Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pellon Fusible Flex Foam Blog Hop

When Pellon asked me if I wanted to play with a new Flex Foam that is **FUSIBLE** I may have wept a little. I mean really, does it get any better than Fusible Flex Foam? I said absolutely yes!

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The deets: “Pellon® Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers. Flex-Foam is a breeze to sew through and adds shape and body to projects such as computer cases, eyeglass cases, purses, tote bags, cup holders, diaper bags, and more! It is compatible with a wide variety of fabrics. It is available as a sew-in, a 1-sided fusible or a 2-sided fusible. Available 20” on the board and 60” on the roll*. ”

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FF77 Flex-Foam™ Sew-In – http://www.pellonprojects.com/products/77-flex-foam/

FF78F1 Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible – http://www.pellonprojects.com/products/ff78f1-flex-foam-1-sided-fusible/

FF79F2 Flex-Foam™ 2-Sided Fusible – http://www.pellonprojects.com/products/ff79f2-flex-foam-2-sided-fusible/

Flex-Foam is a great way to add soft and sturdy support to anything you want to keep it’s shape. And now you can fuse it right to your fabric.

All I could think of was how I could totally eliminate a drop in liner for simple bags and totes. For several nights I couldn’t get the idea of a simple tote made with the 2-sided fusible and bound seams out of my head. Of course, there are a multitude of other uses for the Fusible Flex Foam, but this is the one that instantly piqued my interest.  Any small zip bags, basic tote or pouch could fairly easily be made with the Fusible Flex Foam foam and hiding the seams in some binding. 

I like the look of quilting on the Flex Foam. I played around a little with some basic tracing of the fabric elements with my hopping foot.

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The product sews like a dream. When I was sewing straight stitches, I used my walking foot and used Clover Wonder Clips to hold it all in place instead of pins. Again, with my walking foot it sews beautifully. I like the texture created by sewing on the foam. Since it is fused to the fabric, you certainly don’t need to quilt it, I just liked the look of a patchwork tote. I used a simple shape with curved bottom. The Flex Foam gives great structure to the tote without being hard. You can squish the tote up and it will bounce back into shape.

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I love the way my tote turned out. It is simple and yet yummy. 

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The best part is the lining is perfectly snug against all the sides without any sagging or pulling. And while we are at it, no saggy bottom either! I hate a saggy bottom.

Be sure to check out the other awesome stops on the blog tour! Thanks Pellon for letting me play with more of your awesome products.

9/8 – Pellon

9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns

9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time

9/10 – Cut to Pieces

9/11 – My Crafty Crap

9/13 – Pellon

9/14 – Baby Rozen Design

9/15 – Sew Sweetness

9/16 –  Love to Color My World

9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder (That’s me!!)

9/18 – Pellon

My Meadow Quilt Workshop with Lizzy House

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I love taking classes from other quilters. I don’t care if it is my “style” they are teaching. I can always learn something new. I honestly think that I get so much more out of the experience of making, when I can make with other makers. In the flesh I feel so connected to something more than just playing with fabric. I also think just watching how other makers make, I always pick up something new.

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So fabric designer, artist, quilter, dress maker, person extraordinaire Lizzy House came to our DC area to teach her workshop only Meadow Quilt. It was pretty popular in our area, actually. It quickly grew into 5 or 6 days of workshops as well as a DCMQG sponsored lecture one evening. My friend Pam of Del Ray Fabrics hosted two of the workshops at Fibre Space. Natalie of Finch had two days as well as some of the ladies from our guild had another workshop in Virginia. I can’t remember the name of the location.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the lecture. I really wanted to hear Lizzy’s lecture. I wanted to know more about her story and how she got where she is. I heard it was great though. Not that I’m surprised at all.

Our location was just as adorable as could be. The shop inside was very clean and organized, but still comfy. If only I was a knitter. I would likely visit more often.

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I was half an hour late. It was crazy! I had given myself an extra half an hour to get there on time. But DC area traffic being what it is, it took me an hour longer than I expected. (Read two and a half hours for something that should have been one and a half.) As I was driving in, I was contemplating just turning around. For raising a family, we live in a nice rural area. But for getting together with other makers, it just seems so far. A comparison of driving in the LA area and the DC area is likely a good one. It was a nightmare. I’m glad I decided to press on.

By the time I got there, I was embarrassed for being late, and a bit flustered by the drive. Luckily for me, my friend Melinda Quirky Granola Girl had saved me a space. I missed introductions from everyone and particularly Lizzy.

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Lizzy was sweet and very knowledgeable! She knows this quilt inside and out. She sat down and actually stitched up the block on a close sewing machine. She was so down to earth and fun.

She makes her clothes too! I don’t know about you, but that is absolutely bonus points in my book. I’m impressed with people that know more than just quilting.

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She paused for lots of pictures of each step. Waiting for each person to fully understand each step.

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Here she was squaring up my block.

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She also previewed her new line. I am so in love with the peachy/orange colors.

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When we were done with our sample blocks, she even signed our blocks if we asked her to.

I am so glad I was able to make it to her workshop. She doesn’t sell the pattern, you have to take the workshop to learn how to make it. She finishes up the Meadow Quilt Classes this year I believe.

If you still have openings for this workshop near you, I highly recommend it.

My Cascading Star quilt for the Jaftex Blog Hop

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** My drawing is now closed.  I’m sending an email to the winner.

Regina said :This is great -the fabric flip and faced binding are great new tools to take away from this project.”   Thanks for entering all.

Waaay back in June of 2013, I got to play with some fabric from Henry Glass & Co for the Desire to Inspire posts on their blog. They sent me some fabric and I could make whatever I wanted with it. I love a good challenge.

Fast forward to this summer. I was contacted by Henry Glass again and asked if I wanted to participate in a blog hop. Sure. Of course. I am always game to play with fabric.

I present to you my Cascading Star mini quilt. Isn’t she lovely?

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They sent me a bundle of Fusion Illusion fabrics from Blank Quilting Corp. (Part of the Jaftex family.) I got to use the bundle and some white textured fabric they sent, to make something for the blog hop. When the fabrics arrived, I knew exactly what I was going to make. This fabric is bright and bold and in a fairly good rainbow variety of colors.

My favorite quilt I’ve ever made has to be my Botanics Star Quilt.

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It hangs on my family room wall and I spend a fair amount of time looking at it. When I looked at these interlocking star shapes, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would look like with the legs forming some kind of chain of cascading stars. The interlocking long legs would create a ribbon of stars that meander over a space.

I wanted to keep all the legs of each individual star in the same color so I flipped over alternating legs to use the backside of the fabric to create some dimension. I think it is very subtle but effective in creating distance and dimension. (The leg on the right is the wrong side of the fabric.)2015_08_04_6597

I flipped over some of the background pieces as well, to give a subtle dimension.  Then I laid out my stars into individual stars.

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I wanted the legs of each star to be varied and wonky, some of the tips missing even.  That is a big one for me. I normally like order and perfect points. Since I was playing, I wanted to throw caution to the wind and just explore the shapes.

I had made a mock up of how I wanted the mini to look and specifically which leg needed to be long and touching the next star. I referred to my diagram as I made each star. The colors on the diagram were purposefully done so I could tell which leg was to be with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Each touching leg is a darker color…right side facing up.

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With all the white in the background, I really took time to think about how I wanted to bind this. I didn’t want a bright color to interfere with the edge of the mini.

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I figured this was the perfect time to try a faced binding. I love how it turned out.

 

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The faced binding is hand stitched to the back so there are no lines from the front!

I love it and am so glad for the chance to participate in the blog hop celebrating Jaftex.

 

Now for the fun stuff. Please check out the other blogs for the rest of the month for your chance for some great prizes. Also, if you want to win a bundle of the same fabrics I used, please leave a comment on this blog post. I’m going to put the entries all in a hat and choose one winner October 1st.

 

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting

September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio

September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder *That’s me

September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle

September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog

September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts

September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions

September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs

September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono

September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts

September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios

September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy

September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs

September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts

September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive

September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs

September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake

September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2

September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting

September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure

September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket

September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts

September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts

September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads

September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky

September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts

September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs

September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar

September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting

September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster

September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.

September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop

Have you heard? We are celebrating the 85th anniversary of Jaftex with a blog hop. I’m stop #3. Jaftex is the parent company of Henry Glass, Studioe Fabrics and Blank Quilting.

My friend Linda Lum DeBono asked me if I wanted to play along and of course I said YES!

They gathered 30 of us to play along. During the month of September you get to see lots of great inspiration and have the opportunity to win some lovely prizes.  Stop by and check out the other lovlies this month.

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September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting

September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio

September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder *That’s me

September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle  

September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog

September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts 

September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions 

September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs 

September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono 

September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts 

September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios 

September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy 

September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs 

September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts 

September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive 

September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs

September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl   

September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake 

September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2 

September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting 

September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure 

September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket 

September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts  

September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts 

September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads 

September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky  

September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter 

September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts 

September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs 

September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar

September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting

September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster

September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.

September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

**Please read the info below carefully. You don’t enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on my blog…although I always love comments. You must click on the giveaway below to enter.

85th Anniversary Giveaway