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?
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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!😊
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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!
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Need some ideas for a DIY baby shower? You have come to the right place!
Read the below post for some great DIY ideas and I hope this helps you in your planning process.
In yesterday's post I spoke of the arrival of my first grandchild Eli.
I am positive you will hear lots about him in blog posts to come.
Who can resist talking about a beautiful baby! Especially since he is my first.
It will be very hard to remain unbiased!!
Today I want to talk about DIY for a baby shower.
There are very few sewing elements, but several crafty and cooking elements which I thought my readers may enjoy.
So here goes:
Invitations: Katie (my daughter) decided paper invites were a must. She felt they would be more personal than social media sent invites. As a lover of arts and crafts, Katie felt that a paper invitation might also better depict a theme and atmosphere of the shower to come. As they live in a small town, most of the invitations were actually delivered in person (almost unheard of these days!). What is funny is that these invitations were sent out before Katie knew the babies' gender and so the little bear theme was wonderful for a baby boy💙. The invitations were also printed from: creative market.com on their home printer.
A picture of the invitation is shown below:
Decor: My co host for the shower was Andrea, a lovely friend of my daughter's. So we decided on an intimate gathering of about 12 lovely ladies in her Andrea's home. We decided to keep the decor simple with fresh flowers and a simple crafted swag in keeping with the theme of the invitation.
The swag was made with construction paper leaves in various colours of green, tissue paper roses to celebrate our little boy and an enlarged bear head made out of felt with glued features, sewn by hand and stuffed lightly. All of the elements of the swag were strung on jute (you could use wire, wool or string but that is what we had on hand). I think you get the idea of how it was constructed right?, if not feel free to contact us with any questions.
I also found that glue gunning the leaves in place so they would stand in different directions helped to make them look right for the swag.
Games: We chose 3 "games" .
#1) Guess the number of easter eggs in a baby bottle. You can get the graphic below on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/market/jelly_bean_game
#2) Baby Trivia
True or False
1. All babies are born with blue eyes?
2. Babies have more bones than adults?
3. Touch is the first sense baby develops?
4. September is the busiest month of the year for giving birth in Canada?
5. Babies take more breaths than adults?
6. Babies are born without kneecaps?
Press the Contact tab above if this game is something you are interested in and I can give you my researched answers.
3) Baby Word Scramble from www.plan-the-perfect-baby-shower.com
Again press the Contact tab above and email us for the answers to the Baby Babble above
Food---- Savory items:
We chose lots of finger foods, a range of fresh veggies for dipping, vegetable rice wrappers, cocktail meatballs, creamed cheese cucumbers, pot stickers, crab stuffed mushrooms, aged cheddar and crackers. a taco dip and nacho chips. All made from scratch except the pot stickers! Scroll down to the end of this post to enjoy one of these savoury recipes.
---Sweets We decided to have a cake and several smaller items, along with Gluten Free options and healthy fruit. The menu for the sweets counter included: Sugar cookies (blue and white royal icing), chocolate cupcakes (blue icing), Gluten Free one bite brownies, Gluten Free lemon squares, Lemon Tarts, small fruit kabobs and a double chocolate "Bear Cake" . All sweet items were also made from scratch,.
The Bear Cake- note that the little flags strung with "Welcome Eli "were triangles of paper sewn together with sewing thread and then attached to paper straws and stuck into the cake. The eyes were made of round chocolate truffles and the nose was made from chocolate easter eggs cut in half for each nostril. Thank goodness it was right around Easter time or these chocolates would not have been left over!
Beverages: We served wine, Gin and tonics (with lots of fresh lime juice), Sparking Water and a Spicket jug of Iced Water with cucumber slices and fresh mint, coffee and tea. This seemed like the perfect assortment for a group of ladies.
Some additional photos of the fun below:
Little "Man of the Hour":
An easy savoury dip recipe to share for your shower below:
Recipe for Easy Taco Dip
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup softened Cream Cheese
1 pkg. Taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped veggies of your choice, Suggested: Red pepper, orange pepper, tomatoes. green onions
Tortilla Chips for Dipping
To Make: Whip the first 3 ingredients together with a mixer until smooth and spread in a glass pie plate, spread salsa on top of cream chess mixture, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and sprinkle with chopped vegetables.
Serve with tortilla chips
Katie received a plethora of lovely gifts including a gorgeous Chariot Stroller for walking jogging and skiing with baby to which she is extremely grateful. Many thanks to all her lovely guests.
The shower was lots of fun but really---- when is it not fun with babies, good food, beverage and great people?
Feel free to use any of these ideas for your upcoming shower and good luck with your planning!
The talk about baby stuff has just begun, check back tomorrow and every wednesday for the beginning of my blog series on " Sew Many Easy Gifts For Baby".
Happy Tuesday! 😊
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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