Monthly Archives: May 2012

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The Modern Girl Clutch

The Modern Girl Clutch is a hip little pouch for all of your on-the-go needs! It was designed by youtube crafting star, Whitney Edwards, of Whitney Sews. With over 16,000 subscribers, she has created quite a sensation online and we were thrilled that she was able to contribute a project for us. This tutorial is quick, and easy-to-follow — so much so, in fact, that you’ll likely want to make a few;).

The added bonus with this one? There is an accompanying video tutorial for your viewing pleasure! Just grab your materials, download the pdf, watch the video and get sewing!;)

 

   

 

The Modern Girl Clutch

Materials Needed
1 Fat Quarter of Exterior Fabric
1 Fat Quarter of Lining Fabric
1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
Statement Button
Thread
1/8″ Elastic

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Iron and Ironing Board

To download a free pdf 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! Happy Wednesday Evening!!

**All images were pulled from the Pellon Projects™ tutorial and are courtesy of Whitney Edwards.

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:: Pellon 101 — Part 2 ::

Hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend! This week we’re rolling right into part two of Pellon 101. If you missed the first in the series, have no fear! Head here, catch up and follow along. We’ll be at this throughout June and yes, we’re still excited. So much Pellon® to gush about!

Let’s tackle some interfacings basics!

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Pellon 101 — Part 2

All About Interfacing
Choosing just the right interfacing is key to a project’s appearance and performance. The process is part science, part tradition, part personal preference – and admittedly bewildering to many home sewers, crafters and quilters.

Fusible or Sew-In?
Interfacings are generally classified as fusible or sew-in. The choice between a fusible and a sew-in interfacing depends on the fabric, the degree of firmness desired, and personal preference.  Fusibles are great time savers as they have an adhesive on one side that can be activated by your iron.  They’re easy to work with and compatible with most fabrics.  They will make a fabric slightly crisper than a sew-in interfacing of comparable weight.

Nonwovens
The majority of Pellon® interfacings and craft materials are nonwoven. Nonwovens are made directly from fibers that are bonded together using several different methods to form a “fabric”. Nonwovens can be formed in a variety of ways such as spunbonded, thermal or chemically (binder) bonded or needle punched.  Each of these applications can give a nonwoven a particular “hand” which determines whether it is firm or soft, stretchy or stable (or a combination of more than one characteristic).

note: Other Pellon® interfacings can be woven, knitted, or weft inserted.

Stability
Nonwovens can be stable (little give in any direction – generally used in craft and home décor applications); have crosswise stretch (stable in one direction – used most often in apparel construction) or all-bias (which has stretch in all directions).

Care
Nonwovens have little or no shrinkage. They can be washed or dry-cleaned and they will not ravel. Generally, Pellon® interfacings do not need to be pre-shrunk. There are only one or two exceptions. Refer to the instructions that are included with each product for information and care instructions. We do always recommend pre-washing your fabrics to pre-shrink as well as to remove any finishes that may be on the fabric that could interfere with the fusing process.

Testing
ALWAYS PRE-TEST ANY FUSIBLE.  To pre-test – cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of your fabric.  Cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of interfacing.  Fuse only half of the square per the instructions included with the fusible.  Allow fabric to cool. Evaluate the bond.  The interfacing should be firmly attached to the fashion fabric.  If not, more heat, time or pressure may be needed.  A different product or a sew-in style can also be considered.   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 was too hot during fusing.  If the fabric seems to crisp or heavy, change to a lighter weight 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.

Packaging and Availability
While most Pellon® interfacing products are sold by the yard, we have recently introduced a new line of packaged products expanding our line.

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Next up? We’ll delve deeper into the segmentations with all sorts of info on what’s available from the Pellon® product line!

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Quilt Market Love

WARNING: Reading this post may cause you to lose a few hours out of your day;). We’ve all been hooked on the Quilt Market recaps this week, at least I know I have been! There is so much loveliness to observe, so much talent. After everything I’ve seen this week, I couldn’t help but dedicate this week’s Pinterest post to the magical weekend in Kansas City. The time-loss part? Scroll down for an alphabetical list of all of the Quilt Market recaps I could find! Happy browsing!!


top left: pinned by Virginia Halkias — source: Sew Sweetness
top right: pinned by Heather Magill — source: Sew Sweetness
bottom left: pinned by Cindy Walker — source: Riley Blake Designs
bottom right: pinned by Kelly McCants — source: C&T Publishing on Twitter

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top left: pinned by Amanda Kattner — source: Pink Chalk Studio (image of Anna Maria Horner)
top right: pinned by Jenelle Clark — source: Pink Chalk Studio (image of Amy Butler)
bottom: pinned by Lisa Walsh — source: In Color Order (image of Vanessa Christenson)

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top left: pinned by Sandy Rizzo — source: Kimberley Jolly via lockerz
top right: pinned by KC — source: Sew Sweetness
bottom left: pinned by Erica Burnbaum — source: Freshly Pieced
bottom right: pinned by Julie Forster — source: Pink Chalk Studio

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top left: pinned by Helen LeBrett — source: Fat Quarter Shop
top right: pinned by Pink Chalk Fabrics — source: Pink Chalk Studio on flickr
bottom left: pinned by Becky Laswell — source: Lindsay Sews {@craftbuds} on flickr
bottom right: pinned by CatsMeowToo — source: Freshly Pieced

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top left: pinned by Sue Shimomura — source: Oh! Fransson
top right: pinned by Di Mill — source: Free Spirit Fabric
bottom left: pinned by Megan Patent-Nygren — source: The Printed Bolt
bottom right: pinned by Nadine S — source: Modern Quilt Relish

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top left: pinned by Elaina Turpin — source: Free Spirit Fabric
top right: pinned by Pink Chalk Fabrics — source: Pink Chalk Studio on flickr
bottom left: pinned by Jacklynn Grimm — source: My Go Go Life
bottom right: pinned by Pink Chalk Fabrics — source: Pink Chalk Studio on flickr

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top: pinned by Whistlepig Creek — source: Whistlepig Creek
bottom left: pinned by Pink Chalk Fabrics — source: Pink Chalk Studios on flickr
bottom right: pinned by Andrea Turner — source: Two More Seconds via Instagram

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Spring Quilt Market 2012 :: Blog Round-ups
* Have a recap of your own that you don’t see listed here? Post a link in the comments and I’ll add you to the list!

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A Place to Share :: Art Gallery Fabrics

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Bari J :: Bumble Beans

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Canoe Ridge Creations :: Cloud 9 Fabrics :: Common Threads Quilt Shop :: Craft Foxes :: Crazy Old Ladies

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Dear Stella :: Diary of a Quilter :: Don’t Call Me Betsy

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Fabric Envy :: Fancy Tiger Crafts :: Fat Quarter Shop :: Fishsticks Designs :: Free Spirit Fabric :: Freshly Pieced

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Generation Q

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I’m A Ginger Monkey :: In Color Order

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Jackie’s Art Quilts :: Jaybird Quilts :: Jennifer Jangles

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Lella Boutique :: Lindsay Sews :: Little Bluebell :: Lovebug Studios

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Made By Rae :: Modern Quilt Relish :: My Go Go Life

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Oh, Fransson! :: Olive and Ollie :: oliver + s

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Pearl the Squirrel :: Peas in a Pod :: Penguin & Fish :: Pink Chalk Studio :: Pokey’s Ponderings :: Prudent Baby

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Quilter’s Haven :: Quilting Lodge

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Rebekah Meier :: Ribbon Candy Quilt Company :: Riley Blake Designs

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Schmetz Needles :: Schnitzel & Boo :: See How We Sew :: Sew Flakes :: Sew It Seams :: Sew Modern :: Sew Sweetness :: Stitch This! — Martingale :: Such Designs :: Suzn Quilts

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The Cottage Home :: The Long Thread :: The Printed Bolt :: The Quilt Patch :: The Rabbit’s Lair :: True Up

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Violet Craft

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Whistlepig Creek

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Happy Long Weekend!!

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Spring Quilt Market 2012 — Day 3

Day 3:

It was a hectic one, that final day. It started out with yet another fabulous class by Darlene Christopherson (she really is amazing!) and rolled into to what felt like an all out sprint from booth to booth. My flight was scheduled for early afternoon, so I had a little less time to snap photos, but I did what I could.

So, what did this first time attendee think of Quilt Market? WOW. It’s incredible that one word can so succinctly sum it all up. Just wow. The level of creativity and craftsmanship was like nothing I’d ever seen before. The camaraderie was unparalleled. I witnessed reunions between quilters and industry veterans, first time meetings of long time ‘online’ friends, and more hugging than I ever would have imagined possible at a trade show. I’ve been talking with many of you for weeks, even months, and upon meeting face to face, almost every single one of you went in for the hug;). After a while, the hug just seemed like the way to go, so a few of you might have fallen subject to a healthy squeeze from me too. It really does seem like Market is just a gathering of new and old friends, all together for the most awesome and creative party imaginable. Am I overreacting? Maybe. But I’m hoping that the I’m at successful in communicating how humbled I was by it all… by the level of talent, the unconditional support and unwavering respect for your peers.

I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves, and, if you’ve been following along with the recap, that you’ve grabbed your own little piece of the action just by looking at the photos. Here’s hoping we’ll see you in Houston!

International Quilt Market, Houston
October 27 – 29, 2012

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Accuquilt® :: www.accuquilt.com

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Me and My Sister Designs :: www.meandmysisterdesigns.com

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Birch Organic Fabric :: www.birchfabrics.com

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Moda Home :: www.unitednotions.com

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Such Designs :: such-designs.com

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Michael Miller Fabrics, LLC :: www.michaelmillerfabrics.com

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Ilene Bartos Designs :: www.ilenebartos.com

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Totes by Sandy :: www.totesbysandy.com

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V and Co. :: www.vanessachristenson.com

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Sarah Jane Studios :: shop.sarahjanestudios.com

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Until next time!

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:: Pellon 101 — Part 1 ::

One of the biggest things that I learned at this year’s Quilt Market (other than “wear comfortable shoes!) is that while many crafters, quilters and sewers are familiar with Pellon® and regularly use our products, most are not aware of how wide our product range actually is. You might use our Shape-Flex® daily, but have never heard about our laminates. You could also be going through bolts of Wonder-Under®, but haven’t heard a thing about our incredible line of Legacy™ battings. We’ve been working to expand our line, much more aggressively so over the past few years, and we’ve making changes that are helping to improve the understanding and accessibility of those products.

So, let’s get started! Did you know that Pellon® has conveniently segmented its product line to match various usages, helping the consumer (you) to find exactly what it is that you’re looking for? As a new sewer, I’ll admit that I’m a bit romanced by the whole idea. It makes finding what I’m looking for that much easier and also helps in my discovery of new products. I’m cheating with this intro post a bit, since it can also be found on our FAQ page, but I thought it might be good to start with a little segmentation overview. We’ll go deeper into product affiliations, uses & ideas in later posts.

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Pellon 101

Q: What do the different colors on Pellon® Products mean?
A: Each color on a package or label refers to a different product usage as it relates to your project needs. This system helps identify the correct product easily. The segments with affiliated colors are as follows:


– Interfacing shapes, supports, and stabilizes detail areas of a garment such as collars, facings, waistbands, pockets, etc. In jackets and coats, you may even fuse the entire front or use a variety of products to get a professional result. It can make the difference between a garment looking and feeling good in wear, or feeling stiff rigid and uncomfortable. Without interfacing, a garment can be limp and lifeless.
– Features Basic, Luxury Fusible and Specialty varieties.


– In craft and home décor projects, it is important to use the right stabilizer or fleece. This range of products lends itself to projects of all kinds. They are intended to strengthen and stabilize as well as add to the design process in some way
– Features Stabilizers, Tracing Cloths, & Mixed Media.


– In the quilting category, the products included are those that are used to assist in the design or to add weight or warmth to the final quilted project.
– Features Fleece, Quilting Aids & Batting.


– Fusible Webs are heat-activated interfacings and stabilizers that can fuse fabric to fabric or any other porous surface, such as cardboard or wood. In essence, the fusible webs act as a “glue” between the two surfaces that is applied with a steam iron. One of the newest varieties in our line is an iron on vinyl!
– Features Paper-backed, No-backing, & Laminates.


– Embroidery backings and toppings are used to stabilize fabric during machine and hand embroidery to avoid stretching and distortion. There are several types of embroidery stabilizers which are chosen based on your fabric type.
– Features Tear-Away, Cut-Away, and Wash-Away varieties.

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll dig a little deeper into the basics of interfacing, after which we’ll  start to introduce each product in the Pellon® line. Are you excited?? We are;).

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Spring Quilt Market 2012 — Day 2

Day 2:

My second day of Market began with a wonderfully packed class taught by our very own Darlene Christopherson. She filled eager listeners in on our new products, deferred to guest speaker Linda McGehee (Ghee’s) for a presentation on zippers and bag construction and then went through how to make your very own ebook cover. Attendees were all given a slew of info and a whole bag construction kit. It made me wish I was a more skilled sewer;). Maybe next year!

In between meetings, booth duty and our big fixture giveaway, I managed to stroll the aisles, say a few more hellos and grab more photos! Enjoy:)

Textile Creations, Inc. :: www.textilecreations.com

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Maple Island Quilts / Debbie Bowles :: www.mapleislandquilts.com

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Kona Modern Quilts :: www.robertkaufman.com

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Violette Field Threads :: www.violettefieldthreads.com

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Bananafana :: www.bananafanadesigns-byjess.blogspot.com

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Villa Rosa Designs :: www.villarosadesigns.com

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Frond Designs Studios :: www.fronddesignstudios.com

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Suzn Quilts :: suznquilts.homestead.com

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Seven Islands Fabrics — Echino, Heather Ross, Kokka :: www.sevenislandsfabric.com

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Quiltsmart, Inc. :: www.quiltsmart.com

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That’s all for now! Stay tuned for the Sunday photo recap:)

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Pellon Projects™ Fixture Winners!

If you were roaming the aisles of Quilt Market this past weekend, you may have happened by the Pellon® booth. If you did, you likely got a glimpse of our Pellon Projects™ Fixture.

The fixture is a fantastic merchandising system that we created for shops both big and small to help motivate and facilitate sales. It proudly displays our best selling products, including a wide range of batting on boards, all of your favorite interfacings and stabilizers and a healthy selection of new packaged products. It also features tear sheets with FAQs and project ideas complete with shopping lists. It’s really an amazing way to shine the spotlight on products that are normally hidden in the back of a shop. Why am I going on and on about this wonderful fixture? Well, we went a little show crazy and gave one away! That’s right… a whole fixture, for FREE.

[top & bottom: crowds gathering for the drawing; center: our CEO giving a little background on the fixture]

Shop owners had the chance to enter to win between 9:30am on Friday morning and 2pm on Saturday afternoon. The winner had to be present at the drawing in order to win. We all had a few laughs as the first few names drawn were no-shows. I ended up being the one with the magic touch and drew our winner! The moment that I called out the name Nancy Handler, there was a small shriek from the crowd and a heck of a lot of smiling.

[top: Marcia Beck, Dee Beck, Nancy Handler & Cris Haskell, our CEO; L: Darlene Christopherson from Pellon® & Nancy; R: Cris & Nancy]

Nancy runs her shop, I Love Sewing, with her mom and her aunt and all three were present to claim their prize. The shop is located in Fremont, NE and though I’ve never been, I’m absolutely loving their website. I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out and if you’re local, pop in and say hello! Pretty soon, they’ll be sporting a fabulous fixture to meet all of your Pellon® needs!

Congratulations again!!

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Spring Quilt Market 2012 — Day 1

Day One:

Did I mention that this is my first Quilt Market? I’ve been feeling a bit like a little girl, anticipating her first day of school for weeks and weeks, only to arrive and realize that it was better than she ever could have imagined. Seriously. Are you here? Have you been walking the aisles? The displays are simply stunning, the level of creativity is remarkable and the artistry is unparalleled. I’ve been all over, from the 100s all the way up. I’ve been meeting with designers, chatting with industry folk, and learning more than I ever thought possible in such a short window.

Pellon® booth has been all abuzz with client meetings, designer inquiries and a general love for the products. We are constantly amazed and generally in awe of the things that you all create. YOU are inspiring! Our entire team has had a collective smile for at least 48 hours. We’re loving it all, to say the least.

We’ll be introducing some of our new products to you in the coming weeks, but for now… how about a little eye candy?;)I hope that the images below give you a tiny peek into what we’ve loved and what you may have missed this time around. Maybe you’ll be so romanced that you’ll just have to make the trip to Portland next year? We certainly hope so!

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The Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio :: www.emptybobbinsewing.net

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Amy, Colleen, Elizabeth and Lee

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Art Gallery Fabrics :: www.artgalleryquilts.com

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Melody Miller :: www.melodymiller.net

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Sara & Kim

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Lunch Box Quilts :: www.lunchboxquilts.com

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Laurie Tigner Designs :: LaurieTignerDesigns.com

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Whistlepig Creek Productions :: www.wpcreek.com

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Straight Stitch Society :: www.straightstitchsociety.com / Oliver + S :: www.oliverands.com

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The Quilted Fish :: www.thequiltedfishpatterns.com

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Ghee’s :: www.ghees.com

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Marie-Madeline Studio :: www.mariemadelinestudio.com

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** Images for Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th will post on Monday the 21st — don’t miss it!

 

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Spring Quilt Market 2012 — The Set-Up

Who knew that Kansas City was so darn beautiful? I’ll admit, I’m a first time visitor. I knew that the city was known for the jazz scene, but the architecture? Wow. We took a drive for dinner earlier (Anna’s Oven — and can I say that the mac-n-cheese deserves its own WOW?) and ended up on the most lovely little side street with houses constructed of stone and wood. The grass was green and sprawling, the trees offered the perfect amount of shade. If we all have to be stuck in a place for a few days for this fabulous Quilt Market of ours, I’m a little glad that we’re stuck here.

The past two days have been a whirlwind, but we’ve been soaking it up. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but I’m a Quilt Market newbie. I’m here with an amazing group with years and years of experience, but this… this is my first Market, and I have to say that I’m feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store. The fabrics, the quilts, the patterns, the bags (and of course all of the magic in the middle,) it’s overwhelming in the best possible way. I have grand plans to visit a slew of different booths and hope to bring you a eye-catching round-up of all of the fabulous things that you can’t afford to miss. For now, you’ll have to settle for a sneak peek of our Pellon®/Legacy™ booth.

If you’re attending market, please do come by and say hello. We’ll be at booth 1137. We have fun bags with snazzy little tape measures. We’re always smiling;).

 
[L: Fabric Magic Display & banner, R: banner & notions]

 
[L: notions, R: Pellon® Giveaways]

 
[Spring Has Sprung -- by Darlene Christopherson & Judy Steward]

 
[Spring Fling Quilt! -- by Darlene Christopherson & Judy Steward]

 
[L: Caliti Clutch by Sara Lawson, R: Frou Frou Bag by Sara Lawson]

 
[L: Picnic Bag & Blanket by Beverly McCullough, R: Fabric Magic in Action!]

   
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An added bonus for all of you shop/store owners out there?
— We’re giving away one of these amazing fixtures:

All you have do is come by, say hello, drop your card in the lovely little watering can (we’re so Spring!) and wait… We’ll draw the winner at 2pm on Saturday (the 19th) so don’t forget to come on by to see if you’re the big winner.

Don’t you just love Quilt Market??

– See Y’all Soon!

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A Perfect Reunion Quilt Along

So, we’re here! The Pellon® crew has descended upon Kansas City and we’re getting ready to make the booth look marvelous. For those just joining us, we’re here for the Spring International Quilt Market and we couldn’t be happier. A weekend full of oooo-ing and aaaah-ing over countless gorgeous creations, chit-chatting with designers, shop-owners and industry folk, and doing our best to continue spreading the good word on Pellon® Products.

I’ll be taking as many pictures as time will allow and will fill you all in on the happenings at the end of each day. That way, those who aren’t able to attend, but really really wanted to, may have the chance to live vicariously;)

With all that said, I couldn’t think of a better project to feature this week than the A Perfect Reunion Quilt Along by the talented Darlene Christopherson (also here with us in KC!). This quilted beauty features bird-themed applique 8″ blocks alternated with striking blue & white blocks and finished off with a striking thick red binding. It is sure to be a favorite for many. All blocks with full instructions will be fully available on our website, so you’re welcome to jump in any time! As usual, we’d love to see photos of your finished quilts and you’re welcome to post images on our Facebook page to share with the community.  Have fun with this one and happy quilting!

   

   

 

   

   

 

Which block is your favorite?

[updated July 16, 2012 -- the Quilt Along is now complete! Scroll down for links to each part in the series and have fun!]

A Perfect Reunion Quilt Along

Materials Needed
Medium Red Fabric
Blue Fabric
White Fabric
1-1/2 yards 807 Wonder Web® or 805 Wonder-Under®*
Legacy™ by Pellon® Premier Wool Batting
1/2 yard of each fabric color: light blue, two pinks, light golden yellow, dark yellow, three greens, light purple, medium purple, dark brown, and dark red

Note: yardages will differ depending on quilt size
* for machine applique

Tools Needed
General sewing supplies for machine work
Additional Needle and thread for hand applique

To download free copies of the full instructions, please see the links below. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page!

Part One :: Part Two :: Part Three :: Part Four :: Part Five

Part Six :: Part Seven :: Part Eight :: Part Nine :: Part Ten

Part Eleven :: Part Twelve

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

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:: Tuesday Tips — May 15 ::

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this week’s tip! You see… it’s not just your run-of-the-mill, regular old written tip. No, this one is live-action! Brought to you by our very own interfacing expert, we’re happy to give an easy tutorial for how to create an invisible Wonder-Under® Hem.

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The products behind the magic? Pellon®’s easy-to-use, newly packaged Wonder-Under® and Wonder-Under® Tape. Go grab yours today!

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We Love Moms!

Happy Friday and welcome to ‘with love from… Pinterest’ the ‘We Love Our Moms!’ edition;). This Sunday, May 13, we celebrate Mothers, Moms, Mums, Mommies, & Mamas. We put those amazing women on the prettiest, most glorious pedestals we can possibly find and from sunrise to sunset, we tell them how much we love them. Whether you’re sending all your love to your own mom, your grandma, your sister, your best friend, or your step-mom you want to make her feel amazing. Or perhaps you’re a mom and all you can think about is wanting a day to yourself… to create, to relax and to enjoy life. Whatever the case, we hope that the images below inspire a little creativity for the day.

We applaud you. We love you. We are thankful. Happy Mother’s Day!!

* This week… all of these images plus a few more can be found on our Mother’s Day Board! Check it out:)


1. Gardening Apron — via DesignSponge
2. Adjustable Apron — via PurlBee
3. Apron — via Stitches In Play

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4. Tub Teas — via Martha Stewart
5. Delicious Scrub — via Deliciously Organized

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6. Printable Mother’s Day Card — via Holiday Snob
7. ‘Amazing’ Mother’s Day Card — via Not On The High Street
8. Printable Mother Day Card — via Paper and Pip on Etsy

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9. Flower Arrangement by Mark Colle — via AnOther Magazine
10. Mini Can Garden — via Darling Dexter

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11. Lavender Sachets — via Purl Bee
12. Apple Coasters — via Purl Bee
13. Sweet Hanging Sachets — via Sew4Home

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14. Itty Bitty Quilt Block Magnets — via Little Bluebell
15. Cupcake Mug Rug by Vanessa Wilson — via Pellon Projects™

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16. Embellished Book Jacket — via Design for Mankind
17. DIY Braided Bead Necklace — via ECAB

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18. Felt Flowers — via It’s the Little Things
19. DIY flowers — via Martha Stewart
20. Pom Pom Flowers — via Poppytalk
21. Floral Paper Crown — via SheKnows

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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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Meet the Designer :: Beverly McCullough

Beverly McCullough is an at-home DIY queen & one our beloved Project Designers. She is the voice and the talent behind Flamingo Toes, a super cute crafting/sewing/DIY blog. Whether she’s giving tips on how to recreate that stunning must-have Anthropologie necklace or showing you how to make an adorable summer clutch, Bev’s posts never fail to captivate. They’ve already captured the attention of thousands of fans! Beverly is a woman on life-long quest to create, enjoy and inspire and doesn’t mind a bit that she gets to have a blast while doing it all. She is a West-coast gal and a loving wife and mom. We’re thrilled to have a chance to introduce you to her today!

Pellon Projects: How did you first get started with sewing?
Beverly McCullough: I started sewing pretty young! My mom made a lot of our clothes, plus lots in our rooms – we always had handmade quilts and curtains – all matching of course. So it was pretty natural for me to want to make my own things too. I was so excited to receive my very own (second hand) sewing machine for my 16th birthday. 
I also worked in a fabric store all through college and for several years after, so that made a huge difference for me with understanding fabrics and patterns.

PP: Was there an inspiring influence in your life that pushed you in a particular creative direction?
BC: Like I said, my mom was a sewer, so that probably started me in that direction. But I’ve always loved trying different things – quilting, apparel, and accessories. I think since we always had handmade things in the house, it was natural for me to prefer that most of the time to store bought things – or to be able to say, “hey, that’s cute – I’ll make it myself”.

   

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?
BC: Oh – that’s a tough one. Often I’ll come up with an idea for an item and I’ll sketch it out – along with basic ideas for measurements. Then as I start to create the paper patterns, I’ll lay them out and adjust fit or style depending on how it all looks. Once I have a pretty good idea of the patterns, I’ll cut out the fabric, and then make any further adjustments as I sew. And there’s a lot of hoping and praying the whole thing turns into something cool!

PP: Do you find yourself seeking out other sewers both in your area and in the online arena for inspiration and support?
BC: I definitely look to my friends online for inspiration and support – there are sooo many talented bloggers and sewists online that you can find an huge variety of projects and tools – and you can find such great tutorials on how to do almost anything! Locally I have a great group of friends – we get together for monthly Pinterest parties for crafting and eating. Those are so much fun and so much inspiration.

   

PP: Your picnic bag & blanket tutorial is one of our top patterns. How did you come up with the idea for the pair and what fabrics did you use?
BC: Wow – that’s so great! I think the idea originally came from talking with the representative from Pellon® about a project to feature, and we came up with the idea of the picnic bag and quilt. I wanted it to be something cute and portable. I love that the quilt folds up and you can carry it in the pocket of the bag. The fabrics are all from Joann’s – they are 100% cotton prints.

PP: What is your absolute favorite thing to create (could be anything, not just something sewn)?
BC: Oh really don’t have a favorite – as I’ve said before I have crafting ADD. And I have to change things up and make different things or I get bored. So I sometimes I just HAVE to sew – but then I have to change it up and make some jewelry or make a fun piece of wall art. I think that’s what keeps creating fun for me.

PP: You’ve got some fabulous projects under your belt (the recent potholders, the sunglasses case, and that fabulous Anthropologie Asterid Coin Purse knock-off to name a few). Any particular favorites?
BC: I am pretty fond of the Simple Clutches I did a few months ago – 4 different clutches using the same pattern. Those were really fun to change around and make different for each version.

  

PP: What advice do you have for new sewers and crafters out there?
BC: I would love to stress that the project doesn’t have to be perfect. What really matters is that you love it – and you have fun doing it. And the more you make, they better you’ll get. :)

PP: Who is your favorite fabric designer?
BC: I’m a huge Amy Butler fan – we’re redoing my daughter’s room in her fabrics right now. But I also love Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner – oh and lots others. I have a slight fabric addiction.

PP: What is your favorite Pellon® product and why?
BC: Oh gosh – that is really hard. I’d probably say both the Fusible Fleece and the Heavy-Duty Stabilizer. They are both so versatile and you can use them in home décor and apparel. Oh – and Wonder-Under®. Can’t forget that.

   

PP: What is your go-to, can’t-live-without-it tool?
BC: Ha. Probably my seam ripper. Cause I’m so impatient that I don’t always take the time to pin and I usually end up pulling it out to correct my mistakes.

PP: I know that the answer to this question is on your own blog, but I have to ask here, for the benefit of our readers;). Where did the name Flamingo Toes come from?
BC: In coming up with a blog name, I really wanted something fun and quirky – that stood out. I didn’t want to be labeled with one style of crafting. Plus I live by the beach and I’ve always thought flamingos were fun and quirky and cute. Hopefully like my blog. :)

PP: You recently attended the SNAP! Conference in Utah. What was it like to be immersed in a craft and inspiration filled environment like that for 3 days and what did you get out of the experience?
BC: Oh – it was just amazing. Being around 320 women who “get you” makes for an amazing conference. The sessions were packed with info and the whole conference was really well put together. I came back just inspired and fired up to create! And most importantly, I made – and grew – friendships with some seriously talented, fun women!

 

PP: You mentioned something on your blog about possible changes to your blog in the future. Where do you see the blog heading and do you have any ultimate goals for the future?
BC: Nothing too drastic. :) But I do have a ton of ideas for projects – and I want to be even more proactive about expanding my blog and my opportunities!

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We’d like to thank Bev for taking the time to chat with us! We love getting to learn a bit more about the woman behind the designs! For information about Bev, head to her artist page on pellonprojects.com or check out her blog, Flamingo Toes. You can find her on all of the usual online destinations, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Download a FREE pattern for Bev’s Picnic Bag & Blanket right here. We have it on good authority that she’ll have another project available very soon;).

All photos courtesy of Beverly McCullough ©2012 Flamingo Toes

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Embroidery-To-Go!

Here’s the situation: You love embroidery. So much so, that you’ve got what seems like a gazillion different embroidery colors lined up in your fabulous little craft room. You’ve got a functional home organization system set up, but your favorite crafty pal has invited you for an equally crafty session at her house next week and you have to pack up your array of beauties to bring them along. You can’t possibly throw them in a baggie… what if they get all tangled? The only logical solution would be to plan ahead and make your very own Embroidery-To-Go Bag!

This stylish and super handy travel case is the perfect way to beautifully and intelligently transport and display your prized threads. The brain-child of friends and sew-conspirators Sara Lawson (Sew Sweetness) and Rachael Gander (Imagine Gnats), this case is not just one of the newest projects on the site it’s also one of our current favorites.

So this is how it happened. Sara and Rachael talked. Rachael, an embroidery whiz with a handy background in graphic design, came up with the ‘thread + adorable little gal’ pattern. She sent the pattern to Sara, one of the #1 bag designers for Pellon Projects™, who then crafted the perfect travel case, complete with full zip-around, internal compartments and her very own rendition of Rachael’s embroidery pattern. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty impressed with the results!

 

 

 

Embroidery-To-Go Bag

Materials Needed
1/2 yard Exterior Fabric
1/2 yard Lining Fabric
One piece 7″ x 9″ Light Fabric (sample used Kona White)
1/3 yard Pellon® TP971F Thermolam® Plus
1 yard Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1/3 yard Pellon® 810 Tru Grid™
9″ square Pellon® 380 Soft-N-Stay™ (substitute heavier stabilizer for heavier fabric)
28″ zipper
Thread
Fabric Marker
Tape
Dressmaker Pencil/Wash-Away Fabric Marker
Embroidery Floss (see Rachael’s chart for colors)
Needle

Tools Needed
7″ Embroidery Hoop
Ruler
Sewing Machine and related 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 Lawson & Rachael Gander.

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:: Tuesday Tips — May 8 ::

This week, we’re back to batting! Perhaps you’ve got a new Spring quilt project in mind? Perhaps it’s not just any quilt, but a quilt for a little loved one? Well, we’re here to help!

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Q: What is the best batting to use for a baby quilt?

A: The answer is that there are a few excellent selections.

We’ll start with Cotton. Many quilters use 100% cotton for its softness and durability. When soaked in advance, there is no need to worry that it will shrink after multiple washings, something that will prove VERY handy as all you moms out there know! Also, the cotton will continue to soften over time, while retaining its strength.

If you’re you’re looking for a safety-conscious alternative, you may want to try Legacy™ by Pellon®’s 100% Rayon Flame Retardant Batting. It is soft, smooth, absorbent, and lightweight, making it an especially excellent choice for little ones in warm climates. It is non-irritating to the skin and is resistant to combustion. In the case of ignition, it will not flare, burn, stick or drip, nor will it emit toxic fumes. Combine the softness with the safety features and it may just be the perfect batting for a baby quilt.

Lastly, our batting expert shares that some quilters also prefer the Bamboo/Cotton Blend and the Soy/Cotton Blend for their antimicrobial qualities. One creative gal even used the soy blend to make cloth diapers. Both of these batting blends are needle-punched onto a stabilizer called ‘scrim binder’, so repeated washing won’t damage the shape, strength or durability.

For a bit more info on our battings as well as some helpful info, click here.

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We want to know: What batting will you use for your next baby quilt and why?

Happy Quilting!

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Monday Madness!! (5/7)

It’s the very first Monday in May. That means:

a. Mother’s Day is just 6 days away.
b. We’ve got warmer weather & are surrounded by brightly colored flowers.
c. Quilt Market is less than 2 weeks away.
d. It’s time for another Monday Madness Giveaway!
e. All of the above.

If you selected ‘e’, you are tremendously on the ball for a Monday;). As the header image may suggest, today we’re going to focus on ‘d’. Is it weird that we get a little giddy about these giveaways? We just love seeing how these products inspire you… how they jump-start your creativity. We’ve got a great prize package for you today and can’t wait to hear what you think!

May is all about tapes and fabulous fusibles. For our second Monthly Monday Madness Giveaway, one lucky winner will get 1 package each of Pellon®’s Easy-Knit® Tape, Wonder-Under® Tape, Wonder-Web® Tape and Heavy Duty Wonder-Under®. WOW!

A little bit of info on the products for you:

EK150 Easy-Knit® Tape: Batting & seam tape that is great for stabilizing seam and softening rough edgy of scratchy fabris. Can also be used to join leftover and scrap pieces of batting. Package includes 1-1/2” x 10 yards of product.

805 Wonder-Under® Tape: A paper-backed fusible web tape that is extremely versatile for use in all sorts of crafting and sewing projects. It turns any ordinary fabric into a fusible fabric. It will fuse fabric to fabric or or any other porous surface such as word or cardboard. Package includes 5/8” x 20 yards of product.

807 Wonder Web® Tape: A fusible web tape that is extremely versatile for use in apparel, quilting and craft & home décor projects. It can replace sewing or gluing and is great for hemming pants and skirts. Package includes 5/8” x 20 yards of product.

725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®: Your favorite paper-backed fusible web, with double the adhesive action. This product turns any fabric into a fusible fabric and is perfect for heavier weight fabrics such as canvas or denim. Package includes 15” x 3 yards of product.

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To enter-to-win, tell us what you’d like to try making with any one of these products. Please 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, May 10th. Winner will be announced on Friday, May 11th.

Thanks and good luck!

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UPDATE (May 11): This contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered:). Stay tuned for our next Monday Madness giveaway on June 4!

Congratulations to our winner, Fran, who had our 43rd comment!! Our winner was selected using a random generator at www.random.org.

We hope you enjoy the prize pack, Fran! And Happy Weekend to you all!

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Home Accessories

A fabulous set of table toppers can spruce up a dining room just as custom curtains can liven up a living space. Home Accessories are all the rage in DIY these days and we can see why! We’re personally lusting after the blue & orange pouf. What will your next home project be?

It’s Friday! Plenty of time for weekend crafting:). Have fun!!


1. pinned by Shannon Miller — source: Maggie and Sparrow
2.pinned by Andrea Braeuninger — source: ikat bag
3. pinned by Louise Gorman (The Oz Material Girls) — source: Pretty Ditty

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4. pinned by Vanessa / lbgstudio — source: arajane on flickr
5. re-pinned by Lynne Bradley — source: rosaechocolat on flickr
6. re-pinned by Patchwork Estudio — source: The Land Of Nod

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7. pinned by Ellen Luckett Baker — source: The Long Thread
8. re-pinned by Kim Niedzwiecki — source: Nana Company
9. re-pinned by Brenda – Just A Bit Frayed — source: Taylor Made

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10. re-pinned by Janet Marie — source: rosefieldsmarket on Etsy
11. pinned by Kaycee Bassett — source: The Mother Huddle
12. pinned by Heather Reeves — source: Living With Punks
13. pinned by Mindy Senko — source: Young House Love

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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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Iris Table Topper :: by Alexandra Henry

The Iris Table Topper isn’t just a gorgeous floral table accessory, perfect for sprucing up your Spring dinner parties… No, it’s also your new go-to back-to-front binding tutorial! Handy? Indeed;). If you’re a pellonprojects.com regular, you may recognize the name behind the design. Alexandra Henry is our multi-talented graphic designer, responsible for putting all of our Pellon® tutorials into an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow formats. She is also an avid quilter, having made her first quilt at age 5, an artist and a master at needle work. Her handy tutorial one of the fastest ways to finish off a quilt with lovely results. Whether you’re a beginner or just looking to hone your skills, this project may just be the perfect one for you! To learn more about Alexandra, check out her website right here.

We’re sure that this won’t be the last technique tutorial that we see from Alexandra. Anything in particular that you’d like to learn next? We’ll put in a good word;).

A few images from the binding tutorial:

Iris Table Topper
Applique can be done by machine or by hand. Finished topper measures 20-1/4″ square.

Materials Needed
1 yard Light Green Fabric
Scraps of Medium Green Fabric
Scraps of Dark Green Fabric
1 Fat Quarter Medium Purple Fabric
Scraps of Dark Purple Fabric
1/2 yard White Fabric
1/2 yard Legacy™ by Pellon® AB 80/20 Cotton/Poly Needle Punched Batting – 96″ wide
1/2 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
10″ square Pellon® 371R Fuse-N-Tear™
Thread

Tools Needed
Rotary cutting tools and mat
Ruler
Sewing machine and related 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! Happy Wednesday Evening!!

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

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:: Tuesday Tips — May 1 ::

Happy May! It’s hard to believe that another Spring month has flown by! May is the month of flowers, of celebrating our moms and of course, it’s the month of Quilt Market in Kansas City! Who’s going? Where do we find you? We’ll be there and we can’t WAIT! We’ll have more posts on all that leading up to the big weekend, but we want to find out which of your lovely faces we’ll get to greet when we’re there. Leave us a note in the comments:).

This week, we’re offering advice for what we hope is a more uncommon problem, though we’re sure that a few of you have experienced it.

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Q. “My test swatch looks very wrinkled; almost like an orange-peel – what does this mean?”

A. It can mean one of two things.  First, your interfacing may just be too heavy for your fabric.  You may want to try a lighter weight interfacing and be sure to test on another fabric sample before moving forward with your full project. Second, your fabric may be shrinking, causing it to look wrinkled.  Try pre-washing your fabric again or perhaps use a lower fusing temperature to apply the interfacing. If you’re experiencing these issues and need additional suggestions or support, please feel free to contact Customer Service. Our interfacing expert is here to help!!

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BONUS: Have you seen Jo-Ann‘s awesome video that gives some helpful hints for selecting the best interfacing for your project? Take a peek! We’re loving it!