Win a Quilt – Photo Contest

On January 28th, Southern Charm Quilts turns 9 years old!! In celebration, we are having a little contest.

Yep, yep, we are giving away a quilt! Have a look…

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about the prize quilt:

The size of this quilt is a lap quilt. It measures approx. 55″ square.

The fabrics are called “When skies are gray”. They feature umbrellas, raindrops, and other sweet little lovelies.

The colors are palest blue, bright white, gold and black.

I’ve used two different fabrics for the back, a gingham and a turquoise fabric. It blends with the front beautifully.

Then I’ve quilted it with wavy lines both horizontally and vertically.

Then finished off with a black and white scallop print for the binding.

how can you win this quilt:

To enter the photo contest you just need to send a picture of one of my quilts in use or displayed like the pictures below.

HOW TO WIN:

I will be selecting my favorite picture from all the entries I receive, the more creative the photo the better. I love to see my quilts in YOUR life. I love to see people in the photos or around landscape or just a beautiful place spread out in a meadow. There is absolutely nothing you can do wrong with your picture so feel free to make it your own.

RULES:

– any photograph is eligible as long as it features an item handmade by me. So if you have purchased from me before and are willing to take a picture of your item you can enter the photo contest.

– all entries must be received before January 27, midnight. That gives you 10 days to take your picture and send it to me.

– you may enter as many times as you like as long as each entry features a different photo.

– it doesnt matter if it is professionally taken or you take the photo yourself as long as you own all rights to it.

– by entering you are giving me the photo to use in my shop, blog, marketing, etc.

– I’m happy to allow my international customers to enter as well, but the shipping will not be included for the prized quilt and must be paid if the winner is from outside the US.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email me at mel.tray@gmail.com, with your photo as an attachment. Please put in email subject “photo contest’. Please make sure all your contact details are in the body of the email OR tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and comment that this is your entry for the photo contest.

On January 28th, I will send out a newsletter announcing the winner. Good luck!

pictures from some of my customers:

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Photo Contest Time

It’s time for another Photo Contest!

Do you remember last year’s winner?

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AND THE RULES GO LIKE THIS…..

To enter the photo contest you just need to send a picture of one of my quilts in use or displayed like the picture above.

Below is the quilt I am giving as the prize. It is a throw quilt measuring approx. 56×56 inches usually sold in my shop for $155.

HOW TO WIN:

I will be selecting my favorite picture from all the entries I receive, the more creative the photo the better. I love to see my quilts in YOUR life. I love to see people in the photos or around landscape or just a beautiful place spread out in a meadow. There is absolutely nothing you can do wrong with your picture so feel free to make it your own.

RULES:

– any photograph is eligible as long as it features an item handmade by me. So if you have purchased from me before, such as a quilt, nursery set, pillow, anything at all, and are willing to take a picture of your item you can enter the photo contest.

– all entries must be received before September 6, midnight. That gives you 2 weeks to take your picture and send it to me.

– you may enter as many times as you like as long as each entry features a different photo.

– it doesnt matter if it is professionally taken or you take the photo yourself as long as you own all rights to it.

– by entering you are giving me the photo to use in my shop, blog, marketing, etc.

– I’m happy to allow my international customers to enter as well, but the shipping will not be included for the prized quilt and must be paid if the winner is from outside the US.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email me at mel.tray@gmail.com, with your photo as an attachment. Please put in email subject “photo contest’. Please make sure all your contact details are in the body of the email OR tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and use the #scqcontest15

AND NOW HERE IS THE QUILT THAT IS UP FOR WINNING…

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This quilt measures approx. 56×56 inches. It’s soft, made of 100% cotton.

Colors include: blue, green, pale yellow, and a gorgeous brown on cream dot.

I cannot wait to start receiving your entries!! Here are a few more from last year.

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There will be 3 winners chosen this year.

1st Place will receive the winning quilt

2nd Place will receive a $50 gift card to my shop.

3rd Place will receive a $25 gift card to my shop.

Let the contest begin!

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On a little side note, I am also having a 10% off sale from today through next Sunday. If you are wanting to purchase something and have it in time for Christmas NOW is the time to purchase.

Use coupon code ONEWEEKONLYSALE.

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Find more pictures from the last two years photo contest here.

Have Fun!

Log Cabin Party

While in search of vintage quilts, I found an idea I had never heard of before, friendship quilts.

You collect blocks from other quilters, signed with their name and location.  You send them one, and they send you one and so on and so on with as many blocks as you need to complete the size quilt that you want, which is totally up to you.

The best part of a swap like this is YOU decide how many blocks you want to make, when you want to make them, who you want to swap with and all other details.  There are no deadlines, no rush, nobody to check in with.  YOU are responsible for yourself and your own blocks.

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this block and tutorial comes courtesy of Notes of Sincerity blog.

You will note that she has put the measurements to cut on the individual pieces and numbered them in order of how they should be put together.  This is just a basic log cabin block that will measure 8.5″.  Write your name in the middle block and where you are from.  I’m using a fabric marker to do so on mine.

Many of us has already begun swapping these.  Some folks have fabric ideas and lots of others are open to anything.

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these are some that I just finished this weekend.  Anything goes.  You can use prints, or solids, but please use cotton, so everyone will be happy with the block they receive.

This is a swap that began on Instagram, so you may need to have an account to participate.

So how do you find people to swap with?

Here is my original post.  Tell everyone there that you want to participate or go find others on that list who want to participate.  Send them a DM on instagram and swap your details.

This is open to international swappers as well, so if you don’t want to ship internationally then ask first before you agree to swap.

Please use the #logcabinparty to share your pictures of the blocks you send and receive.  Also, spread the word.  The more swappers, the more blocks we will all get.

Remember that there is no reason to check in with me.  There is nobody in charge.  You decide your own rules.

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I’m keeping a list of everyone I agree to swap with, putting a check beside their name once I ship their blocks and then when I get a block from them, I plan on crossing their names out.

This is going to be fun and can go on as long as you want it to go on or keep it going on.

Can’t wait to see all your #logcabinparty blocks.  I’m @southerncharmquilts if you care to share or have questions.

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Elsa Medallion Quilt Part 3

I worked on the Elsa Medallion quilt some today (not alot).  I’ve got two weeks to the day that this thing needs to be completed and ready to gift to my niece.

If you would like to make this with me, here are steps 1 & 2.  I’m also putting all the steps in my ‘tutorials’ tab so that they will always be there.  I am adding them as I finish each step.

So what is an Elsa / Frozen quilt without some snowflakes?  I think they are a must and I’ve been scouring snowflakes blocks all over the internet trying to find some and I did find some, but I can’t remember where I found it.

Here is what we are adding during this step.

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Snowflakes.  There is going to be 4 of them on each corner and a solid border of white around the rest of our quilt top.

Here is what you need:

4 5-inch blocks (I used gray)

4 1-inch WOF strips in the background color (shown here in white), subcut into 16 1×8-inch strips

16 1.5-inch background blocks

4 4.5×30.5-inch background strips

Here we go.

Take your 4 gray 5-inch blocks and cut diagonally.

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Now add one of your 1×8-inch strips to one side of your triangle.  They are going to be longer than you need, but we will fix that later.

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Ooo, I forgot to tell you to use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout!  Once you have this sewn press to the white strip.

Next add your opposite triangle back to the other side of the white strip.

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Be sure to line them up correctly.  You can use your corners to make you get the triangle centered.

Once sewn, press to the white strip.

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Now lay out on your cutting mat and cut again down the opposite corners.

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Line up again but use your white strips as your guide to make sure you are centering the gray blocks back together.  Sew it and press to the white strip once more.  You should end up with an x on your gray block.

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Do the same thing again, but this time you are going down the middle of the block laying straight.  Use your x to get your block centered.  Cut it, sew another white strip and press again.  EAch time you cut the block, sew a white strip to one side.  Press it to the white strip then add the other side of the block.  You are doing this over and over until you have all the white strips sewn in.

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Your blocks should end up looking like this.  Hopefully, not too skewed, but it looks like one of mine ended up that way.  Now trim them up to 4.5-inches.  I used a fussy cut ruler, but you done have to have one to get it done.

Now it’s time to use those little 1.5-inch background blocks.

You are going to put a block on each corner of your gray blocks.

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Sew each one diagonally.  Press to the corner.

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Now trim 1/4-inch from where you just sewed.  Open those corners up and press to the corner.

Your snowflakes are done.  Now for the rest of the borders.

Take 2 of your 4.5×30.5″ background strips and sew them to the side of your quilt top.  Press to the border you just added.

Take your snowflake blocks and sew them to the other 2 4.5×30.5-inch background strips, one on each side.  Like this.  Press away from the snowflake.

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Sew one of these strips each to the top and bottom of your quilt top. Be sure to line up correctly and press towards the inner part of the quilt top.

Your Elsa Medallion Quilt should now look like this.

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As much as I love the snowflakes and wanted to add more, those blocks are just a little fussy for me, so I think 4 of them are enough for me.

Hopefully, I will get the next row up soon.  I’m running out of time!  If you are making this with me, PLEASE show me.  I’m on instagram @southerncharmquilts.

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Elsa Medallion QAL – Step 1 & 2

I thought it might be fun to post every step of my Elsa Medallion Quilt.  Kinda like a quilt along with a tutorial for every step.

I must have the quilt done in a month, but I’ll be working on it here and there so not sure how regularly these will be.

I am making this quilt for my niece who turns 8 at the end of February, so I’ll have to have it done by then.

So let’s talk about Step 1.

This would be Elsa herself.  It is a free pattern on Craftsy here.  It is a paper piecing pattern.

Once you get Elsa all done, you want to trim her up to 10″ square.

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I then added a white border around her.

From fabric choice cut:

2- 1.75 x 10″ for sides

2- 1.75 x 12.5″ for top and bottom

Sew with a 1/4 inch sea allowance and press to the outer edges of the block.

Elsa should now measure 12.5″ square.

Step 2

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Next, we are going to make 12 of these cute little heart shaped blocks.  Each block will measure 6.5″

I used all different fabrics for each heart so that it would be extra scrappy.  Then I used all the same background fabric.

For each heart cut from main fabric:

1- 2.75″ block

1- 2.75×5″ rectangle

From background fabric, cut:

1- 2.75″ block

3- strips 4 1/8″, then subcut these into 4 1/8 blocks.  You only need 24 of the blocks.  Save the rest of later projects.

Cut each block diagonally into triangles as shown in the next picture.

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Sew together 1 main fabric and 1 background 2.75″ block.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then press.  It should look like the next picture.

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Next, you want to sew your 2-patch you just finished to the 2.75×5″ rectangles like so.  Press away from the 2-patch block.

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I chain pieces all of these steps so now I have 12 blocks that look just like this.

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Time for triangles.  Sew a background fabric triangle onto one side of your little heart.  use the seams in the middle to line up the point of your triangle like below.

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Sew one side on and then press before you add the next triangle on that way they will be out of your way so that you can use that middle seam as a guide.  I like to add the triangles on opposite sides first and then do the remaining sides.  So… do side, then side, then top and then bottom, taking the time to press after each step towards the point of your triangle.DSCN0472

Trim up your block so that it equals 6.5″ squared.  I used a fussy cut ruler, but you don’t have to have one of those.

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Now to add your hearts to Elsa.  She will get 2 on each side and then 4 across the top and bottom.  Add sides first and then top and bottom.  Be sure to watch what you are doing and make sure all your hearts are getting sewn in the correct direction.

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So now she should look like this.

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We will add one more border for this step.  In your choice of fabric (I used a ta dot in aqua), cut:

2- 3.5×24.5 strips of fabric and sew these to the sides of your heart blocks.

Next cut:

2- 3.5×30.5 strips of fabric and sew these to the top and bottom of heart blocks.

Your Elsa Medallion should now look like this.

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So that is that.  She should now measure 30.5″ squared and we will eventually bet getting her to somewhere around 50″ square or that is the goal for me.

Step 3 will come at a later date.

If you are making the Elsa Medallion quilt along with me and would like to share please tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and tag your pics #elsamedallionquilt.  i’d love to see what you’ve done.

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Customer Pictures

I wanted to show off these amazing photos by one of my wonderfully sweet customers Amanda.

Is this not gorgeous?! It’s kinda hard to believe those are memory quilts, made from her girls’ clothing.

Sometimes I make memory quilts and they are not so pretty, it really depends on clothing. But these girls had bright colorful dresses that made for gorgeous quilts.

Thank you so much for sharing these Amanda!!

If you are interested in my memory quilts, you can find them here.

Amanda also has a great blog and you can read all about her renovating a farm house here.

Her daughters’ room is only the tip of the iceberg, the rest of her house is just as gorgeous.

If you have pictures you’d like to share I’d love to see them, always, even if they are not professionally shot. I never tire of looking at my quilts in their new homes. Email me at mel.tray@gmail.com , send them to me on ETsy, or even tag me on Instagram @southerncharmquilts.

Thanks so much for following along and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Honey Butter is Finished! + Another Irish Chain Quilt

I have FINALLY finished my Honey Butter quilt.

This is one of my favorite quilts I ever completed and I enjoyed making it very very much. It might look complicated, but it’s very easy once you break it up.

The quilt consists of two kinds of blocks: a large churn dash block and then a small one within a border. It was easy to break this one up into steps. Such as one day, I did all the large block HSTs, then the small block HSTs. I chain pieced all of it and put the blocks together at the end. Once the blocks were together, stitched them up was easy since it actually doesn’t use that many blocks.

This is a throw size quilt and measures 60×60 inches squared.

I used a brown medium dot on cream from Riley Blake for all the centers of the blocks and for the binding.

All the fabric came from strips from my stash. Half colorful, half low volume.

Here is an up close shot of one of the little blocks.

I quilted in a serpent meander stitch.

The backing is Tula Pink’s topiary in sprout.

I’ve listed this Honey Butter quilt ready to ship in my Etsy shop here. But if you prefer to customize the fabrics, I can make you one here.

If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram you’ve seen it coming together for awhile, but if you have not, then I invite you to follow me there. You can me @southerncharmquilts. I tend to post a lot more there as well since it’s so quick and easy.

I have also finished another irish chain quilt. See all my irish chains here.

This one is for a custom order. Another custom order where the customer told me the colors to use and then let me be free. I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but I really enjoy it that way, but it makes me nervous. What if she doesn’t like it?

I was told dusty blues, grays, creams and for it to be manly.

How do you think I did?

I used Parson Gray’s Empire fabrics and the background is Riley Blake’s solid in vintage white.

The binding which is my favorite binding I’ve ever done of all the bindings ever is a script print called Telegrammes Nuage from Frances Newcombe at Art Gallery Fabrics. I think it compliments the other fabrics well and I’ve been digging script and texty fabrics lately. You can also find that fabric here.

This quilt is a king size quilt that is enormous. I’ve got it folded in quarters just so I can take a picture of it.

I quilted this one differently than the other two I’ve made and I think I have finally figured out a good way to do it. I quilted only on the blank solid blocks of this quilt and left the 9-patches unquilted. I love this effect. Especially on the back of the quilt that makes a cool design.

I hope you’ve enjoyed have a look. Thanks for following along. I hope to finish the pattern for Honey Butter and have it in the pattern shop soon, but I’ll announce that soon.

Next quilt up: I’ll be finishing my Instamini quilt for the swap due out next month and then I’ll be working on a new design called Black Butterfly.