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Nancy Zieman’s Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

With Christmas just 5 weeks away, we are fully in the Holiday spirit! What are your plans for this Holiday season? Handmade gifts? Handmade decorations? Perhaps a stocking or two?

We are thrilled to have partnered with Nancy Zieman for a Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Why not make stockings for the whole family and enter to win some great prizes in the process?

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Challenge Announcement
Details: You are invited to participate in Nancy’s Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Use one of the free sewing patterns below and sew a Christmas stocking for yourself, a family member, or as a gift. Then, enter our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. It’s easy!
Entries Due: to info@ziemanproductions.com by December 1
Patterns: use any pattern available via Pellon® or BabyLock
Voting: December 2 – 8 on Nancy’s Blog
Winners: Announced on Tuesday, December 9.

Need a little inspiration? Here are a few of our favorites — simply click the image to head to the project page:

Baby_Lock_Stocking-2[Elf Stocking by Babylock]

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[Velvet Heirloom Christmas Stocking by Babylock]

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Falling Flakes Stocking by Rachael Gander for Pellon Projects]

Happy sewing, good luck, and Happy Holidays!!

Modern Appliqué Illusions Book Tour+ Giveaway!

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We are so thrilled to be a stop along the Modern Appliqué Illusions blog tour! We adore Casey York’s designs, love her use of color and perspective, and of course love how much she loves our Wonder-Under®. We are so thrilled to have a chance to chat with Casey, to learn more about her background, her inspirations behind the book, and some tricks of the trade to help you all in creating your very own illusionistic quilts.

Hi Casey! Thanks so much for joining us today!! To get started, can you give us a little background about yourself? 
Thanks, Erin! I’ve been sewing since childhood so, although I focused on making clothing during that period, fabric and thread have always been a creative outlet for me. I even designed stuffed animals and prom dresses as projects for my independent-study art classes in high school.

In college, I fell in love with art history and decided to pursue a career in that field. However, by the time I had almost finished my degree, it had become apparent that searching for a job as a professor might not be feasible–my husband and I had two children and he had settled into a job that wouldn’t permit me to move around the country the way you normally have to when looking for a tenure-track position. Also, I had really missed having a creative outlet while in grad school–I joke that it should have been clear to me that I was meant to be in a design field when I wanted to spend more time designing posters for lectures than I did doing research.

When did you first start quilting and what inspired you to start?
I started quilting when my first son was born. I wanted to make him a crib set, and after I made that first quilt, I was hooked–I couldn’t wait to make another one. Quilting really shifted from a hobby to a career pursuit about three years ago however. Interestingly enough, that transition was also spurred by designing and making quilts for my sons, which led to publishing stand-alone patterns. I feel so lucky to be working at something that I love so much.

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When did you first start working with appliqué in your designs?
From the very beginning–that very first quilt I made when Julian was a baby was an appliqué quilt. I love the design freedom that appliqué offers–if you can draw a shape or silhouette, you can appliqué it! I’m also a bit impatient, and fusible raw-edge appliqué satisfies my need to see a project come together quickly. The stitching and embroidery still take time, but I can get a sense of how the finished product will look fairly early in the process, which I love.

What led you to Wonder-Under® and why is it your top choice for appliqué?
I like to experiment, and I tried many of the products on the market. In my opinion, Wonder-Under® offers the best combination of short fusing time and little to no added stiffness in the appliqué. I also love that the paper backing can be used to transfer my appliqué patterns directly to my fabrics.

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River Bend from Modern Appliqué Illusions by Casey York

Do you have any handy tips or tricks that you could share with readers?
I love the process and flexibility of creating with raw-edge appliqué but I don’t like the fraying that can occur to the fabric edges. I figured out a way to protect them beneath a hand-embroidered outline so that fraying is minimized and less noticeable when it does occur. (More information about this can be found in my book!)

It’s also handy to have tools dedicated to the materials you are using. I have a pair of scissors that I use for cutting the fusible web by itself, and another that is just for cutting fabric and fusible web together. That way, I don’t have to worry that the paper backing is dulling the blades of my fabric-only scissors.

We adore your use of white or dark space in contrast with the appliqués in your quilts. Can you tell us a little more about how a design comes together?
I start my designs at my computer. I use Adobe Illustrator to hand trace the silhouettes that will become the appliqués, and then I can lay them out on a background that is the size I want the finished quilt to be. This allows me to scale everything so that it fills the space just right. Then, I can simply print the silhouettes at that scale and they are ready for me to trace and transfer to my appliqué fabric. I also use my Illustrator drawing to guide the placement of the appliqués on the background fabric. The most exciting step in any project, in my opinion, is laying out and fusing the appliqués to the background–that moment when the idea moves from a sketch to an actual quilt top is magical.

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Chicken Scratch, from Modern Appliqué Illusions by Casey York

What role does the quilting play in the design of the quilt? Does it always play a role, or is it only with particular designs, like with ‘Tunnel Vision’?
I love to incorporate the quilting into the overall design of the quilt, and the quilting is integral to many of the projects in the book. For example, in Ripples, the quilting forms concentric circles that look as if they are on the surface of water, with the koi swimming beneath them. In many of the quilts, I use a technique I call “Receding Quilting”–spacing horizontal lines of quilting progressively farther apart as they approach the lower edge of the quilt. This enhances the three-dimensional effect of the quilt, because our brains interpret the spacing of the lines as an indication that they are moving farther away.

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[Ripples, from Modern Appliqué Illusions by Casey York]

Quilting doesn’t always play such an important role in my quilts, although I do like to match the concept of the quilting to the underlying concept of the quilt. For example, I quilted my son’s bumble bee quilt with a hexagon pattern to match the honeycomb/beehive theme of the quilt, and I quilted my other son’s shark quilt with an ocean wave pattern.

Any final words of encouragement to our readers? 
Go slowly, and don’t be afraid to experiment!

As I mentioned, I tend to be impatient, so I always try to remind myself that quilting is an activity that is meant to be enjoyable. Slowing down and enjoying the process always yields better results, and helps me avoid frustration and burnout.

At the same time, don’t be afraid to try new things and break some rules if you have to. You might end up discovering a new technique or process that improves upon how we do things now! Some of my best work has stemmed from the question “what if?” Yes you run the risk of a project not turning out the way you want, but if it *does* turn out the way you envision, that’s a wonderful thing, and you learn something either way!

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Tunnel Vision, from Modern Appliqué Illusions by Casey York

Casey has been kind enough to offer a copy of one of her books to one lucky reader! We’ll through in a package of Wonder-Under® and a crib-sized packaged batting to help get you started on one of the patterns in Modern Appliqué Illusions:).

To enter-to-win, simple leave a comment and let us know what interests you most about creating an appliquéd quilt.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to our winner, selected with the help of random.org:

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Don’t miss the rest of the stops along the Modern Appliqué Blog Tour! See below for the schedule and don’t forget to stop by Casey’s blog daily to learn more about the inspiration behind each quilt and enter-to-win a package of Wonder-Under®. For many of them she’ll also be giving away a package of scraps from the making of that particular quilt.

11/10: C&T Publishing
11/11: Jenifer Dick/42 Quilts
11/12: Debbie Grifka/Esch House Quilts
11/13: Pink Chalk Studio
11/14: Shannon Brinkley/Bottle Tree
11/15: Pellon
11/16: Kevin Kosbab/Feed Dog Designs                  
11/17: Generation Q Magazine                                  
11/18: Krista Robbins/Sew What’s Cooking?            
11/19: Violet Craft
11/20: Fat Quarter Shop/Jolly Jabber
11/21: Kristy Daum/St. Louis Folk Victorian
11/22: Cindy Lammon/Hyacinth Quilt Designs
11/23: Modern Quilts Unlimited

The Sewing Party + Giveaway

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In honor of The Sewing Party, we’re excited to offer a giveaway today! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter-to-win a fabulous Pellon prize pack:

1 Queen-Sized pkg Pellon® Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg 200 Tack-N-Fuse™
1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets
1 pkg Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER

Congratulations to Jackie, entrant #21 out of 90!! (Thanks to random.org for helping us find her;))

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The ‘I’m Missing Market’ Swag Bag Giveaway!

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We get it… you’re stuck at work or at home, daydreaming about Quilt Market. You’ve been liking every image to pop up in the #quiltmarket Instagram feed, and swooning over the new fabric collections, award-winning quilts, and new sewing tools showcased in the various schoolhouse sessions. Well, you may have to miss Market, but you don’t have to miss out on all of the fun!

We’ve teamed up with AurifilModa Fabrics & Industry Icon Pat Sloan to bring you one amazing swag bag! The prize includes:

We got a little giddy just pulling this one together… EXCLUSIVE access to fabric & thread that isn’t even available yet? SEVEN different varieties of batting? Come on now;).

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image below. Entries will be accepted from now through 4pm Central time on October 27th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

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#SewYourStyle

facebook_cover_08_24_14National Sewing Month is about to come to a close, which means we’re almost finished with our month long partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores on the #SewYourStyle Contest! It has been an amazing month of projects and we’ve been SO inspired by the daily blogger projects. We’re also incredibly impressed with all of the contest entries — over 200 in total! Thank you so much to all who have entered and for those who haven’t, you have 1 day left!!

For those who are just joining us, here is a little recap–

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it):
Create something unexpected from quilting fabrics. It could be something to wear, something to carry, something to share or to play with. The ‘what’ is truly up to you!

Next steps:
Post your project here, share on Instagram and Twitter with the #sewyourstyle tag (+ tags to Jo-Ann and Pellon® if you’d like), share on Facebook, and of course, tell all of your friends about the super cool thing you made so that they’ll vote for your design.

What’s in it for you:
An awesome new project, of course;). But ALSO… the chance to win $1,000 and a GIANT prize package from Pellon®. Trust us… we may have put together the prize package to end all other prize packages for this one;).

Important Links
the contest
the inspiration 
the pinterest board

And just for your viewing pleasure — here are some of the amazing blogger projects that we’ve seen!!sewyourstyle1
[clockwise from top left: The Sewing RabbitSimple Simon & Co., The Cottage Mama, A Jennuine Life, Damask Love, Sugar Bee Crafts]

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[L to R: Caila Made, girl. Inspired, Shwin&Shwin]

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[Clockwise from top right: It’s Always Autumn, Marino Bambinos, Smashed Peas and Carrots, Raegun Ramblings, Delia Creates, Welcome to the Mouse House]

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[clockwise from top L: Midwestern Girl, Haberdashery Fun, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Trinkets in Bloom, In My Own Style, Made to be a Momma, Sewbon]

Happy Sewing!!

 

 

 

#SewYourStyle — Jo-Ann + Pellon®

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Have you been following along with the Sew Your Style contest by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores? We are SO excited to be a part of this one and get a little giddy every time a new inspiration project is revealed;).

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it):
Create something unexpected from quilting fabrics. It could be something to wear, something to carry, something to share or to play with. The ‘what’ is truly up to you!

Next steps:
Post your project here, share on Instagram and Twitter with the #sewyourstyle tag (+ tags to Jo-Ann and Pellon® if you’d like), share on Facebook, and of course, tell all of your friends about the super cool thing you made so that they’ll vote for your design.

What’s in it for you:
An awesome new project, of course;). But ALSO… the chance to win $1,000 and a GIANT prize package from Pellon®. Trust us… we may have put together the prize package to end all other prize packages for this one;).

Important Links
the contest
the inspiration 
the pinterest board

Looking for some inspiration? Check out some of the fabulous projects made by featured bloggers on the Sew Your Style blog tour this week AND for your daily #SewYourStyle inspiration, don’t forget to check in with Jo-Ann every morning!

(click on each image to be directed to the project)
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Happy Sewing and GOOD LUCK!!

Quilting Live! with Rose DeBoer + Giveaway!

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Next week, on September 11, 12 & 13, Atlanta GA will be host to Quilting LIVE!, a 3-day event featuring workshops, make-it- take-its, trunk shows, quilt exhibits, industry celebrity meet-and-greets, shopping, and other special events. Classes will be offered in a variety of fields, including quilting, bag-making, home decorating and more and attendees will have the opportunity to meet industry icons like Maryann Fons and Liz Porter. To learn more about Quilting LIVE! (perhaps even to plan a last minute trip down?) click here.

We are especially excited about one class in particular — Make a Village: 3-D Fabric Houses with Rose DeBoer, Managing Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine. Rose adapted from Jacqueline deRuyter’s village in Quilting Arts Holiday 2014 and uses our Pellon® 50 Heavyweight Stabilizer as a base. We were thrilled to provide product for the class and are SO looking forward to seeing the gorgeous pieces that her students create. Check out Rose’s post about her class.

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Will you be attending Quilting LIVE!? What classes are you most excited about attending?

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We’re pleased to offer 2 yards of our Pellon® 50 Heavyweight Stabilizer + a copy of Quilting Arts Holiday, which contains the pattern and template for the Village houses. To enter-to-win, please leave a comment letting us know how you might embellish your own fabric house. We’ll accept entries until 11:59pm on Friday, September 5th. A winner will be randomly drawn and notified on Saturday, September 6th. Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. 

Congratulations to mcwflint for being our winner, randomly selected by random.org :). Have a great weekend all!!