Demystifying Y-Seams

This morning I’ve invited Mary Ellen of the Quilt Mouse Blog to guest blog again.  Last fall we spent some stitching time together and made a number of videos.  I’ll let her tell you about that.

Good Morning!  I’m happy to be the guest blogger on Camelia’s Blog today.

Camelia and I met in 2008 at a Quilt Camp.  I was a beginning quilter having only been quilting for a year.  One of the best parts of attending a Quilt Camp or Retreat is meeting new people, making new friends and learning from each other.

We have a ‘long-distance’ quilt-y friendship since she lives in SW Virginia and I live in Maryland. The only times we get together are at Quilt Retreats or when we make our own Quilt Week! 

This is what we did last fall.  Having a number of projects we both needed to get done, we wanted some dedicated sewing time.  So, after several rescheduling issues, we finally were able to find a week we could get together. We spent a week using her living room as our sewing studio.

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We worked on some pattern testing, some tutorials, a number of pillowcases, quilt tops and more!

One project we worked on together was creating a few videos to share.  Today I would like to share with you one of the Tutorial Videos we made – Demystifying Y-Seams.

Have you made any Y-Seams, sometimes called Set-in Seams?  They can be confusing and frustrating.  I am a visual learner and it really helps to watch someone demonstrate a new process.

We hope that this video helps you understand Y-Seams.  I know, for me, if this isn’t something I’ve done in a while it helps to refresh the steps needed.

Some Breaking News:

For the past several issues, I have been a Block Tester for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring & Winter issues. This week they are having their Blog Tour to introduce some of the Blocks & Designers in the newest issue.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9 will be on news stands and in quilt shops Tuesday, May 6th.  I want to invite you back here tomorrow.  It is an exciting day!

Each day this week the Blog Tour highlights some of the 100 blocks and the designers were invited to share on their blogs, too.  Tomorrow, one of the designers that will be highlighted is Camelia!  Her block is #864 on Page 57, and a quilt she made using her block is featured on Page 18!

So, come back tomorrow and see the great unveiling of her new block!

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

Featured Quilter: Mary Ellen

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Mary Ellen has attended my quilting retreats since 2010.  She is my right hand woman and I appreciate her help!  She travels from Maryland to Southwest Virginia for the event.  She spends a considerable amount of time on charity quilts.  You would enjoy her quilting blog: QuiltMouse.

MEF portrait - Page 005Mary Ellen shows off her quilt that appeared in “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7” magazine (May 2013).   She is a tester for “Quiltmakers 100 Blocks” magazine.  Awesome job Mary Ellen!

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MEF portrait - Page 001At my Spring 2014 Quilt Retreat, Mary Ellen made a travel pillowcase to match her quilt.  For a Tutorial to make this pillowcase which appeared on my Blog – Click Here.

MEF landscape - Page 001What a great idea!  Mary Ellen uses beads with the same letter on the pattern piece to identify the correct fabric for each pattern piece.

MEF portrait - Page 003Block from the Fat Quarter Shop “Wishes Quilt Along” in support of the Make A Wish Foundation.

MEF landscape - Page 005Adorable bunny treat bags, just in time for Easter.  Mary Ellen stashes commemorative Easter eggs from the White House inside of her bunnies.

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Featured Quilter: Debbie

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Debbie has attended my quilting retreats since 2010. She is a longarm quilter and produces many amazing and intricate quilts. She makes so many beautiful bags and totes that I call her “the bag lady”. When I can’t think of a name for my patterns, she always thinks of something clever! She has named two of my patterns.

Debbie portrait - Page 002Wow – lots of work involved in this quilt.

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Debbie landscape - Page 001Debbie worked on this quilt during my past quilting retreat and showed us the finished product at this retreat.

Debbie landscape - Page 003Beautiful gray tone quilt.

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Featured Quilter: JoAnna

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

JoAnna first attended my quilting retreat in 2010 where she completed her first two quilts!

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Sneak Peak

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A while back, I designed and created an original quilt block and entered it into a contest with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. This is a contest for designers and entries were sent from across the US. I am thrilled to announce that my block was accepted! This is such an honor. The magazine will be on newsstands and in quilt shops on Tuesday, May 6 and is also available at Barnes and Noble.

For the price of one magazine, you will receive the patterns and directions for 100 quilt blocks. What an awesome deal! I was also accepted into a blog tour and my featured date is May 1. There will be great giveaways that may be of interest to you. Stayed tuned for more details.

Featured Quilter: Cindy

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

IMG_20140425_063918The Quilting Queens have arrived!  Debbie, Cindy and JoAnna traveled together from the Richmond area.

Cindy has attended my quilting retreats since 2010 and loves the retreat!  She traveled with two other friends from the Richmond area.  I saw seven different projects appear from her “magic bag of quilt tricks” during the retreat. Cindy portrait - Page 001

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Cindy Landscape - Page 002Cindy has worked on this quilt for years and finally finished it!

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