maybe I’ll start with the Legacy For Patti Runner which would be stunning in fall colors, oh but there’s one with stars too…sigh…guess I have to make them all…

You can check out Sandi’s website Stitched Buy to get more info. She also has a couple of free patterns there so you can try the technique and see how easy it is.  How cool is that, you can try before you buy! You can also check out Sandi’s Craftsy classes, hear her podcast with Pat Sloan and more.

Sandi will also be a guest teacher at our April 2017 retreat. We don’t have details yet (it’s over a year away!) but we are taking pre-registration names if you want to be the first to know. Just drop us an email and let us know you want on the list. Retreat Info

You can also get the book for FREE right here. Yup, I’m giving one away! Simply leave a comment here on the blog telling me what your favorite color combo is for quilting. I will randomly pick one on Thursday December 17th at midnight. OK, ok…so I probably won’t pick it at midnight…more like first thing Friday morning but you know what I mean!

Ready, set….comment!

Have you discovered Square-agonals®?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

OK, so I am trying desperately to convince myself that I’m not getting the nasty head cold that hubby just got rid of. I’m not being very convincing though… So we’re going to have a guest blogger this week instead of my ramblings. Take it away Sandi…

 
“Square-agonals®; A New Angle on Quilting”
A new quilt book – a new technique
by: Sandi Blackwell

 

Square-agonals® is my easy technique for creating diagonal set/on point quilts without the extra work of cutting corner and setting triangles or doing math calculations.

How is it done? Your quilt top design is pieced together in rows of squares (these squares can be pieced, appliqued, directional or plain depending on your final design). The quilt top is then starched, marked with two specific cutting lines and then cut into three sections. Prior to cutting, the three sections are marked with numbered arrows and cutting guide tape. The three sections are then reassembled in a new configuration. The result is your finished design in a diagonal setting. Just add borders to complete your quilt top. All sizes of blocks and quilts can use this new technique. The secret of the finished quilt is the sewing and cutting layouts for each design.

My book “Square-agonals®; A New Angle on Quilting“, by Landauer Publishing, explains in detail the Square-agonals® process through a variety of fourteen projects. The projects range from table runners to full size quilts, with or without sashing. They are simple basic projects, but they will give you the opportunity to create a variety of exciting new designs that will look far more complicated. I have also released a new line of Square-agonals® Patterns, all new and based on my technique. Each pattern gives you three size options. I am also working on two new Square-agonals® books.

Come visit my website, www.stitchedbuy.com for complete instructions of a free new Square-agonals® pattern, “Simply Square-agonals™”. It is a table mat/topper design with instructions for two sizes and is an easy pattern to teach you the Square-agonals® technique.

Sandi Blackwell
March 2012
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