Saturday, September 25, 2010

Birthday Party and Quilt Giveaway!

We just held our drawing for our 10 quilt giveaway!  Our classroom was turned into party central!  Sarah made us a fabulous cake pop birthday cake - she's so talented.

Some of our winners were in the shop to receive their quilts!

Michele Gluckman
Wendy Hackward

Michelle Gowen

Tana Campbell
Melissa Henderson
Joanne Migon

P.A. Hansen
Other winners include:
Lee Ann Turninsky
Nancy Smith
Carol Cornett

Congratulations to all the lucky ladies!

Groovy Girls Club Meeting #2

Our 2nd Groovy Girls Sewing Club meeting is this Monday evening (September 27) from 6-7:30pm!

The theme this month is "travel" - we have a new bag pattern to share with you and several new techniques to show you!

Meeting fee is $10 - there's still plenty of room for you if you'd like to attend.  Give us a call at (972) 562-2686 to reserve your seat.

See you on Monday!

Birthday Bash Specials - Final Day!

Today is officially our 10th birthday, and it is the last day of our weeklong Birthday Bash.  The party starts at 3pm with our Ten Quilt Giveaway!  Sarah will be baking, so you know it's gonna be good.

Today's specials are:
**  10% off all Fat Quarters  **
With over 14,000 fat quarters in stock, there's a style and a flavor for everyone.

Today's free pattern is Serpentine:
This modern quilt uses 2 charm packs, a background and a border.  Free-style cutting makes this quilt a snap to piece.

We've had a great birthday week, and I want to thank every one of you for being part of our family.  Ten years is a long time and we're just getting started!  The best is yet to come, and we're tickled pink that you will be with us!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Birthday Bash Specials - Day 5

The week is almost over - and we have had a great time seeing both old and new friends!  There's still time to get your name in the bucket for our big quilt giveaway tomorrow!  TEN QUILTS will be given away!  Wouldn't you like to win one?

Friday's Specials are:
** 10% off all Kits **

Today's free quilt pattern is Almost Insane:

This is one of those "slow burner" quilts:  it uses every last little scrap you have and you build it over time.  But it's certainly a stunner when it's finished!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Birthday Bash Specials - Day 4

The week is halfway over!  It's been great so far, but we still have a lot more fun to come.

Here are Thursday's Specials:

**  10% off all Patterns  **

The free pattern giveaway for the day is Trip to McKinney.

This child-sized quilt is quick and easy.  Plus, if you've never set a quilt on point, this is a great quilt to practice on because there's no variation in block size and it's small enough to finish quickly.

See you at the shop!  And, don't forget, our online friends get the discount too!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good Morning Texas

Well, we survived our television debut this morning!  We were invited to appear on Good Morning Texas, which is a local lifestyle show that follows Good Morning America.  Here's the backstage dope.

We arrived at 8am; the show airs live at 9am.  The studio is located in Victory Park in downtown Dallas, just outside the American Airlines arena where the Stars and the Mavericks play.  The unmanned lobby (which is really not much more than a vestibule with a couple of chairs) was beginning to fill up with all the day's guests.  Within minutes, one of the cameramen/producers came out and called for us to set up our prop table in the studio.  While we were setting up, the local weatherman (Greg Fields) was in front of a green screen doing the weather after the local anchor finished doing news cut-ins.  All of this was taking place in roughly a 20' x 30' room.

Susan and Sarah at the prop table 
After setting up, we went into the break room right outside the studio.  Greg Fields was sitting on the sofa taking a catnap!  I guess in between cut-ins, he doesn't have much to do, and there's no telling what time he has to report to the studio in the mornings for the local news.  I'd take a catnap too!

We were supposed to present pillowcases to Lynne Sipiora of The Samaritan Inn, but we received word that she was involved in an auto accident on her way down.  So now, we had to rearrange the shot.  We spoke with Paige, our host, and reviewed our materials.  She was just the sweetest - so down to earth and friendly!!  We found out that we were scheduled during the first segment of the show; no time to get any more nervous than we already were!

Lynne arrived at the studio, but it was too late to squeeze her in.
Susan, Lynne, and Bridgette from LuckyU PR
Before we knew it, it was time to go into the studio.  We were set up 8 feet away from the first guest.  Kinda weird to be standing that close to live TV.  The next guest was filmed outside while they turned the camera around and prepared for us.  Paige was right there with us being calm and reassuring, and then BAM! we were on!  Probably the fastest 3 minutes of my life!  While we were filming, Nanci was outside taking photos of us on the Jumbotron on the AA Center.  How cool is that?

We then packed up all our props, visited with Paige a little longer, and headed to our car.  We were back on the highway by 9:30.  The funny thing is, I started shaking once we got to the car.  PTSD??

It was a great experience.  It was interesting to see how they utilize such a relatively small space for a variety of guests and setups.  I still feel like a dork, but apparently we did a decent job.  Who knows?  Perhaps they'll invite us back!

If you didn't see the show, you can watch our story here.

Birthday Bash Specials - Day 3

The fun continues!  If you haven't been in yet this week, we still have something for you!  We have a fabulous trunk show by Kathy Brown of The Teacher's Pet - TEN quilts from her Take 5 book!  Wednesday's special is:

**  10% all Yardage **

Today's Free Pattern:  In-Spur-Ation

This quilt features a surprise on the back - a pieced backing using 2 leftover blocks!

Also, don't forget to tune into Good Morning, Texas [WFAA] this morning at 9am to see us present pillowcases to The Samaritan Inn!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TQA is Going to Be on Tee-Vee!!!

Can you believe it?  Susan and Sarah will be guests of Good Morning Texas (WFAA -Channel 8) tomorrow morning at 9am!  We'll be talking about the current trends in quilting and sewing and we'll feature our participation in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge.  We'll even present pillowcases to a representative of The Samaritan Inn on air!

So, Dallas-area peeps, don't forget to set your DVRs.  I just hope we don't look too terribly dorky.......  Wish us luck!

Birthday Bash Specials - Day 2

The Birthday Bash continues!  Here are the specials for Tuesday:

**  10% all Threads  **

Free Pattern:  PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Quilt

This little quilt is our take on a "rag" quilt - just straight seams and no quilting required!  Great for the new seamstress, a lightweight cover-up, or a toddler's drag-along blankie!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Birthday Bash Specials - Day 1

It's finally time for our week-long celebration of our 10th birthday!  Here are Monday's specials:

**  10% off ALL Books!  **

Free Pattern:  Just A Jelly Roll - Checkerboard

Remember, we're giving away 10 quilts on Saturday!  For every $10 in merchandise that you spend, you will receive an entry into our drawing!

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Hot Dog" Pillowcase Tutorial

The Quilt Asylum is proudly participating in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting.  We are collecting pillowcases through the end of the year benefitting The Samaritan Inn - Collin County's only homeless shelter.

Pillowcases are a great way to clean out your stash, teach a novice seamstress how to sew, or coordinate your bedroom linens with your quilts.  Our "Hot Dog" pillowcase method will have you making professional looking pillowcases with no raw edges in only 3 seams!

Materials Required:
3/4 yd focus fabric for body of pillowcase
1/8 yd (cut to 2" x WOF) for optional accent trim
1/4 yd fabric for cuff

If you are adding the optional accent trim, cut a 2" x WOF strip and press in half with wrong sides together.

On your table, layer your cuff fabric face up [this is the "bun"], the optional trim strip with the raw edges toward the top, and your pillowcase fabric face down.  If you are using a directional print, make sure you pin the BOTTOM of the fabric.  The left side of this photo shows the layers in the proper order.  The right side shows all the layers even and pinned along the top edge.  Don't worry about the selvedges.  We'll take care of that later.  Just line up everything even on the left side and let the right side be uneven.

Roll or fold up the pillowcase body fabric [this is the hot dog], stopping just below the pin points along the top edge, leaving the cuff fabric flat on the table.

Bring the lower edge of the cuff fabric up to the pinned edge and pin all 4 layers together (cuff, trim, body, cuff), making sure that your "hot dog" is out of the way of the pinned seam. 

This is what your rolled up and pinned "hot dog" should look like.  Take your "hot dog" to your machine and sew the raw edge with a 1/4" seam.

Once you have sewn your cuff/trim/body seam, you'll need to turn it right side out.  Pull the cuff fabric with your left hand while pulling out the body fabric with your right hand.  Once everything is right side out, you will have a completely enclosed cuff seam.

Press the cuff flat with your iron, keeping the trim pointed towards the body of the pillowcase.

If you chose to include the optional trim piece, and you want to topstitch it down - now is the time. 

Now you need to clean up the selvedge edges.  On your cutting mat, fold your pillowcase in half matching the raw edge of the pillowcase body to the folded edge of the cuff.  Cut the selvedges off both sides.

It's time to sew the first part of a French seam.  This will encase the raw edges of your pillowcase.  Fold your pillowcase in half lenthwise [wrong sides together}, and sew the edge and the bottom with a 1/4" seam, pivoting in the corner.

Trim the corners and turn your pillowcase wrong side out.  Press the folds of the seams.

Sew a 3/8"or 1/2" seam over the original 1/4" seam, again pivoting in the corner, making sure that you are completely enclosing the original 1/4" seam allowance.

Voila!  You're finished!  Turn your pillowcase right side out and press!

Wasn't that easy???

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Birthday Bash!

It's gonna be fun.......

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More Pillowcases

Wow!  Beverly Jensen brought in 32 pillowcases for our part in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge benefitting the Samaritan Inn here in Collin County.

Beverly says that she's not done yet - I can't wait to see what's next!

Give Beverly a big round of applause!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What's The Name?

Does anybody know the name for this block? Or would like to suggest a name for this block? I've written a pattern using it, and I don't know what to call it! Help me, please!!! If I use your idea, I'll give you a prize!

** Edited 9/13/10:  The winning name is In-Spur-Ation.  If you commented/suggested an idea, send me an e-mail and I'll send you a free copy of the pattern!