Scrappy Bits Appliqué Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Today, we are joined by Shannon Brinkley — Designer, Quilter, Blogger and new Author of the recently released Scrappy Bits Appliqué. We simply adore her techniques and are thrilled that she leaned so heavily on Pellon® products to create her gorgeous designs.

About Shannon: (adapted from her blog)
Shannon Brinkley is a teacher turned quilter and designer. She designs modern quilting patterns using traditional quilting techniques as well as raw-edge appliqué techniques that she has developed and written about in her book Scrappy Bits Appliqué, available now!

She nests in the lovely Austin, Texas with her wonderful husband and son. She spends her time sewing, quilting, knitting, reading, writing, cooking, yoga-ing, teaching, and enjoying time with her favorite people.

Find Shannon online: BlogFacebookInstagramPinterestTwitterFlickr

And with that… Welcome to Day 2 of the Scrappy Bits Appliqué Blog Tour!!


My name is Shannon Brinkley, and I am super excited to share with you about my new book, Scrappy Bits Appliqué. In my book I teach my super fast and easy techniques for raw-edge appliqué. You can use scraps from your stash or start with pieces of larger fabric and cut them down to little “bits” to create a really unique and interesting texture. You can design your own “Scrappy Bits” quilt (I show you how!) or use one of the 8 original quilt projects included in the book.

Around the World Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon BrinkleyLike my Around the World Quilt…

Tamed Fox Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkleyor my sweet Tamed Fox Quilt…

Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkleyor these fast and fun Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows!

The process is made all the easier by Pellon®’s wonderful products. I used their 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®, which made fusing the collaged fabrics a breeze! And their 910 Fusible Featherweight interfacing is the perfect foundation for the appliqué piece. In the book, I also share a super fast piecing shortcut using Pellon®’s 820 Quilter’s Grid™ fusible interfacing!

To learn more about my book and see more of my quilts, visit my blog,, or check out the Scrappy Bits Applique book trailer!


Shannon has ever so kindly offered up a copy of her book to one lucky winner! To enter to win, tell us which design from those pictured above you’re most excited about making:). Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm on Friday, August 15. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, August 16. Good luck!!


Congratulations to Emma!! She was our 28th commenter:). Thanks so much to everyone who entered and don’t forget to order your very own copy of Scrappy Bits Appliqué! It’s an awesome book!!


Thanks so much Shannon! I’m personally VERY excited about trying out your technique to make my daughter a quilt — now I just have to decide whether it’ll be the Tamed Fox (pictured above) or something like the Oh Deer or Brontosaurus that you have displayed in the Gallery section of the book! SO much fun:).

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Don’t miss the rest of the stops on the book tour — Shannon pulled together an incredibly talented group of designers to share her book!

8/12: C&T Publishing Blog
8/13: Pellon
8/14: I’m a Ginger Monkey
8/15: Quilter’s Newsletter Blog
8/16: Sew Mama Sew
8/17: Casey York
8/18: Generation Q
8/20: Going Home to Roost
8/21: Bottle Tree

Sewing with Nancy


We’ve got BIG news!! We are a brand new sponsor for the Sewing with Nancy television series, featuring Nancy Zieman. We have long admired Nancy, and, having actually worked with her years ago, are thrilled to be renewing our partnership. Nancy is an inspiration. She has schooled generations in the areas of sewing and quilting and is an industry leader in education, innovation, design, and entrepreneurial spirit. Sewing with Nancy has been a PBS regular for over 30 years. What started out as a one woman operation is now a stunning collaborative effort put together by an incredibly hard-working team. It is backed up by an informative website featuring tips, tricks, tutorials, and other handy info. It is a key online destination, visited daily by beginners and experts alike.

Our sponsorship launched yesterday with the airing of the first episode of Nancy’s new series, Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, Part 1. Check your local listings, or if you can’t wait, check it out online.


To introduce our sponsorship, Nancy and her team tested out a few new Pellon® products (300TC in Ivory & Ultra-Weave™) and showcased the resulting new project on the blog today.

IMG_2654Head on over to Nancy’s blog to learn more!

To celebrate this new partnership, Nancy’s team has kindly offered two DVD/book sets for a giveaway.

Nancy Zieman Giveaway

Prize 1: Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (DVD) + Companion Book

Prize 2: No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (DVD) + Companion Book

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm on Thursday, August 14. Two winners will be randomly selected on Friday, August 15. 


Congratulations to Judy Piotrowski & Lori Morton, our two winners selected using!! Thank you to all who commented:). Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s new Sewing with Nancy series, airing now!

Happy Sewing!


Connect with Nancy!!
Sewing With Nancy — BlogFacebookInstagramTwitterFlickr — Pinterest



Pellon® + Craftsy!!!

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.50.55 AMYou know Craftsy as one of your top online destinations for creative inspiration. With classes in the areas of sewing, quilting, knitting and crafting, the site is an excellent resource and provides a helpful network of likeminded creatives. Want to brush up on your basic quilt-making skills? There’s a class for that. Looking to finally get over your fear of zippers? There’s a class for that too! Craftsy is also a fantastic source for project patterns and the supplies needed to create polished, fabulous, finished pieces. The latest addition? Pellon®!! That’s right, some of your favorite Pellon® products are now available for purchase through Crafty’s Supplies Gallery.


So, go ahead and treat yourself to that Shimmer Cargo Duffle Kit from Robert Kauffman Fabrics that you’ve had your eye on. Add your 808 Craft Fuse® and you’re ready to go!

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Feast your eyes on the La Boheme Tote Kit featuring pattern and fabrics from Amy Butler. It’s sure to be a show-stopper and will look even more polished when made with Amy’s suggested Shape-Flex®.

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And finally, grab the An Artful Piece Tote Kit, also by Amy Butler. We adore her Hapi collection and always love a classic tote with a burst of pattern and color. Our Shape-Flex® helps to keep the straps structured and stable, so make sure to grab some before you check out!

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Wondering what else you can find over in the Craftsy shop? Click here to scroll through all available Pellon® products and here to check out the wide range of kits to keep your creativity flowing!

Oh — and did we mention that all Pellon® products are currently 20% off? Now go, get yourself some supplies!! ;)

BIG thanks to Craftsy — we’re so thrilled to be working with you!

Happy Weekend Crafting!!

Ebb and Flow

There is something especially lovely about the Ebb and Flow Quilt by Karin Jordan of Leigh Lauren Studios. Maybe it’s the patterns she chose or perhaps the subtle repetition of colors. It could be the fact that the quilt top uses every last little bit of fabric from a 40 Fat Eighths — no waste! Or maybe it’s truly all of those things all wrapped up into a gorgeous finished quilt. This one comes with an easy-to-follow chart for piecing the quilt top, making it an easy finish for first time quilters and experts alike. What patterns would you choose?

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This colorful quilt is a great project for a beginner. 40 different prints repeat and create a harmonious balance. One bundle of 40 fat eights makes a twin size quilt with no fabric scraps left over. Finished size is 62” x 90”. Quilted by Melissa Kelly.


Materials List
– 40 different fat eighths
— 1/2 yard Binding fabric
— 5-1/2 yards Backing fabric
— 1 Twin Size Legacy® by Pellon® Natural Cotton Batting
— Thread
— Cotton quilting thread 50 wt
— Clips

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!


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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

Find Karin online:

Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows

Every so often a project comes along that just perfectly represents the season. The Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows by Susie Layman are the perfect Summer pillows. They really do look like the sweet flavored taffy that you get down on the shore AND they are a quick sew, leaving more time for Summer fun. Try brightly colored fabrics in combination with white for a light, breezy finish, or change it up entirely and work with darker colors in preparation for Fall.

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Summer Taffy Bolster Pillows are easy to sew on your machine and one can easily be made in a day. They look great when grouped with pillows of other shapes and sizes and are perfect for a girl’s room or perched on your favorite chairs. Instructions are provided for both ruffled and pleated ends. Finished size – 16” x 4”.

Materials List
— 1 fat quarter Fabric A
— 1 fat eighth Fabric B
— 1/4 yard straight cut Fabric C*
— 1/4 yard straight cut Fabric D*
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1 bag Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
— Thread
*Fabric C can be used for both the inside and outside of the rue or pleat at the end of the pillow. If so, eliminate fabric D and replace with ⁄ yard of fabric C.

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies



For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!


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SusieLaymanSusie writes the blog  threads on my socks  and is currently designing embroidery patterns. She has written several patterns and loves the textile community. Her background in Graphic Arts has paved her way to the passion she’s found in fabrics & threads.

Find Susie online:

Home Sweet Home Pillow

Home. It’s a place of comfort and joy, forever welcoming, always cherished. Madame Samm understands the importance of home and has created a set of four pillows to honor it. Uniquely placed ruffles allow the pillows to snuggle up close to each other, lining up perfectly along the back of a day bed or a couch.

What colors will you choose?


Home Sweet Home Pillows
Materials List (makes 4)
— 1 yard Pillow front fabric
— 1-1/4 yards Pillow back fabric
— 1 yard Ruffle fabric
— 4 Pellon® 16” x 16″ Pillow Forms 
— 1 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— Fabric paint or fabric markers
— #12 Perle Cotton for embroidery
— Thread
(Alternate: Check out our Decorative Pillow Insert, Allergy-Free Pillow Insert, & Down Alternative Pillow Insert.)

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies

NOTE: Pellon® Pillow Forms are available online at both & Happy Shopping!

For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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madamesammSamm is a author and an inspiration to many. After decades in Big Pharma, she retired and, with her family, built a bungalow on a beautiful escarpment surrounded by wine country. She shares her life with an amazing man, a ragdoll and a Maine Coon! Samm manages and it is the reason why she sews/quilts. She is truly HAPPY and thinks that retirement suits her to a T (Totally!)

Find Madame Samm online:

Create Behind the Seams WINNERS!

We’d first like to say a big THANK YOU to all who entered the Create Behind the Seams Mini-Challenge! It has been so much fun to see your creations and you should know that you all are incredibly inspiring:). Thanks also to Fiskars and the Fiskateers! We think you guys are awesome!

Without further pause, let’s get right to our randomly selected winners!


FIRST PRIZE — @sonwar5
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
Rotary cutter12″ x 18″ cutting mat & acrylic ruler.
1 Queen-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
1 pkg Pellon® 70 Peltex® Sew-In
1 pkg 542S® Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™

SECOND PRIZE — @icouldbefake
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
1 Twin-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 100R Vinyl Fuse™
1 pkg Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®

THIRD PRIZE — @trashn2tees
Rotary Cutter and Titanium Rotary Blades (2 pack)
1 Crib-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Please email us with your shipping address so that we can send your fabulous prizes along!

And… a quick peek at all of the entries:

CBTS-EntrantsSearch #createbehindtheseams on Instagram for a closer look!

Happy sewing!!