I recently attended a sewing and quilting event and saw the below amazing IRON ON Transfer Pens being demonstrated and decided I "NEED" them!
LOL, yes I definitely can use them.
Wow I am so excited about what I can do with them. Check out a picture of them below:
The above are pens I purchased, yes in all different packages because I wanted all of the colours the store had and therefore I had to settle for new and old packaging but they are by Sulky. (All are working great even older packaging).
Now you are wondering .... What to do with these??
I will show you below how they work first and in future posts, what I will be doing with them.
1. Draw out a black line design. There is a free PDF download of a maple leaf in the Shop/ Free PDF Patterns section of this website here. This is the design I am using first. You could use any design or stencil you already have as well. I have a project planned for the maple leaf so this is why I am using it. See below traced out black line design:
2. Cut out a piece of fabric you would like to transfer your design to. I am just going to use a piece of white fabric because I will later insert it into a project. See below:
3. Shake up your pen and draw over your black line design with a sulky iron-on transfer pen ( I used red for the first maple leaf).
4. Heat set your fabric with an iron. Simply iron over it to warm it up to prepare it to take the ink.
5. Press your image ink side down to right side of your fabric and press. Do not slide your image or iron, press in all areas of the design with a cotton heat setting (if using cotton). Works best with cotton and cotton/poly fabrics per instructions on package
6. Check it out below! The ink is vivid and red and lovely, I am really impressed.
7. So I pressed 2 more with the same inked image (inked only once!). The instructions states you can use the inked image 3-4 times.
8. I decided to use the pens as a marking tool only with this project. See how I satin stitched these leafs below:
Another wee project idea... use your quilting/scrap booking/craft stencils, ink the design directly onto paper (no black line drawing needed as the stencil is your guide) and then transfer to fabric. See below photos where I am using the ink purposely to make it be the design element. Its easy as 1, 2, 3
There are many possibilities with both of the leaf and blossom image, I could use them as quilt blocks, embellish something with them ... a pocket, a bag front, pillows, make quilt labels, home dec etc. The sky is the limit!
The important thing is these Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pens allow you to transfer images with ease and no printer required unless you want to search for images on line and use them. They are awesome!
Check back over the next few weeks to see what I do with the above images.
I hope I have inspired you today in some way!
Happy Tuesday ☀️Hoping for sun!
I have been very busy lately with designing, teaching and trunk shows. I was teaching again Saturday at Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie my Explore Threading Painting Class. It was so much fun! The ladies did a great job with their individual projects. All were experienced at free motion quilting and therefore were able to grasp the beginner thread painting concept with ease. See a picture of the ladies and their projects below:
'Thank You to these lovely ladies for allowing me to share pictures of their work with you and for attending my class. It was truly an honour to share my love of thread painting with you!
I know it is somewhat hard to see but what I taught was my method of basic raw edge machine appliqué and then a technique to thread paint using a sewing machine and needle over the appliqué to make the project textured, shaded and dimensional.
We used embroidery thread, variegated threads and solid coloured threads of many varieties. Who does not love thread? It only makes everything better and this class is a great opportunity to audition those lovely thread strands ❤️
Do you have a guild or group who wants to learn how to thread paint?
Click on the "More" tab above and then "Teaching" or click here to see how I can teach with your group. I love this technique so much that I would be happy to teach it to all quilters and those passionate about needle work.
I am off to The Region of York Quilters' Guild Meeting this evening to show my "Quilters Journey" and Trunk Show and looking forward to it.
As promised I completed the pattern for my "Modern Ombré Quilt".
I just loved making this queen sized bed quilt (or modern wall hanging)
It is easy to construct and it's a great way to examine what colours and shades you have in your stash or your 5 favourite colours!
Another reuse project for me this year. I am bent on using up my stash while still making nice things!
To make mine, all the strips came from my stash except 2 in the pink to red section. I clearly love colour and I think this quilt is so bright and happy it was not only a pleasure to design and construct, but I also enjoyed the simplicity of the quilting.
Check out this my pattern below, available as a PDF download here for only $5.00 Cdn or we are happy to ship it to you for $12.00 Cdn as well if you are interested in a journey to explore colours with ombré placement.
All of the math is done for you, the pattern contains clear and concise directions, a coloured layout diagram and quilting suggestions.
Check out our shop page we accept most payment methods and ship anywhere in the US and Canada. Other countries, please contact us for shipping rates so that we may ship to you as well.
Happy Tuesday! Happy Spring🌷☀️
The above table runner was designed and constructed here at quiltingintheloft but made as a sample for a free motion quilting class at Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie and then I was asked me to make it into a commercial pattern. If you take the class at Hummingbird Sewing you will get the pattern FREE! Who doesn't love that!
The idea is - make a simple table runner (from a 5" charm pack) and try a different free motion design in each block and students in my class are encouraged to do so as practise homework after the class. I figured if I gave them a pattern they might be inspired to practise. As I always say "practise makes perfect".
A tip for you if your free motion quilting is rusty or you want to try some new designs. Make this table runner and give it a go!
The fabric is from Flow by Zen Chick ( for Moda Fabric). So fresh and pretty!
If you wish to purchase this "5" charm pack friendly", "Charming' Table Runner Pattern, you can get it here or click on the shop tab above a $5.00 download or $10.00 for the actual hard copy pattern and we will ship it to you!
Need to find some lovely Charm Packs? Check out some pretty ones here
I was able to complete my Ombre Quilt just before Easter and put it on the bed in my spare room. I am pleased with the way it turned out and planning on making it into a pattern as it is my own custom design. See photos of the completed quilt below:
I'm continuing to find unique ways to use up my stash.
Stay tuned for a pattern release soon complete with colour your own pages!
Happy Tuesday and Happy Spring!🌷
I have been busy lately finishing up some custom quilting, getting ready for Easter and finishing up my Ombre quilt. Check out my progress below:
Next week I will be showing you the completed and quilted quilt.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and a restful holiday! 🐰🐥🐣
I have designed with EQ7 a new quilt to 1) use up my stash by using up my ombre strips 2) design a bargello style quilt 4) audition the colour combinations and 5) make a very accurate quilt.
EQ 7 is wonderful and EQ software has been the top quilt design software in the industry for 25 years!
I am happy to say I have started the quilt making process finally! See my photo below. 1/5 of the quilt is pieced!!! It will be double/queen sized.
I auditioned background colours and wanted it modern so grey and white were my options for background. See photo of my strip sets auditioning it with white below:
I felt like the white made the colours pop! I tried grey and they looked dull in comparison.
EQ7 made designing this quilt so much easier than if I had to draw it on paper and colour it in. It is a wonderful design tool because you can decide on the size of your quilt and whether it needs sashing, blocks, colours, fabric, placement etc and just press buttons, drag and drop and voila your quilt is designed!
Most of my patterns and quilts these days are being designed on this wonderful software and I hope to use it much more into the future. There is a learning curve with it and I am learning on it every time I try to work with it.
I would be sugar coating it if I did not say there are challenges with it. It is a multifaceted program with lots to learn and there in lies the challenge! However, with so many design, block, sashing, border, fabric, colour and quilting options available, once you master the learning curve you have designs that you can "visually audition" and draw accurately with EQ7.
Can you imagine your unique possibilities with this software?
Tune in next tuesday for my next instalment of this quilt... I'm hoping to get it done fast now that I have mastered the design process with EQ7!
I posted this to inspire. My sister is a beginner at quilting, heading rapidly towards experienced ! I love her colour sense. Isn't it pretty?. Also, check out the cool free motion quilting!
This wall hanging is on a wall in her home. She loves turquoise so this is evident but she also added pops of brights and neutrals and the composition is awesome!
Thanks for sharing Alison!
First of all to my blog followers, I apologize! I have been so busy with events (trunk shows), samples and teaching that my blog has been hit by a writers block!
The block consisted of time spent elsewhere (not literal writers block).
I thought today, I would show you a shameless photo montage of what I have been up to so that you understand my predicament an inability to post!!!
Recently, I have pieced and custom quilted one large quilt (photo not available sorry :( Top Secret!). I also custom quilted another, see a picture of one of the custom quilted second quilt below (Carpenters Star) lovingly pieced by my customer Teresa:
Also, I designed, pieced and quilted 2 baby quilts and wrote up the pattern "Featuring Baby". The pattern is available here. See pics below:
I just completed custom quilting a "Featuring Baby Quilt" completed by a good friend of mine Joan. She did a fantastic job of selecting fabrics and sewing up the quilt top. See a photo of the quilt she completed below:
I showed my quilts in a Trunk Show at The Waterloo County Quilters Guild March 15th
I was also recently involved in testing Westalee Rulers for Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie and spent some time understanding and working with them. I made a sampler quilt with the rulers and combined my own free motion designs. This culminated in a Trunk Show of all my work, a "Free Motion Quilting Extravaganza" and demo of the Westalee Rulers. The staff and customers there are fantastic and an enthusiastic quilting community!
These rulers are great tools for domestic machine quilters! Available now at Hummingird Sewing in Barrie, Ontario. Pop into the store and you will see my Westalee sampler quilt. See Photos of the event below:
I also just recently (last week) completed a new teaching sample for my free motion class. It is a table runner with different free motion quilting designs in each block. It is currently on display at Hummingbird Sewing.
See the photos of the front and back of the runner below:
Need a teacher to teach free motion quilting for your group or event? Feel free to contact me here
Recent stitching group day in my loft studio!
We attempted to make woven fabric baskets! See photos below:
My project will have to be posted at a later date once it is done - It is a WIP, Work in Progress!
And.... in addition to the 10 hot pads I made for a ladies group I belong to - see below:
I had to make 6 more!!! See below:
Download the free maple leaf appliqué only pattern here
Oh yah, I almost forgot, I also polished up one of my patterns this month to be published soon in a magazine......!!!
Exciting news for me and you will have to check back often to see what this is all about!!
March is almost done and let me tell you it was an ambitious, crazy, fast paced, hard working March for sure!
Don't get me wrong, I love what I do but..... now that I have all this work out of the way, I hope to post more info on my blog and explore some new projects.
Stay tuned and enjoy your spring days! 😊🌱
I have been busy with many other projects lately (see a review and pics of these tomorrow) thus...the Ombre Project was on hold.
I am happy to say that I finally had a chance to complete another strip set. See a picture of it below:
This was fun to use my fabric and make some new fabric with them! So colourful, pretty and like a new box of crayons just waiting to be played with.
I am done making strip sets now and it is time to design a quilt.
I can't wait because this will be a fun process too.
This is what I know about my design process at this stage:
1) It must be modern 2) It must allow for a lot of quilting space (for the free motion quilting passionate like me!) 3) It must be interesting to look at and 4) I hope to inspire others to want to make it too!
Stay Tuned ...... I see a quilt/quilts or new projects coming soon!
🐢 Turtles are slow but they get there eventually!
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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