Documenting your Quilts

Quilts are a labor of love.  Whether you are creating them for your personal use or giving them as a gift, they should be labeled.  Include your name, city and date along with any other information that future generations or the receiver might enjoy.

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Item #141375  Retail $12.99

Quilt Labels 2 for All Occasions is the perfect gift for any quilter.  It contains 65 labels in two formats.  You can either use the iron-on transfers or trace them directly onto fabric.  All of the images are line drawings which can be colored with permanent pigma pens.  Instructions for coloring are included as well.

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These brush pigma pens are perfect for coloring.  They write like a pen but color like a paint brush.

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Item #38062  Retail $23.19

Use a number 8 black pigma pen(Item #XSDK0849) to trace them.

This second edition will be available any day.  If you can’t wait, order the first book that features iron on transfers.

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Item #141330  Retail $9.95

Choose and prepare a label when you are preparing your binding.  Then two raw edges of the label can be sewn in when the binding is attached.

Use the Press Perfect Hot Hemmer to turn the other two sides.

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Item #7806CV  Retail $17.95

Why not combine a set of pens with the books for a perfect Christmas combo???

T-Shirt Quilts have never been Easier

I gave lectures this week-end on how to make a T-Shirt quilt.  The audience had several questions so I thought I would share the answers here with you.  I designed this Cut Loose Press pattern so that even beginners can be successful.

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Item #CLPPHA004  

This quilt consists of five rows of five blocks.  What makes this pattern unique is that ALL of the T-Shirts are sashed to 16 1/2″.  The sashings vary in width depending on the size of the T-Shirt which just adds personality to the quilt.

The term T-Shirt is misleading.  Sweatshirts, football jersies, and lycra can all be stabilized with a knit tricot fusible interfacing and included in the quilt.  This product comes in both white and black.  Just make sure the setting on the iron is adjusted to the proper heat setting.  Placing a pressing cloth over the shirt when ironing helps if there is a lot of ink or paint on the shirts.

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Item #328B-WHT  25 Yard Bolt   $4.31 a yard

Once the backs of the shirts are stabilized, center the design using the Creative Grids Square It Up and Fussy Cut ruler.

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Item #CGRSQ16  Retail $38.45

If you would like to have friends and family sign the quilt or personalize plain squares, use a Pigma Pen size 08.  These pens come in four primary colors – red, green, blue, and black.

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Item #XSDK0849  – Black – Retail $2.89

Item #XSDK0836  – Blue – Retail $2.89

Item #XSDK0829  – Green – Retail $2.89

Item #XSDK0819  – Red – Retail $2.89

Make a memory today.  You can make this queen size quilt in 12 hours or less!

What is Zentangle?

I have spent a lot of time reading long and descriptive definitions – and have even included one at the end of this post.  But, in simple terms, zentangle is doodling for adults!  I’ve seen this art form for years – I just didn’t know what it was called.  So if I am not alone,  here you go….The covers of these books are worth a thousand definitions!

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Item #8358-2  Retail $19.95

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Item #5360  Retail $16.99

This example from the book would be the PERFECT quilt label for a Halloween quilt!  And that,  my friends, brings into the quilting world and makes it a perfect class!

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Item #DO5398  Retail $24.99

Another great label….

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And some fun monograms….

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There are even kid friendly versions – which would be a great Spring Break class or, in my case, Easter basket stuffers for my grandchildren…

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Item #DO3481  Retail $9.99

Pigma Pens in all different thicknesses are recommended – 01; 03; 05 and even 08. Pen sets will be arriving any day so order them soon!

This eleven piece set includes five pens, a pencil, and Zentangle tiles.  There are also three (Item #ZT50012  Retail $9.99) and nine (Item #ZT50010  $13.99) piece versions available.

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Item #ZT50011  Retail $21.99

There are over a dozen books on our website – just search Zentangle.

Why not try combining this technique the new Kraft-tex product?  I haven’t tried it yet, but this is how they describe it:

Wait till you get your hands on this rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric. kraft•tex is supple, yet strong enough to handle projects that get tough wear, like totes, belts, wallets, book covers, luggage tags, and more. Sew it, stamp it, draw on it, fold it, inkjet print it to bring an exciting new texture to craft-sewing projects, mixed-media arts, and bookmaking. Durable fiber-based texture softens and crinkles with handling and washing.

It is available in white, brown and black by the package or by the bolt:

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Package:  White – Item #20244  Retail $12.95; Brown – Item #20211; Black – Item #20245
Bolt:  White – Item #20246; Brown – Item #20228; Black – Item #20247CT

Not everything is in stock – but will be soon, so I wanted to give you a heads up!  This is too good to miss!

And, now, for the official definition….

Zentangle® is a meditative process of creating art, wherein simple shapes and lines combine to make a complicated and interesting final piece of artwork. The focus of Zentangle is on the process of creation, rather than the end result. The beauty of Zentangle is that there is no right way or wrong way. If you can draw a line and a circle (perfectly or not), you can Zentangle. Zentangle is an art concept that is engaging, approachable, and fun enough for someone who has never picked up any art tools or created a piece of art, yet is still meditative, productive, and creative enough for an advanced artist to enjoy. While many popular Zentangle books share tips, inspiration, and final artwork, there are few that break down Zentangle into a step-by-step process. Structured to be part instruction, part inspiration, and part doodling, The Art of Zentangle will first demonstrate how to create Zentangle art by showing intricate patterns broken out into several steps. After artists have warmed up and are ready to give it a try on their own, they’ll be invited to practice creating their own Zentangle designs on the beautifully designed blank pages of this inspirational sketch journal.

Yep -let’s doodle!