Monday, 20 October 2014

Four Years of Magpie Quilts!

From my very first sale (a mini quilt) only a week after I started:
Mini windmill quilt

to my first custom order - a wedding quilt for a bride in Boston.
Wedding quilt

to my favourite baby quilt - the scrappy 9-patch
Pink Baby Quilt

and a customer favourite in all sizes - the chevron!
Yellow Gray Black Chevron Quilt

I love this adventure I am on and the quilts will keep on coming out of the sewing room!

--Ann
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

ALBERTA Street Team FALL SALE!!

Come and shop some amazing ALBERTA shops on Etsy! Each shop has their own sale terms so keep that in mind as you shop! Sale starts Friday, October 17 and ends on Friday, October 24. NEW to ETSY? Use this link to sign up and get $5 to spend http://etsy.me/1CqxckF

Accessories, Clothing, Bags and Purses

Design by Sew and Sew: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/designbysewandsew
Sale Terms: 15% off everything except custom orders
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Herd of Cats: www.etsy.com/shop/herdofcats
Sale Terms: $5.00 off all sales
Coupon Code: 5FALL2014

Tucker Mac Designs: www.etsy.com/shop/TuckerMacDesigns
Sale Terms: 15% off everything except Custom Orders
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Birdie and Dot: www.birdieanddot.etsy.com
Sale terms - 15% off
Coupon Code - ABTEAM

Art, Fine Art, Photography, Home Decor and Housewares

Design by Sew and Sew: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/designbysewandsew
Sale Terms: 15% off everything except custom orders
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Magpie Quilts: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/magpiequilts
Sale Terms: 10% off everything except custom
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Simple is Pretty Shop: www.simpleisprettyshop.etsy.com
Sales Terms: 15% off purchase of $20 or more
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Wire Expressions: www.wireexpressions.etsy.com
Sale terms: 15% off any in-stock purchase over $10
Coupon Code: WEFALL15

Bath, Beauty, Edibles and Pets

Tucker Mac Designs: www.etsy.com/shop/TuckerMacDesigns
Sale Terms: 15% off everything except Custom Orders
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Ceramics, Pottery, Glass, Crochet, Knitting, Needlecraft and Quilts

The Wacky Windmill: www.thewackywindmill.etsy.com
Sales Terms: 20% off
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Lampwork by Julie - www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyjulie?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale terms -50% off purchases over $20.00
Coupon Code - HALFPRICE

Magpie Quilts: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/magpiequilts
My Sale Terms: 10% off everything except custom
Coupon Code: FALL2014

The Wicked Potter: www.etsy.com/shop/TheWickedPotter?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale Terms: 10%off
Coupon code: FALLSALE10

Children and Toys

Birdie and Dot: www.birdieanddot.etsy.com
Sale terms - 15% off
Coupon Code - ABTEAM

Simple is Pretty Shop: www.simpleisprettyshop.etsy.com
Sales Terms: 15% off purchase of $20 or more
Coupon Code: FALL2014

Kenzie and Co: www.kenzieandco.etsy.com
Sales Terms: 15% off purchase of $30 or more not including customs
Coupon code: ABFALL14

Jewelry/Jewellery

Lampwork by Julie - www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyjulie?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale terms -50% off purchases over $20.00
Coupon Code – HALFPRICE

Donna D Store: www.etsy.com/shop/DonnaDStore
My Sale Terms: 20% off all total sales over $25.00
Coupon Code: FALL2014

The Wicked Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/TheWickedShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale Term: 15% off everything in my shop.
Coupon code: FALLSALE15

Birdie and Dot: www.birdieanddot.etsy.com
Sale terms - 15% off
Coupon Code - ABTEAM

Peacock and Lime: www.peacockandlime.etsy.com
Sale terms: 15% off
Coupon Code: ABTeamSale

Wire Expressions: www.wireexpressions.etsy.com
Sale terms: 15% off any in-stock purchase over $10
Coupon Code: WEFALL15

The Wicked Potter: www.etsy.com/shop/TheWickedPotter?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale Terms: 10%off
Coupon code: FALLSALE10

Junquete: www.etsy.com/shop/junquete
Sale Terms: 10% off items 10.00 or more
Coupon Code: FALLSALE10OFF 

Warhorse Studios: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WarhorseStudios
Sale Terms: 10% off everything except custom
Use Coupon Code: HARVEST2014

Paper Goods

The Wicked Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/TheWickedShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale Term: 15% off everything in my shop.
Coupon code: FALLSALE15

Supplies, Vintage, Bridal, Wedding and Celebrations

Lampwork by Julie - www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyjulie?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Sale terms -50% off purchases over $20.00
Coupon Code - HALFPRICE

Junquete: www.etsy.com/shop/junquete
Sale Terms: 10% off items 10.00 or more
Coupon Code: FALLSALE10OFFPin It

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Selvage Mug Rug

Wikipedia defines a selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) as a self-finished edge of fabric. Normally, these are cut off and discarded in the process of making a quilt (or any fabric article), but I've been saving mine for just this kind of project.
Selvage mug rug
A mug rug is a little mini-quilt, larger than a coaster, smaller than a placemat, that you can place your cup and a snack on without it taking up too much space. The beauty of these ones are that they are a great example of making something beautiful out of what otherwise would be trash. 
Selvage mug rug in blue
 First, you need to save your selvages. I cut mine with about 1/2" of the main fabric attached. You'll see why when we start sewing them onto the mug rug. This will give you about 1/4" of the main fabric showing after sewing, so if you want more or less fabric showing, cut your fabric selvages accordingly.
Cutting your selvages
 Next, cut a backing fabric and a piece of batting just a bit larger than you want the final mug rug to be. I like my mug rugs to finish at about 7" x 9", so I cut my backing and batting 8" x 10". This is also a great way to use up those batting scraps that aren't big enough for anything else.
Preparing the backing & batting
 Lay your first selvage strip across the diagonal. Take a second selvage strip and lay it parallel on top with the selvage edge about 1/4" overlapping the raw cut edge of the first strip. Using a matching thread and a straight stitch (or a decorative thread and decorative stitch - anything goes, really!), sew just a little inside the selvage edge through all layers. This will quilt your mug rug as you go and when the top is done, all you will have left to do is the binding.
Starting to add strips
 Continue stitching until half of your mug rug is complete and then carry on and do the other half, remembering that you will be slipping the raw edge under the selvage edge on this half.
Top stitch at edge of selvage
 This is what your project should look like - roughly the shape you want and with as much or as little fabric showing as you prefer. Play around with colours and the amount of fabric vs selvage showing - it's only scraps that would otherwise end up in the landfill!
Pieced, quilted and ready to trim!
If you are like me, you will want to make more than one of these cute mug rugs, and to make this step easier, you can use painter's tape to mark the  finished size you want on your ruler. You can see that I've marked my ruler at 7" x 9". Place over your pieced strips, and cut the first two sides square. (I've cut from the back for this photo as it's easier to see than with the stripped side.)
Trimming the mug rug
 Turn your piece 180 degrees, line up your painters tape on the cuts you made in the previous step and cut the remaining two sides square.

Trimming the mug rug
And here's your mug rug, pieced, quilted and ready for binding. 
Trimmed and ready for binding
There is a definite up and down to these mug rugs because of the text on the selvage edges, so if you are making a matching set, watch how you place that first strip so they all angle the same direction.
Blue selvage mug rug (slant top left to bottom right)
Blue selvage mug rug (slant bottom left to top right)
Add binding using whatever method suits you best - google "how to bind a quilt" if you are unsure and voila! You are finished!

Keep the mug rug for yourself or package it up with a mug, some coffee/tea/hot cocoa, a package of cookies and give as a gift to someone special!

Until next time!
--Ann

PS. I apologize for the crazy inconsistent fonts! Sometimes technology baffles me!

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