We miss you Minneapolis!

A friend of ours recently mentioned the ‘Market Hangover’ and we think that’s pretty spot on. If you were in attendance, you know how full-on the weekend is. Constant meetings, miles of walking, hours of networking and tons of excitement about new products. It’s exhilarating, exciting and truly a fantastic experience! We had such a blast this time around. We loved meeting new designers, chatting with our customers and seeing all of the gorgeous booths boasting new fabric collections, trendy gadgets and expertly sewn and quilted pieces.

Were you following along throughout the weekend? Did you get to check out some of the photos? We’re including a little recap for you below, just in case;). I don’t know about you, but we might be scrolling back through the #quiltmarket stream on Instagram today — just can’t get enough!!

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We have such a great team and couldn’t be more grateful for all that they did to make our booth in Minneapolis a success. They had fun, took care of business and got to meet loads of designers and customers. Lucky bunch! Among the designers pictured below: Christa Watson, Krista Hennebury, Rachel Clark, Kim Niedzwiecki, Linda Arye of Quilts for Kids, and Vanessa Lynch — special guest appearances by Wonder Woman and Batman (thanks Camelot!!).

Booths at Market:
Oh the beauty, the inspiration — there is nothing like a walk through the aisles of Market to get the creative juices flowing. Cloud9, Bari J, April Rhodes, Atkinson Designs, Pink Sand Beach Designs, Penguin & Fish, Alison Glass, Timeless Treasures, Around the Bobbin, Like Sew Websites, C&T Publishing… just a few of the spots we got to visit!

The extras — all sorts of loveliness:
From project tutorials right here on the Pellon® blog, to fabulous pins spotted on Instagram (woo hoo The Quilted Fish!) to an amazing Star Wars bag full of SF101 (gorgeous Melissa – @stillgonnashine!)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We’ll have more new projects and fun ideas for you soon and we’ll start the Houston Market countdown now!

Pellon® goes to Minneapolis

That’s right, it’s Quilt Market time!! Two times a year, we get to head to one of the industry’s biggest events… where companies, designers, educators and authors gather to share and talk about all of the wonderful new things that have developed. New fabric lines, handy gadgets, innovative patterns, and new product launches — it can be pretty exciting. Pellon® has a smaller booth than normal in Minneapolis, but it is jam-packed with greatness and we’re just as excited as always! For those of you not attending this weekend, we thought it only fair to give a little sneak peek into what’s happening, the products to watch out for and the projects that give them life.

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Our booth — chock full of goodness!

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Legacy by Pellon® Batting is one of our staples. We are known for our quality and wide variety of fibers. Quilters nationwide prefer Legacy by Pellon®. Learn more on our website and visit your local quilt shop to grab some of your own! Looking for a little inspiration to get you started? Our website has a wide range of quilt projects that are completely free to download, like the Sunny Crib Quilt by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios, pictured above.

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Pellon® interfacings have been around for over 50 years. They are the industry go-to and have become so well-known that many people use ‘Pellon’ to refer to interfacing in general, just as we may sometimes call a tissue a ‘Kleenex’. Over the years, our product line has expanded and we now offer a wide range of interfacings and stabilizers in the areas of Apparel, Crafts & Home Décor, Quilting, Fusible Webs & Adhesives and Embroidery. If you have a sewing project planned, we’ve got what you need to get that desired professional finish! Just look at the Mabel Vintage Handbag by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Sewing Patterns. She used Peltex® to create that fantastic structure. The bag sample shown was sewn by Laurette Chandler.

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Whether you’re looking for a basic polyester fill, a latex fill or the softest, most luxurious fill you’ve ever worked with… we’ve got you covered;). Seriously – Perfect Loft® is a personal favorite. It was once described as feeling like a pile of sleeping kittens… no joke! The Reading Corner Pouf project above was created by us for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores using our Basic Fill. It is a quick project that will add a little personality to a child’s room or even a classroom.

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Our packaged interfacings make everything more convenient. In a rush and need some SF101 to finish up a project? No problem! Run to your local Fabric & Craft store, hit the packaged notions aisle, grab what you need and head to the check-out. No more waiting in the cutting line! The Reversible Placements by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios (pictured above) are a quick and easy project that can be made with a package of 987F!

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We’ve been working on expanding our offerings and have added Fabric Magic® and Cheesecloth in the past few years. New for Market is our Muslin! Stay tuned for more on Muslin this afternoon;).

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Last, but not least… it’s the Belle of the Ball: Flex-Foam™. It’s been out for 2 months, is just starting to gain wider distribution and is, by far, one of the most talked about new release stabilizers we’ve had. It seems everyone is looking for yardage and it’s no wonder… this product is, quite possibly, the perfect stabilizer for a wide variety of handbags. Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric.

The big Market news? We’ll have a fusible version of this fab product coming soon! Seriously, once you start using this, you’ll never want to use anything else!!

Grab some handbag inspiration over at Swoon Sewing Patterns. The bag pictured above is the Evelyn, expertly sewn using by Melissa Magruder. (Oh — and there really is Flex-Foam™ in there!!)

Need a little extra inspiration? These two bags are currently on display in our booth:

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L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Patterns

If you’re in Minneapolis, we’d love to see you! Swing on by the booth, check everything out in person, ask us anything! We are here for you!

Nancy Zieman’s 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

We are thrilled and honored to have partnered with the amazing Nancy Zieman team for another fabulous sewing challenge! The 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge kicked off on February 3. With roughly 80 entires so far, the challenge is going strong and there are still 2 weeks left to enter!!

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Throw pillows seem to be the go-to project these days. They are quick and easy, but can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. They can easily be swapped out for various holidays or seasons and can often be completed in a few hours or less!

Four pillow projects from the Pellon Project Library are being featured as inspiration projects throughout the duration of the challenge. We’ll admit, they are a few of our favorites!!

[clockwise from top left: Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki, Pixel Pillow by Kati Spencer, Raccoons in Love Throw Pillow by Rachael Gander, Seeing Double Fabric Magic Pocket Pillows by Alexandra Henry]

To join in on the challenge, head on over to Nancy’s blog and add up to 4 pillow images to the linky party OR email your photo to info@ziemanproductions.com. Entries are due by March 3.

Don’t forget to share your entries and your progress using the hashtag: #NZPillowChallenge. We love checking in what you’re all creating!

Important Dates:

  • Upload or email your photo(s) by March 3, 2015, to
  • Online voting begins March 7, 2015.
  • Voting closes on March 14, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced March 17, 2015.

And… the fab prizes!! These will be awarded to the top 5 contenders:

First Place: A Bundle of Products from Pellon, $115 value!

Pellon Prize Pack for Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Challenge

Second Place: Madeira Aerofil 18 count thread pack, $60 value from Madeira.  Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Madeira Aerofil 18-count Thread Pack

Third Place: The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book & DVD from Nancy’s Notions, value of $34.98 Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book and DVD by Nancy Zieman

Fourth Place: Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs, a $25 value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Riley Blake Designs Fat Quarter Pack as seen on Nancy Zieman's Blog

Fifth Place: Hobo Tote Template from Clover, $19.95 value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by CloverEach Pillow Sewing Challenge prize winner (above) will receive a Pellon® HomeGoods Decorative Pillow Insert, 16″ x 16″. Value $10.99

Pellon Decorative Pillow Insert

Learn more on Nancy’s Blog and good luck!!

Follow along with Nancy online:

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Rebekah Meier & Fabric Elements

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The CHA Mega Show Marketplace opens today! Attendees won’t want to miss the Fabric Editions booth (#2013), which will be busy with make-it take-its and full of info about the launch of Fabric Elements, a brand new partnership with renowned mixed media artist, Rebekah Meier!

We are SO excited about this one… mainly because we love Fabric Editions, think Rebekah is simply amazing, and there are a handful of Pellon® products included!

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Rebekah based the product line upon her Fabric Art Collage books and techniques. The products are incredibly versatile and were designed to fit the creative needs of both the novice and the experienced crafter, mixed media enthusiast, collage maker (both fabric and paper combined), scrapbooker, art quilter and fiber artist.

Substrates

The product line is made up of 32 items, though retailers can pick and choose the product story that suits their consumer. In the line are 9 fabric substrates (including Peltex®/Lutradur®!), 12 cotton fat quarters, 6 embellishment items including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 self-contained kits (one includes EZ-Steam® II and one includes 806 Stitch-N-Tear®!). Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive technique book by Rebekah Meier showing her latest mixed-media projects and step by step instructions using these fabrics.

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The line was nominated to the CHA’s Hot Products for 2015 in the Fabric/Craft category. Winners will be announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 11, so we’ll keep you posted!

CHA attendees: Stop by the Fabric Editions booth (#2013) for a chance to play with the Fabric Elements line under Rebekah’s expert instruction. The Make-it Take-its will cover the design and construction of Fabric Tags, using Pellon® 72F Peltex® II Ultra-Firm 2-Sided Fusible as a base.

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On Monday, Rebekah will lead a Workshop for Mixed Media Banners. Students will use products from the Fabric Elements line in addition to our new and improved Pellon® EZ-Steam® II Sheets!

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Make-It Take-It Sessions — Fabric Editions booth #2013
Saturday: 11:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am & 3:30pm
Monday: 3:30pm

Mixed Media Flags Workshop — Classroom #W1501
Monday: 11:30 (sign up here)

If you’re not at CHA, have no fear! You’ll have access to all of these fabulous new products soon! As always, find your favorite Pellon® products at your favorite local quilt shop or craft & hobby store.

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About Rebekah Meier: Rebekah Meier is a mixed media artist, teacher, author and designer. She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create collage and fiber art. Rebekah has a freeform and relaxed design philosophy, believing that when creating art, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. She likes to incorporate many textures into her artwork which is represented in her best-selling books, Fabric Art Collage and More Fabric Art Collage.

Find Rebekah online:
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About Fabric Editions, Inc.: Fabric Editions, Inc., established in 1986, is an innovative leader of pre-cut fabrics in the sewing and crafting markets. Known throughout the world for fashion-forward textile designs in yardage and pre-cut fabric collections.

Find Fabric Editions online:
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[All info & images courtesy of Fabric Editions & Rebekah Meier]

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

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Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew brings bloggers, designers and brands together for one giant collaborative giveaway event. What was once done in a day has become a full week of amazing giveaway opportunities, all conveniently linked up in one place. It’s a tremendous time for new product discoveries, fun connections with your favorite blogs, introductions to a wide range of brand new blogs AND it allows all of us to have a bit of fun with all of you! It’s an exciting time and we’re thrilled to be a part of it this year.

AurifilPellon and Moda Fabrics have come together to create a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, you-will-not-believe-your-eyes prize package for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  This bundle is a combination of the best of all three brands in one spot: a 1/2 yard bundle of 12 Bella Solid Fabrics in a range of colors, an exclusive Aurifil Bella Solids Collection of thread, and a bundle of seven crib-sized Legacy by Pellon® battings — Natural Cotton, White Cotton, 80/20 Natural Blend, Bamboo Blend, Soy Blend, Wool & Polyester. Excited yet?

This fabulous giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on or around December 14. This giveaway is open internationally!

Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter-to-win! Don’t forget to head on over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all of the amazing giveaways featured on some other great blogs and make some new friends!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/715465f713/

Good luck and happy sewing!!

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Handy links:
Sew Mama Sew Supplies Giveaways
Sew Mama Sew Handmade Goods Giveaways
Aurifil Blog
Moda BakeShop

 

Nancy Zieman — Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less!

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We’re loving our ongoing partnership with Nancy Zieman. She’s pretty remarkable! You’ve likely already read all about the Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge, but have you heard about this weekend’s webcast?

This Saturday, November 22, Nancy will present a live webcast dedicated to handmade gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The webcast will teach viewers how to serge a scarf in an hour, how to use the Dresden Quilt Template to create several decorating ideashow to use specialty fabrics like clear vinyl, chalkboard fabric, quilted iron-quick, and more to create handy projects for the home, how to create gifts for kids using time-saving notions AND how to apply her time-saving tips to sewing and quilting projects. Really… it’s going to be pretty awesome!

The webcast itself is typically $29.95, but Nancy and her amazing team are offering a special deal to all of you. Register today and pay only $19.95. Simply follow this link and complete your registration:

http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/nancy-zieman-live-webcast-p1

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Live Webcast — Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less
Details: Join Nancy for a live, interactive webcast on November 22, 2014 — featuring Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less! Watch from the comfort of your own home and interact with Nancy via email. Participants will receive a project sheet PDF and will qualify for prize drawing giveaways.

Reserve your spot today!!!

Looking for some additional inspiration? Here are a few Handmade Gift Ideas from Pellon®:
(Click on the image or follow the links to head to the project pages!)

Handmade Gift Ideas:
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[L to R: HST Triangle Zip Pouch by Emily Lang, Cosmetics Case by Lindsey Rhodes]

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[L to R: Gift Bag Totes by Vanessa Lynch, iPad Cozy by Kelley Gilbert]

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[L to R: Mini Jewelry Roll by Marni Weaver, Key Fob Wristlet by Karin Jordan]

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[Simple, Sturdy Tote by Amy Smart]

For more handmade gift ideas, please visit the Pellon® Project Library!

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]

iheartpellonstocking[I Heart Pellon Stocking by Rachael Gander for Pellon Projects]

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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!!

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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International Quilt Festival 2014

Market may be over, but International Quilt Festival is just getting started! Are you in Houston? We hope that you’ll come see us at booth #352!

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The Pellon/Legacy booth with loads of goodies!! (I spy the Snooze Dog Bed, Reversible Fabric Storage Bins & the Sunny Crib Quilt)

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from L to R: Legacy Longarm Distributors Jacki Bennett (Michigan), Victoria Rondeau (Florida), China Oiler (Houston) & Pellon‘s Darlene Christopherson.

#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!!