Thursday, December 17, 2009
I've been remiss in picking the winners of the Texture Magic. I'll try to get that done over the weekend and I'll let you know the winners here on the blog. I'll be around the house because my 21 year old son is having his tonsills removed tomorrow.
Talk to you tomorrow,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Day 15 and 16 of the Dolly Dresses Blog Event brings two more wonderful quilts. Day 15's reveal was Tricia Cribbs of FriendFolks. Today, Day 16's quilt is a real cutie that is being auctioned off to help raise money for the Irish people who were involved in the epic flooding. The quilt was made by Elizabeth Scott of The Late Bloomer.
To see these quilts, go to Holly Holderman's Holly Blog and click on the links. Enjoy!
See you tomorrow,
Monday, December 14, 2009
For now, I'm leaving for the snow and cold up at Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Back tomorrow afternoon.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I don't have much to say today because I'm getting ready for our store party and for a short 2-day trip to the mountains to hear my favorite all female Irish group--Cherish the Ladies. But, I had to let you know that the Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues for a few more days. Today features Rachel Griffith of PS I Quilt--very cute quilt and an added storyline. To see Rachel's quilt, go to Holly Holderman's Blog and click on the link.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This next apron has batting sandwiched between the layers and was stitched in straight vertical rows, about every 3/8 to 1/2". After it was zig-zag stitched to the dress, a little trim was added for a waistband and rickrack was added to the bottom edge.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Now, back to the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. It has been fun sharing with you the different dresses and how the Texture Magic was used. The ruffle treatment on this little dress was sandwiched with batting and stitched with straight rows of a decorative stitch.
This next little dress has a vest and an apron texturized. The pink fabric was sandwiched with batting and quilted with a small feather. The apron was not sandwiched with batting and was stitched with a small meander.
The Dolly Dress Blog Event continues with the next quilt revealed (or maybe not) by Monica Solorio-Snow of the Happy Zombie. You can see this quilt by hopping to Holly Holderman's blog and clicking on the link. I hope you can take the time to go see the other quilt--they are all so different.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Need a stocking stuffer idea? How about a Sewline Fabric Pencil or two with a refill of lead in all of the available colors. The Sewline Pencils have specially formulated ceramic leads that make a very clean and clear line. I prefer having 5 pencils, one of each color (the cap is colored to let you know what lead is in the pencil) but some people don't mind changing the lead as a new color is needed. The colors are black, white, yellow, pink, and green. The lines can be removed with water or the eraser that is on the pen. Package them up in a pretty little pencil box and tie on a cute bow. To see available colors as well as other Sewline products, click here.
Now, for two more Dolly Dresses treated with Texture Magic. The little apron on this first dress was has no batting sandwiched between the layers. The fabric stitched with different stitches (a tight little cross stitch and a much looser cross stitch) in each color stripe. To attach to the dress, a small piece of fusible was fused to the wrong side of the dolly dress, along the bottom edges of the jacket. The corners of the jacket were cut so that the apron could be tucked under. The apron was tucked under the jacket and the jacket was fused back into place. The apron was zig-zag stitched to the dress and the jacket was also zig-zag stitched.
The fabric used for this pretty little red apron was also not layered with batting. It was straight stitched to the Texture Magic with every row stitched vertically and every other row stitched horizontally. The edges of the apron were zig-zag stitched and lace was stitched to the bottom edge. The apron was tucked under the jacket using the method above, but left loose. Very cute!
The next dress has a little red jacket. The quilt sandwich included batting and was stitched in straight rows about 1/2" apart. Before it was stitched to the dress, a new blouse in a different color was added as well .
For a chance to win a package of Texture Magic, leave a comment here by Dec. 12th. Three winners will be chosen at random.
The Dolly Dresses Blog continues. Today's reveal is Gina Halladay from Quilter's Buzz. It is another darling quilt. Go to Holly Holderman's blog to get the link.
here for more information. For a chance to win 1 of 3 packages of the 47 x 18" sheet, please leave a comment by December 12th. The winners will be chosen at random on Dec. 13th.
A plastic template pattern was made of the jacket. Batting was sandwiched between a piece of the pink bunny fabric and a piece of the Texture Magic. It was stitched with a small meander making sure to not stitch over the bunnies. The fabric sandwich was heated with a steam iron and shrank to reveal this darling fabric that emphasizes the bunnies. The template pattern was traced around on the TM side, the jacket cut out, and zig-zag stitched back into place. Here is a close-up that shows how darling it is.
The fabric was straight stitched diagonally between the colors. Heat was applied and the fabric shrunk to look like a little biscuit quilt. The pattern for the apron was drawn on the TM side and the piece cut out. It was zig-zag stitched into place and a small waistband was added. I wish you could see this in person--it is may favorite block! Here is the closeup.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Yippee! Today is our day to reveal our Dolly Dresses Quilt. Holly Holderman of LakeHouse fabrics asked me at Quilt Market if we would like to design a project using her two Dolly Dresses panels and be part of this blog event. I pondered for a minute, asked a few questions, and said YES! What an honor to be chosen as a featured designer. Thanks Holly!
We wanted to design something colorful, dimensional, and fun. I think we succeeded! This quilt is definitely colorful, thanks to beautiful LakeHouse fabrics.
We added a pinwheel border to add lots of dimension. (We designed a dimensional pinwheel quilt years ago in our PS I Love You, Two Book). The feather border and the outline quilting done by Ann Petersen adds even more dimension. And...
we added a little magic to the dresses for the fun!
Texture Magic! Each Dolly Dress has been treated to a Texture Magic make-over. Check out the pink bunny jacket and the red checkered apron.
Texture Magic is a material that when stitched to a fabric, and heated with a steam iron, results in the fabric shrinking approx. 30% in all directions creating a textured fabric. Over the next few days I will show you some of the textures that were created with different stitch patterns--so please check back. Many projects can be magically made-over with Texture Magic. Let your imagination soar--the 'possibilities' are endless!
We carry Texture Magic in a 47 x 36" sheet and will be getting in a 47 x 18" sheet soon. Click here for more information. For a chance to win 1 of 3 packages of the 47 x 18" sheet, please leave a comment by December 12th. The winners will be chosen at random on Dec. 13th.
The next Dolly Dresses Blog Event project will be revealed tomorrow. Go to Holly's blog to find the link.
Enjoy the creativity!
P.S. If you would be interested in purchasing the two Dolly Dress Panels and the pattern for this quilt (not available until Spring 2010), please email Ashley at email@example.com.
The Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics. Jennifer designed a darling tablerunner. Very, very, cute! For more info on this event, check out our blog from November 30. The event is the brain child of Holly Holderman from LakeHouse fabrics. Check out Holly's blog to get the link to Shabby Fabrics quilt. Our turn is tomorrow and I can't wait for you to see our quilt.
The days, hours, minutes, and seconds are counting away--happy stitching,
Friday, December 4, 2009
The Dolly Dresses Blog Event is in full swing. The first quilt to be revealed is from Debbie Taylor at Fat Quarter Shop. It's a delightful quilt! Check out Holly's blog to find a link to the Jolly Jabber blog. Remember, our day to reveal our quilt is this Sunday. Don't forget to check it out.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tomorrow is the start of the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. I think there are 15 designers altogether, so it should be great fun to see all of the quilts and hear what the designers have to say. I'm pretty sure that there will be some prizes given for comments. Our day is Sunday December 6th. I hope to see you then. For more information, go to Holly Holderman's blog.
See you tomorrow with another one of my favorite quilty things.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We design fabric for Quilting Treasures and our newest line is Petals and Paisley and it will be delivered to stores this month. Petals and Paisley consists of prints with an Old World wood block character in rich tones of denim, aqua, browns, and teals that will work well in traditional as well as contemporary projects.
Check out the Quilting Treasures website to download a wonderful quilt that we designed to showcase this delightful fabric. This quilt would be so easy to make for a special Christmas present for a special person. I'll let you know when we receive the fabric in the backdoor.
Only two more days until the Dolly Dresses Blog Event starts. We have designed a special quilt using Holly Holderman's (LakeHouse Fabrics) Dolly Dresses panels. The Blog Event starts this Friday. Check out Holly's Blog for more information and to get a sneak preview of Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 fabrics--they are lovely.
See you tomorrow,