Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Inspired by the 4th

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner! This week’s Pinterest round up is inspired by the bold colors of the holiday, fireworks, and the art of merriment;). Hope you all have some fabulous plans lined up for next week! Be safe and enjoy!

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top left: pinned by Erin Pew — source: Riley Blake Designs
top middle: pinned by Sarah — source: Trillium Design
top right: pinned by sarahjanestudios — source: Sewquine via Flickr
bottom: pinned by Nancy V. For Vintage — source: Tales of Time via Etsy

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left: pinned by Joanna Goddard — source: RStyle
middle: re-pinned by Cyd — source: GabbaGabbaGorgeous
right: pinned by Tara Clements — source: Spool No. 72

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left: re-pinned by amanda — source: Don’t Eat The Paintings
middle: pinned by Amanda Mora — source: Pandamanda
right: pinned by Merche Grosso — source: Lookarna

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top left: pinned by Renee Lareau — source: Making it Lovely
top right: pinned by Katie Vanaria — source: Half Baked
middle left: re-pinned by Cyd — source: Glorious Treats
middle: re-pinned by Mama Magpie — source: Martha Stewart
bottom left: re-pinned by Catherine McCord — source: Lemon Kitchen Blog
bottom right: re-pinned by Helen Eng — source: The Sisters Café

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left: pinned by Emily Eig — source: Not on the High Street
middle: pinned by Ivlanie Ginn — source: Martha Stewart
right: pinned by Lillie Mack — source: A Field Journal

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left: pinned by Lucinda Duerr — source: unknown
top middle: pinned by Melissa Huenergardt — source: unknown
bottom: middle: pinned by Jessica Burkett — source: Disney Family Fun
right: pinned by Pi Top — source: PiTop

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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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:: Pellon 101 – Part 6 ::

This week we take a peek at Fusible Webs & Adhesives, the fabulous segment that brings us to the irresistible 805 Wonder-Under®. Seriously, how many fabulous-shirts, art quilts, play mats, etc… have you created using Wonder-Under®. Did you know that it was first introduced back in 1988? That’s 24 years of magic;).

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FUSIBLE WEBS & ADHESIVES
Fusible Webs feature a  steam heat-activated glue that will fuse fabric to fabric or any other porous surface such as cardboard or wood.  The bond created between the two surfaces allows for an easy, no-sew finish. New to the line are Pellon®’s laminates which are designed to offer a protective finish.

Paper-backed
Webs with a paper backing that can peeled off after initial fusing to reveal a second fusible side.

No Backing
Webs that have no backing and must be fused on both sides at once.

Laminates
Provides a protective finish to fabrics. Used for accessories, apparel and craft & home décor projects.

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Next week we’ll take a look at our final segment, Embroidery! In the meantime, we’d love to see some examples of what you’re creating with all of these products. Post what you make to our Facebook page:).

** Psssst. Thought you might like to know that at the end of this series, we’ll offer a free downloadable print out with all the information you’ll need to select the right Pellon® products for your projects!
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Summer Lovin’

Wednesday June 20th marked the very first day of Summer. The sunny season made a grand entrance up and down the Eastern seaboard, hitting 90˚ even all the way up in Maine. It’s a lofty temp for so early in the season, but it certainly threw us all right into that fabulous Summer planning mode… thinking of new outdoor activities, plotting summer projects, dreaming of lazy days by the pool;). With that in mind, I couldn’t think of a better theme for this week’s Pinterest round-up than the brightly colored, fabulously vibrant scenes of Summer. Here’s hoping there’s something that inspires you. What are you Summer plans? Vacation? New projects? We want to know!

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left: re-pinned by Dana Kaar Bolyard — source: Linen and Raspberry
middle: re-pinned by Joan Callaway — source: From the Blue Chair
right: re-pinned by Fat Quarter Shop — source: Fig Tree Quilts

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left: re-pinned by Dana Kaar Bolyard — source: ShapeMoth via Flickr
middle top: re-pinned by Anna Graham — source: Film in the Fridge via Flickr
middle bottom: pinned by Ellen Graf — source: My Go-Go Life
right: re-pinned by Sew Sweetness — source: NOTyourrunofthemill via Etsy

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left: re-pinned by Kelly Bowser — source: Echinops & Aster
middle top: pinned by Ellen Luckett Baker — source: The Long Thread
middle bottom: pinned by Heather Joy — source: Uploaded by JoyofAllCrafts
right: pinned by Accuquilt — source: Accuquilt

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top left: pinned by Plaid Crafts — source: Paint Me Plaid
top right: pinned by Nancy Soriano — source: Kikki-K
bottom left: pinned by Better Homes & Gardens — source: Better Homes & Gardens
bottom right: pinned by handmade charlotte — source: dotcomsformoms

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top left: pinned by Etsy — source: Green Wedding Shoes
top middle: re-pinned by K Anderson-Abraham — source: Honestly WTF
top right: re-pinned by Dana Kaar Bolyard — source: aliceapple on Etsy
middle left: re-pinned by amanda — source: Little Bit Funky
middle right: re-pinned by Victoria Hudgins — source: I’m Preppy and I Know It
bottom left: pinned by Kristin — source: MADE
bottom right: pinned by Babble — source: Babble

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left: pinned by Stacie Rader — source: Rachel Mcginn Photography
middle: re-pinned by Smile and Wave — source: Studio Legohead
right: re-pinned by Handmade Charlotte — source: Lulie Wallace

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top left: re-pinned by Victoria Hudgins — source: OhDeeDoh / Apartment Therapy Family
top middle: re-pinned by Elsie Larson — source: OnToBaby
top right: re-pinned by Design Mom — source: Babble
bottom left: pinned by Victoria Hudgins — source: The Style Files
bottom middle: re-pinned by Design Mom — source: Batixa
bottom right: re-pinned by Victoria Hudgins — source: The Style Files

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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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Cathedral Window Pillow

The Cathedral Window Pillow is one of those projects that looks incredibly advanced and somewhat unattainable for a beginner. The big secret? It’s not!! Designer Kim Niedzwiecki offers a simple, easy-to-follow tutorial for how to make one of these beauties in an afternoon. You can use a variety of coordinating fabrics as she did, or make one with a single pattern depending on your desired end result. This is Kim’s first pattern for us and we’re so excited! Looking forward to all that comes next;).

Tip: try scaling down the proportions to make the most fabulous little pin cushion you’ll ever have!

 

 

Cathedral Window Pillow

Materials Needed
1-1/4 yards of Solid Fabric, cut to a 42″ Square (example uses Robert Kauffman Kona Solids in White)
Four 18″ squares of printed fabrics (example uses selections from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom Collection)
Four 10″ squares of printed fabrics (example uses selections from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom Collection)
1/2 yard fabric for Pillow Back, cut to one 18″ square
2 yards or 1 pkg of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
2 yards or 1 pkg of Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse™
One 16″ x 16″ Pellon® Pillow Form
One 12″ zipper (optional)
Fabric Button
Thread (example uses Aurifil 50wt thread-2024)
Poster Board (optional, but very handy!)

Tools Needed
Sewing Machine and related supplies
Rotary cutter and related supplies

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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 Kim Niedzwiecki.

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:: Pellon 101 — Part 5 ::

Continuing the Pellon 101 series, this week we address quilting!

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QUILTING
The products included in this segment are those that are used to assist in the design of a quilt or to add weight or warmth to the final quilted project.

Fleece
These products are typically used in crafting and small quilting projects and often have special qualities like fusible adhesive or insulation.

Quilting Aids
A range of products designed to help quilters achieve better quality finished quilts in a more efficient manner.

Batting
Used in quilting and quilting projects. Available in a variety of fiber contents and thicknesses. [note: As mentioned in last week's post, we'll dedicate a separate section to our extensive line of battings at the end of this series!]

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Next week we’ll focus on Fusible Webs & Adhesives.

** Psssst. Thought you might like to know that at the end of this series, we’ll offer a free downloadable print out with all the information you’ll need to select the right Pellon® products for your projects!
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Meet the Designer :: Robbi Joy Eklow

This week, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Robbi Joy Eklow. Chances are strong that you’ve already heard her name. She is a quilter, an artist, an educator and an author. Her art quilts are nothing short of stunning, created with hand-dyed cotton, bonded appliqué, and lots of free motion quilting. Her Steampunk Sublime tutorial has been one of our favorites on Pellon Projects™ and, months after publishing, remains one of our most popular. The quilt is entirely fused together with Wonder-Under® paper-backed fusible web. No needle or thread is used until the actual quilting begins. It’s a technique Robbi uses often, is the subject of many of her workshops and may be why she has been dubbed the ‘Goddess of the Last Minute’ though her quilts are anything but!

We such fun chatting with Robbi and hope you find some inspiration in her work!

Pellon Projects: How did you first get started with sewing?
Robbi Joy Eklow: My grandmother taught me to hand sew with fabric from her ragbox and then showed me how to use her old sewing machine. I was in kindergarten and we lived with my grandparents.

PP: Was there an inspiring influence in your life that pushed you in a particular creative direction?
RJE: I was the only child, my parents had been divorced, and my grandmother was a constant knitter and she did crewel. She had some hanging in the dining room. She would help me make beaded necklaces, and make paper flowers. She and my mother were very tolerant of my fiber adventures and I remember using my grandmother’s footstool as a base for macrame projects. I’d be tying knots on her footstool while she’d be resting her feet on it and knitting. My grandmother was my favorite person in the world — and she offered the only stability in my life until I married my husband — so I think one reason I gravitate towards fiber is because it connects me to my memories of her.

PP: Describe your process a bit… How do you come up with new designs and how to you move through the steps from idea conception to project completion?
RJE: Right now I’m fixated on patterns using radial symmetry. I have a vocabulary of “objects” that I’ve been arranging, maybe I’m looking for the perfect arrangement. I’m not sure. At any rate, I start a design on my computer, using Adobe Illustrator, to create a line drawing. I don’t worry about color at this point. All of my quilts are fused, so the next step is to create the “templates” on Wonder-Under. I either trace them manually, or print them directly onto sheets of Wonder-Under that I’ve cut to fit in my inkjet printer. The next step is to fuse the Wonder-Under to the fabric — I use my own hand dyed fabric. Then I fuse all the parts together, and then the last step is to quilt the quilt.

PP: Do you find yourself seeking out other sewers both in your area and in the online arena for inspiration and support
RJE: I do enjoy being around other quilters, I joined the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild last year and I’m very excited about it. I haven’t made any “Modern” quilts but I enjoy being around people who are excited about quilting. I also have local friends who quilt and I belong to a small group of art quilters. AND I am on Facebook about an hour every day. At least.

   

PP: What are your tools of choice? (sewing machine, needles, threads, etc…)
RJE: I do my quilting on an APQS Millennium Longarm most of the time. I also have a Bernina for regular stitching. I use a lot of different threads, at this point, I can’t really point to just one company.

PP: Do you have a favorite Pellon® product?
RJE: Of course I do! My quilts would not exist without Wonder-Under®. The slight stiffness it adds makes it easier to control the quilt when I’m free motion quilting. Some of the other fusibles are just too stiff for my taste, especially when I’m using multiple layers.

 

PP: You are not just an artist, but also a teacher and an author. Do you find yourself gravitating toward one area over another, or do all three pieces really work together?
RJE: Since I don’t really make my quilts to sell, the teaching part allows me to continue making the quilts instead of devoting myself to another full time job. I enjoy being able to write too. The writing and the teaching take time from the quilting, but I need all three.

PP: What do you love about teaching and do you have any favorite topics?
RJE: I really enjoy teaching. It’s fun to go to different parts of the country, or the world, and meet quilters from all over. Quilters are wonderful people and being able to spend time with them is a wonderful privilege. I’m very lucky that I get to do that.  I like to teach classes featuring my fused quilts. It’s like going to a coloring book class for adults.

 

PP: A number of your classes focus on the techniques and designs presented in your book, Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter. Can you give a sneak peek of what the book is about? What inspired you to write it?
RJE: The book is about how I design and quilt my fused quilts. I wrote it after making a lot of them!

PP: Your latest book is called Goddess of the Last Minute, a title you’ve also assumed on your website. Can you tell us a bit more about that and how the moniker came to be?
RJE: That’s a long story. I started using that as my moniker when I started my column in Quilting Arts a decade ago. It relates to how I am able to get things done on short notice. Not that I procrastinate.

PP: You’re headed to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September to teach a few classes. What is your favorite thing about attending and teaching at a Quilt Festival? Do you have a favorite festival?
RJE: I enjoy it the most when someone comes to me and tells me they enjoyed the day in my class very much. All of the quilt shows are so different, I can’t really say which is my favorite.

PP: Your designs have been included in a number of special exhibitions country-wide. What do you like most about displaying your art in this manner? How do you prepare for such a display?
RJE: I think it’s interesting to see a bunch of my quilts hung up at the same time. For preparation, I start with my newest quilts, hold out the ones that I need either to teach or to enter in a competition and then go from there, picking however many quilts are wanted for the display. It’s pretty straightforward.

   

PP: Your tutorial for the Steampunk Sublime Quilt is one of the most popular on our site. I’m sure our readers would love to know what inspired that design. Could you tell us a little about it?
RJE: I’ve been working in this circular symmetrical style for a while. I’m fascinated with it. I don’t really know why, but I have been drawing designs like this even when I was in high school and scribbling to stay awake during boring classes.  I like mechanical designs like the gears, they rotate and I imagine them working together. I love riding my bicycle, leisurely, I’m not a racer or anything, and I like the way bicycles look, so maybe there is something in that. When I was in first grade, my grandmother got this watch that had a clear back and I could see all the gears inside, that might have started it.

PP: Is there any advice that you could offer for young sewers and quilters, just getting started in their craft?
RJE: Just make things. Don’t let anyone tell you the way things HAVE TO BE. Quilts don’t have to be a certain way, you should just enjoy making them. And check to see if there is a Modern Quilt Guild in your area. Even if you AREN’T young, there is room for everyone, so you’ll find people to make friends with and people to get good advice from. And it’s really fun. If you are an art quilter, look to art quilt groups too.

PP: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today! We’re honored to have you as a guest!
RJE: Thanks for having me!

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We’d like to thank Robbi for taking the time to chat with us! Oh, the power of Wonder-Under®!! For information about Robbi, head to her artist page on pellonprojects.com or check out her website or her blog.

Download a FREE pattern for Robbi’s Steampunk Sublime quilt right here.

All photos courtesy of Robbi Joy Eklow ©2012 — visit www.robbieklow.com
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:: Pellon 101 — Part 4 ::

If you’ve been following along, you know we’re on to segment #2 this week: Crafts & Home Décor! If you’re just joining us, you can catch up on what you’ve missed right here.

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CRAFTS & HOME DÉCOR
Just as with apparel, it is extremely important to use the right stabilizer in craft and home decorating projects. This range of products lends itself to a diverse range of projects, including children’s toys, mixed media collages, scrap-booking and so much more. They are intended to strengthen and stabilize as well as aid and add to the design process in some way. The three major categories are: Stabilizers, Tracing Cloths and Mixed Media.

Stabilizers
For basic crafts, accessories and home décor projects.  Generally easy to use.

Tracing Cloths
Non-interfacing materials used in garment or craft patterning and creation.

Mixed Media
Spun bonded polyester sew-ins for crafting, sewing, quilting and fiber arts.

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Next week we’ll jump in to the non-batting area of Quilting. (We’ll do a separate series on the Legacy™ by Pellon® batting after the Pellon 101 series is complete!) Until then, enjoy the last days of Spring!

** Psssst. Thought you might like to know that at the end of this series, we’ll offer a free downloadable print out with all the information you’ll need to select the right Pellon® products for your projects!