Technique of the Week – Season 2- Week 5- Deco Foil

decoTubeSometimes a product is so awesome, you can’t wait to show it to everyone!  And that’s how I feel about Deco Foil!  It’s super fun, and it’s SO SO EASY.  Check out this week’s video:

So as I said in the video, I have used this before in an issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, so I was familiar with the product.  My favorite of the 3 adhesives has to be the liquid adhesive, but the other two are fun too.img011

Deco Foil should be readily available at your various local craft stores, but if you want to see more on their website you can check them out at ThermoWeb’s website.


Technique of the Week – Season 2 – Week 4 – Cyanotype Fabric!

img010This week we are talking about Cyanotype Fabric, with really awesome pre-treated sheets you get from Jaquard!!  Check out this week’s video.

So these are SUPER simple to use, and I love that they give you so many in case you mess one up.  I think the toughest part about using them is thinking about what to make a print of!

Cyanotype-10-and-30-Pack-Sheets-500x500I got mine on Amazon, and they seem readily available.  I hope you give this one a try!  I am going to give you a hint to pay attention to my Facebook Page this week for your chance to WIN a set of your own, so be sure to LIKE my page to see when to enter!TOTWS2W4title

What’s your Poison? 

When my friend Misty asked me to be part of her poison bottle Block of the month, how could I resist? It’s perfect for me, because skulls!

So back in the day, your poisons had to be in unique bottles because people couldn’t read! Also Victorian parlors are dark, so they had to be recognizable by feel.  Thus the poison bottle was born!

bottle 1The taller bottle is heavily textured in real life, so I wanted to recreate that by using a slight texture on the fabric using “Texture Magic”!

I used fabric markers to color it and then even used a little paint to help highlight the bumps. I used green as a callback to Vaseline glass, which was made with uranium in it!!! It was (still is) radioactive!

bottle2The skull bottle in real life is tiny!  But I wanted mine to be clear instead of blue, and I really enjoyed coloring it in with fabric markers.  The real one has crossbones on the bottom!!!  They are apparently super rare. 
Thanks to Misty for letting me play along!  Be sure to head over to her blog and site to see the rest of the bottles and give making these a shot!!!

Technique of the Week – Season 2 – Week 3 – Smocking (and GIVEAWAY)


This week’s Technique of the Week is dear to me, as it’s using one of my favorite techniques of all time, heirloom smocking!  As a fabric manipulation enthusiast, this is a ton of fun and the effect is truly impressive to your friends.

Doesn’t that look easy?  I’ve used this LOTS on my quilts, so browse through my blog for some more examples on what to do with this technique.

So to celebrate the release of my new MINI Heirloom Smocking Template, I’m giving one away to one lucky reader who comments below!  You have to tell me what I say at the end of the video in your comment to be entered, and leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!


Technique of the Week -Season 2 – Week 2 – Die Cutting


This week on Technique of the Week, I’m doing Die cutting, but not like the last time I did Die cutting…. Check out the video below.

So as I said in the video, Victoria Findlay Wolfe designs these awesome dies with Sizzix that can be used in bunches of ways so that you can make a huge amount of quilts out of the single die.  Just from the one block and 4 colors of fabric, you can make at least 4 blocks for a quilt.  One quarter piece is about 8 inches, so that’s at least a 16 inch block! WOW!


Using the “manual” versions of die cutting are just as fun as the digital kind, and as I said in the video, there’s lots of tips and techniques to learn with this than just stacking fabric and running it through the machine.
15QM14My friend Ebony Love has the coolest DVD on these techniques, and you should really give her DVD a look-see if die cutting is in the cards for you.

diecuttingTake a look at Sizzix’s website for more info on this die and the machines.

And SPECIAL THANKS to Aurifil Threads for their awesome sponsorship on the set! Did you see that on the set this week?  Go check it out!