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

B
Bari J :: Bumble Beans

C
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

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

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

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

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

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

Q
Quilter’s Haven :: Quilting Lodge

R
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

V
Violet Craft

W
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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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!!