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All about women…

Want to read about some great books
for women and by women?
 During the month of December,
Sew We Quilt and the Cheerleading Team
are sharing great book reviews, and…
…you will also find amazing giveaways
by some wonderful sponsors!
So grab a cup of tea and a cozy quilt,
and head on out to Sew We Quilt
I’m sure you’ll find some interesting titles!

I want to thank Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt
for inviting me to be a part of her amazing blog
and all of you who entered, joined, and left so many wonderful comments – I so enjoyed reading everyone of them!

And now….
…the winner of the Fork-n-Spoon tutorial kit is…
Congrats Amanda!
Amanda said: Fun pattern…would make cute napkins too!
Hope you’ll send me some pics when you make them 🙂

Happy quilting,

Color your own fabric

Look what you can make with a few fabric pens:

These are the supplies I used:
 high thread count fabric – I used 200 ct Pima Cotton (don’t wash the fabric)
mechanical pencil
black Micron pens in sizes 05 and 005
Fabrico Dual-Tip markers in various colors
Freezer paper
Your own drawing or Clip Art
a light box – optional

For my little quilt, I used Clip Art I found in my publishing software, but you can always use any drawing you choose; in the future, I plan to make a quilt with some of my children’s drawings. This is also a great way to make labels for your quilts. The markers are acid free, fade resistant, and will not wash away!
I found these images 
and played with them until I was pleased with the arrangement, color, and size
for the word I used a pretty font, enlarged the letter “A”
and for the “o” used the little heart image after cropping the stem and leaves out
Next, I changed the color to grays and printed it out
Now the fun begins…
first, cut a piece of fabric several inches larger than the design
and tape it on to the paper to keep it from moving during tracing
Using a light box, trace the design on to the fabric using a mechanical pencil
Remove the paper from the back… 
To make the “coloring” process easier, iron the shiny side of freezer paper
to the back of the fabric with the drawing, this way you won’t be stretching the fabric with the markers
Now that the fabric is nice and stable, start tracing over the pencil lines with a black Micron 005 pen.
Once you’ve done this, the next step is very important: you must heat-set your Micron ink with a dry iron.
If you don’t do this, it will run when you start coloring with the Fabrico Markers
Make long, light strokes when coloring with the Fabrico markers;
you can always come back and darken any areas by coloring over them again

 That was so much fun!!!

Of course, to be a quilt, it most have a little batting, a backing, and some thread to hold it together,
and since I don’t plan to wash this one, I drew some quilting lines for the wall and floor using the mechanical pencil, giving it a little bit of shading
I used white thread for the whole thing and, yeah, made a few mistakes where the white thread showed on the dark coloring, so I just went back and “covered” my little mistakes with the markers…
…Oops! don’t tell!
Add a little binding and hanging tabs…
And you’re all done!
You’ve got to try it, you’ll feel like a kid again…

I’m a guest!

Have you visited Sew We Quilt? It is an awesome blog with lots of great information.
Today, I’m a guest and am sharing about one of my favorite tools for raw-edge appliqué,
The Applique Pressing Sheet!
so hop on over there and check it out

I made this little owl for my post to show how I use this wonderful tool

This one is in batiks

 And for this one, I used Central Park by Moda
Would you like to make one too?
Here’s a copy of my pattern – send me pictures if you make it 🙂

Happy appliqueing!