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In Fashion, Part 3

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With the last post in the ‘In Fashion’ series, we finally get to reveal Nancy’s first project for Pellon®! We’re loving this one and can’t wait to hear what you think! We’d originally intended to post this on March 17 for St. Patrick’s day, but thought that mid-week might be better timing. That said, this project has a special connection with the Irish holiday, mostly because designer Nancy Spaulding is, herself, Irish and has strong family ties in the Northern regions. She even has dual citizenship! The style of the cap, as you’ll see, pulls in elements of classic Irish attire with the strong attention to Tweeds. I have no doubt that this cap would make Nancy’s Irish family proud!

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Tell us a little about how your Wild Tweed Cap got started.
Well, prior to our meeting last summer, I had already pulled images from the trend service I use (WGSN), had started collecting fabrics and trims, and made a quick pattern to check fit and overall design. I had a rough prototype put together when we met. It was great to show you my “before and after” as you said you really liked the direction for this first fashion accessory project for Pellon®.

Can you explain a little about how your trend forecasting and design process led to the creation of the Wild Tweed Cap?
I first looked at trends in overall themes and then I looked at trends in hats. I then looked at trends in fabrics and that’s where it all started. I love animal prints and saw that they were, once again, a strong trend and wanted to see how I could mix formal tweeds/herringbones with the animal prints.

I then looked at color combos to get an idea about my color palette. I pulled together images that I felt reflected the “mood” of the season (which was for fall/winter), and then started working on the pattern and figuring out how I would construct and finish the design.

This cap design can be styled many ways to reflect another season. There are a myriad of ways to revamp the design.  As an example: I may create a new version of this pattern using black lace as an overlay for the main fabric.  Black lace and lace in general seem to be strong themes right now. Color blocking is still trending. How about a white lace overlay wedding cap for the more “sporty” bride? It’s endless and that’s the fun about being creative in fashion; you’ve always got something interesting to think about and visualize!

I hope the people who visit the Pellon website will like the project; it was fun!

Introducing… The Wild Tweed Cap

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Materials List
1/8-1/4 yard of each tweed, knit or corduroy fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
One well-fitting baseball-style cap
1/4 yard Pellon® 72F Peltex® II Ultra-Firm
1/2 yard Pellon® 855F Tailor’s Elite™
1/4 yard Pellon® HC120F Fusible Hair Canvas (optional)
Button
Thread
2″ piece of 1/4″ elastic for back of cap
1/2″ double-fold bias tape or 1/2″ wide twill tape (optional)
Flower decoration (optional)

Tools List
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

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[Model: Rachel Johnson]

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A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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In Fashion, Part 2

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We’re back for the second week of our new series, In Fashion w/Nancy Spaulding. Are you following along? Any plans for sewing some apparel?

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Once you have a solid idea of trend and style for a particular season, how do you get started with plans for what to make?
As stated in the first blog post, I sort through my inspiration resources for the project. I look at images, swatches of various fabrics and trims, notes from vintage garments I’ve viewed. I look at color combos, textures/pattern, and see what kind of theme or direction is emerging from it all. I then think about how I am going to design the item – what steps are necessary – and then go from there.

Tell us a bit about your design process.
I sometimes just jump right in and start working as I get pretty excited! I can easily imagine in my “mind’s-eye” what the finished design will look like; quick sketches (“roughs”) are often helpful to work through the ideas of what I need to do first, second, etc.

However, sometimes just working- experimenting -is the best way; sometimes it is trial and error and working out the “bugs”. I like the organic process of design, not always being constrained and systematic. For me, oftentimes it is about letting the process flow.

It is also good to have an understanding of the foundational aspects of design such as silhouette, line, rhythm, repetition, etc. You can then go back and refine your ideas once you can step back and take a critical look at your own work. I often like to put a new design aside for a short while and come back to it with “fresh eyes”.

Do you always work from a pattern?
Pretty much, although most times the pattern gets developed along the way as I’m designing. I can then go back and refine the pattern.

Do you prefer to create your own or work through pattern software?
I use both methods: flat pattern and computer pattern-making; although computer pattern drafting is faster for me for some projects.

How do you select your fabrics?
First of all, the fabric has to “speak” to me; I need to be attracted to it. I also like to use fabrics that I typically haven’t used previously in order to expand my repertoire. I think that it is good to not be afraid of unusual fabrics; experiment; try them out. If you make mistakes, learn and move on; it’s okay!

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from couture designer Kenneth King. He said something to the effect that “you’ve got to ruin five miles of fabric before you are any good!”

I do a lot of mixing & matching, deciding if certain fabrics will work together structurally. Again, I look at all aspects of color and pattern/texture and ask myself if they work together. I sometimes like to show my work to a trusted colleague who will give me honest feedback.

How do you determine which interfacings you’d like to use where?
This is where experimenting is helpful. Trying various types of interfacing on scraps of fabrics that you’ll use in the design is essential. Right now, I’m using mostly fusibles. I like to analyze how they affect the “hand” and/or drape of the fabrics.  Does the interfacing do what you want it to do to achieve the effect you desire? If not, try another. With so many great interfacings available now, there is bound to be something that will work for your project.

Do you typically dive right into the creation process with your final materials, or do you work up a model first?
If I am going to do a one-off design, I’ll dive right in and sew what comes out.  However, if I plan on making something again, I need to be a bit more systematic about it.

I like to make prototypes, especially if I am going to produce the design again in order to check fit, work out any pattern “bugs”, and see how the overall design works.

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Thanks so much Nancy! We’ll see you next time for a quick chat about your new project for Pellon®!

 

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In Fashion — Part 1

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Today, we’re so incredibly thrilled to bring you the first in a three-part fashion series featuring Nancy Spaulding. Nancy has been a fashionista  since the age of eight when she designed a Hawaiian-inspired luau dress for her teddy bear. She’s been designing, sewing and creating apparel and fashion accessories ever since. She started her career sewing on her great-grandmother’s treadle machine and though she’s graduated to various new machines over the years, she still marvels that she gets to call her childhood hobby her career.

I first met Nancy back in June of 2012. Though she’s based out in Tucson, Arizona, she has a summer place up on the coast of Maine, a lovely 2.5 hour drive away from my home office. I met her for a late breakfast on the third floor roof deck of her seaside home, overlooking the rocky coast of the Atlantic. Sound picturesque? It was — and it was the perfect backdrop to learn more about Nancy and hear about her extensive experience in the fashion world. It was then that we first discussed her project idea for Pellon®. Rather than just presenting a project, we thought it might be fun to share the full process from trend analysis & mood boards, to project planning and finally project creation. With that said, let’s just jump right in!

Nancy, to get us started, could you tell us a bit about your background with the fashion world?
Well, as my designer’s bio states, I started my “career” when I was eight years old (only I didn’t know it back then!) sewing fashions for my teddy bear and Barbie dolls on my great grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. Since I was a child, I have always loved creating my own designs. In my teenage years, embroidery was all the rage, so I learned how to embroider quite well. My aunt designed costumes and my step-cousin was a knitwear designer in NYC, so I guess you could say it is in my blood.

Also, I think growing up in New England in what I call the “cradle of the U.S. Industrial Revolution” during a time when manufacturing was prevalent in the U.S. helped to shape me. I always knew someone who worked at a shoe factory or an apparel manufacturer.

I studied apparel & textiles in college. While in college, I worked for a high-end skiwear manufacturer for a while and learned a lot about sewing on industrial equipment and about the manufacturing process; skills I developed in the factory environment have served me well over the years. I went on to design fashion accessories (handbags primarily), but I have also worked in sportswear, etc. My last official “corporate gig” in the fashion industry was with a hosiery company in San Diego, California where I was responsible for brand management/product development for Victoria’s Secret, Esprit, and other hosiery lines.
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Since stepping away from the corporate world in 2008, I’ve been teaching fashion design at a large community college in Tucson, Arizona.  I teach several classes such as patternmaking, draping, fashion drawing, history of fashion, textiles, digital fashion design, etc. I also just finished assisting with a book project for a well-respected designer in L.A. regarding fashion draping (for a large NY fashion publishing house).  I’ve got several more projects in the works (I like to keep my “hand” in industry), and I like to keep up with technology.

What exactly is a trend report and how far out are its projections?
Good question!  A professional trend report (otherwise known as a “predictive service”) is usually prepared by one of several trend research companies such as WGSN, Stylesight, Fashion Snoops, and others.  In simple terms, it’s like having a crystal ball for the fashion industry.

Typically, projected trends for design, color, “mood” and/or inspiration can range up to 18 months out. In a nutshell, a trend service analyzes fashion trends before we see fashions on the racks at our favorite retailers. Right now, I’ve been looking at Spring/Summer 2014 and will look at Fall/Winter 2014 shortly.

In the U.S., I’ve attended trend seminars in L.A. at the CalMart during the textile show. Any major domestic fashion trade event such as MAGIC (Las Vegas) or trade shows at the Javitz in NYC will have trend seminars as part of the show.  Of course, there are lots of international shows as well.

What types of information are you able to pull? Does it focus on pattern, colors and style, or does it go even further beyond?
I am able to pull runway images from around the world and for international designers that I like. I can get information from trade shows, trend reports, color analysis, material reports, flat images (line art for the latest style trends), business info, and lots more.

There is analysis for all categories of apparel from women’s and men’s fashion trends to children, prints, accessories –  a complete picture of what is happening in the world at a given time.  Trend services present a visual feast for the eyes, and the great thing is that you can travel the world from the comfort of your own chair!

What do you do with the information once it’s been pulled?
First of all, I sit down with my “swipe” files; these certain images that I’ve pulled from the trend service and/or images that I find inspiring from magazines.  I also look at bits and pieces of other “elements” that inspire me:  for instance, the colors in a rock, architecture, nature, art, popular culture (street), vintage fashions, various things I’ve collected, a particular fabric or trim.  Inspiration is all around us and it is endless; you just have to look!  And, don’t be a slave to trends.  Start some of your own!

I then sort through everything I’ve collected, lay it out, and try to see if I can see a trend in color, texture, images and then see what “theme” is emerging from it all.  I may look at previous sketches that I’ve done…does anything work with my current design idea?  I sometimes just have an idea and go with it; these times the theme is already set.

Do you use a ‘mood board’ for inspiration on all new projects and is that something you’d recommend for budding fashion designers?
Yes; I would recommend mood boards to budding fashion designers.   I like to organize my inspirational references and ideas to help narrow down my focus for a project.  A mood board helps me to “center” my ideas and not be all over the place with my thoughts.  Ideas are endless, but you don’t want your design projects looking like a mish-mash of themes/colors/concepts; there needs to be some sort of coherent “thread” running through the design(s).
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[Sources: full board; top -- 1, 2, 3, 4; middle -- 1, 2, 3, 4; bottom -- 1, 2, 3, 4]

What advice could you offer for new designers who may not have access to a trend forecasting system? Are there key online destinations or print publications that can provide similar information?
To start with, begin collecting images from magazines (called “swipes”) that inspire you. You may be inspired by the way a particular fabric manipulation technique looks, color, texture, shapes, and any myriad of other design influences.  Fashion magazines are great, but also look to other magazines that have photos of land and water creatures, photos of architecture in foreign countries, and landscapes. Walk out the door and look at plants of all shapes and sizes. Notice colors in nature; nature provides us with wonderful color combos!  I love rocks, so am often fascinated with the numerous and oftentimes subtle colorations found in them. Dig through vintage shops and easily find loads of inspiration from the past. Visit museums; lots of inspiration there!

I also think it is good to look at retail.  Even though the trends are current at retail, a number of the silhouettes and fabrications will be updated and recycled for another season (if they are strong sellers).

The great thing about design today is that it can be lots of things, although I personally think design needs to be thoughtful and well-done.  Look at the DIY movement and how it has transformed our creative society!

RESOURCES
Color trends: Pantone, Design Seeds
A couple of good resourcesThe Cool Hunter and Startup Fashion
A Nancy favorite: The Textile Blog  (“Like” them on Facebook and you’ll see the coolest images in your updates every day!)
Of course, don’t forget Pinterest, fashion magazines (both domestic and foreign), and Polyvore (a good way to put together designs you find inspiring while having the ability to create a little digital mood board at the same time).

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Thanks so much Nancy! We’ll see you next time for a quick chat about fashion design and construction!

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The Sewing Loft :: National Sewing Month Series

Happy Friday!! Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Heather Valentine, a brand new Pellon Projects™ artist and owner/creator of The Sewing Loft. In honor of September and National Sewing Month, Heather has been hosting a terrific series highlighting favorite tools and techniques from some of our industry’s great creative ladies. We’ve been following along and suddenly have a giant list of new tools that just *must* be purchased for our sewing rooms;). Thankfully, we can use all of the posts in Heather’s series as a guide for what to make with all of our new handy tools;).

Thanks so much for taking a moment to chat with us today, Heather!

Pellon Projects: What first inspired the National Sewing Month Series?
Heather Valentine: National Sewing Month was always a big deal with my New Jersey Sewing Guild Chapter. We always did our best to celebrate in a special way. Now, that I have moved 600 plus miles away, I still wanted to keep the traditional alive. I thought the blog was a wonderful way to share the celebration with others!

PP: Was your intention always to keep a focus on tools and tricks of the trade?
HV: My focus was always tools, tips and tricks. With so many tools on the market today, it is difficult to know every last one. Plus, I think it’s really interesting to see how others use the similar tools. I mean, let’s face it, we all have a machine but those little tools, they’re like eye candy! They can save a bunch of time. Case in point- the little wooden stick!

PP: What are your hopes for the series?
HV: My hope is that stitchers of all levels will find something of interest and become inspired by a new tool, tip or project idea. The main goal is to inspire others to “Reclaim” their creativity through stitching! Hopefully, someone following along will see a tool in a whole new light, or discover that their old standby tucked in a drawer somewhere can actually be used differently to help save time. That would be a win in my book.

PP: What is your favorite or most-used sewing room tool?
HV: This question is a toughie! But it is funny that you ask, I just completed a few projects all from my fabric stash. Without a doubt in my mind, this is my most over worked and under appreciated tool.

PP: What Pellon® interfacing product would you recommend to readers and why?
HV: Well, currently I am working on this fun project with the 906F interfacing. I think by now, everyone knows that I save all of my scraps. This product allows me to salvage them and reclaim them into a fun new fabric.

To be fair though, I think it’s super important for stitchers to realize the importance of a quality interfacing. During my years of Product Development and Technical Design in the garment industry, I learned the significance of this hidden gem caught between the layers of fabric. A quality interfacing can make a piece of inexpensive fabric shine like a brilliant diamond! But without it, your project is sure to show flaws and will breakdown over time.

I think many stitchers underestimate the powerful foundation this hidden layer provides. For me, interfacing is like the secret ingredient in your favorite sauce. Without it, something is lacking.

A few key links
Zipper Foot
Handy Sewing Needle Tips & Tricks
The Power of a Pin Cushion
Get to the Point with Sewing Pins
The Wooden Iron
Heat Erasing Pens

Thank you again Heather!!

[all images courtesy of The Sewing Loft and guest posters -- click the links for more information]

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Craft Book Month @ Craft Buds

If you’re like me, you may have assumed that September is ONLY National Sewing Month. Not true… over at Craft Buds, it’s also Craft Book Month! Now in its second year, the event strives to shine a light on the talented creatives behind the many crafting & sewing books out there. From quilts to embroidery, crafts to apparel, there really is a little something for everyone. The series thus far has been nothing less than fascinating, featuring interviews with industry folk sharing advice for aspiring authors and how-tos from prominent designers and beloved bloggers. It’s possible that we’re just a tiny bit biased (co-creator Lindsay Conner is a Pellon Projects™ Designer), but we’ve been loving every minute and are, quite frankly, a little sad to see it come to an end.

That said, we’re extremely happy to have had a chance to chat with Lindsay and learn a bit more about how the series came to be and how the month of pure bloggy loveliness has been for her. Thanks so much to Lindsay for taking a few moments out of her busy schedule!!

Pellon Projects: What first inspired the Craft Book Month Series?
Lindsay Conner: My husband and I were vacationing in Quebec City a couple summers ago. I tend to get new ideas when I’m away from my day-to-day environment. Thankfully, this was one of those times! For several months, I’d put myself toward the goal of writing a DIY/how-to book. I realized that there wasn’t much information in blogland about the actual process. How do you go about writing a book proposal? What’s the best way to research and connect with publishers that might be interested in your idea? Do you need to hire an agent? I figured that the process looked a little different in the crafting field than with other types of publishing, but I had to do a lot of digging to find answers.

As I was walking the streets of a new city, I came up with the idea for a blog series called Craft Book Month. I had two goals in mind: a) I wanted answers to the questions above and b) I also wanted to encourage and inspired crafters (myself included!) to actually make a project from a craft book and share it. Let’s face it… some of our craft books are collecting dust! As a side benefit, I’ve been able to network and connect with inspiring craft book authors and their publishers while promoting the event, which has led to some pretty cool opportunities.

PP: Was it easier to pull everything together for this one, now that you’re in your second year of running the event?
LC: Yes, absolutely. This year, I had the idea to move beyond the author/editor relationship and expand the series to share a bit how craft book photography, marketing and design/layout work. There’s so much that goes into the book production process, that I thought it would be great to learn from the experts! I also formed a team of bloggers this year to help me spread the word through a blog hop, which helped us to cast a wider net for the event and share the craft book love. :)

PP: Do you have a favorite Craft Book that you would recommend to readers?
LC: I have several! In general, I love all of the quilt titles from Stash Books, especially Block Party and Bags: The Modern Classics. Fa La La La Felt and Stash Happy Felt are two of my favorites from Lark Crafts. The One-Yard Wonders books and Improv Sewing from Storey Publishing are also favorites, because they each have 101 projects! There is really so much inspiration to be found, and I like checking out books from a variety of publishers and even self-published books and patterns.

PP: I would imagine that reader participation for a month-long event like this must be pretty strong. Have you been getting a lot of great feedback?
LC: We have more than doubled our participation in the linky party from last year (and had a huge response from Craft Book Month sponsors) so I am thrilled! The feedback has been very positive, both from the blog readers and the wonderful experts who agreed to do a Q&A with me and take the hot seat. And I expect that readers will chime in on the linky party and this week’s giveaways through the last day, September 30.

PP:What types of projects do you see the most of in the final week link-up party?
LC: We have a lot of sewing and quilting readers, so it’s not surprising to see lots of quilts, sewn wearables and home decor. But we also have some knitters in the mix. It’s fun to get to see two interpretations of the same quilt!

PP: And just because we’re curious, what Pellon® product would you recommend to readers and why?
LC: I love  Legacy™ by Pellon® batting, and cannot wait to wrap up a couple projects so I can dive in and work on my free-motion quilting. The batting looks great with tight quilting, so I was happy to get my quilt back from the long armer and see how smooth it looked–brilliant!


[Images courtesy of the Authors, Publishers and Craft Buds -- see below for article links]

A few handy links
Craft Book Photograph Elizabeth Maxson
Author Talk: Fat Quarter Shop & Giveaway
Craft Book Author Angela Yosten
Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook & Giveaway
Linky Party [link your projects up TODAY!!]

Check out Craft Buds for access to a full month’s worth of fabulous articles. To learn more about Craft Buds and co-creators Lindsay Conner & Mary Jaracz click here. Lindsay can also be found online at Lindsay Sews & Mary blogs at Bugglebee.

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Taylor Urban

Taylor Urban is a crafter, sewer and creator of the popular blog It’s Taylor Made. She is always looking for new ideas, and has an true passion for discovering new crafts. One look at her impressive list of DIY crafts and you might just be hooked! Taylor holds a degree in costume design & runs the Etsy Shop, Taylor Made Home. She lives just outside of Houston, TX with her husband and her two sons.

We were thrilled to snag Taylor as a Pellon Projects™ artist last year and just love her Baby Activity Tree Mat. Click here for the tutorial and scroll down for a closer look.

Pellon: What does your creative process entail?
Taylor: I am super organized. I would like to say that I look like a mad genius, but that’s not true. I have 3 of 4 idea lists at all times and when an idea come to me I jot it down quick even in the middle of the night!

P: Why do you enjoy sewing & crafting?
T: It’s how I relax. My whole life is loud and fast so it is the only time I’m not listening or talking. I also love that I can start from a piece of fabric and in less than an hour I can make something beautiful. Instant gratification.

P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
T: Always measure twice, it still gets me! I am bad with numbers, so about once a week I cut something wrong. Also,  a serger is a very good investment.

P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
T: I can’t remember not being crafty and creative. I started sewing around the age of 12. I loved having something unique that no one else had.

P: What triggers you to start a project?
T: If I don’t have a project going on I feel weird! I am always working on something. I usually start out of necessity but then it leads to something else which then leads to something else…

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Baby Activity Tree Mat – pattern here

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Robbi Eklow

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Pellon Projects™ Artist, Robbi Joy Eklow. We were thrilled to learn a little more about her, her inspirations and her creative process. Robbi designed the eye-catching Steampunk Sublime Quilt, which is featured on Pellon Projects. Click here to download the pattern and instructions.

Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Robbi: To tell the truth, not so much from other quilters… more so through artists from the past, for example Picasso and the Cubists, the Impressionists, Charles Rennie Macintosh, Art Deco design, architecture, and graphic artists. The other day I took a picture of the titles from a movie because I liked the color scheme.

P: What does your creative process look like/entail?
R: I do a lot of design on the computer, at least with the line drawings. I do some color work on the computer but in the end, the color choices are made with the cloth. Lately I’ve been printing out the Wonder Under® templates on my inkjet printer, I iron them to fabric and then just keep working until the space of the quilt is filled up.

P: Why do you enjoy sewing/quilting/crafting?
R: I’ve been thinking about this, because my designs could be painted or even collaged, but I haven’t. I think it’s because I like the texture of fabric, or rather its ability to have texture imposed on it. I like that I can fold it up and put it on a shelf and admire it. Actually, folding is a wonderful property. I can make very big quilts, even though I’m a very short person, because I can fold the quilt up to reach different parts of it.

P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
R: Really for my own satisfaction, but my own satisfaction includes submitting quilts to shows around the country, and sometimes, like now, doing designs for someone.

P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
R: One thing I’ve learned with Wonder Under is to let it cool before I try to peel off the paper. In fact, ironing onto fabric, then letting it sit, as happens when I’m working on a big quilt, is the easiest way to get the paper off. Some people like to peel the paper off and then cut out shapes, but I prefer to have the paper on while I cut, the paper gives it extra body I need to cut detailed shapes.

P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
R: I’ve been sewing since I was about five years old, I lived with my grandmother, and she had a box of fabric scraps. I used to go grab some and then do hand sewing. She eventually taught me to use a sewing machine when I was about six. I’ve always done various crafts, I spent a lot of time at overnight camps when I was a kid, both as a camper and as a counselor. I loved the arts and crafts sessions and eventually started teaching them to the other campers. I used to wander around camp all the time as a kid with lanyards. You’d weave them and then theoretically hang something from them, but I just liked weaving them.

P: What triggers you to start a project?
R: I am often triggered by deadlines, but usually an idea just comes to form and then I want to do it badly. Sometimes I have to delay that particular design while I do something for a magazine or a website, and I can use a simplified form of the design. Right now I have a quilt up on my working wall that I’ve been dinking around with for over a year. I keep having to put it away and work on something else, them I come back to it.

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Steampunk Sublime Quilt – pattern here

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Connie Watkins


Connie Watkins has been quilting her whole life. She has won 3 “Best of Shows” in Central Texas Quilt Shows and numerous ribbons. She is a teacher, a quilter, a sewer and an entrepreneur. We’re lucky to have her as a Pellon Project Artist and couldn’t me more thrilled to introduce you to her today! Connie has designed a handful of fabulous projects for the site. Take a moment to browse and get inspired. Click here to download one of the four projects displayed below.

Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Connie: I find inspiration everywhere. I look in books, magazines and old quilts.

P: What does your creative process look like/entail?
C: It takes a lot of planning to make a quilt.  I have to decide on a pattern and decide on what color and what fabrics I will need.  Once I construct the quilt top, I need to decide on what Legacy™ by Pellon batting will suit the project and what quilting designs I want to use.

P: Why do you enjoy sewing/quilting/crafting?
C: I love to sew and find it very relaxing and creative.

P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
C: I sew and quilt for satisfaction, gifts, art and just the enjoyment of the total process from start to finish.

P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
C: I teach quilting from beginners to experienced quilters and we learn together as we create our quilts.  Modern tools such as the rotary cutter and cutting boards have made quilting so much faster and easier.  More selection of 100% cotton fabrics and great Legacy™ by Pellon battings have made quilts more beautiful and durable.

P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
C: I have been sewing, quilting and crafting almost as long as I can remember.  I made my first quilt when I was really young for my doll and was making doll clothes on my toy sewing machine until I got my first electric sewing machine for Christmas when I was 6 years old.  I have been sewing ever since.

P: What triggers you to start a project?
C: Sometimes I need a gift or my children or grandchildren want me to make something for them.  I see a pattern I want to try or I see an antique quilt that I want to copy.  Lots of time I just go into my sewing room not knowing what I want to work on but just for the joy it gives me to create something from all my scraps.  I am very traditional and make a lot of quilts from old traditional patterns.  I have created a few art quilts but love the old traditional quilts best.