Monday, November 30, 2020

Virtual Quilt Festival

This year the International Quilt Festival could not occur in October in Houston as it has the last 45 years. Therefore, it has gone virtual. In three days, December 3-5, you can enjoy the fun from the comfort and safety of your own home. For those who have been unable to attend in the past due to the logistics of travel, this year presents a special opportunity. There will be vendors, lectures, demonstrations and a brilliant show full of special exhibits.

Tickets are $10 and Master Classes $20. Make sure you adjust to U.S. Central time to watch live, but classes and lectures will be available to view for a week following the event. 

Click HERE to preview Master Classes, Lectures, and Forums.

Click HERE to purchase a ticket and register for educational offerings.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Black Friday Specials

Fat Quarter Shop is having a huge Black Friday sale until November 28 at midnight CST. It's 20% off all orders. If you order $150 or more, you get a a special grab bag valued at approximately $40 (while supplies last). Don't forget the daily Mega Flash Sales too.

Annie's has 35% off fabric and yarn with code YARNFAB until 11:59 pm ET on November 30.

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Pineapple Fabrics has a variety of deals. Use code PINE5 for 5% off site wide, PINE25 for $25 off $225+, PATTERN20 for 20% off patterns, and PINE10 for $10 off $100+.


Accuquilt has BOGO 1/2 off Go! Dies.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

National Sewing Circle has 25% off the entire site with code THANKS25 and 30% 0f National Quilters or Sewing Circle with $75+ purchase using code CYBER30.



Creativebug has 3 months for $1.


Kangaroo Cabinets is having a major sale. The Bandicoot II is now under $500--more than 50% off!
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Friday, November 20, 2020

Odif Just My Type Challenge

I'm still not ready to let the haunting holiday go. When Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis sent me four fat quarters of her upcoming Just My Type collection for Island Batik, I saw 👀 in the Keys Small Hay print. What fun it would be to make eyes peek from the windows of a haunted house, right? 


So I pulled out the Haunted House Block designed by Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts, which had gained my notice during the Epic Halloween Quilt Along. I used Odif 808 on the wrong side of my first piece to adhere it to the paper, and avoid lumpy pins or difficult-to-remove glue. Make sure to protect your iron and work surfaces with parchment paper when using 808.


The fabrics provided included Wow Mystic (!), Keys Large Marble (@), and Steam Med Lagoon (?), in addition to the aforementioned Keys Small Hay (o).


The pattern has a special window unit that is constructed, then used as a singular piece within another unit. This is similar to how I created the eye units. I cut 1/4" around two eyes, and then improvisationally pieced these into a unit small enough for the eyes to fit within the window, but large enough to cover the space.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

FYI: November 2020

I thought I'd share some fun things I've been seeing on the web.

First, sign ups have started for the 365 Challenge Quilt by Kathryn Kerr. There's a free quilt block each day for a year to make one phenomenal sampler. There's a Facebook group too.


Jacquelynn Steves is hosting a "My Hometown" free BOM starting February 2021. One block is issued each month, and sign ups have started.


Clover products are the notion of the month at Fat Quarter Shop. The entire inventory is 30% off for November.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge: Put a Pin in It

Today I have a very special make, Put a Pin in It (which is a play on words highlighting the delays to plans this year has produced, as well as the literal pushpins scattered about). This interactive quilt, which is also my Homemade Challenge entry, brought forth an abundance of creative experimentation with techniques and mediums. 


How about an overall view? Ironically, I accidentally left in a safety pin from my domestic machine quilting. (Let's keep that between us.)


My blurb for the contest reads, "Put a Pin in It highlights shifting from homemaking to homeschooling during quarantine. I hope to foster a love of creating in my children. Interactive aspects include hydrochromic ink, thermal vinyl; flip sequins; solar, puff, and glow-in-the-dark paint; chalkboard fabric; Ultra-suede; pockets; squeaker; turnable pages; Aurifil 12 wt; and magnetism."


In the next couple blog posts, I'll share all the blocks and their special features, my free-motion designs, and my process. Today, I'll share all the fun gimmicks I incorporated so my kids will love it. 

The calculator features a thermo-sensitive vinyl screen, numbers stenciled with Shiva Oil Paintstiks and a Dollar Tree stencil, and a squeaker under the = button. 




To create realistic, larger-than-life paper, I painted hydrochromic water-reactive paint over solid black fabric. The paint has a gel-like consistency, and is best applied after being diluted with a bit of water. It becomes opaque white as it dries. A thicker application on fabric results in cracking and chipping. 


For the lines, I used 12 wt Aurifil thread. Then I applied eyelets for the paper holes. I covered over the back with the background fabric so my batting wouldn't escape through the holes.


For the watercolors, I used the hydrochromic paint as well, but added Dye-Na-Flo for color.


My glue stick gives the impression of twisting up and down using flip sequins. One side is purple, like the real glue stick; the other side is navy to blend into the background--as if it's vanished.


I annihilated a flip sequin Dollar Tree pillow to make this happen. My children may be a little scared from the destruction. But, never fear, I acquired more Dollar Tree mini pillows to compensate for the dramatic injury. I even found an argyle one that it the most fabulous thing I have ever seen. My rainbow-loving heart can't even...


Wait, what was I even talking about? Oh yes, the Put a Pin in It Quilt.

The glue bottle features chalkboard fabric. It's an upscaled version of my Quilt block Mania Back to School free pattern.


It's pieced with stitch and flip curves (similar to a cathedral window block) and paper piecing with fussy cutting. I love how Tula Pink prints provide such great opportunities for this. The glitter was created by applying fabric medium and actual glitter to black fabric. The lids were embellished with Aurifil 12 wt thread and eyelets using my Crop-a-Dile


The black sections are heat-sensitive vinyl that changes to yellow with heat. 


The solid sections of the crayons are painted with solar pigment that changes hue in sunlight


I added a secret panel (but I suppose the secret is out now) to my binding with a pencil I drew using fabric markers and a pigment pen. It says AMONG TWOS BE (where pencils usually say HB) 1 (where it usually says 2 on #2 pencils), as a reminder to viewers that it is good to know your own mind and not always fall in with the common crowd.


The paper-pieced stapler featuring ribbon candy free-motion resides near the HomeMade patch, which was attached with clear Aurifil.


My tape dispenser features some paper piecing, stitch and flip curves, reverse appliqué, turned-edge appliqué...
This block was a diva who thought it needed all the techniques. Since it was a bit extra anyhow, I went with pebbles and some lines on the tape portion to follow the direction of circular tape layers.


The acrylic paint tube block is embellished with oozing puff paint.


The cream, fussy-cut portions of the tubes is coated in glow-in-the-dark paint.


I did a rift on a Ball Jar, mimicking the font, but changing the letters from Ball MASON to Pink TULA. I used a hot glue gun to apply the letters to clear vinyl. Then I secured the edges with bias cut binding. The jar was attached to the quilt post-quilting, using clear Aurifil. The lid, made from Solarize (insulating thermal barrier fabric) on account of the metallic shininess, is pieced into the background. Pieced into the background is a hidden pocket to hold a battery pack for the Dollar Tree Christmas "candies". The gummy bears are actually pencil toppers.


My backpack block has a fully functional lined zipper pocket and straps. Strapping the quilt to yourself and running around would be pretty funny though. It's poshed out with the Tula Pink HomeMade enamel pin, a Bernina pin, and my Quilting Mod button. It thought it'd be fun to attach a Quilting Mod label where the backpack brand label would usually go. Some Cut Once Noon Blue Renaissance Ribbon serves as a top handle.



Drawing life is not complete without vibrant markers. My box needed even more pizzaz, so I added a magnetic sheet to the banner. The PINK is actually temporarily-attached magnets.


My book block isn't just made to look 3-D, you can really turn the pages.


The glitter contains are made from applying fabric medium mixed with glitter to black fabric. The tops feature 12 wt Aurifil and eyelets.


Erasers have a fun texture that I wanted to capture in my interactive quilt, so I used a few different shades of Ultrasuede due to its soft, grippy feel.


I'd like to give a shout out to the spools that made this quilt possible. So, thanks Aurifil, for providing every color under the sun.

Even more than my dearly loved threads, thank you, quilting friends, for joining me here to share in this project with me. I appreciate you so much!

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