Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Fabulous Fabrics

What is it about a beautifully spun, lucious & lovely fabric that gets us all swoony and faint? Is it the feel of cotton? The softness of a worn linen? The crispness of a canvas? Is it the bright pops of color? The patterns as works of art? There is something about beautiful fabrics that we crafters are just drawn to. The source of our inspiration and basis for our creations, a fabric can convey a style or a mood with a single glance. This week’s post is dedicated to just a few of the fabulous fabrics I’ve seen this week. Which ones are your favorites? Do you know what fabric you’ll use for your next project?


1. re-pinned by Lawson and Lotti — source: ModCloth — fabric: Cook It by Sew Sweet Fabric
2. re-pinned by Sew Sweetness — source: Etsy — fabric: Tulip by Jane Foster
3. re-pinned by Jennifer Hagler — source: Kurbits — fabric: Prints by Season One
4. pinned by Jessica Christian — source: Lily Bella Fabrics — fabric: Chevron in Aqua by Riley Blake House Designer

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5. re-pinned by Rashida Coleman-Hale — source: classico-life — fabric: unknown
6. pinned by Gail Schneider — source: TrueUp — fabric: Flower Field (& Orla) by Skinny LaMinx
7. pinned by Quiltmaker — source: Plenty of Colour — fabric: unkown (original source)

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8. re-pinned by Lee Heinrich — source: Lotta Jansdotter — fabric: Bella by Lotta Jansdotter
9. re-pinned by Babble — source: Design Sponge — fabric: Sokeri Fabric by Kauniste

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10. re-pinned by Amy Smart — source: Camille RosKelley — fabric: Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
11. re-pinned by Faith Jones — source: V and Co. — fabric: Simply Color by V and Co. for Moda
12. pinned by Hancock’s of Paducah — source: Hancock’s of Paducah– fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Pretty Pink
13. pinned by Laurie Wisbrun — source: Spoonflower — fabric: Afternoon Tea by Heather Dutton/Hang Tight Studios

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14. pinned by Rita – Red Pepper Quilts — source: Red Pepper Quilts — fabric: Summerlove by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
15. pinned by Angela Pingel — source: Sew, Mama, Sew! — fabric: Sweet Pears Natural Canvas from the Live Life fabric collection from Yuwa Fabrics.
16. re-pinned by Josephine Kimberling — source: Liberty London — fabric: Lord Paisley B, Liberty Fabrics
17. re-pinned by Joan Callaway — source: Hawthorne Threads — source: Various from Madrona Road by Violet Craft

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Happy Pinning!!

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AQS – Paducah 2012

The entire town of Paducah, KY will be buzzing with thousands of quilters and educators this week, all because the AQS Quilt Show & Contest is in town. Carloads of quilting buddies will be motoring across Kentucky, stopping at quilt shops along the way. Residents will share their homes with return visitors and tourists will swarm, sampling the local food and shopping the quaint downtown shops. The National Quilt Museum will be filled with folks eager to see top winners from past years. Caryl Bryer Fallert’s Studio, The Bryer Patch, will be lit up with visitors. BBQ and lemonade will be served under tents on the grounds while golf carts and buses transport giddy quilters from one event to the next. It’s truly a magical week for the quilting community, one not to be missed!

Some of the most talented quilters in the country have entered their work to be judged at the show, known as one of the leading exhibiting shows in the nation. BREAKING NEWS: The judges have made their decisions and the contest winners were announced last night (Tuesday, April 24) at the award ceremony. More than $120,000 in cash awards were given out to the prize winners! For a peek at the winning quilts and access to more information about the designers, click here. (ed. note: AQS promises a showcase and we’re confident that the images will be available soon! In the meantime, browse the winners from Lancaster!)

Legacy by Pellon is a proud sponsor of the show & contest and can be found in the Convention Center at booth 1204. Make sure to pop by to say hello to our experts, Darlene and H.D., always ready with a smile and a helpful tip or two.

You Should Know

Schedule:
Wednesday :: Thursday :: Friday :: Saturday

Noted Vendors:
Pellon/Legacy Premier Batting
Accuquilt
APQS – Longarm Quilting Machines
BERNINA of America
Brother International
Janome America
Moda Fabrics

Local Destinations & Info:
The National Quilting Museum
Hancocks of Paducah
The Bryer Patch
Paducah Tourism Info
Local Quilting and Fabric Shops

What are the attendees pinning?
Paducah on Pinterest

(images courtesy of: AQS, BodeensTravels, Traveling Quilter)

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:: Tuesday Tips — April 24 ::

Today’s tip addresses a question we’ve seen a lot of lately. We’ll have more of these to come — those awesome little nuggets to help you out in a crafting crisis at 1am!

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Q: “I accidentally put a piece of interfacing (or appliqué) in the wrong place.  Can I remove it?”

A: The short answer is that our fusibles are intended to be permanent.  That said, there is often a work-around or a potential fix! If you have not completely fused the piece you may be able to remove most, if not all, of the adhesive from your project.

- Heat up the interfacing (or appliqué) with your iron without pressing down. Make sure you’re working from the side with the interfacing.

- While it is still warm (be careful as it will be hot), gently pull the appliqué or interfacing up from one corner.

- If you have adhesive left on the area there is a product called “Carbona® Spot Remover for Glue and Adhesive.”  (This can be found in most supermarkets or mass merchant stores in the laundry aisle.)

- Follow directions on the bottle, being careful to pre-test for color-fastness, etc.

- This product will cause the adhesive to “gum up” allowing for easier removal.

- You can also try ironing a dryer sheet over the area as it will often pick up some additional adhesive.

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Happy Crafting from our resident Pellon® expert!

(**editor’s note: I, erin@pellon, am not the expert!)

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With Love From…

This week it’s all about bags! It’s where your store your things… your on-the-go home-away-from-home. It’s for your toiletries, your wallet & keys, your babe’s diapers & wipes, your eyeglasses, your iPad, your Kindle, your sketching supplies, your… well, you get the point;). We’d be nowhere without our little vessels and I just love what I’m seeing out on Pinterest these days. I’ve been inspired to start creating, how about you?? What is your favorite interfacing to add shape and structure to your bags?


1. re-pinned by Kim Niedzwiecki — source: Zaaberry
2. pinned by Emma-Louise Kearney — source: PrettyPennyDesigns
3. pinned by Nicole Redington — source: Dixie Mango
4.pinned by btrflywmn — source: A Spoonful of Sugar

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5. pinned by Connie Campbell — source: All Wrapped Up
6. pinned by Millie Smith — source: Jennifer Ladd via Sew, Mama, Sew!
7. pinned by Liberty Reimschussel — source: Flamingo Toes
8. re-pinned by Jodi Bonjour — source: PurlBee

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9. pinned by Erin :: Just Plain Lovely — source: PurlBee
10. pinned by Jill Lowell — source: ikat bag via Sew, Mama, Sew!
11. pinned by Christina Israelsen — source: The Little Appleseed
12. re-pinned by Susan — source: PatternPile.com

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13. re-pinned by Lynne Bradley — source: Say Yes To Hoboken
14. pinned by Sarah Eastberg — source: Terrabyte Farm
15. re-pinned by Everything Etsy — source: Midwestern Sewing Girl

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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.

Happy Pinning!!

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Evie Carry All Trio :: by Sara Lanan

The Evie Carry All Trio is a fashion savvy on-the-go solution for all you lovely ladies out there. Designed by Sara Lanan, creative voice behind popular UK-based blog Craft Snob, this trio includes a case for your sunglasses, a perfectly-sized makeup bag and a roomy handbag in which to store them. Just imagine all the ‘oooo’s and ‘ahhhhh’s you’ll get one you arrive at the coffee shop with this one in tow.

Sara’s blog is dedicated to crafting things that make her feel pretty, so it’s no surprise that this is one of her new favorites. It’s her first bag tutorial AND her very first contribution to Pellon Projects™. We’re looking forward to seeing what she’ll have up her sleeve next! This project is intended for intermediate sewers, but as a determined beginner, I’m not sure I would shy away.

     

What fabrics would you use to construct this lovely trio? Would you stick with the Grey-Pink-Green combo to liven up your wardrobe for Spring? We want to know!

    

Evie Carry All Trio
* Materials list accounts for making all three pieces

Materials Needed
1-3/4 yards of Exterior Fabric
1-3/4 yards of Lining Fabric
1-3/4 yards Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™
3/4 yard Pellon® 809 Décor Bond®
1/4 yard Pellon® 72F Peltex®II
1/4 yard Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1/8 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
22″ Zipper
9″ Zipper
1/2″ Round Velcro
Thread
Fabric Marker

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine and Related Supplies
Rotary Cutting Rulers and Supplies

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!

**All images were pulled from the Pellon Projects™ tutorial and are courtesy of Sara Lanan & Alexandra Henry.

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With Love From…

A few days late? Phooey;). We’ve been busy being inspired all of our fabulous finds on Pinterest. What in the world did we do before that site existed? Need a headband tutorial? Done. Looking to check out the new Lotta Jansdotter fabric line? It’s on there. Hoping to see what’s up at Joann’s this month? They’ve been pinning too!

Today, we’re focusing on children’s clothing. From tutorials to finished pieces, these little frocks and rompers are all over Pinterest. No time like the present to grab your favorite and make your little darling a special outfit to celebrate Spring. Take a peek, and have fun! (Oh – and we’re trying out a new photo layout this week courtesy of Pugly Pixel. Yay or Nay?)


1 – re-pinned by Anne Pieper — source: Me Sew Crazy
2. pinned by Heather D — source: Sewing in No Man’s Land
3. pinned by Jane Maynard — source: Project Run and Play
4. re-pinned by Jennifer Mathis — source: The Mother Huddle

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5. re-pinned by Jeni Baker — source: Treefall Design on Etsy
6. pinned by Rachael (imagine gnats) — source: Luv in the Mommyhood

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7. pinned by Amanda Voelker — source: Project Run and Play
8. pinned by Jennifer Mathis — source: Project Run and Play
9. pinned by Mama Lusco — source: Project Run and Play
10. pinned by Jody Bonjour — source: The Mother Huddle

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11. pinned by Charity Moschopoulos — source: Project Run and Play
12. pinned by Mia Zamora-Johnson — source: Project Run and Play
13. pinned by Tim and Lori Swanner — source: Project Run and Play
14. pinned by Betony Coons — source: Project Run and Play

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15. pinned by Tracy — source: Project Run and Play
16. pinned by Maggie {Smashed Peas & and Carrots} — source: Smashed Peas and Carrots
17. re-pinned by Rachel Mower — source: Make it and Love it

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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.

Happy Pinning!!

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:: Tuesday Tips – April 17 ::

Today’s tip should give you the hand you need to finish up that first quilt of Spring. You know… the one with the fabulously colorful prints that you’ve been looking forward to creating all Winter? So, take a peek, finish it up, bring that exquisite piece of art outside into that fresh Spring air, snap a photo and post it on our Facebook page. That’s right… we love sharing!! ;)

Blocking a Quilt
Once a quilt is completed it is often beneficial to block it, as you might with a knit sweater. To get started, you’ll want to very lightly dampen the quilt. Lay it out on a flat surface, like a clean floor. The purpose in blocking is to allow the fibers to return to their natural state or position. If the quilt was made properly, it will easily become squared and lay flat.  Use a large cutting ruler to position the corners and ‘square them’. Then use a long straight ruler or yard stick to position or straighten the sides.  Pin this in place and allow to air dry. The quilt will drape/lay nicely and remain in this condition.

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Love Rings Quilt :: by Darlene Christopherson

You first heard mention of this week’s feature in our interview with Darlene Christopherson last Thursday. The Love Rings Quilt was made by Darlene for her daughter’s engagement. We’re told that it’s now a favorite of her second grandson! It’s a gorgeous quilt, using a very old, traditional quilt pattern based on the Drunkard’s Path block. The selection of fabrics and color in this one are quite perfect, but really, the arrangement and contrast of the dark and light fabrics is what makes this quilt an icon. This is truly one of my favorites on the website.

Isn’t the pattern mesmerizing? Darlene set this one at an intermediate level, though I’m sure that a determined beginner could give it a shot as well. As you read last week, she is a teacher and writes fantastic instructions.

    

Love Rings Quilt
* Quilt shown is 56″ x 80″ using 4″ finished blocks, 14 blocks across by 20 blocks down.

Materials Needed
280 – 4″ finished squares: 140 light prints and 140 dark prints. Packs of 5″ square are available at most quilt shops making variety easy

OR

3 yards of dark fabric
3 yards of light fabric
5 yards of backing
3/4 yard of binding
Legacy™ Premier Quilt Batting Natural Blend 80/20 Cotton/Poly Twin (72″ x 96″)

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine and related tools
Standard hand sewing supplies
Thread

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!

**All images were pulled from the Pellon Projects™ tutorial and are courtesy of Darlene Christopherson & Alexandra Henry.

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:: Tuesday Tips – April 10 ::

This week we address one of those pesky, mid-project problems. Imagine this… You’re in the middle of a project and you’re working with one of Pellon®’s fusible interfacings. Everything is going well until the dog barks, distracting you just enough so that you end up with a bit of adhesive on your iron. Have no fear! There is an easy solution.

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Q: “I got adhesive on my iron.  What do I do?”

A: To remove any fusible residue from your iron, we recommend that you use a Hot Iron Cleaner, a product that can be found on the notions wall of your local fabric or quilt store. It is a thick cream that is applied to your iron. Be sure to follow the directions carefully as this product is applied to a HOT iron and we don’t want you to get burned!  If you do a lot of fusing, we would recommend that you purchase a silicone sole plate like Iron-Safe® that fits over the bottom of your iron. Iron-Safe® can be found in many local fabric shops or you can order one online right here.

Problem? SOLVED!

Happy Tuesday!

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With Love From…

This particular Pellon® gal works out of a home office and I have to admit that I’ve been staring at my office walls for the past few weeks, trying my best to figure out how to make this room look amazing. It’s always such a challenge to design a functional office space that can double as a craft room. Either way, it should look and feel inspiring, right? The questions are endless: bright colors or muted? Wall-mounted storage or free-standing shelving? Fabric stash on display or tucked away? I’m sure that each and every one of you has a space designated for your crafty projects… a space that, however big or small, is just your own. So, this week’s post is dedicated to crafty spaces. We want to know… what would YOUR space look like?

re-pinned by Sara Collins — image source: RubyJu

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re-pinned by Wren Tracy — image source: Lotta Jansdotter

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re-pinned by Krista Paulson — image source: Apartment Therapy

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re-pinned by Emily Hoffman — image source: Chalet Girl

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re-pinned by Cyndi Neumann — image source: Cottonblue

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pinned by Autumn Cadd — image source: Besserina

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pinned by Ruth Mills — image source: Apartment Therapy

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pinned by Sarah Stephenson — image source: Purl Bee

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re-pinned by Michele Skeene — image source: Heather Bailey

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pinned by Merche Grosso — image source: The Make Lounge

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pinned by Spoonflower — image source: Real Simple

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Happy Pinning!!

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Meet the Designer :: Darlene Christopherson

Darlene Christopherson could be considered an icon in this industry. She has oodles of experience not just as a master quilter, but also as a teacher, a mentor and an industry expert. She is Pellon®’s go-to gal for all things batting related and is one of the masterminds behind the Legacy™ line. The first time I ever saw one of Darlene’s quilts, my jaw nearly dropped to the ground. It had been hand-stitched and the precision was remarkable, resulting in a finish that could only be described as stunning. Darlene currently lives in Texas with her husband and though she doesn’t get to quilt as much now as she’d like, she’s still 100% dedicated to the craft (just take a peek at her fabric cabinets at the bottom of this post!) You can keep up with her over at her website and you might learn a thing or two by checking out the impressive collection of tutorials that she’s done for Pellon Projects™. I adored this interview and am so thrilled to share it with you here.

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Pellon Projects: How did you first get started with sewing?
Darlene Christopherson: In Junior High School I had a great teacher who shared a high level of instruction. That provided me with advanced sewing capabilities that have stayed with me my entire life.  Later, I was able to stay home with our daughter [only child] and found the time to take classes on quilt making while I was still young. We lived in Northern Virginia [near Washington, DC] at the time, where fundamentals were taught at an awesome level. Museums shared glorious quilts that inspired me. Local groups displayed newly made quilts alongside those from the 1800s. This is what formed my love of quilters, quilts and the art of making them.

PP: Was there an inspiring influence in your life that pushed you in a particular creative direction?
DC: I was fortunate to work on the staff of Jinny Beyer’s Hilton Head Seminars for 5 years prior to leaving the Washington area and was introduced to ‘group planning & sharing’ where people freely share opinions and input.  Jinny is a talent that has led quilters to reach new heights and try new things for many years. Also, the traditional lessons shared by my good friend, Anna Holland and my first small group in Waterford, Virginia while I was absorbing everything that I could. I call those my ‘baby quilter’ days.

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?
DC: I love to draw my own birds and trees and flowers for pictorial applique, then combine this with simple and traditional patchwork. The combination of this with the dimension that quilting brings to textile art is an evolution in your lap that begins on paper and grows each time you add stitches to it. The process itself is the most enjoyable to me. More so than finishing a project.

First I draw a rough draft, then retrace the pieces with actual sewing in mind. I have shared a complete set of companion blocks which are 8” and coordinate well with the blocks in my book. The first session has complete instructions for how I prepare for hand needle turn applique. There are 24 bird related patterns available for you to download for free. (ed. note: see also A Perfect Reunion Quilt-Along)

   
[L to R: A Perfect Union, Valiant - w/ Sue Nichols, Empty Nest - for Darlene's daughter when she left for college]

PP: Do you find yourself seeking out other sewers both in your area and in the online arena for inspiration and support?
DC: I have a very special group of quilting friends in Waco, Texas [where I live now]. We meet every Thursday – when we are able. We are a diverse and busy group. The group reminds me of the movie How to Make an American Quilt. We all have differing styles and interests and lives. When we gather there is a loud buzz that just warms my heart. I love each of them for welcoming me. Guilds are a great way to meet other sewers but a ‘bee’ or small group is where quilters gather and share and grow.  My group surprised me with a quilt this year that they had been busy sewing in secrecy all year long. I cried for two days!

Quilts themselves are uniquely special things that evoke memories just by touching them or having them in your home.

PP: What inspired you to write A Perfect Union of Patchwork & Appliqué?
DC: I was teaching basic classes on needle-turn appliqué, hand quilting and patchwork in 8 part sessions and needed to provide patterns to follow. 8” blocks were perfect for this. The sessions covered everything from beginning to end, including sashing, fabric selection and planning. I taught these in Texas [where I lived] so that I could drive back to the students 8 times.  I challenged the students to complete their quilts and the majority did. The classes turned into chapters and the quilts are on the pages of the book. C&T Publishing did a great job. I was honored to work with them and I greatly respect them in the industry. Going through the process also taught me a lot.

PP: I happen to know you’re a teacher as well! Is there anything you don’t do? (hee hee) Seriously though, what do you love about teaching and do you have any favorite topics?
DC: My ‘baby quilter’ years remain with me always and I share what I have learned any time that I can. I love to share the lessons that I have learned on hand needle-turn applique and hand quilting. I think that 2013 will be the year that I retire from teaching. My work with Pellon®/Legacy™ keeps me busy and I still get to be involved with quilters at the major quilt shows that we attend. I have the opportunity to share what I know about batting through the Pellon Projects™ website and to work with talented fiber artists via social media.

 
[L to R: Love Rings - made for Darlene's daughter's engagement, Jinny's Influence]

PP: When and where is your next solo teaching gig? What topic will you cover?
DC: I will be teaching three workshops for the Minnesota Quilters Guild in Rochester, MN in June and will offer Hand Quilting, Hand Needle-Turn Appliqué and Cutwork Appliqué. All three will provide a complete kit. I like my students to learn and enjoy class time with no worries about the correct fabric and needle. All of my students at this show will receive a free copy of my book, A Perfect Union of Patchwork & Appliqué.

PP: You’ll be leading a few classes at the International Quilt Market in Kansas City in May as well. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
DC:  International Quilt Market is a unique event where shop owners, designers and major companies gather to exchange new products, ideas and designs to grow their businesses together. I will be presenting short lectures that will demonstrate how to use many Pellon® products in making small projects like bags. I will share tips and techniques on successful uses of some fun stabilizers and fusibles that many fiber artists use.  We will share projects that are online and available to all merchants to use in their own classrooms. The idea is to grow together. We are here to support quilt shops and their classrooms.

PP: While we’re on the topic, what do you love most about Quilt Market?
DC: Personally, seeing old friends in the industry as well as meeting new folks with fresh ideas. This industry is supportive of creative people, period.  What I love the most is that it is traditional, it is modern, it is new, it is old, it is wide open. All are welcome. That is why we continue to grow as an industry.

   
[L to R: Sunflowers, Nesting, Cutwork and Compass]

PP: You have quite a few projects up on pellonprojects.com including the stunning Love Rings Quilt and the currently in-progress A Perfect Reunion Quilt Along. Do you have a favorite project on the site? What is it and why?
DC: I am very proud of the quilt patterns that we have posted to the site. I think that our instructions are orderly and easy to follow. We keep the beginning sewer in mind while writing all of our instructions and make an effort to guide them through the process in a way that will lead them to success. The great thing for all visitors to the site who download and sew our projects is that we are available to answer questions that they may have.  The Love Ring quilt pictured on the site is one that I made for my daughter upon her engagement.

PP: You’re not just a renowned quilter and sewer, you’re also heavily involved with the quilting industry as a Marketer for the Legacy Quilting Division of Pellon. Was there a moment in your life that you knew you wanted this to be your career and not just a hobby?
DC: Yes, I was drawn to marketing from an early age. My dad was an influence there, I am sure. Marketing can be exciting when you believe in the products. I was fortunate to bring my knowledge of batting and quilting to a job with a company that is a leader within the industry. Relationships are important and I have formed many, as has every member on the team at Pellon®.

PP: The staff at Pellon® refers to you as the batting expert, something that comes clearly comes from a passion for the craft, but also a dedication to our products. Any tips you could share with our readers about batting? Is there one from the Legacy line that you would refer above all others?
DC: I do have a favorite and that is Wool. I am a quilter and enjoy the loft and resilience that it provides. Our thermal bonded wool breathes – allows air to pass through a sleeping quilt and offers dimension to an art quilt. It does not retain a crease. Each fiber has its own virtues and issues. Everyone has their own personal reasons for selecting one batting over another. I try to share the information that it takes to make that decision for each individual.  For any quilt that is machine quilted where the end use is ‘to use’, I would recommend our new Eco-Cotton Blend that is recycled cotton and polyester. It will wash extremely well and provides a durable and soft quilt.

 
[L to R: A Perfect Reunion, Untitled]

PP: You have a tremendous amount of experience in the quilting industry, any advice for new sewers and quilters out there?
DC: Well, visit our site, pellonprojects.com, of course, then go to YouTube.com and search under ‘how to.’ There are thousands of folks sharing tips and lessons on every topic imaginable. Sort through the ones that are well presented and enjoy free lessons. Then, sign up for classes at your local quilt shop and form relationships. Join your local guild and introduce yourself to a new person at each meeting. Enjoy the process.

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We’d like to thank Darlene for taking the time to chat with us. I must say it was a pleasure to chat with her on a more personal level rather than the business that we’re used to;). I would highly encourage you to check out her tutorials. She truly is an inspiration!

Darlene’s projects for Pellon Projects™:
A Perfect Reunion Quilt Along (link to Part 1)
Dupioni Silk 9-Patch Table Topper
Dupioni Silk Mug Rug
Dupioni Silk Table Topper
Love Rings Quilt
Valentine Table Runner
Ricky’s Stars Quilt

 
[L to R: Floral Swag, Anniversary]

All quilts and images ©2012 and courtesy of Darlene Christopherson

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Picnic Bag & Blanket Set :: by Bev McCullough

How much fun are we having with all of these awesome projects? Too much;). Or maybe when it comes to fun projects, there’s no such thing as too much! Are you creating things with Pellon® Products? Make sure to head over here, take a peek and reach out if you’d like to learn more about becoming a Pellon Projects™ Artist.

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The Picnic Bag & Blanket is one of our favorite projects. The completed set provides a stylish and cozy backdrop for a weekend outing with the family… or maybe a romantic picnic with your honey;)! Designed and stitched by Bev McCullough, this project is perfect for Spring. Bev, the author and designer behind popular blog Flamingo Toes, used an eye-catching combo of yellow and grey for her bag. Just think of all the possibilities! Head to your local fabric or quilting shop, grab a sassy new patterned fabric, a few fabulous Pellon® products, and get stitching! The great outdoors is calling your name!

    

   

   

Picnic Bag & Blanket Set

Materials Needed
2-1/2 yards Exterior Fabric
4 yards Lining Fabric<
1 yard Accent Fabric 1
1 yard Accent Fabric 2
2 yards Pellon ® 975 Insul-Fleece™
1/2 yard PB-96 Legacy™ by Pellon Polyester Batting
1/2 yard Pellon® 725 Heavy Duty Wonder-Under®
2 yards Pellon® 809 Decor-Bond®
2 yards Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™
Thread
1" wide elastic
1 Heavy Duty 22" Zipper
Flexible Plastic Canvas

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine and Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Board
Scissors

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!

** All photos were pulled from the Pellon Projects™ tutorial and are courtesy of Bev McCullough

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:: Tuesday Tips – April 3 ::

This week, learn what to do with those leftover batting scraps!! Use everything – waste nothing;).

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Use your leftover batting scraps (with scrim binder – stabilizer) for use in new craft projects.

Your batting leftovers are perfect for creating soft sculptures. Batting can be easily dyed using kool-aid or various types of store-bought permanent dyes to get your desired color. The sculpture will have the softness of the batting partnered with the stability of the scrim binder which provides enough strength to hold pieces together in the wash. Fiber flowers are a great place to start! For a bit of inspiration, check out our Flower Brooch tutorial.

Other ideas:
- Try mixing your dyed batting remnants with dyed wool to use in folk art appliqué.
- Keep your batting’s natural color and use it to make miniature snowmen for cute holiday-themed decorations.
- Cut out geometrical shapes from your dyed batting remnants, arrange in a cluster and sew to craft a fashion forward bib necklace.

Batting lends great texture to any project.

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Monday Madness!!

Okay, so here’s the deal. We’re pretty excited these days. What, you might ask, are we so excited about? For starters, we’ve got a new blog and we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re having a blast with it! We’re loving Pinterest (who isn’t loving it??!) and are pretty darn thrilled about the new look for Facebook pages. We added a whole slew of great things to the website too – project cards, educational cards, a find us page, and we’re adding new projects every week! All that aside, we’re excited to report that we at Pellon® are constantly expanding our line! We’ve got brand new products to share with you and will host a small giveaway here on this blog on the first Monday of every month to celebrate.

Today, we’re all about embroidery! Adding to our already popular embroidery backings sold by-the-yard such as Sol-u-Film® and Wash-n-Gone™, we are excited to be introducing an extended line of packaged embroidery backings.  Our new products include Fuse-n-Tear™Soft-n-Stay™, Sol-u-Film® Lite, Stick-n-Tear™, Stitch-n-Tear® Lite and regular Stitch-n-Tear®. Seriously… if you’re into embroidery, we’ve got something for you!!

For this, our very first Monthly Monday Madness Giveaway, one lucky winner will get a package of Fuse-n-Tear®. The package includes 12” x 12 yards of product, so just think of the possibilities!

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To enter-to-win, tell us what you’d like to try making with Fuse-N-Tear®. You can let us know in the comments! [Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you in case you're our winner!] For added entries, you can do any of the following:

1. like us on Facebook

2. follow the blog (click the follow button in the right-hand sidebar)

3. follow our boards on Pinterest

Just make sure to post a comment telling us what you did for each entry.

Contest runs through midnight on Thursday, April 5th. Winner will be announced on Friday, April 6.

Thanks and good luck!

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UPDATE (April 6): This contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered:). Stay tuned for our next Monday Madness giveaway on May 7!

Congratulations to our winner, Cheryl!!

* our winner was selected using a random generator at www.random.org