Category Archives: Pellon Project Artists

Cloud 9 + imagine gnats + Jo-Ann

We love a good collaboration, especially when it pulls a handful of our favorites together! When we had the opportunity to work with Cloud9 Fabrics, Rachael from imagine gnats AND Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, we jumped at the chance. Cloud9 just recently launched a new line of fabrics at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. It’s called Backyard Garden and it is all kinds of lovely! Take a peek:

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[you can browse and buy the collection online here]

The clever folks at Cloud9 thought it would be fun to come up with a project to help launch the line in stores and reached out to us to see about a collaboration. We reached out to Rachael Gander, of imagine gnats, and a week or so later, this stunning bag was born.

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[photo courtesy of Rachael Gander, imagine gnats]

Rachael used our SF101 Shape-Flex® & 930 Sew-in Midweight in conjunction with Cloud 9′s Vinca Blue, Vinca Grey, Bed of Roses Blue and Birdsong Blue. The pattern is available both as a pdf download via Cloud9′s Make it Sew and online at Joann.com. This bag is perfect for rolling into Spring and honestly makes us smile a little every time we look at it. And the smile gets bigger with a whole collection of bags;). Check out some super cute photos of Rachael’s daughter with a bunch of bags over on her blog.

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[photo courtesy of Rachael Gander, imagine gnats]

As you likely know, Rachael is a Pellon® Project Designer and has contributed a wide array of free projects to our site. We’d encourage you to check out her profile and browse her projects. My personal favorite? The Racoons in Love Throw Pillow… because, well, Racoons!! And don’t stop there! Make sure to head on over to imagine gnats to read all about what she is up to lately (Perfect Pattern Parcel!!) and browse her shop.

As always, if you make one of these snazzy little totes, we’d love to see it! Be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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RachaelGanderProfileAbout Rachael:
Meet Rachael, the all-around crafty lady behind popular blog, imagine gnats. Rachael has an incredible (and perhaps at times, compulsive) desire to express herself, something which has taken many forms over the years including sewing, knitting, graphic design, and painting.

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Craft Buds Video Chats

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I’ll admit I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve taken so long to share this news with you! About a month ago, I had the pleasure of joining Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness and Lindsay Conner from Craft Buds & Lindsay Sews for a fabulous video chat as a part of the Craft Buds Video Chat Series. We had planned for Kim Niedzwiecki from My Go-Go Life to be there as well, but due to technical difficulties, she was only there in spirit;). As I’m sure you already know, all three of these ladies are also Project Designers for Pellon®, so we had a blast with the Google Hangout!

Check out Lindsay’s original post on Craft Buds for more and let us know what you think! Have you ever done a Google Hangout? Make sure to follow along with Craft Buds so that you don’t miss the next installment!

And, if you’re really digging these video chats, don’t miss the first one all about how to write sewing patterns, featuring Andrea Pannell from The Train to Crazy & Go To Patterns, Heather Valentine from The Sewing Loft and Jessica Abbott from Me Sew Crazy & Sew Set.

Thanks so much for watching!! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions at all and please consider following some of these lovely designers — links below! — Erin @ Pellon

Sara Lawson :: Sew Sweetness
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Lindsay Conner :: Lindsay Sews
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Kim Niedzwiecki :: My Go-Go Life
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Andrea Pannell :: The Train to Crazy
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Heather Valentine :: The Sewing Loft
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Jessica Abbott :: Me Sew Crazy
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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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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.