TAP Transfer Artist Paper, an image is transferred onto canvas
Transfer your imagination into art with TAP Transfer Artist Paper, a premium-quality transfer paper that allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron. Artist Heidi Rand will demonstrate all the possibilities of TAP Transfer Artist Paper along with the unique properties of Lutradur at FLAX art & design in San Francisco on Saturday, March 15th from 1:00-3:00 PM.
You haven’t heard of Lutradur? Everyone’s been talking about the fabulously versatile cross between paper and fabric of Lutradur. Sew it, paint it, inkjet print on it, stencil it, stamp it, pleat it, dye it, distress it, die-cut it, sculpt with it, fold it, weave it, or transfer onto it. Heidi will show you the limitless possibilities when you combine these two very versatile products.
Sign up today while spots are still available! Sign-up information can be found here.
At C&T, we are big supporters of giving back to the community. As part of that effort, we are proud sponsors of the Quilted in Honor program that benefits Operation Homefront, which assists military families in need. If you follow the American Quilter’s Society, you’re probably already aware that AQS and Quilted in Honor are sponsoring a Giving Quilt Challenge, with proceeds going toward Operation Homefront. (If you weren’t aware, we’re happy to be the ones to break the news to you! For more information, please read the guidelines here. ) What you may not know is that the deadline has been extended!
The new deadline is March 28—plenty of time left to participate!
What is a giving quilt, you might ask? A giving quilt is a quilt with pockets sewn into the blocks, sashing, or borders where gift cards and cash can be placed. Operation Homefront tries to collect 2,500 of these quilts each year to place quilts in different community locations across the nation–which includes communities like yours and mine. People who pass by these giving quilts fill the pockets and then Operation Homefront distributes the gifts to local veterans. It’s a great and easy way to give back!
If contests aren’t your thing, you can always make a giving quilt and donate it directly. We really can’t thank our troops and veterans enough for the work that they do, but every quilt and donation expresses our gratitude in a way words seldom can.
Interested in helping Operation Homefront some other way? Why not check out our Quilted in Honor—Eco Tote? A portion of each sale is donated to Operation Homefront. We have a collection of quilt patterns from favorite designers, such as Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, and Carol Doak, that also benefit the program. Do some good while making some good projects!
When I first met author Sherri McConnell at Quilt Market, my impression of her was wonderful. She is a graciously bubbling bundle of ideas!
Her new book, Fresh Family Traditions, is a wonderful follow up to her 2013 release, A Quilting Life. Through beautiful photographs of quilts old and new, this book shares the story of Sherri’s quilting heritage. The new projects are based on different aspects of her family heirlooms, loving made and passed down from her grandmothers and great aunts.
The projects will make everyone want to make a future heirloom of their own!
This post is part of a series featuring projects for pets from several C&T, Stash Books, and FunStitch Studio titles. The first post, which introduces the series and lists the projects it will include, can be read on the Stash Books blog.
Friendship Star quilt from Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, 3rd Edition
About a year ago, I was working diligently on my first quilt project and it was not going well. When it was finally time to baste the “quilt sandwich,” I discovered Penny, my cocker spaniel, insisted on sitting on my work. It was cute … at first. But whenever I shooed her off, she’d sit on the other end. I worked when she was sleeping—and she’d wake up. I even tried closing her in the other room, but she escaped like a four-legged Houdini. I decided she needed a quilt of her own, a decoy it was okay to sit on.
Gailen, C&T’s Creative Director, gave me a copy of Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, 3rd Edition to help me find a good beginner project. Friendship Star is one of the last projects in the book, and one of the more difficult, so of course that’s where I started. Penny isn’t very big, so I only needed to commit to a small quilt (36˝ x 36˝ to be exact).
In my first Doggone Good Projects post, I said one cool thing about working at C&T is being able to bring your dog to work. Another is the annual frenzy known as the fabric giveaway. I had grabbed several free header cards of Robert Kaufman flannels (mostly Pretty Paisley by Lesley Grainger) and they were perfect for Penny’s quilt. I even had an easy choice for sashing because most of the prints featured lime green.
I’m sure many of you have made classic Friendship Star blocks before. As a beginner, I was able to sew them relatively painlessly (Alex’s instructions sure helped). With Penny overseeing my work from the middle of the quilt, I basted my quilt sandwich around her and was ready to quilt. In Alex’s book, she suggests straight-line quilting for beginners. This is good advice. I decided on free-motion quilting. Clearly, I am crazy.
So, free-motion quilting. I can sum up my experience in one word: loops. Good grief, the loops on the quilt back! Loops everywhere. Over and over, I was told by our encouraging tech editors that free-motion quilting takes patience and practice. I had neither—and I had a deadline! With Penny’s photo shoot looming, I desperately planned how to “cheat” the photo (tape, glue, having Penny sit on whatever wasn’t done). I did manage to finish, and even added Penny’s name and adoption date to the corner. Mia, my parents’ dog, and Penny will be sharing the quilt in the future.
Mia, on the left, is not sure what to make of a “dog quilt.”
The next post will be on the Stash Books blog again, so keep your eye out for my version of Olive’s Collar (“Penny’s Collar?”) from Alexia Abegg’s Liberty Love. Also, be sure to leave a comment below telling us if you ever craft for your pets, or to share stories of your first quilt projects (hopefully yours didn’t involve insistent pets invading your work)!
Tell us about the latest Valentine’s projects you’ve made for your special someone in the comments below. Still searching for a last minute gift idea for your valentine? Check out the Heartfelt Valentine Sachet, one of our many free projects.