Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sew Alongs & Clubs Happening NOW!


sew alongs and clubsThe online sewing & quilting community is my favorite. There's always something new & exciting happening to connect and inspire us to SEW! Here are just a few of the exciting new SEW ALONGS & CLUBS happening NOW. This small little group is full of variety -- there's an online quilt group, mini quilt club, national sewing month series, block of the month, quilt along based on a book, and a back of the month club! Because no size fits all in quilting, there is something for everyone here! The only way you can explore new techniques and have different sewing experiences is to surround yourself with great clubs, groups and sew alongs. We are so excited to have teamed up so you are introduced to others who we love and follow also. 

It's time for you to explore and start sewing! You'll find a quick description of what each is all about followed by a link for more info on signing up or sewing along. Have fun!   


Sew Along & clubs -- you should totally join!

canoeridge

Mini Quilt Club by Canoe Ridge Creations- Join Megan (that's ME!) at Canoe Ridge Creations for Round 5 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club - Starting August 1st, 2015! Over the course of six months Fresh Mini Quilt Club members will receive six fresh, modern mini quilt patterns on the 1st of each month -- they'll all be a surprise, yay! Each mini quilt will measure between 18" & 24", along one side, making them a quick & easy project. Whether you have been wanting to give quilting a try, or have been it it for years, this mini quilt club is for you! 

HOW DOES IT WORK? On the 1st of each month, club members will receive a fresh, modern mini quilt pattern right in their inbox. This easy-to-follow & printable pattern will come complete with color diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Remember, each new design will be a surprise!
WHY MINI QUILTS? Mini quilts are quick + easy projects, they don't take large amounts of fabric (budget friendly, yay!), are great for trying out new quilting techniques, and look great in your home!
WHO SHOULD JOIN? Everyone! Each mini quilt design will feature basic patchwork techniques -- perfect for beginners & the more advanced quilter.

More info- click here! www.canoeridgecreations.com


patchwork posse quilt group
Online Quilt Group by Patchwork Posse - The online quilt group is similar to your local quilt guilds. We provide you with full access to a community & forum with monthly exclusive patterns- including Block of the Months, Sew Alongs, swaps, and guest designers and more! You will have access to the group – any time, any where! We are open 24/7 so you can check in, share, print and participate around your personal busy schedule. This yearly quilt group is designed to expand your sewing and quilting skills, introduce you to designers from around the world, and provide a community to share and be inspired. How does it work? Register for $35.00 for one year. After purchase you have access to a private Facebook group and to all the patterns for one full year (from date of purchase) PLUS, there is something new in the group weekly- chat, patterns, guest, and more. Love to sew, share, chat? You're just what we need in our online quilt group! Come join the fun! 

More info- click here! www.quilt-group.com

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quilterchiccombo The Hey Mama! Sew Along by Quilt Chic is a free quilt block of the month program. We are on block 9, but all of the patterns are available for pdf download. I will also be including finishing instructions for the quilt. This is for any level of quilter, from beginning on up. Join me for the Hey Mama! quilting sew along! A fun, free block of the month in which you can still participate.

More info- click here! www.quilterchic.com

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think big amy

Think Big Sew Along- by Amy Ellis is all about making the quilt you want to make! There’s 10 blocks in the book, all 18”, which makes for a fast finish no matter how big or small. Amy will walk you through all the math so you can make the right quilt for you whether a pillow or king size bed quilt! She's hosting a quilt-along starting next week (August 3rd) with three of the blocks included in the book so we can be creative together. I’ll be sharing all my tips for making these blocks and hopefully learn something new from all you too! Ready to Think Big? Stop by! Think Big with super sized quilt blocks, and quilt along with Amy.


More info- click here! http://amyscreativeside.com

Stitching_Blue_GinaCabrera

back of the month club lee

Back of the month with May Chappell - Want to design interesting quilt backs? Sometimes they’re as much fun as the front. May Chappell's new club called Back of the Month is like a block of the month for quilt backs! Each month, you'll get a pdf outlining a quilt back design idea. Each will focus on a way to design an interesting back, bringing elements from the front (and using all those scraps!). Since obviously quilt backs are all different sizes, there will be lots of information about sizing things and applying the designs based on what you have. Here are the details: On the 15th of each month, you’ll get an email from Send Owl to download a pdf. The subscription lasts for 6 months and is only $12. You have until August 14 to join. You’ll automatically receive Month One when you sign up! Come join the fun!! Learn creative ways to design your quilt backs with May Chappell's Back of the Month Club! 


More info- click here! www.maychappell.com

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heather

National Sewing Month Series by The Sewing Loft- Love fabric scraps but not sure what to make? Well, The Sewing Loft has you covered!
During National Sewing Month they are shifting gears and focusing on all things scraps. There will be challenges, projects, storage solutions and SO many creative ideas. And I almost forget to mention, one mother load of a giveaway to help keep your needle moving! It's shaping up to be one massive party.
Love fabric scraps but not sure what to make? The Sewing Loft has you covered! Check out all the fantastic things they have in store for you during National Sewing Month! 

More info- click here! www.thesewingloft.com

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Fresh Mini Quilt Club | ROUND 5 SIGN UPS!

Fresh Mini Quilt Club | Round 2
It's that time again -- the next round of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club starts August 1st, 2015! Sign up right here! Tons of you joined in on the first 4 rounds -- THANK YOU -- and I'm looking forward to sharing SIX NEW mini quilts with you starting August 1st, 2015. If you are new my blog and/or are wondering how this 6-month mini quilt club works, here are all the details!

REGISTER NOW AND SAVE! Early registration starts now for only $19.99 (regular price $24.99)

Over the course of six months Fresh Mini Quilt Club members will receive six fresh, modern mini quilt patterns on the 1st of each month -- they'll all be a surprise, yay! Each mini quilt will measure between 18" & 24", along one side, making them a quick & easy project. Whether you have been wanting to give quilting a try, or have been it it for years, this mini quilt club is for you!

:: JOIN TODAY ::

HOW DOES IT WORK?
On the 1st of each month, club members will receive a fresh, modern mini quilt pattern right in their inbox. This easy-to-follow & printable pattern will come complete with color diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Remember, each new design will be a surprise!

WHY MINI QUILTS?
Mini quilts are quick + easy projects, they don't take large amounts of fabric (budget friendly, yay!), are great for trying out new quilting techniques, and look great in your home! 

WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Everyone! Each mini quilt design will feature basic patchwork techniques -- perfect for beginners & the more advanced quilter.  

HOW DO I JOIN?
Purchase your membership right here!
Please note, the monthly mini quilt patterns will be sent to your pay-pal address.

CAN I JOIN AT ANYTIME?
You bet! If you sign up after August 1st you'll receive the previous months' patterns within 2 business days. 

Here are just a few of the mini quilts from previous rounds!

Fresh Mini Quilt Club | July 2013Fresh Mini Quilt Club | August 2013FMQC Round 2: OctoberFresh Mini Quilt Club | StixFresh Mini Quilt Club | April 2013Fresh Mini Quilt Club | June 2013IMG_3466 If you have any other questions email me at megan [at] canoeridgecreations [dot] com. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Megan.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Oh Scrap! | Scrappy Chain Quilt Layout Options

Hello, again!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your kind words on social media, e-mail, and right here on the blog regarding yesterday's tutorial! Spreading the love of sewing & quilting as always been my goal and it makes my heart sing when others get just as excited about a new quilt as I do. :) 

As promised, today I'm suggesting a few basic layout options for your blocks in four basic square designs. Remember that this is just a guideline to start with, feel free to adapt your layout however YOU like! Let's get started.


3 Blocks x 3 Blocks | 32" x 32"
For this layout you'll need 5 BLOCK As & 4 BLOCK Bs


5 Blocks x 5 Blocks | 53" x 53"
For this layout you'll need 13 BLOCK As & 12 BLOCK Bs


7 Blocks x 7 Blocks | 74" x 74"
For this layout you'll need 25 BLOCK As & 24 BLOCK Bs

9 Blocks x 9 Blocks | 95" x 95"
For this layout you'll need 41 BLOCK As & 40 BLOCK Bs

Alright, now let's really have some fun! I put together 3 alternate ways to put the blocks together. I think you'll see that with a little creativity and turning on the blocks, you can quickly make all new designs!




I especially like the first alternate layout option myself. Don't be afraid to turn your quilt into your own unique design!

Now get busting those scraps. Don't forget to share your progress on social media using #ohscrap, #scrappychain, and #canoeridgecreations.

Happy Sewing!
Megan

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Oh Scrap! | Scrappy Chain Tutorial


Hello, friends!

We recently made a move (for Brandon's job) about 200 miles south of where we'd been living, now to the middle of Iowa. In the 3 weeks we had to pack everything and move, I made it a point to get my sewing room picked up and (more importantly!) organized. With that came dealing with my scraps. I'll admit, I have a love/hate relationship with scraps. Most of that hate came from not having all the scraps in one place & especially from them not being organized. When we actually made the move I had 3 -- yes THREE -- large plastic totes FULL of scraps. What the what?! It just proved that my scraps are out.of.control. With all that being said, I'm on a mission to use up my scraps!

So I officially welcome you to a new blog series called Oh Scrap! I'll be sharing different tutorials, tips & tricks all about -- you guessed it -- SCRAPS. I sure hope you'll join along -- please share your scrap love using #ohscrap on social media so we can all cheer each other on!

Now fast forward to this past week, I won a scrap bundle from 1canoe2 on Instagram. Yay, even more scraps! I met Beth at this past Quilt Market in Minneapolis and I love, love, LOVE their new collection, Tucker Prairie, with Moda Fabrics. I mean buy all the fabric, make all the things kind of love. So naturally, I was beyond thrilled when the package arrived in the mail. You may have seen my picture I shared on Instagram & Facebook


That's when the Scrappy Chain design was born -- I loved it so much that I decided to put together a tutorial for you all! This is a fast & easy way to bust through some scraps and have fun along the way. Let's get started!



For this quilt, you'll need:
- Background Fabric
- Accent Fabric
- Assorted Scraps (at least 2" square)

This quilt uses two different block designs, we are going to call them Block A & Block B. First up, let's look at Block A.


For BLOCK A, you'll need:
- 33 scrappy squares, each measuring 2" x 2"
- 12 accent fabric squares, each measuring 2" x 2"
- 4 background fabric squares, each measuring 2" x 2"

Layout your block using the flowing diagram as a guide, first sewing your squares into rows. Then the rows into a finished BLOCK A. Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance & press seams as desired. With something like this, I prefer to press my seams in alternating directions. It makes for nested seams & perfectly matching points. 

Finished BLOCK A measures 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" (unfinished 11" x 11").



For BLOCK B, you'll need:
- 4 scrappy squares, each measuring 2" x 2"
- 8 accent fabric squares, each measuring 2" x 2"
- 2 background fabric rectangles, each measuring 2" x 5"
- 2 background fabric rectangles, each measuring 2" x 8"
- 1 background fabric rectangle, measuring 5" x 11"

Layout your block using the flowing diagram as a guide, first sewing your pieces into rows. Then the rows into a finished BLOCK B. Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance & press seams as desired.

Finished BLOCK B measures 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" (unfinished 11" x 11").


The overall layout of the quilt alternates between these two blocks -- Block A & Block B. Pretty easy, huh?

I've already whipped up a few blocks and am loving the process so far! Want in on a little secret that I like to use when starting a new project? Finish a block (or in this case two), take a picture of them using your phone, and then use a mosaic app to get a sneak peek on what the final layout is going to look like -- I use PicFrame on my iPhone! 

Now let's talk layouts & size. I'll be back tomorrow with a few images and cutting requirements for several different sizes -- mini quilt on up! -- but ultimately, it's up to you. I hope you find this design easy to adapt to what ever fabric scraps (or stash!) you want. 

Please share, share, SHARE your progress pictures -- scrap/fabric pulls, cutting, whatever you like! -- using #ohscrap, #scrappychain, and #canoeridgecreations. Let's cheer each other on and bust through some scraps!

xoxo, Megan 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Wedding Quilt

It has been quite some time since I blogged -- months & months, actually. So many life changes have happened, I'm actually unsure as to where to start. Let's start with the big stuff first, I'M GETTING MARRIED. This past Christmas Eve, Brandon proposed in my parent's backyard under our favorite apple tree. The entire thing was perfection! My dad, mom, and sister all helped with the decorations and I couldn't be more grateful for the pictures my sister snapped while the actual proposal happened. They will be treasured for years to come!



We will be getting married this fall in our hometown in Northeast Iowa -- just a little less than five months away. With the big day fast approaching, there's been all sorts of fun wedding plans in the works and a wedding quilt, of course! I've wanted to make a traditional double wedding ring quilt for quite sometime. It seems like a "right of passage" quilt -- if I can take on the Double Wedding Ring (and live to talk about it!), I can take on any quilt. Right?!

All of the fabrics I chose were pulled from my stash (which is officially out of control, but that's for another post & another day). About 95% of the fabrics I'm using come from previous Denyse Schmidt collections, I'd call it a happy accident -- although it seems that our wedding colors are fitting in perfectly with Chicopee. Which also happens to be my favorite Denyse Schmidt collection. A girl likes what a girl likes, I suppose!








I'm using the FREE Double Wedding Ring pattern & paper piece templates from Free Spirit and so far, so good! I really like using the paper piece method to create the arches used in each of the double wedding ring blocks, it makes for perfect piecing every time. So far I'm about half way through sewing the arches and loving every minute of it. I have learned a few little tricks along they way, but that'll have to wait for another day. 

Have any of you made the double wedding ring pattern? I'd love any tips & tricks you'd be willing to pass along. Leave a comment below or feel free to send a note via e-mail (megan AT canoeridgecreations DOT com). 

Happy Sewing!
xo, Megan