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#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 
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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!

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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!!

Scrappy Bits Appliqué Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Today, we are joined by Shannon Brinkley — Designer, Quilter, Blogger and new Author of the recently released Scrappy Bits Appliqué. We simply adore her techniques and are thrilled that she leaned so heavily on Pellon® products to create her gorgeous designs.

About Shannon: (adapted from her blog)
Shannon Brinkley is a teacher turned quilter and designer. She designs modern quilting patterns using traditional quilting techniques as well as raw-edge appliqué techniques that she has developed and written about in her book Scrappy Bits Appliqué, available now!

She nests in the lovely Austin, Texas with her wonderful husband and son. She spends her time sewing, quilting, knitting, reading, writing, cooking, yoga-ing, teaching, and enjoying time with her favorite people.

Find Shannon online: BlogFacebookInstagramPinterestTwitterFlickr

And with that… Welcome to Day 2 of the Scrappy Bits Appliqué Blog Tour!!

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My name is Shannon Brinkley, and I am super excited to share with you about my new book, Scrappy Bits Appliqué. In my book I teach my super fast and easy techniques for raw-edge appliqué. You can use scraps from your stash or start with pieces of larger fabric and cut them down to little “bits” to create a really unique and interesting texture. You can design your own “Scrappy Bits” quilt (I show you how!) or use one of the 8 original quilt projects included in the book.

Around the World Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon BrinkleyLike my Around the World Quilt…

Tamed Fox Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkleyor my sweet Tamed Fox Quilt…

Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkleyor these fast and fun Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows!

The process is made all the easier by Pellon®’s wonderful products. I used their 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®, which made fusing the collaged fabrics a breeze! And their 910 Fusible Featherweight interfacing is the perfect foundation for the appliqué piece. In the book, I also share a super fast piecing shortcut using Pellon®’s 820 Quilter’s Grid™ fusible interfacing!

To learn more about my book and see more of my quilts, visit my blog, thebottletree.net, or check out the Scrappy Bits Applique book trailer!

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the GIVEAWAY!!
Shannon has ever so kindly offered up a copy of her book to one lucky winner! To enter to win, tell us which design from those pictured above you’re most excited about making:). Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm on Friday, August 15. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, August 16. Good luck!!

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Congratulations to Emma!! She was our 28th commenter:). Thanks so much to everyone who entered and don’t forget to order your very own copy of Scrappy Bits Appliqué! It’s an awesome book!!

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Thanks so much Shannon! I’m personally VERY excited about trying out your technique to make my daughter a quilt — now I just have to decide whether it’ll be the Tamed Fox (pictured above) or something like the Oh Deer or Brontosaurus that you have displayed in the Gallery section of the book! SO much fun:).

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Don’t miss the rest of the stops on the book tour — Shannon pulled together an incredibly talented group of designers to share her book!

8/12: C&T Publishing Blog
8/13: Pellon
8/14: I’m a Ginger Monkey
8/15: Quilter’s Newsletter Blog
8/16: Sew Mama Sew
8/17: Casey York
8/18: Generation Q
8/20: Going Home to Roost
8/21: Bottle Tree

Sewing with Nancy

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We’ve got BIG news!! We are a brand new sponsor for the Sewing with Nancy television series, featuring Nancy Zieman. We have long admired Nancy, and, having actually worked with her years ago, are thrilled to be renewing our partnership. Nancy is an inspiration. She has schooled generations in the areas of sewing and quilting and is an industry leader in education, innovation, design, and entrepreneurial spirit. Sewing with Nancy has been a PBS regular for over 30 years. What started out as a one woman operation is now a stunning collaborative effort put together by an incredibly hard-working team. It is backed up by an informative website featuring tips, tricks, tutorials, and other handy info. It is a key online destination, visited daily by beginners and experts alike.

Our sponsorship launched yesterday with the airing of the first episode of Nancy’s new series, Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, Part 1. Check your local listings, or if you can’t wait, check it out online.

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To introduce our sponsorship, Nancy and her team tested out a few new Pellon® products (300TC in Ivory & Ultra-Weave™) and showcased the resulting new project on the blog today.

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To celebrate this new partnership, Nancy’s team has kindly offered two DVD/book sets for a giveaway.

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Prize 1: Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (DVD) + Companion Book

Prize 2: No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (DVD) + Companion Book

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm on Thursday, August 14. Two winners will be randomly selected on Friday, August 15. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to Judy Piotrowski & Lori Morton, our two winners selected using random.org!! Thank you to all who commented:). Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s new Sewing with Nancy series, airing now!

Happy Sewing!

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Connect with Nancy!!
Sewing With Nancy — BlogFacebookInstagramTwitterFlickr — Pinterest

 

 

Create Behind the Seams WINNERS!

We’d first like to say a big THANK YOU to all who entered the Create Behind the Seams Mini-Challenge! It has been so much fun to see your creations and you should know that you all are incredibly inspiring:). Thanks also to Fiskars and the Fiskateers! We think you guys are awesome!

Without further pause, let’s get right to our randomly selected winners!

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FIRST PRIZE — @sonwar5
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
Rotary cutter12″ x 18″ cutting mat & acrylic ruler.
1 Queen-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
1 pkg Pellon® 70 Peltex® Sew-In
1 pkg 542S® Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™

SECOND PRIZE — @icouldbefake
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
1 Twin-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 100R Vinyl Fuse™
1 pkg Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®

THIRD PRIZE — @trashn2tees
Rotary Cutter and Titanium Rotary Blades (2 pack)
1 Crib-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Please email us with your shipping address so that we can send your fabulous prizes along!

And… a quick peek at all of the entries:

CBTS-EntrantsSearch #createbehindtheseams on Instagram for a closer look!

Happy sewing!!

 

Clutch Purse

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We’re so pleased to be joined today by Emma, the incredibly creative, super talented leader of the Fiskateers! We’re loving the clutch she’s created and hope you all do too. Happy sewing!

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What you’ll need :

- 1/4 yard of two different fabrics. (I used a grey cotton canvas as the main body of my purse, and a cotton print for the flap and lining designed by Nadia Hassan and available through Spoonflower).
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– Rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, scissors
– Sewing machine, pins, thread, iron etc

1. Start by cutting two pieces of fabric for the main body of the purse, measuring 12″ x 7″, and trim according to the dimensions in the photo below.

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2. Round off the bottom corners along the 12″ edge. I simply used a (not very technical) jar lid to mark my curves and trimmed the fabric with shears. Be resourceful!

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3. Your fabric should look like the photo below. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create the purse lining in a contrasting print.

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4. Now to make the flap. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 10″ x 5″ and trim to the dimensions in the photo below. (I started making my flap completely in the grey canvas, but changed my mind and used my cotton print for the outside of the flap. I think the contrast between the flap and the body of the purse looks really nice, but it’s up to you to make your purse your own!)

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5. Apply Pellon®’s 809 Craft Fuse® to the two flap pieces as well as the purse body outer pieces. This will give your purse strength and body and frankly, it will look and feel much more professionally finished.

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6. Construct the purse flap by pinning the two flap pieces with right sides facing leaving the 10″ edge open, and sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the curves with scissors and turn the flap to the right side. Press with a hot iron and topstitch around the perimeter of the flap, again leaving the 10″ edge open.

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7. Pin the flap to the top edge of one of the purse body pieces, with right sides facing, and sew. The flap will be about 1/2″ shorter than the body on both sides.

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8. Place the second purse body piece on top of the piece with the flap sewn on, with right sides facing and sandwiching the flap between the layers. Sew the two purse body pieces together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do not sew along the top opening edge. Clip the curved corners.

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9. Sew the two lining pieces together with right sides facing. Do not sew along the top opening edge, and leave a 3″ turning hole in the bottom.

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10. Turn the outer body of the bag to the right side and keep the lining inside out. Place the outer purse inside the lining so that right sides are facing. Match up the side seams and keep the flap folded back against the back of the purse. Pin the top openings of the outer purse and the lining together and sew around the entire perimeter with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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11. Trim the seam allowance along the top edge to about 1/4″ to reduce bulk and then pull the entire outer purse and flap through the hole you left in the lining. Handstitch or machine stitch the hole closed.

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12. To finish, add a button and buttonhole or magnetic snap to allow the flap to close.

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Thanks so much Emma!!

A little more about the Fiskateers:
Back in 2005, before the word “Fiskateer” became synonymous with crafting enthusiasm, Fiskars was looking for a way to connect and communicate with some pretty important people—the very crafters who used their products on a daily basis. With the help of Brains on Fire, Fiskars launched a four-city casting call for the loudest, proudest paper crafters across the country. Through road-trip conversations, scrapbooking website observations, and talks with industry insiders, Fiskars realized the need for a new type of crafting community. A community that was uplifting and encouraging, where members could feel safe to share about themselves, shine a spotlight on their handiwork, and talk openly about the tools they used to create it. (learn more here)

Find them online:
Fiskars Website & Instagram — Fiskateers WebsiteFacebook & Pinterest

 

Travel Memory Game

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Are you ready for Summer? We sure are! The temps have finally risen and we’re making our warm weather to do lists. Beach? Check. Picnic by the lake? Check. Camping? Check Check. If you’re making all of these glorious sunshine-filled plans with kids, you know you’ll need a wealth of on-the-go activities to keep them entertained! So may we present, the super-simple, make-it-in-under-an-hour Travel Memory Game!

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Materials List
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of bright fabric
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of neutral fabric
— Scraps of bright fabrics for appliqué
— One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of Pellon® 72F Peltex® II
OR One 9″ x 12″ rectangle of Pellon® 71F Peltex® I + 1 sheet of EZ-Steam® II)
— 1 sheet EZ-Steam® II
— Coordinating Thread
— Six different images for appliqué
— Ribbon or Elastic

Tools Needed
— Fiskars Titanium Softgrip® Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter
   OR Amplify Razor Edge™ Fabric Shears 8″
– Cutting Mat & Acrylic Ruler
– Fiskars RazorEdge™ Softgrip® Fabric Shears
– Fiskars Detail Scissors (No. 4)
– Iron & Ironing Surface

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1. Assemble the 9″ x 12″ rectangles. If using the Peltex® II, sandwich it between the two fabric rectangles with right sides facing out. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.

[If using the Peltex® I + EZ-Steam®, place the fusible side of the Peltex® I against the wrong side of one fabric rectangle. Fuse following manufacturer's instructions. Remove one paper-backing of the EZ-Steam® II and finger press the sticky side to the wrong side of the other fabric rectangle. Remove the second paper backing and finger press the second sticky side to the Peltex®. Fuse following manufacturer's instructions.]

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2. Cut twelve 3″ x 3″ squares. You can either measure out and mark the squares using a disappearing marker (as shown in the first image below), or use the measurements on the ruler as a guide (as shown in the second image below) in conjunction with your rotary cutter. Alternately, you can use the Amplify Razor Edge™ Fabric Shears 8″, which are specially designed to work well with thick materials, like the Peltex®. Set squares aside.

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3. Format desired images for appliqué, making sure that they are each no larger than 3″ square. Print. Trace each image twice onto the paper (matte) side of one sheet of EZ-Steam® II.

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4. Rough cut around each image to separate.

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5. Using a pin, lightly score the waxy (shiny) backing of the EZ-Steam® II. ‘Crack’ the back along the scored line and peel the backing away like a sticker back.

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6. Finger press the exposed sticky side to the wrong side of your appliqué fabric.

[Alternate method: You could also wait to separate the images until after the waxy back has been removed and entire sheet has been finger pressed to the back of your appliqué fabric. Either method works and it all depends on whether you're using the same fabric for all appliqués or many different fabrics.]

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7. Using your Fiskars RazorEdge™ Softgrip® Fabric Shears, carefully cut out each shape.

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8. Remove the paper (matte) backing of the EZ-Steam® II and finger press shape onto neutral side of one 3″ x 3″ square.

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9. Repeat for all shapes.

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10. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse each appliqué shape to the 3″ x 3″ squares.

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11. Using a zig zag or satin stitch, stitch around all four raw edges of each square. Use your Fiskars Detail Scissors (No. 4) to snip the threads. (I LOVE these for detail work!)

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12. Assemble all 12 squares and secure using a ribbon or fun elastic. Pop the game in your beach bag and you’re ready to go!

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Don’t forget, the Create Behind the Seams Mini Challenge is on! Submit your projects between now and June 30 on Instagram with the following tags #createbehindtheseams, @pellonprojects, and @fiskar_hq to enter to win some fabulous prizes. Click here for more information.

Happy creating!!