A Domestic Engineer is the one who executes household chores; they are a member of the family that does this as a part of their responsibility. A Domestic Engineer can carry out anything from cleaning to doing everyday jobs for the family. (Source: www.bestjobdescriptions.com)
Yesterday, I had to take a break from my quilting/teaching/blogging/pattern designing jobs to be a domestic engineer! But this time the "household chore" was jam making. I am sharing this with you because I can and because it was a fun diversion :)
I have made lots of jam in the past and it was like getting back on a familiar bicycle. But wow, does it ever take a lot of sugar! I actually cut down a bit on the sugar and gave it more time to boil and gel set.
This time of the year gets busy with holiday plans, family visits and our garden and we have tons of black raspberries. See a pic of some of them below:
Enjoy all the fruits of your labour today and give yourself credit for all the work you do for your family whatever it may be!
With the world wide web we get to see and share all the work that is going on and that is simply awesome!. Kylie from New Zealand sent me a contact through FaceBook and it reads "Thank you for your double oven mitt pattern... I followed it to make a cute housewarming pressie for my Mum".
So Kylie has downloaded and made my double oven mitt project, a free downloadable PDF pattern available here. Kylie made the oven mitts and a gorgeous hand towel to match. See the photos she sent me below:
Love the fabric choices too. Thanks for sharing Kylie and keep up the good work!!
Happy Monday ❤️
That is right crayons!!! They are a tool I personally use combined with quilting, last Thursday I showed you a photo montage of quilts completed with an abundance of crayon work and yes I use crayola crayons exclusively because the colour is vivid, gives off very little residue and is colour fast after washing (all with heat setting, this is a must, please keep reading for how to do this). I do not recommend other brands as I have tried others and they do not have the same quality results.
See photo montage of my quilts below:
My most recent crayon appliqué mini project is shown below:
The above mini project was made for a recent demo I was asked to do for a local quilt shop.
How to do Crayon Appliqué? That is the Question
1. Find an image and transfer the design onto 100% cotton fabric (light coloured cotton background is recommended). See blog post here about pens for transfer design purposes. Colouring books with designs and web designs are everywhere but please be aware of copyright. Crayola also has some free colouring pages here
2. Tape your fabric with the transferred design to a hard surface (use masking tape)
3. Colour with crayola crayons, press as hard as you like and go over your colouring until you get the intensity of colour you want.
4. Once you are satisfied with the completed colouring, remove your design from the surface and place it on your ironing board.
5. Place 2 layers of paper towel on top of your design, coloured side facing upwards.
6. Press with an iron on cotton setting (no steam) hold for about 20 seconds. lift up the paper towel to see if there is residue from the crayons, if there is, get another 2 fresh layers of paper towel and press again for 20 seconds until there is no residue showing. (CAUTION: DO NOT MOVE YOUR IRON, PRESS ONLY).
If you have used a lot of crayon, you may need to repeat this process, I usually only have to do it twice.
7. Sandwich your quilt or apply your design to whatever project you wish, the colour is now imbedded into the cotton fabric, crayola crayons are colour fast as long as you do not expose them to strong sun light and don't use harsh chemicals to clean with. You can also sew through the coloured area with no wax residue on sewing machine needles.
8. There you have it, enjoy working with this wonder tool!
Who knew a child's colouring tool invented in 1903 could work for quilting?
Get the Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection with 152 Colours in a durable Caddy Case with a Sharpener below:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
If you try this technique, please send us a photo of your work we would be happy to share and post!
Have a Happy Thursday!?
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Victoria Day weekend in Canada and viewing of the Royal Wedding! It was quite something! So much love shown at that wedding!!
Speaking of love, I am just sharing today what I have been working on lately. It is a different kind of love, my quilting and sewing but it is still a passion of mine and for "some light entertainment" below if a photo montage of my recent pursuits.
That's the end for now, on to other inspiring projects.
I really love what I am doing and am honoured to work with such great colour and design!
Thanks to all my wonderful customers and family (who tolerate my hand made gifts!)
Happy Tuesday! 😊
I know I have blabbed on about these transfer pens in the past however, if you want to make a quilt or project with a specific appliqué or design motif and you need help transferring a design they work perfectly and you can easily transfer any design to cotton with these pens. Images are everywhere on the internet and in colouring books, magazines etc. A recent graphic I used recently is shown below:
Once the design is transferred to cotton, you can then stitch on to your hearts desire!
See my previous tutorial about how I have used these pens in the past here
These pens have become my go to design transferring pens.
You can find these pens below in a 4 pack for $19.00 CDN not bad works out to less than $5.00 each.
Another type of pen you can use as well are fabric markers to transfer designs
You will need:
How to do this:
The fabric markers I use are shown below and they are also very effective, they are approximately $24.99 for a package of 10 ($2.50 per pen). " Money Well Spent" as they say.
If you have either of these two types of pens at your disposal, you can transfer any design and the design possibilities for custom projects are limitless!
A gallery of projects I have done and used either the Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pens or the Fabric Fun Fabric Markers are shown below. These pens were used to transfer the designs only!
The Crayon work on these quilts is a whole other blog post and stay tuned for a tutorial on that in the near future!!
Happy Thursday! Keep your Sun Glasses on! ☀️
As most people who are blog followers and readers know these days people who promote creativity and many other topics of the world wide web actively market products in order for their websites to be sponsored. This is so that they can keep their websites funded and up and running as a minimum. It is also a source of income and let's face it we all need to find a way to finance living. There is no free ride these days. At least not unless a miracle is bestowed on you!
Recently, I was asked by Accuquilt to be an affiliate marketer with them because they are wanting to promote their product on Canadian websites and get it out to Canadian quilters that they have this great quilt cutting system.
After some research and testing of their products and review of their website, I decided Accuquilt is a company who I can support and endorse as it is: 1) great quality and 2) It makes cutting quilt fabric much easier and faster for quilters
To look at what I am talking about check it out below:
Stay tuned for some exciting projects I will be working on with the accuquilt Go Baby quilt cutting system in the very near future!
As some of you know, in the past 4 years or so, some significant things have happened in my life. One of those significant life changes is that I have moved closer to family. My sister who has retired (around about the same time I moved), has decided to learn to sew with particular focus to quilting projects. Yeah! is what I say to that!! We have another quilter on the planet and that's just perfect! We quilters do nothing more than enhance the world with our positive productivity. An added bonus is that my sister Alison and I get much more time together with stitch ripping and upside down mistakes that come with beginning to learn and tons of laughter!! I smile just thinking about it.
Today, I decided to feature some of the projects my sister has recently embarked on. She is off to the races as they say and really challenging herself to try some new projects on her own without my help.
I am showing some pictures of her work below:
The above picture is my mother holding a log cabin quilt that Alison gave her for Mothers Day, all pieced basted, machine quilted and bound by Alison all by herself!
Above is a picture of the table runners Alison custom made for her sewing centre without using a pattern!. She wanted something to add colour to her sewing room and to protect her sewing surface.
The above are tote bags Alison has made from the pattern Honeycomb Handbags shown below:
Alison showed these bags to a quilt shop in her area recently and has been asked to teach a class, she is so organized and creative that she will do a fantastic job!
Above is another picture of a ruler bag Alison has made with fabric and vinyl (no pattern). Most of these items she has made in the last few weeks. WOW is all I can say!
I hope all you beginners out there are inspired! You can do this too!
A mere 3 years ago Alison sewed on her sewing machine for the first time.
She has come a long way with her quilting and sewing skills! Way to go Alison!!
Alison has also agreed to do some guest feature blog writing for me as well in the near future.
Stay tuned !
Happy Monday! Enjoy this gorgeous weather!😊
I should have posted this friday but it's never to late to watch classes about things that you enjoy and are passionate about. If you want to have an indulgent day today on Mothers Day, feel free to watch them Free at Craftsy,com.
Happy Mother's Day to you.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your day!
Just showin' and sharin' today!!
I crocheted a giraffe for my wee grandson Eli. I've been at it since January, It's finally done and turned out toddler sized literally! I am, as I discovered a very loose crocheter and therefore I think it's a bit bigger than expected LOL, but somehow quirky and so ugly it's cute! Laugh if it lightens your day!!
I got the book Edward's Menagerie as a birthday gift from my daughter and wanted to try crocheted animals (amirgurami). This is my first attempt, I'm not discouraged, I will keep trying to perfect my stitching. I tried standard sized. Next time I will try the smallest one!!
The book is wonderful and there are lots of size and animal choices and the instructions were excellent Kerry Lord ( the author) obviously knows her stuff if she can explain it to me, it can be explained to anyone.
The description of the book is as follows:
These cute animals with larger-than-life personalities are made using simple crochet techniques and the step-by-step instructions enable a complete beginner to get hooking straight away. Each animal also has a universal pattern where you can change your hook and yarn to create four different sizes, making 160 different possibilities.
The book is shown below.
Like "Elf on the Shelf", "Jimmy" the Giraffe, keeps showing up in different places in our house! Time to ship him to BC. I think eventually Eli will love him!!
Happy Tuesday ?
If you miscalculate the length of your bindings for quilts like I do, you will be interesting in my tip for storage of those extra lengths of binding. I hate to throw anything out and frequently like to make variegated (multicoloured) continuous bindings. I was finding my binding storage a bit of a mess. See below:
So as you can see above they are somewhat organized but still bunched up in an old linen bag. The bag is labeled as to what it is and some people would think that's organized, but the problem is I cannot see all of them and they are extremely wrinkled.
I wanted to be able to see what I was working with and get them out of the storage bin with other fabric.
I decided a better storage option for me. I am sharing my idea with you below:
I just used a cardboard wrapping paper tube to wrap my bindings around and pinned into the cardboard to secure them. So now I can see the individual colours and I am not done by any stretch of the imagination! I still have to wrap more around another tube!! I think that now that they are taking up less space (square footage) and I can see them in all their colourful glory. It also makes a nice visual for my sewing studio.
As you can see, I have leaned the binding tube up against my other colour inspiration, my long arm thread. It is now out of the bag and ready to be used when I want to make a multicolour continuous binding.
Maybe for my next quilt?
Just a small tip I thought I would share as it may (or may not) be useful for you!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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