Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Cathedral Windows, Part 2

It’s time for Round 2 of our Cathedral Window QAL! We have 3 new fabulous blocks which means we’re 2/3 of the way to a finished top;).

Opposing Waves Cathedral Window Block :: Emily Lang, Mommy’s Nap Time
Emily’s PostPrintable PatternFreeQuiltPatterns.info

Feathered Cathedral Window Block :: Rachael Gander, Imagine Gnats
Rachael’s PostPrintable PatternFreeQuiltPatterns.info

Color Burst Cathedral Window Block :: Jessica Lynn Skibicki, Sew Crafted
Jessica’s PostPrintable PatternFreeQuiltPatterns.info

New blocks COMING SOON!!

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What else makes me giddy about this whole thing? Checking out all of the blocks created from these tutorials;). If you’re sewing along, don’t forget to add your blocks to the flickr group.


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Don’t forget… You can also enter to win some fab prizes! For more info on prizes and how to enter, head to Bree’s post right here. Happy sewing and GOOD LUCK!!

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Share My Space :: Anjeanette Klinder

We’re SO excited to introduce ‘Share My Space’. It’s no secret that we’ve got some amazing designers helping us out here at Pellon®. Sure, we’re a little biased, but we know you all agree! You see their designs, follow their patterns, read their blogs… wouldn’t it be cool to get a sneak peek into where all of the design magic happens? We think so too:). Enjoy!

Anjeanette Klinder :: By Anjeanette :: Designer Profile

Welcome to my Lair! Since I have two young boys, everything in our world relates to boy things, thus the Lair. It is ok. Daddy has his own Lair full of musical instruments.

From left, around the room…


On the wall directly to your left, as you walk in is my design wall. It is just a very large piece of black felt pinned to the wall with push pins. I put it up to be temporary, but I just fell in love with it. I love that it is black because most of my quilts are not black. The black makes my projects stand out. It is very big. I often have several projects going at one time and I am able to keep a few up at the same time. As you can see, there are 4 projects on the design wall right now. I pin everything to my design wall. My children are sweet, but they do like to come in and look around. The pins keep everything in place nicely.


I always keep a print out of what I am working on directly on the design wall. If you look behind my sewing machine, you can see a mock up of the pink quilt. I like to have the layout directly in front of me when I sew. There are less placement mistakes that way.


Moving onto the window wall. I have an obsession with houses. I made my little house valance a while ago and shared the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew! Blog. I still love it as much as I did when I made it.


Below the windows I have a craft table. I have my cutting mat and rulers on that table. I also keep my laptop, phone and all my tools on that table.  I don’t actually do my typing on my laptop there, but I do listen to music or watch a movie with it right there.


Moving to the right again is the wall with a closet and bookshelf. I also do my ironing in front of the closet.  The bookshelf holds my magazines and books. I also keep a shelf with current projects folded neatly on it. On top of the bookshelf are my knick-knacks. I am a collector by heart. But I try to keep my collections to a minimum. I gave away a lot of my Precious Moments figurines when we moved and kept only these. I am not collecting more but these do have memories attached to them.


Moving to the right one last time is my supply wall. I am not only interested in Quilting — I also dabble in just about everything. I guess you could call me a hobby collector. The first wire rack on the left houses all of my crafting supplies, and the wire rack on the right holds all of my fabric. I used to scrapbook and found that I purchased tons of papers and ephemera that I never actually used. When I shifted focus into quilting more, I decided not to maintain much of a stash. I didn’t want to end up with a ton of fabric that I loved, but would never use. Now, when I buy fabric, I usually buy for a specific project. I typically buy within one line and I like to make sure to get a yard or two of a single cut in the line in case I decide to add a boarder or use it for the binding. I’ve often worked on a project only to discover I couldn’t purchase any more fabric in that line. So now, when I do buy fabric, I keep it in separate bins. One bin will include a pattern, the other, the fabric including at least one complete yard.


I have two shelves of designer fabrics, mostly precuts (love) in bins.  The bottom two shelves are my miscellaneous fabric, sheets, and felt pieces.

Thanks for peeking!
–  Anjeanette

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Thanks so much to Anjeanette Klinder for opening up her home and her sewing room to us. We absolutely loved taking a peek around!

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Cathedral Windows

Every time a new cathedral window block pops up in my inbox, I get a little giddy;). These talented ladies are putting new twists on the charmingly traditional block. Are you following along? Have you started with your own blocks? What fabric will you use?

Layered Cathedral Window Block :: Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness
Sara’s Post :: Printable Pattern

Woven Cathedral Window Block :: Bree Wernimont, My Crafty Crap
Bree’s Post :: Printable Pattern

Modern Cathedral Window Block :: Jill Dorsey, Made With Moxie
Jill’s Post :: Printable Pattern

New blocks COMING SOON!!

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What else makes me giddy about this whole thing? Checking out all of the blocks created from these tutorials;). If you’re sewing along, don’t forget to add your blocks to the flickr group.


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Don’t forget… You can also enter to win some fab prizes! For more info on prizes and how to enter, head to Bree’s post right here. Happy sewing and GOOD LUCK!!

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A Clean Iron

Today’s tip comes to you courtesy of Sara Lawson, author of popular sewing blog Sew Sweetness, and a very talented Pellon Projects™ Designer. Thanks so much Sara!!

Hey everyone! I looked at my iron this morning and it seriously looked like it was caked in mud. I’d say about a 1/4 of it was brown. Yuck. Who wants to use something like that to iron your gorgeous fabrics and prized projects? I had to do something! I came up with a great solution and thought it’d be worth sharing with all of you.

For a clean iron:

– Add equal parts baking soda and salt to water to form a paste.
– Apply the paste to a damp washcloth and use it to scrub your iron. The baking soda provides cleaning powers while the salt serves as what you might call an exfolient for your iron;).
– Create a vinegar/water solution and use it to clean the plate. This helps to remove any baking soda that got caked into the little holes in your iron plate.
– Use a magic eraser to polish the plate and make it look shiny again.
– Stand back and admire! Your iron should look as good as new!

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Planning to give this one a try? We’d love to see your before and after shots! Send them to erin @ pellon.

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A Girl’s Night Out!!

Are you all as excited about October as we are? Between the Cathedral Window QAL, the Trick-or-Treat QAL, Sewing Summit, Quilt Market and Quilt Festival, we’ve already been hopping around the office in a constant giddy state. But now we’re doing cartwheels too;).

We are excited to be involved in the very first Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girls Night Out Blogger Get Together! The event was organized by Jessica of Me Sew Crazy and will take place on Friday, October 12th out in Salt Lake City, UT. It was planned to coincide with the oh-so-fabulous Sewing Summit, which takes place over that weekend.


Our industry happens to have a tremendous online presence, powered by an enormous collection of extraordinarily talented designers, crafters, sewers, writers, and educators, sharing their every day passions with the world through their blogs. As Jessica said so eloquently, “Blogging gives us a platform to share our common interests, our daily life, our goals and aspirations, and helps us connect with others in a powerful way. We form meaningful friendships with people through the written word. And when the opportunity arises for us to meet up, we jump at the chance to rejoice and celebrate those friendships.” (see her announcement post here)

We’re proud a sponsor and honored to be in such good company: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Michel Miller Fabrics, Coats & Clark, Fat Quarter Shop, & The Ribbon Retreat.

Want to get in on the fun? (Of course you do!!)

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Enter-to-win in the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out Contest for your chance to win some fabulous sewing swag!


Don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account? Leave a comment on Jess’s intro post over at Me Sew Crazy. That’s also where you’ll want to head for contest rules;).

Take a peek at some of the lovely attendees:

Ooooooooo — it’s gonna be good!! Have fun and good luck!!

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September Giveaway Winner!

September’s giveaway had the highest participation rate that we’ve ever seen here on this little blog, with 168 total entries. Can I just say that you all rock my world??;) Thank you to everyone for playing along.

 

And now, without further pause… CONGRATULATIONS to our big winner, JEANNE!

Our next giveaway will launch the week of October 22nd with the winner being announced on the last day of Quilt Market, Monday October 29th. We hope you’ll join us again!

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Cathedral Window QAL

Good Morning to all you fabulous creators and welcome to October!! It’s going to be an amazing month, chock full of pure AWESOME with The Sewing Summit, Fall International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival and a plethora of fabulous QALs and giveaways. We’re certainly not lacking for things to do;).

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

To kick things off in style, we’re happy to announce the Cathedral Window Quilt Along. We’ve teamed up with FreeQuiltPatterns.info and 9 talented Pellon Projects™ designers to bring you a fun 9-block Cathedral Window Mini Sampler.  Each week in October, there will be two block tutorials featuring each designer’s take on the traditional Cathedral Window. Each designer will post her block on her own blog, and of course, we’ll provide the free pdf download for your reference right at PellonProjects.com. See below for the schedule and please visit each individual blog to support these wonderful ladies. We’ll post updates on the blog every Friday.

Oct 1 :: Sara @ Sew Sweetness 
Oct 4 :: Bree @ My Crafty Crap
Oct 8 :: Jill @ Made with Moxie 
Oct 11 :: Emily @ Mommy’s Nap Time
Oct 15 :: Rachael @ Imagine Gnats 
Oct 18 :: Jessica @ Sew Crafted
Oct 22 :: Elizabeth @ Don’t Call Me Betsy
Oct 25 :: Kim @ My Go-Go Life 
Oct 29 :: Heather @ Olive & Ollie

If that weren’t already enough, how about a few chances to win some fabulous prizes? We have contributed some snazzy little prize packs AND there some awesome items from Aurifil, FreeQuiltPatterns.info & Fat Quarter Shop. All details are below. The only question now is, are you ready to sew??
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Prizing Details
1st & 2nd place will be randomly drawn from all completed sampler tops. You do not need to have the mini backed, quilted, or bound, but all nine blocks must be completed. You may have one entry for each completed sampler top. All blocks must be completed & submitted to the flickr group by midnight central time on november 15 to be considered for the drawing.

First Prize:
1 Kindle Fire HD
1 $35 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate
1 pkg Pellon® EK150-10 Easy-Knit® Tape
1 pkg 70 Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-In
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 Legacy™ by Pellon® Throw (60×60) 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber
1 Pattern Playground CD

Second Prize
1 $35 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate
1 Legacy™ by Pellon® Crib (45×60) 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 Pattern Playground CD

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3rd & 4th place will be drawn from all individually completed blocks. You may have one entry for each of the nine blocks completed.

Third Prize:
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Fourth Prize:
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

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Individual block prize bundles will be drawn from all entries for each block design. You may have one entry into each of the nine drawings for each block completed of that design.

Individual block prize #1-9:
1 Aurifil thread bundle
1 Pattern Playground CD

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For more info, check My Crafty Crap and don’t forget to join the cathedral windows qal flickr group!! Get your sewing machine ready for a great month;).