Spruce up your Home Décor with Meijer!

In case you missed last week’s post, we’re working on a 4-part series on great new projects to make using some key sale items at your local Meijer Stores. Last week, it was all about quilting. This week — it’s time to spruce up your home décor!

The easiest and fastest way to create a new look for any room in your house is to add a few new throw pillows. Whether they rest on your bed, on the the love seat in the living or even against the back of a dining room chair, they are terrific to add a little extra flair. There are so many great pillow projects out there, no matter what your experience. All you need it your favorite fabric, some basic sewing tools and one of Pellon®‘s fabulous Pillow Inserts.

Head on over to your local Meijer to grab a few at 25% off — the sales lasts through February 12!

The Pillows: Pellon® 16″ x 16″ Decorative Pillow  & 16″ x 16″ Allergy Free Pillow.

We’re inspired by:

[Clockwise from top left: Aztec Hearts Pillow by My Sister’s Suitcase, Bushel and a Peck Pillow by The Idea Room, Floral Love Pillow by Miss Lovie, Baby It’s Cold Outside Envelope Closure Pillow by SewBon, Star Flower Pillow by Tacha Bruecher for Moda Bakeshop, Confetti Pillow by Modern Handcraft, Bohemian Tassel Pillow by The Sewing Rabbit]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[Clockwise from left: Bubble Pillow by Emily Lang, Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki, Pixel Pillow by Emily Lang, Raccoons in Love by Rachael Gander]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration, check out our ‘Sewing: Pillows‘ Pinterest board. Something is bound to catch your eye!


Head on down to Meijer, grab some pillows** and update your home today! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.


Create & Craft TV — Let’s Make Something!

10896346_1517660558507878_632263558661026113_oOur good friends over at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores are a part of something brand new and pretty amazing — a 24/7 network dedicated entirely to the art of crafting!! That’s right, it’s the channel we’ve all been dreaming of;).

Already big in the UK, Create & Craft TV is now taking the U.S. by storm with daily programming, including “Let’s Make Something with Jo-Ann.” The shows offer great deals on products along with product and project demos and fun, engaging conversation about cool projects, trends and techniques. Want to learn how to make a pillow bed? There’s a show for that (check the schedule — it’s on today at 3pmEST!) Want to learn some Quilt As You Go tricks? Tune-in on Saturday (1/31) for an hour full of inspiration!

How is Pellon® involved, you might wonder? Simple… No craft is complete without a bit of Magic in the Middle! Our products have been featured in a handful of Create & Craft TV  episodes, with more to come. You might learn how to make a nap mat (Pellon® Twin-Pack Bed Pillows) or get tips on how to create a new sleepy haven for your favorite 4-legged friend (Pellon® Pet Bed Inserts) — Whatever the case, we love the creativity and want to make sure you know when and where to watch.

Create & Craft TV
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Did we mention you can grab most of the supplies used in each episode directly on the Create & Craft website? Each episode features a detailed listing that includes a product list, making it extra-easy to recreate your favorite projects. Check out the range of Pellon® products available on the site right here.

We’ll keep you posted on upcoming episodes featuring Pellon® products. Until then, happy crafting!!


[images, logos, and other info courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores AND Create & Craft TV]

Quilting Inspiration with Meijer

If you’re like us, you’ve already got a list of ‘must-makes’ for 2015. There are so many fantastic projects out there, so many incredible designers from which to draw inspiration, it’s sometime hard to know where to start. Maybe you got your very first sewing machine for Christmas or maybe you’re a seasoned expert, looking for new ways to challenge your creative spirit… either way, all you need to get started in this new year is your favorite fabric, some basic sewing/quilting tools, and a bit of Magic in the Middle;).

Lucky for everyone, Meijer kicked off a 25% off sale last week on some excellent Pellon® products to get you going — 4 weeks only!!

Where to go first?
The Batting: Pellon® Nature’s Touch® 80/20 Natural Blend Batting & Quilter’s Touch 100% Polyester Batting.

We’re inspired by:

[clockwise from top left: Floating Prisms Quilt by Robert Kaufman, Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman, Ombre Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend for Sizzix, The Arrow Tail Quilt by Sing All You Want, Chevron Quilt by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Color Continuum — no. 3 emiliychromatic by Carolina Patchworks, Windowpane Wholecloth Baby Quilt by Purl Bee.]

Pellon Projects we LOVE: 

[clockwise from top left: Ebb and Flow Quilt by Karin Jordan, Blast Quilt by Rachael Gander, Just Tri It! Quilt by Lauren Dahl, Quilt As You Go Log Cabin by Jera Brandvig]

In case you need just a bit more inspiration — something to really scream at you as if to say QUILT ME!! — check out our ‘Quilts We Love‘ Pinterest board. We try to swoon at least once a day!


So, head on down to Meijer, grab some batting and get quilting!! We can’t wait to see what you make!

** Assortment may vary by store.



Rebekah Meier & Fabric Elements


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!


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.


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.


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:

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:

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

EZ-Steam® II gets Crafty

If you’ve ever watched a video by Vanessa Vargas Wilson of Crafty Gemini, you know what we know. She is amazing! She has excellent style and a knack for turning any project into something achievable for all skill levels. She is down-to-earth, easy-to-follow, incredibly creative, and, well, we could go on and on! When charged with the task of creating a demo video for our new and improved EZ-Steam® II, we just knew Vanessa was the woman for the job.

What do you think? What would you make with EZ-Steam® II? Perhaps some fabric stickers, or a cute little mug rug as Vanessa showed in her demo? Maybe a wall decal or two? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much to Vanessa for being her wonderful self and for showing just how quick, fun and easy it is to use our EZ-Steam® II! Don’t forget to check out her post all about EZ-Steam® over on her blog today!

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 8.14.44 PMAbout Vanessa:
Vanessa Vargas Wilson is the founder and proprietor of Crafty Gemini, LLC, a sewing, quilting, cooking and crafting video tutorial business that showcases her many talents via her YouTube channel, TheCraftyGemini. After graduating from law school and getting married in 2008, Vanessa (with the help of her husband) decided to turn her passion for creativity and teaching others into a business. She loves teaching practical and functional skills to anyone willing to learn. She is a published quilt pattern designer and long arm quilter. Vanessa has also been featured in the New York Times and on ABC’s 20/20 for her crafting tutorials on YouTube. She credits her clear and concise style of instruction with her success. Vanessa lives with her husband, two children, two dogs, two rabbits and four chickens on a small farm near Gainesville, FL.

Find Vanessa online:
BlogYouTubeFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram — Online Shop

EZ-Steam® Feature Page
EZ-Steam® II
Lite EZ-Steam® II
EZ-Steam® II Tapes

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


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:


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:
SWN-ChristmasPouch SWN-CosmeticsCase
[L to R: HST Triangle Zip Pouch by Emily Lang, Cosmetics Case by Lindsey Rhodes]

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

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

[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?

IMG_3294[Stocking by Sewing with Nancy]

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]

[Velvet Heirloom Christmas Stocking by Babylock]

Falling Flakes Stocking by Rachael Gander for Pellon Projects]

Happy sewing, good luck, and Happy Holidays!!

Modern Appliqué Illusions Book Tour+ Giveaway!


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.

14376887746_563e2de9e4_z[Grand Canal, from Modern Appliqué Illusions by Casey York]

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.

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.

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.

[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!

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.


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

Turkey Turkey!

It was almost a year ago that we posted the cutest little Quilted Holiday Bread Basket Cover from Pellon Project Designer, Marni Weaver of the fabulous site, Haberdashery Fun. Seriously, how cute is this??

breadbasketThis year, we teamed up with Marni & Timeless Treasures to bring you a snazzy little rework of this easy-peasy tutorial. Introducing… the Turkey!

Thankgiving Turkey Main finalWe absolutely adore this little guy and can’t imagine anything more perfect for your Thanksgiving table! Want to stitch one up that looks just like this one? Head on over to Haberdashery Fun for the full tutorial and check out the Holiday fabrics over at Timeless Treasures. Marni used Endpaper in Gold for the Turkey body and Spring Basics in Cardinal, Pumpkin, and Sunflower for the accents.


Happy Stitching!





Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Sara Lawson

Another peek at a market booth that we LOVE!


Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness has been a project designer for Pellon for over 3 years. She was really one of the first to work with us and has contributed over 10 patterns to our project library, including some of her signature handbags. Over the last 3 years, Sara has grown by leaps and bounds. She now has her own line of patterns, released Big City Bags last year, and collaborated with Art Gallery Fabrics on her first fabric collection, Jungle Ave. We are incredibly excited for Sara and can’t help but grin from ear to ear with every new success that she has.

This is her second time with a booth at Quilt Market and we think it’s absolutely lovely! If you’re in Houston, make sure to pop by and say hello — she is at booth #1766.

Here are a few of Sara’s projects for Pellon: (click on the image to head to the project page)

FrouFrou LindsayTote PixieHexi RedPoppy UrbanJungle