Monogrammed Nautical Pillows

It’s always fun to personalize a project and monogramming has become a common practice. But monogramming with Nautical letters? Now that is something new! We’re loving the bold colors and playful print used for this pair of pillows! Designer Samarra Khaja used her own Nautical Motifs from Timeless Treasures as inspiration has put together a super simple tutorial for the pillows so we can all make a pair of our own. Want to make a pair with your own initials? Do a google search for Nautical letters and use our EZ-Steam® II to help make it happen! This marks Samarra’s very first project as a designer for Pellon® and we’re so very thrilled to have her on board!!

Monogrammed Nautical Pillows :: Samarra Khaja for Pellon Projects

Monogrammed Nautical Pillows
This is a fun, graphic way of personalizing pillowcases in clever and modern-looking nautical alphabetic code! In this project, an ‘R’ pillowcase is created. Photo above shows the ‘R’ and ‘K’ letters. For other letters of the alphabet, search online and construct them in the same manner as the methods in this project. Have fun! Sample used Timeless Treasures ‘Nautical Motifs’, Samarra C2412 – Blue, Dream C1807 – Red, Royal, and Sun fabrics. Finished size of pillowcase is 22” x 32½”.

Materials List
– 1 yd Timeless Treasures ‘Nautical Motifs’ Samarra C2412 -Blue
– ¼ yd Timeless Treasures Dream C1807-Red
– ½ yd Timeless Treasures Dream C1807-Sun
– ½ yd Pellon® EZ212 EZ Steam® II
– 1 set of Pellon® TWP2028 Hypo-Allergenic Twin Pack Bed Pillows (optional)
– Thread

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
– Rotary cutter and related supplies

Monogrammed  Nautical Pillows :: Samarra Khaja for Pellon Projects

For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. 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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SamarraKhajaHISamarra Khaja makes happy, beautiful things, inspired by her love of travel, local markets, food and culture, and her young sons. She’s a lifelong illustrator, designer, artist and all-round maker of things. Her textiles remix traditional fabrics with contemporary design with a cheerful irreverence. They’re bright, bold, and best of all, playful. You can find her textile designs exclusively through Timeless Treasures.

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Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

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Sometimes I feel like I can’t have enough storage bins in my house. I want to make 10 for every room so that everything has a place. Currently, the only room that actually has any, however, is my daughter’s nursery. We’ve got one for diapers, one for all the necessary creams and powders, one for toys and one for the random things like thermometers and extra binkys. I’m honestly not sure what I would do without those little bins. Now that Marni has created a fab little tutorial, making these bins easy-peasy, I have a feeling that the ‘every room in the house’ thing may just become a reality.

If you know Marni from Haberdashery Fun, you know that she is always creating and that her tutorials are fun and super easy to follow. Grab the step-by-step for the Reversible Fabric Storage Bins and get yourself organized! Happy sewing;).

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Reversible Fabric Storage Bin
Need a storage and organization project? Make reversible fabric storage bins to hold all your worldly possessions. They are a great way to showcase or hold products in any room. The bins also make a great hostess gift or shower/house warming present. Sample used Shades of Black by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics.

Materials List
– 1/2 yard Main fabric
– 1/2 yard Lining fabric
– 1 yard Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond®
– Thread

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
– Rotary cutter and related supplies
– Disappearing ink pen
– Iron and ironing board

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. 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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MarniWeaverWith a passion for sewing and design, Marni Weaver showcases her talent through each post on Haberdashery Fun. By creating tutorials with step-by-step illustrations, Marni uses her background in fashion and design and her 15 years of sewing to teach blog readers how to make something out of nothing.

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In Love with Modern Quilt Perspectives

Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

I did a little happy dance around my house on the day that Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer showed up in my mailbox. I, like many, had been waiting for this release for quite a while, having had little sneak peeks of quilts and hints at the content.

I first met Thomas at Spring Quilt Market 2012 in Kansas City. It was my very first Quilt Market and I’d been working in the industry for less than 6 months. I think we were introduced by a mutual friend, but I distinctly remember him coming by the booth to chat. An initial inquiry about different types of batting turned into a discussion about my history in the music industry, pop culture, and plans for a theoretical NorthEast quilt market at which we’d share a booth, play music, and sit in rocking chairs.  Crazy? Perhaps. Fabulous? Of course;). I knew right away that I’d found a friend. He was one of the people who made me feel at home in this new business and one of the first to introduce me to this amazing world of creativity.

Thomas wrote to me about a month later with a request for batting for his upcoming book, seemingly still just a concept, albeit a very well thought out one. The initial pitch spoke to me — his aim was to create something that wasn’t just about pattern and perspective, but about the meaning and the beauty behind the process of creating a quilt. While I knew that his book would be different, that it would be a stand out in the sea of quilting books, I never quite realized how much I would truly love it.

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[from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

Modern Quilt Perspectives reads like your new favorite book… Thomas has clearly put his heart and soul into his representation of modern quilting, offering thoughtful and practical instruction alongside social commentary and personal exploration. Each quilt featured comes with a story, a background, an inspiration. The quilts are made to make us think and to appreciate. They are meant to inspire and to enhance our lives.

Ampersand from Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer
[Ampersand by Thomas Knauer from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

With that in mind, one of my favorite quilts in the book is Ampersand. In Thomas’s words, “it is a storytelling quilt, a sort of choose your own adventure.” The quilt features a giant ‘&’, made of of individual squares, each with a different pattern or image. Thomas uses it as a source of inspiration for new stories with his daughter. Pick an image, start a story, keeping adding to the story with ‘and’ plus another image. There are endless possibilities and I can’t help but daydream about a quilt like this for my own daughter.

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[Reunion from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

Another favorite is Reunion. The pattern is given for 4 separate mini quilts, but the concept allows for many more. The idea is to create a series of small quilts that, when collected and combined, make up one large quilt much like individuals coming together to create one whole family.

In Defense of Handmade from Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer
[In Defense of Handmade from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

One of the first ‘sneak peeks’ I had of the book was with In Defense of Handmade. At first, I only got a partial glimpse of the quilt, but I could tell that Thomas was ecstatic. The concept, the execution, and the stunning quilting (by the incomparable Lisa Sipes) all contributed to one giant masterpiece. The quilt is an enlarged replica of a UPC code for a mass-produced, factory-made quilt that was marketed as hand-crafted. For Thomas’s thoughts, well… you’ll just need to grab a copy of the book;).

Though not listed in the book’s contents, the final quilt of the book could just be my absolute favorite. It is a tribute to Thomas’s relationship with his daughter and gives us a look at what it means to be an amazing father. The book starts with a dedication to her and ends with a quilt inspired by her. It is beyond sweet, really, and makes me love the book even more.

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[IMNH from Modern Quilt Perspectives]

So, Thomas — I’m cheering for you! This book will be a favorite for years to come. I feel honored to know you, am endlessly inspired by you, and am always looking forward to what you’ll do next. We at Pellon® are honored to have been even a small part of the process — the ‘magic in the middle’;).

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The Modern Perspectives Book Tour
March 14: Thomas Knauer
March 15: Lisa Sipes
March 16: Robert Kaufman
March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
March 18: Katy Jones
March 19: Bill Volkening
March 20: Kelly Biscopink
March 21: Audrie Bidwell
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb
March 23: Rachael Gander
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson
March 27: Quilting Daily
March 28: Fat Quarterly
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson
March 30: Sew Modern
March 31: Rachel May

April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter’s Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer

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Want your very own copy? Let us know what inspires you to create, or tell us the story behind your favorite quilt in the comments below. We’ll accept entries through next Friday, April 4 and will announce the winner on Saturday, April 5.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting!! She was #29 out of a total 59 entries. Thanks to all for playing along, and if you’re aching for your very own copy of Modern Quilt Perspectives, you can grab one right here.

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pssssst — just for fun:)

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[Clockwise from top: Thomas Knauer, Me, Lisa Sipes, Sara Lawson, Amelia Pinson at Houston Quilt Market 2012]

 

Patchwork Sketchbook Cover

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You are an incredibly creative person. You know it, we know it and all of your friends and family know it. You’ve always got a new idea developing for that next project, so why shouldn’t you have a gorgeous little spot to sketch it out? This Patchwork Sketchbook Cover is just what every sewist and quilter needs to capture new designs and daily inspirations. Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios developed the pattern to fit over a standard Unruled Composition Book, which means it would also fit over a Ruled Composition Book (for the writer in your life), or one with dots (great for quilters!!).

This project makes a great gift and would look fabulous with a wide array of colors. Try out a series of solids or coordinating prints. Make one for a crafty friend, or simply keep it for yourself;). Check out Karin’s post on her blog today and see below for more info and project link. Happy sewing!

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Patchwork Sketchbook Cover
Mini charm squares are a great way to have an entire fabric line in one small project. This patchwork sketchbook cover is also a terrific project for favorite fabric scraps.

Materials List
– 54 mini charm squares or 2-½” squares for cover
– 1/2 yard Lining fabric
– 1/2 yard Flap fabric
– 1/2 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
– 1/2 yard Pellon® 809 Décor-Bond® (soft cover book only)
– One 14” length Ribbon
– One Sketch book or composition book
– Clover® Wonder Clips
– Dritz® Fray Check™

Tools List
– Sewing machine and related supplies
– Rotary cutter and related supplies

For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. 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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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

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Sew South

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The Sew South Modern Sewing Retreat starts today in Charlotte, NC! If you’re not familiar, the Southern weekend retreat was founded and is produced by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane. It is a boutique, modern sewing retreat where attendees will sew, create, learn, and connect with other passionate sewists. Its small size (50 attendees + teachers) is designed to help make connections and become inspired on a personal level. [text taken from sewsouth.com]

It is in its second year and we are a proud 2-year sponsor! We won’t be there to say hello in person, but if you’ll be in attendance, you’ll have little Pellon® sightings all weekend… from the handy samples in your gift bags to the interfacing & batting in your classes!

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Just because we’re SO excited, we’re hosting an additional giveaways for all attendees. The giveaway will run via Instagram and details can be seen via our account today. If you’re not already following us, you may have missed the announcement, so take a peek below, make sure to follow us, and then submit a photo before midnight on Monday! We want to see what you’re making!!

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Hope you all have a blast!!

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For those not able to attend, don’t worry! We’ll be hosting another giveaway here on the blog soon:).

Custom Design Wall

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We’re REALLY excited about today’s featured project! Why? Simply because it will help to facilitate the design and layout of all of our future projects;). This handy Design Wall by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios is just what we all need to keep our daily inspirations flowing! The wall features two 4′ wide x 7′ tall panels that can be arranged together or separately, depending on the size of your space. They are portable and offer the perfect blank slate thanks to our White Cotton Batting. So, if you’re looking to spruce up your sewing room and give your designs the stage that they deserve, read on!

Materials List
– 1 king size Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting
(Optional: Substitute with 4 yards Legacy™ by Pellon® White Cotton Batting w/scrim)
– 2 packages Cellofoam™ Poly Panel® EPS insulation
– Two 4’ x 8’ panels, either 1” or 1-½” thick of Insulfoam® R-Tech® insulation board
– PPG Liquid Nails®
– Duct tape
– Clear packing tape

Tools List
– Caulking gun
– Sharp utility knife

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For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. 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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karinjordanKarin Jordan blogs at Leigh Laurel Studios. She grew up under her architect father’s drafting table, making mini models out of the cardboard scraps that fell to the floor. At age ten she purchased her first sewing machine from a neighbor who taught her sewing basics. A former magazine editor and antique American folk art gallery director, she now loves being a blogging, stay-at-home-mom. She regularly draws upon her degree in art history for inspiration for her sewing, embroidery, craft patterns and activities with kids. Karin’s husband is remarkably patient while she does her best to balance being a full-time assistant to two children under four with her creative endeavors. Her goal? Do something creative every day.

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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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