Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Telecast Thursday on a Wednesday

Hi everyone:
I know it's a day early, but I wanted to send this post out before Christmas. 

As Christmas Day falls on a Thursday this year and New Year's Day will also be on a Thursday next year (yes, it will be 2015 then!), I didn't want to interrupt your holiday celebrations with a quilting video. I'm sure that you are visiting with friends and enjoying the season with relatives. I hope you're taking a break from your normal routines and deadlines. I'll be doing the same thing, so I've put Telecast Thursday on hold until next year. 

You can catch up with Telecast Thursday on January 8, 2015 when a new video will be published.

I wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday season and hope you get some quilty goodies from Santa.
Christmas Kitty by Jamie Hirst for Chatterbox Quilts

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Craftsy Best of 2014 class sale

Hi everyone:
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Okay, you've been a good girl - you've made all the gifts for your favourite people, you've got 12 different kinds of Christmas goodies in your freezer and your house is decorated from top to bottom - you deserve a treat! How about a Craftsy class at $19.99 or less? Sounds like a great deal to me!


From December 20th all the way through Christmas, Craftsy is having the Best of 2014 Sale! ALL classes are on sale for only $19.99 or less. Shop now to stock up and save.

Once you enroll you'll own your Craftsy classes forever, so you can watch them at your pace in the comfort of your home, anytime. Hurry, offer expires 12/25/14 at 11:59 PM MT

Now you can put your feet up with a cup of tea and learn something new. You deserve it!

Note: I am a Craftsy affiliate and will be compensated if you purchase an item through the above links. Thank you!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Telecast Thursday - Singer 301 Sewing Machine

Hi everyone:

I hope you enjoyed last week's look at some of the vintage sewing machine stools that I have in my collection. It's a good thing that Teeka and Charlie approve of them or I suppose I'd be looking for some other ones that fit their strict standards!

This week I'll be showing you one of my estate sale finds. Yes, I also find sewing machines there occasionally. This machine is a bit different from my previous ones as it has a more industrial look to it, but the cabinet and the condition of the machine are immaculate! I can't believe I almost passed this one up.

You can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

If you haven't seen the other episodes in this series, you can find them here

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Happy quilting!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Telecast Thursday - New Videos in Kim's Vintage Sewing Machines series

Hi everyone:

Welcome to Telecast Thursday! This week I'm sharing a very technical vintage sewing machine video with you. I actually had to bring in some experts for this one!

You can view this video below or on my Youtube channel

I'd love to know if you have "help" in choosing your sewing machines and accessories.

If you haven't seen the other episodes in this series, you can find them here

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Happy quilting!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas 2014 Embroidered Ornament Tutorial

Hi everyone:

If you're looking for a quick Christmas gift this year, you'll love this idea! It's simple and fast and so easy to personalize. 
Christmas 2014 Ornament
While I hand embroidered a snowflake to my ornament, you could certainly choose to use the recipient's initial, a word, such as Joy or Peace, or even "Christmas 2014". If you do want to stitch a snowflake, just download my FREE Snowflake Brrr design and use the smaller snowflake design in it.

If you still have some time after making the Christmas ornament, you might want to tackle the Snowflake Brrr design and create a pillow or wall hanging with it. I know you'll have time to create that project too!

Snowflake Brrr design by Chatterbox Quilts
But let's not get ahead of ourselves: let's learn how to make the Christmas 2014 ornament first!

You'll need:

  • Two pieces of fabric - one for the front and one for the back. I used squares that were about 8" each.
  • A piece of ribbon or rickrack about 6" long for the hanger. I chose a piece of coordinating rickrack.
  • A piece of heavy fusible web, just slightly smaller than the fabric pieces.
  • A CD, bowl or jar lid - something to trace the circle that will be the finished size of your ornament. I used a CD and found it was perfect for the size I wanted.

Trace the circle onto the right side of one of the fabric pieces. I used a Frixion pen so I could easily remove the traced line later. 

After tracing the circle, I embroidered the snowflake inside the circle, centering the design in the circle.
Snowflake embroidered inside the circle
After I finished tracing the design, I layered the fabric pieces together and cut out along the traced circle with pinking shears. I also cut out a circle from the fusible web with regular scissors, making sure this circle was just a bit smaller than the fabric ones.

Finally, a use for my pinking shears!

Front and back fabrics all cut pinked out
Layer the ornament as follows: back fabric, wrong side up; ribbon or rickrack, folded in half with raw edges in; fusible web; top embroidered fabric. Fuse the ornament together, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Layered up and ready to be fused
Hang your ornament and enjoy! (You did make one for yourself, didn't you?)

All finished and hanging in my house already
If you have additional time, consider adding some embellishments to the ornament. A running stitch or maybe even some beading all around the edge would be lovely (why didn't I think of that when I did this ornament?!). There are lots of ways to jazz up this little decoration. 

I had fun creating this ornament and it only took an hour to whip up.

I hope you'll try stitching your own embroidered Christmas ornament and would love to see your creations.

Happy quilting!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Telecast Thursday - Got 15 Minutes? Episode 10

Hi everyone:

Welcome to Telecast Thursday and the final episode in the "Got 15 Minutes?" video series. This week we're going to be finishing off this series by using our scissors. In 15 minutes a day, you can cut out fusible web appliqué shapes to help advance your project. You may even be able to cut out all the shapes for a project. If not, I'll show you what to do with the ones you have been able to cut out.

You can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.
If you haven't seen the other episodes in this series, you'll can find them hereSubscribe to my Youtube channel to receive automatic notifications when new videos are posted. You can also click on the Chatterbox Quilts logo in the top right corner of the video to subscribe. 

I hope you've enjoyed this video series and found the ideas helpful. I also hope that you've actually been able to use some of your 15 minutes a day to accomplish just a little bit more on your latest quilting or crafting project.

If you have any other suggestions for using just 15 minutes a day to work on a WIP, please leave a comment below.

Happy quilting!

Monday, December 1, 2014

30th Anniversary Celebration in Beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada

Hi everyone:

First a warning: this post may be offensive to some quilters as it doesn't contain any quilting information or photos. If you dare read on, don't say you weren't warned...

A few weeks ago we went to Banff, Alberta to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We stopped in Canmore, Alberta at The Sugar Pine Company, the local quilt shop, which just happened to have demos going that day and 10% off storewide. (Okay, this is the only quilting reference in this blogpost). I did buy just a few things that I absolutely needed or will need for a future project, I'm sure. After lunch, we heading into Banff to the Rimrock Resort Hotel. I'm told that the Rimrock has a gorgeous view of the mountains, but the fog was so thick that we couldn't see anything but the trees (no, not the forest either). 
View from our room at the Rimrock Resort Hotel - lots of fog and snow
We spent some time shopping in town and had a wonderful dinner at Melissa's Missteak, a Banff institution. The next morning we headed up to the Cave and Basin to look around and snap a few pictures. 
View from the top of the Cave and Basin
We also went into the Banff Indian Trading Post and I picked up a few souvenirs and some Christmas presents. 
Totem pole outside the Banff Indian Trading Post
No, I didn't bring home any of these for Christmas gifts
I remember going there when I was very young (just a few years ago!) and wondered if the merman was still there. Yes, he was and looked as scary as ever! 
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After this it was a quick trip to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - just behind the Prime Minister and the President of France - and then home. 
Just missed lunch with the dignitaries at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Of course the day we were returning was gorgeous and sunny so we stopped to take some photos on the way back. 

Since that week-end, it's been back to quilting, filming and editing for an upcoming project. I've got big news to share but I can't let the cat out of the bag yet. I'm hoping that I'll be able to let you in on the secret very soon...

Happy quilting!