Monthly Archives: March 2012

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With Love From…

Though it’s actually been around for a few years, Pinterest now seems to be the ‘it’ social media outlet for 2012. An endless source of inspiration, the site has become a daily destination for so many crafters, sewers and quilters. We love scrolling through to peek at newly constructed quilts, fun patterns, new fabrics and more. It’s a great resource and if you’re not already ‘pinning’ we’d highly encourage you to check it out! If you don’t currently have an account and need an invite, comment on this post with a way for us to get in touch and we’ll send one to you. If you’re already pinning and want to share your boards with other readers, post your info in the comments. AND If you’re wondering what we’re up to, you can follow us here.

With all the hype, we couldn’t help but present a weekly round-up. We’ve been so inspired by the things we’ve seen, it seems like a shame to keep the images to ourselves. So… every Friday, you can expect a whole lot of awesome. With love, from Pinterest;).

re-pinned by Erin Harris — image source: lieblingsdecke via flickr

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re-pinned by Kim Niedzwiecki – image source: Red Pepper Quilts

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re-pinned by Kim Crum — image source: Two Hippos

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pinned by Rafa Kids — image source: Sew Katie Did via flicker

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re-pinned by Linda Gardner — image source: I’m a Ginger Monkey

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pinned by Lee Heinrich — image source: Stitched in Color

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re-pinned by April Carlisle — image source: Beth Ward via Modern Day Quilts

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pinned by Nancy — image source: Purl Bee

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re-pinned by Linda Gardner — image source: Blue Elephant Stitches

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re-pinned by Kim Niedzwiecki — image source: Gecko Gully

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pinned by Claire Jain — image source: Little Island Quilting via The Modern Quilt Guild

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Happy Pinning!!

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Meet the Designer :: Sara Lawson

The lovely and charming  Sara Lawson is one of our top contributors in the area of handbags for Pellon Projects™. She is also the voice and the talent behind popular blog, Sew Sweetness. Sara uses the blog as an outlet for her creativity, sharing new projects, sewing tips, giveaways, tutorials, and so much more. The site has quickly become a go-to destination for quilters, crafters and sewers and we can understand why! She is innovative, design savvy, has a great eye for pattern and is super sweet! Sara lives in Chicago with her family and is mom to two adorable children, William and Violet. She is kind and thoughtful and we’re so thrilled to introduce you to her today.

We had a chance to chat with Sara to give you an insider look into her creative process, her inspirations, her favorite designers, and, well, why she loves what she does!

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Pellon Projects: How did you first get started with sewing?
Sara Lawson: My mom taught my friend and I how to sew in the 3rd grade, but I didn’t take it up again until I met my boyfriend (now husband). He encouraged me to work on sewing (I made bags assembly-line style, I think around 30 bags, and I didn’t even finish them, which is sort of funny). After I had my 2 children, I needed a hobby which I could do late at night while they were in bed. I was pretty hopeless at the beginning, I didn’t understand store-bought sewing patterns, and I felt really frustrated. However, I bought indie sewing patterns (mostly on Etsy) and started off small and easy. The more projects I made, the more confident I got. I started blogging 2 years ago, and that’s when the obsession really started.

PP: Was there an inspiring influence in your life that pushed you in a particular creative direction?
SL: Sewing bloggers on the internet have been really inspirational. However, the bag pattern writing didn’t really start until after I got in contact with Pellon®. I wrote the Naughty Secretary Bag last summer (which is the Lindsay Bag on the Pellon Projects™ website), and decided I really loved experimenting with interfacing (I also wrote a tutorial explaining interfacing on my blog last year). Then I got the call from Pellon® right before Christmas of 2011, and that’s where it all started for me.

PP: Describe your process a bit… How do you come up with new patterns and how to you move through the steps from idea conception to project completion?
SL: First I visualize an idea for a project. I might get some form of an assignment (i.e. to create a bag with ruffles, or a pattern using half-square triangles), but usually I try to formulate a bag that would look modern and interesting. Next, I’ll draft any pattern pieces, write down measurements, and come up with the fabric requirements. From there, I’ll spend a few hours writing out the text for the pattern instructions. Usually, I don’t even touch the fabric until I’ve finished writing. While I am actually sewing the bag up, I go back into the pattern instructions and make any adjustments or changes. The step-by-step photos are also taken while sewing up the bag.

   

PP: Do you find yourself seeking out other sewers both in your area and in the online arena for inspiration and support?
SL: The online community has been a huge support system for me. Sewing bloggers are the most wonderful people! If I am stuck and don’t know how to do something, I ask someone online or watch a video on YouTube. If I can’t find an out-of-print fabric, I can usually find someone to swap fabrics with me. My closest friend is Kim from My Go-Go Life. She is the most awesome person and my biggest cheerleader. I think everyone needs their own personal cheerleader.

PP: How do your children inspire your creations?
SL: I find that I’m able to be a better parent if I am first happy with myself as a person. Sewing allows me to fulfill personal goals that I have for myself.

PP: You’ve created a pretty impressive line-up of handbags for Pellon Projects™. Do you have a favorite and why?
SL: My favorite so far is probably the Urban Jungle Bag; it is so sleek and modern, yet it uses techniques that most people can pick up with a bit of effort.

   

PP: Any advice for new sewers and quilters out there?
SL: I would say to work on as many different projects as you can! The more things that you try, the more new techniques you will learn. Every project finished (even if you’ve made errors) is a learning experience!

PP: Who is your favorite fabric designer?
SL: My favorite fabric designers are Etsuko Furaya (Echino), Melody Miller (Ruby Star), Anna Maria Horner, Jennifer Paganelli,  Laurie Wisbrun and Amy Butler.

PP: What is your favorite Pellon® product and why?
SL: This is a tough call, and I’m going to have to go ahead and cheat! My favorite 3 products are 520F, Thermolam, and SF-101. 520F blows all my previous methods of extra-heavy interfacing out of the water. It is super-sturdy while being almost as thin as a piece of construction paper, yet can hold a finger press (in fact, when I finish a bag with 520F, that is what I often do). I love SF-101 because I use it for linings and pockets every single time. I like Thermolam because it gives bags shape and body.

   

PP: What is your go-to, can’t-live-without-it tool?
SL: Definitely my iron! I also use my quilting ruler (I have a 6″ x 12″ Omnigrid that I use excessively) and invisible fabric marker just about every day.

PP: What is your ultimate sewing goal and is there a pie-in-the-sky project that you’re just aching to create?
SL: I would love to write a bag sewing book, and being able to teach sewing classes for a living. My ultimate project goal is to make a Dear Jane quilt!

PP: I have to admit, I just spent a good chunk of time thumbing through your sewing projects photo album and am super impressed. If I were just going by what I saw on Pellon Projects™, I’d think you were primarily a bag designer, but you do oh-so-much-more. Do you have a favorite project type?
SL: I like doing everything! Most of my friends mainly make quilted projects. I admit that quilts are huge undertakings, but I would be fine with making several a year. I do love sewing clothing too, because I love tailoring things to fit my body and choosing fabrics that I love.

   

PP: What do you love most about sewing your own clothing? How about sewing clothes for your kids?
SL: I have a whole stack of fabric waiting to be turned into clothing! There are just not enough hours in the day! I do enjoy sewing things for my children as well, although I always worry that their changing tastes will leave my creations with little time to be loved, lol.

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We’d like to thank Sara for taking the time to chat with us! We love hearing all about the process and how our products intersect with amazing fabric designs and the creativity of an individual to create something amazing! For information about Sara, head to her artist page on pellonprojects.com or check out her blog, Sew Sweetness. You can find her on Facebook and if you’re one of the lucky attendees of October’s Sewing Summit out in Utah, make sure you sign up for her class on bag-making and interfacing! It’s going to be a good one:).

Sara’s projects for Pellon Projects™:
Lindsay Tote
Caliti Clutch
Urban Jungle Bag
Fylerion Bag
Frou Frou Bag
Planetary Mini Quilt
(& 2 new bags are coming soon!!)

All photos courtesy of Sara Lawson ©2010-2012 Sew Sweetness

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Rainbow Showers Quilt :: by Cheryl Bush

You may have guessed that we just adore seeing our products in action. We a kick out of new applications, traditional uses, and… well… just general craftiness! We’re lucky to have a pretty fabulous collection of top-notch projects created by some very talented designers. We’ve got everything from toys to handbags, traditionally blocked quilts to t-shirt quilts, kitchen accessories and more! And just because we love to share, we’ll be featuring a new project right here on the blog every Wednesday. If you just can’t wait and you want to see the full assortment NOW, make sure to check them all out on our website.

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This quilt has been on our site for only a week and it’s already been getting lots of attention. The designer, Cheryl, is the author of the popular sewing blog, Sew Can Do. When she first came to us with this idea, she described a project that would have a quilt block border comprised of various colorful prints framing a central design of an appliquéd raincloud. There would be large, colorful raindrops splashing onto an giant appliquéd umbrella. We never could have imagined that the project itself would be even more fabulous than what we envisioned. Cheryl was excited about using a variety of Pellon® products and ended up using a staggering total of 6!

      

We were most impressed with Cheryl’s use of Pellon® 2520 Lutradur®. She chose to feature it as an accent fabric for the raindrops alongside the accompanying fabric in colorful patterns. If you’re not already familiar, Lutradur® is a 100% polyester spun bonded non-woven translucent web. It is the perfect medium for crafting, sewing, quilting and scrap booking. It can be sewn, drawn, painted and printed on. To learn more, head here.

      

We heard that this was only Cheryl’s second quilt ever, so we’re looking forward to seeing more from her in the future!!

     

Rainbow Showers Quilt

Materials Needed
1 Fat Quarter Each – Red, Orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, brown and white fabrics
3 yards – Sky Blue Fabric
1/2 yard – Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
1/2 yard – Pellon® 542 Stick-N-Washaway™
1/8 yard – Pellon® 2520 Lutradur®
Crib Size – Pellon® Legacy™ Wool Batting
Variegated Rainbow Embroidery Thread
9 coordinating colors of Embroidery Thread
Marking Pen
Pencil
Iridescent Glitter Fabric Paint
Sponge Paint Brush
Freezer Paper

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine and Related Supplies
Iron
Yardstick/Ruler

To download a free copy of the full Instructions, please visit our website. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page! Your creations inspire us;).

**All photos were pulled from the Pellon Projects™ tutorial and are courtesy of Cheryl Bush.

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:: Tuesday Tips – March 27 ::

Whether you’re sewing your first quilt and need help with a binding or are using a Pellon® product and need some advice, we’re here for you! We’ll post our tips every Tuesday, but if you’re looking help with a specific problem, email us and we’ll do our best to help you out. Now… without further pause… welcome to Tuesday Tips!!

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To get the best end result, always pre-test any fusible.

To pre-test, cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of your fabric. Cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of the interfacing. Fuse only half of the square per the instructions included with the fusible. Allow the fabric to cool and then evaluate the bond. The interfacing should be firmly attached to the fashion fabric. If it’s not, more heat, time or pressure may be needed. A different product or a sew-in style can also be considered. You may also want to evaluate the surface of the fabric. It should be smooth/unchanged. If not, the interfacing may be too heavy for the fabric or the iron may have been too hot during the fusing. If the fabric seems too crisp or heavy, change to a lighter weight interfacing or a sew-in.  If the fabric seems too limp, consider a crisper interfacing or add a second layer of interfacing.

Note:  Home iron temperatures vary.  Test fusing will help you determine the best setting for your iron and fabric.  In turn, Hand Held Steamers will NOT bond interfacing to the fabric.

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Welcome!

Welcome to Pellon Projects™! We are SO excited to finally have a creative outlet through which to promote the quilters, sewers and crafters that we so dearly love. If you haven’t had a chance, head to our full website to explore the wide variety of projects available for free download. The projects are contributed by artisans who love Pellon® products. They make beautiful things and share them with us so that we can share them with you! We hope that the site will serve as a source of inspiration for you, your friends and your family. Have a question about a project or one of our talented artists? Let us know. Interested in becoming a Pellon Projects™ artist? We’re always looking for new talent, so drop us a line here!

More than anything, we want to hear what you think. Tell us about your favorite fabrics, interfacings, sewing machines and more. What about crafting and quilting gets you excited? Who inspired you to get started? We love a good story!!