Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Themed Quilts and Life's Big Events!

Our machines have had quite the workouts!!
We're so excited about our new patterns that will be available the first part of November. Yay!!   

Here are a few sneak peeks! 

At the top is our very fun, brand new, 
Mod Strawberries! Yummy!!

 More scrumptious pineapples! 
Anybody hungry yet?? ;)

We had a lot of fun with themed patterns this time around, can you tell? And, there's so many more  to show you! Soon, very soon!

Juicy pears anyone?

We are so excited to show you the rest! We're certain you will love them all!! 

These past few months have been 
been busy, busy, busy!! Getting ready for market and festival in Houston, plus enjoying all of the many big events in our families lives! 

Here's a quick update for anyone interested.

Let's see, big events?? Like...

Sherilyn's daughter, Laura married her sweetheart, Tanner in Provo Utah. 
What an awesome day that was! :)


Helen's daughter, Rae, graduated from 
BYU Hawaii! Awesome! :)


We had an amazing family reunion in central Utah just before our brother, Lowell and his family moved to Florida! 
So many wonderful memories made!


Sweet Baby Walter

Sweet Baby Halle

Helen, and Sherilyn welcomed brand new grandbaby's to the family, just 4 days apart! We are absolutely in love with these sweet babes! :)

And finally, just this week...

Welcome home Seth!!! :)

Goodbye Taylor - Do good son!!! :)

2 days apart, Helen and Jenny, welcomed and bid farewell to their missionary sons! Helen's son, Seth, returned from his mission in Peru!  And Jenny's son, Taylor, left to serve his mission in Samoa! So happy for them both! We love our missionaries! :)

We will be revealing all of our new patterns soon! Stay tuned! 

Happy Quilting!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Monday, September 19, 2016

And the WINNER is.......

Thank you for all your comments and exploring our designs on Pattern Jam!

We are very pleased to be working with Emily Taylor of Pattern Jam.  We love her infectious passion for the quilting industry and the variety of ways people can be involved in this fun industry!

Our winner is Jodi!  

She said....

Blogger Jodi said...
I am very new to quilting (haven't finished one yet) but one of the things i find daunting is doing the "Sandwich", and quilting and binding it. I don't want to mess up a quilt top I have spent months and hundreds of dollars worth of quilting cottons in. My sister recently told me about Pattern Jam and having explored a little I think it would be an amazing way to get a "practice top" to work on without all the hard yards invested in the piecing but still have something worthy of the effort to "sandwich", quilt and bind it.
I am really excited to see such amazing quilt designers who are willing to share their designs in this way.

We are excited for her to try out this easy 'sandwich'.....

~Helen, Jenny, and Sherilyn~

Monday, September 12, 2016

We LOVE Pattern Jam!

We are excited to announce we are partnering with Pattern Jam!  Pattern Jam is the world's easiest quilt design software.  One of its many features allows the user to access pre-loaded patterns and customize the fabrics and color layout..... How COOL is that!  Then the quilt is printed as a panel and sent directly to you :-)

Pattern Jam now has several of our original pattern designs.  Check out the Pattern Jam blog about our collaboration here  and see which of our designs are featured there.  Go to Pattern Jam > Ready-to-quilt-shop > Sew Kind of Wonderful.  You can order them as they are featured on the site, as I did with Urban Candy, or you can color and select fabrics to make your own version as I did with Chic Country.  Either way, it is a fun process!  
Urban Candy

Here are some links to some of the patterns we have on Pattern Jam:

Pattern Jam is great for customized quick quilt panels that are great to custom quilt, overall quilt or even tie.  It is also a great option for the non-sewer who wants to have a part in the creative quilt process without the sewing machine and rotary cutter being involved.

Use discount code: SEWKINDOFWONDERFUL to received 20% off your order at Pattern Jam through September 19.

We are also doing a giveaway with the Chic Country panel I ordered.  To enter, please click on the Pattern Jam link here and check out all the fun you can have!  Then leave a comment on the post about your experience.  For another chance to win go to: sewkindofwonderfulhelen on Instagram and leave a comment and/or tag a friend.
Chic Country

Both comment streams will be combined and one winner will be selected the morning of September 19.  

~ Helen, Jenny & Sherilyn ~

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday Tip - Invisible Join Binding with Mitered Corners - Start to Finish

Yet, another binding technique! So many to choose from!

There are many different ways to bind a quilt. In fact, all three of us here at Sew Kind of Wonderful, bind our quilts just a little different from each other. Today's tip is just one more way to bind a quilt. This method uses the sewing machine from start to finish. 

Begin with your desired width of binding.  2 1/2 inch binding is pretty standard but depending on the batting or other factors, a wider or thinner binding may be preferred.

With right sides together place your pieces together as shown here. Overlapping the pieces ensures the edges line up a little more precisely.

Sew from corner to corner. A piece of tape is helpful as a guide, or a diagonal line drawn on or just eyeballing it all seem to work.

Trim a 1/4 inch from the seam then press seams open.  Determine the number of pieces you'll need for your project and join all pieces as shown here.

Exactness is not always necessary.  Sometimes Close enough is good enough! :)

With wrong side up, fold the right corner down and press.

Then fold the left side over to match the right and press the whole piece of binding as shown here.

For this particular method, start by using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, begin stitching on the back side of the quilt. Choose which side to start on and begin stitching about 10 inches from the end of binding so as to leave about a ten inch binding tail.

Eyeball or measure a 1/4 inch from the end and mark it with a pin. Stop stitching at the pin and back stitch if desired. 

Mitered corners...
Fold binding up to form a right angle...

Then back down so the raw edge of binding lines up with edge of quilt. Should resemble this.

Pin if desired.

Begin stitching from the edge, be sure to remove pins.

    Should resemble this.

Continue around the rest of the quilt then stop when there is about 20 inches between beginning and ending stitching...should have two binding tails at the beginning and end.

Lay ending tail over the beginning tail and trim so it resembles this.

Next, lay the pointed beginning tail on top of the ending tail with binding laying flat, straight and lined up with edge of quilt. Place a pin on the ending tail right where the beginning tail point lies. Be sure the pin is through the top layer only of the binding.

Open beginning binding and place the tip (top of fold) right where the pin is. Careful not to move binding, take out the pin and pin the two pieces of binding together. When both pieces of binding are opened and ready to pin, it should resemble this. Notice which way binding is flipped and right sides are together.

Place two more pins to secure binding in place. Should resemble this.

Stitch binding from corner to corner, along the fold line. Be sure to remove pins.

Trim excess a 1/4 inch from seam.

Press seam open...

Then press binding in half.

Next, lay "invisible joined" binding along edge of quilt and finish stitching the binding to the quilt. Add a few pins, if desire, to avoid any minor puckers.

Turn the quilt over and begin stitching the binding to the front by folding binding over the edge of quilt. Using a thread that blends well, stitch as close to edge as possible.

Continue stitching until a few inches from corner...

For a nice mitered corner, fold binding so it resembles this...

Careful to hold corner in place, continue stitching until needles catches the upper binding...

Lift foot and turn quilt, continue stitching on edge of binding.

Should look similar to this.

Continue around quilt until right before the end.
With a couple of inches left, pin binding down to avoid puckers.

Finish stitching and give a good iron press around binding if desired.

This is a quick and relatively easy way to bind a quilt. Again, there are many different binding techniques. Choose one you are most comfortable with.  I think we all agree, hand stitching the final binding stage finishes the nicest, but for a quick finish, this works great! :)

Happy Quilting and Binding Everyone! 

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~