Fabric ElementsCreative Challenge

Did you catch us on Periscope last night?! If so, you were not only able to see what wonderful projects were created, but you also got to be the first to know about our Fabric Elements Creative Challenge!

Fabric Elements Creative Challenge

What is Fabric Elements?

Fabric Elements, a pre-cut line of fabrics designed by Rebekah Meier for mixed media collages will be set in Joann Fabric and Craft stores on September 1, 2015. This product line won the “Hot New Product” award at this year’s Craft and Hobby Mega (CHA) Show in the fabric & needlecraft category.  Fabric Elements is made up of 32 products, and includes 9 fabric substrates, 4 banners, flags and tags, 12 cotton fabric squares (known as fat quarters, as they are a quarter yard of fabric), 6 embellishments including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 kits. Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive step-by-step instruction book “Techniques in Mixed Media” which showcases 12 collage techniques developed by artist, Rebekah Meier.

You can visit this blog post, here, to see all the pretty Fabric Elements pictures and learn more about the collection.

Here’s the Challenge:

We want to see how quilters, fabric artists, and mixed-media artists can adopt and play within the new fabric substrates of the Fabric Elements product line. To kick off the product launch we want to see what you can create!

And when the world sees what you can do with these products, our hope is that everyone will be inspired to buy what is essentially a blank canvas for artist in a whole new medium — fabrics. The program was developed by Rebekah Meier following the success of her books about Fabric Art Collage. This program at Joann stores also has a new book by Rebekah called “Techniques in Mixed Media” that shows step-by-step how to create some projects with the Fabric Elements products. The products include pre-cut substrates such as  Wool Felt, Lutradur, Peltex, Batting, Waffle Muslin, Osnaburg, all in  neutrals so that ANYTHING can be created.

So there you have it – – – what will you create????

Creative Challenge Guidelines:

1. Create a project using at least 2 of the products from the Fabric Elements collection, available in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores in the quilting section.

2. Share finished project on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #FabricElements, we will find them!

Rebekah Meier’s will choose the top 20 entries. The finalists’ project photos will be posted in Fabric Editions Facebook page for voting. The photo with the most “likes” wins!

Prize:

Each of the 20 finalists will receive a copy of Rebekah Meier’s book, “Techniques For Mixed Media”

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

A Fabi Sizzix Machine and 3 Bigz-Dies, 9 bottles of Jacquard paint as well as Fabric Elements products. These products include fabric substrates (Waffle Muslin, Peltex/Lutrador, Pellon EZ-Steam II, Osnaburg, Batting, Gauze, Wool Felt), 4 banners, flags and tags, 12 cotton fabric squares (known as fat quarters, as they are a quarter yard of fabric), 6 embellishments including three stencils, tissue paper, and the exclusive step-by-step instruction book “Techniques in Mixed Media” which showcases 12 collage techniques developed by artist, Rebekah Meier. This is all valued at over $400!!

Sizzix Prize

 

Fabric Elements Prize

The products are in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores on September 1 in the quilting section as well as on joann.com.

What will you create?

 

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Fabric Elements, a pre-cut line of fabrics designed by Rebekah Meier for mixed media collages will be set in Joann Fabric and Craft stores on September 1, 2015. This product line won the “Hot New Product” award at this year’s Craft and Hobby Mega (CHA) Show in the fabric & needlecraft category.  Fabric Elements is made up of 32 products, and includes 9 fabric substrates, 4 banners, flags and tags, 12 cotton fabric squares (known as fat quarters, as they are a quarter yard of fabric), 6 embellishments including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 kits. Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive step-by-step instruction book “Techniques in Mixed Media” which showcases 12 collage techniques developed by artist, Rebekah Meier.

Fabric Element Product Collage

“Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques. Fabric Elements™ is a collection of my stencil and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods — such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur®, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions, creating endless mixed media and fiber art and projects. I love to take the ordinary — like quilt batting and interfacing — and combine them with paint and inks to elevate them into something extraordinary,” says the designer.

A Creative Challenge has been issued to members of the mixed media community through several well-known bloggers to take elements from the program and create their own collage works and submit via social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) using the hashtag #FabricElements, with a grand prize of 1 each of all the Fabric Elements products, and a Sizzix “fabi” cutter with three die-cuts.  A grand prize is valued at $379.00. The #FabricElements Creative Challenge will run from September 1 to September 24, 2015.
Fabric Elements products can be found in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores beginning September 1, 2015 in the quilt shop section. Keep scrolling to see some of the beautiful projects you make make with Fabric Elements!

Mixed Media Projects Using Fabric Elements

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Creative Cafe with Fabric Elements (3)

We are hosting Creative Cafe to celebrate Fabric Elements!

Everyone at Fabric Editions is incredibly excited for the launch of Fabric Elements at the end of the month. We’re so excited, we’re throwing a mini craft party (Creative Cafe) for several local creatives to play with the products. We’ll be filming their creative process and discovering what wonderful mixed media pieces they create with Fabric Elements. And you can join in on Periscope!

What is Periscope?

Periscope is a new app for iPhone and Android much like Instagram and Snapchat. It allows people to view a live video in real time. You can find the app in your app store on your phone or click here. Be sure to follow us @FabricEditions. At 7:00 pm EST we will be doing a Periscope to show you all a sneak peek at what everyone created at our Creative Cafe.

Final Details

When: Wednesday August 19th, 7:00 pm EST

Where: Periscope

What: A live stream of the Fabric Elements craft party!

How: At 7:00 pm, the Periscope app should send you a notification to your phone alerting you that we are now live. If not, just open the app at 7:00 and we will be listed as a live Periscope. If you miss it, no worries, the video will be available on Periscope for 24 hours!

We hope to see you on Periscope!

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A new project has been added to the Fabric Palette collection of free projects! This fashionable crossbody bag uses the Freywynn collection, a new collection just released in Hancock stores. To create this project, all you need is one fat quarter bundle (5 fat quarters), one half yard cut, 1 Everything Mary® 1 ½” silver O-ring, and 1/2 yard fusible web. The finished bag will measure 10½” x 12½” x 1½”. Click the link below the project to download for yourself or email it to a friend! Also, keep scrolling below the project and you can view a peek of the Freywynn collection.

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Crossbody Bag Free Download

Freywynn Collection for Fabric Palette | Available in Hancock stores

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Quilt Tips (3)

Your binding is made, your quilting completed, so let’s trim the edges and sew the binding on! We’re going to following the directions in the Setting Kit. There are many ways to bind a quilt, but today I’m going to stick with the instructions.

First, press the edges of the quilt to get ready for trimming. Pressing holds the layers together and you can be sure there are no hidden wrinkles in the backing.  Use the longest acrylic ruler you have, 24″ or 36″, and a large square, 15″ if you have one. Start in the corners, then move to the length, trimming the excess batting and backing 1/8″ beyond the quilted top. Because there are no patchwork points near the border, you may trim it even with the quilt top.

Next, let’s set up the machine with an even-feed/walking foot. Pick a thread the color of your binding and wind a bobbin. Sew with a long stitch to baste 1/8″ around the edges of the quilt top.

Move to a table,so you can pin the binding in place on the front, matching the quilt top’s raw edges. Start at the bottom edge, leave a tail, and pin just that one side. Tip: Pinning will keep the quilt and the binding from being pulled or stretched.

Binding

Sew with a 3/8″ seam for just a few inches then stop – we’re going to check now, before we sew any further.  Look to see that the binding and three quilt layers are caught in the stitches and sewn together. Also, fold the binding over to the back to be sure it reaches the bobbin line of stitches. If it encases the raw edges tightly and covers the stitches, you’ll have a fully stuffed binding.   Now you can continue sewing the pinned side. Stop 3/8″ before the corner.

Many of the calls and questions to the Quilt Blocks Studio are about mitering the corners, so here are a few pictures of the steps:

Fold the binding up, then down, matching the corner.

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Pin the corner and side. Start sewing towards the next corner.

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Sew slowly and in a straight line, especially if you’ve picked a bright contrasting binding.

To finish, stop sewing 8″ or so before then end.  Tuck the ending inside the beginning, using the fold as an overlap. Trim the excess, pin and sew through the added layers.

Binding

Now you’ll finish the binding by hand. There are two needles and threads I’d recommend, either a between 8 (it has a large eye) paired with hand quilting thread, it resists knots and can take a good tug. The other option is a sharp applique needle and a fine, matching polyester thread.   Fold the binding to the back, clip in place and use a small blind stitch to sew securely. take a few stitches in the mitered corners, too.

Binding

Good lighting will make the sewing easier.  Try a comfy chair and take your time, or set the quilt on your dining table for speed.Here’s a closeup of the finished overlap.  There will be a barely noticeable bump on the bottom of the quilt.

Binding

There are many ways to bind your quilt, I hope you’ll research and try them all. The QuiltBlocks designers of over 40 quilts all recommend this method. It works!

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Basting is holding the backing, batting and quilt top together so it can be quilted.

The first step is to find a large, flat area to spread out the backing right side down, next layer the batting on top, and finally the quilt top, right side up. Tip:  to keep your knees off the floor, find a library, church, firehouse or social center that will let you push two large tables together for a work surface. If your quilt is larger than your work table, the process will take a little more time. You’ll need to rearrange the ‘quilt sandwich’ to smooth each layer to be sure it stays centered.

Next, use masking tape to secure the backing, holding it taught. Layer the batting on top, smoothing it out to the edges. Since this is the only time you’ll get to keep it wrinkle-free, take extra time to smooth it out.

Last, center your quilt top right side up, smoothing from the center. Check the sides often to be sure the batting and backing stay centered. Keep smoothing out the top, rearranging if it skews crooked.

Consider the size of the quilt and how you will be quilting, then pick one of these methods.

Basting for Hand Quilting – Use a large, sharp needle with a big eye needle and thread to baste the three layers together. Tip: Use up the little bits on spools or find an inexpensive spool so you won’t feel guilty about using lots of it.

Start in the center and work toward the edges. Your stitch will be a long running stitch, and you’ll sew a 4” grid from side to side, top to bottom, to hold the layers together.

Basting for Machine Quilting – Safety pins – large 1 ½” for any size quilt. Baste with safety pins about a ‘fist’ apart, or every 6”. Try the quilter’s curved ones, and a latching tool as an assistant.Tip: Straight pins with a foam block on the end will work for smaller quilts.

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Small quilts –  Spray baste small and medium size quilts when you’re short on time or the project is so small that removing the pins will slow you down. Follow the directions on the can, work outdoors for good ventilation, and protect your table, floors and clothes from overspray. Best used with cotton batting.

Fusible batting – good for any size, but you’ll need a large ironing board for large quilts.

You can mix the basting methods. If you run out of safety pins, thread baste! Tired of thread basting? Spray baste the rest.

My last tip is an option that is just becoming available, and that is to have a long-arm quilter baste the quilt. Charges will vary, but for many of us that want to quilt ourselves but have obstacles to get this basting step done, it may be the best choice.  Baste well and you can start quilting!

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A new project has been added to the Fabric Palette collection of free projects! This beautiful table runner uses the Sondalo collection, a new collection just released in Hancock stores. To create this project, all you need is two fat quarter bundles (10 fat quarters), low loft batting, and fusible web. The finished table runner will measure 14 1/2″ by 52 1/2″. Click the link below the project to download for yourself or email it to a friend! Also, keep scrolling below the project and you can view the entire Sondalo collection.

SondaloTable Runner

Table Runner Free Project

Sondalo Collage

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Quiltblocks block one tips

Have you started your Garden Trellis quilt yet?  You may have noticed a slight change. The blocks are no longer numbered in order of difficulty, from easy to some experience needed. The blocks are now numbered in order of placement in the quilt, in this design, in columns.

Half-square triangles and Flying Geese usually don’t make an appearance until later blocks, so I’d like to share a few quick tips.

Block One Tips

Step 1

The squares overlap in the center of the rectangle. This gives you the 1/4″ at the triangle point so it will not be cut off when you sew it to the borders.

Flying Geese Tutorial

Step 2

Be sure to square the units to 3 1/2″, don’t skip this step. Can you see the difference between the trimmed and untrimmed squares?   Remember to slice a tiny bit off two sides, turn the block and finish squaring to the right size.

Flying Geese Tutorial

Step 3

Measure to be sure the center is 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Four out of five times a block isn’t right because the center is too small or too big.

Step  4

Measure the block to be sure it is 12 1/2″. Then add your skinny borders.  Your blocks will go together easily  and line up nicely ‘on point’ in the columns if they are all the same size. Start checking with block 1, don’t wait!

One last bonus tip

Save the little scraps from the Flying Geese. Use them to start your chain piecing. Later, you’ll have half square triangles to make some pretty pinwheels!

Flying Geese Tutorial

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Welcome to Quilt Blocks Garden Trellis! The new block of the month style program at JoAnn stores started in June! The fabrics – beautiful florals, crisp white, trendy navy and mint, accents of pink and purple. The design – columns of blocks set on point, separated by stripes and modern flowers.

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To make this 86” X 90” quilt, you’ll need 12 block kits and one Setting Kit. The Setting Kit ‘sets’ the blocks together. In this design. It has precut triangles to set the columns of blocks on point, the stripe and floral columns, and the inner and outer borders.

Something special about this year’s quilt is that these borders are cut in one piece. We’ve had customers asking for 1-piece borders, so Janet, our product manager worked with our cutting partners until she was satisfied that every piece would be perfect. I hope you’ll let us know if you like this change.

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We also want to let you know a change JoAnn’s is making to the Quilt Blocks program:  there will be one quilt at a time. I hope this gives you a chance to finish your project before you start another. Our Quilt Blocks team is happy with this. To develop three quilts a year, design over 30 new original fabrics, write 39 instructions, test, print, cut and ship kept us very busy!

The limited edition kits, Quilt Block Quarters and yardage are expected to be in the stores until January. Visit Joann.com for kits, or the backing and binding sets too. We hope you’ll stop in soon to get started on your own Garden Trellis quilt! Also, don’t forget you can win all the blocks, setting kit and binding in this month’s giveaway!

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Show your state pride – with our denim and faux suede fat quarter pillows.  If you’re traveling, make one for all the states you enjoyed on your trip!  At only 12″ square, it’s a small pillow to keep in the car or rv, or stacked on a chair.

They work up quickly! Find a state silhouette online, map book, or from an atlas. Trace in REVERSE onto paper backed fusible web, fuse to the wrong side of the faux suede, and cut out.

Use a pressing cloth to tack the edges to the background, then do the final pressing and fusing from the denim side. Top stitch around the state edges with a matching thread. The suede doesn’t ravel as much as most wovens.

The back is a simple fold over closure, so you can slip out the pillow form. See our tutorial how to make the pillow back closure.

A state pillow would be a great souvenir to remind you of your summer vacation. Leave one as a hostess gift. Set the guest bedroom with a few as toss pillows, but be ready to part with one as they leave with a thoughtful parting gift. Happy Summer! Safe Travels!

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