Congrats to our DVD winner!

Congrats Nancy Hilderbrand for winning the blog giveaway for Ebony’s awesome DVD.  Nancy, you’ll be hearing from me shortly!


Technique of the Week – Week 47 – Melted Crayons


This week’s super awesome video is about MELTED Crayons! Read on after the video on the supply list, but you’ll have to see the video on how it’s done!

-Freezer paper to mask off areas
-A teflon or other non stick pressing sheet to put wax onto.
-An iron and ironing surface
-Paper towels to do the rubbing technique

Have fun and let me know if you try it!

Die Cutting for Beginners – Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

I AM a Self Confessed die cutting NOOB. Yup, I said it. I have dabbled with digital die cutting, where I just placed the cutter over fabric I wanted to cut out, but that was not the same as full on, “crank-the-handle” carriage-style die cutting… So enter Ebony’s amazing, and truly life-changing DVD.

I’ll admit, I didn’t think there was so much to really KNOW about die cutting. I thought you could just plunk fabric down on the die cutter and crank that handle and get die cut fabric, which in truth, you COULD do. But after watching Ebony’s DVD? OMG….the difference. She teaches you about WHY you should cut the way she does. Die cutting IS easy, and Ebony makes your life about 1000% easier with the tips on this DVD. 

Let’s take a look at what I decided to try with my new Sizzix Big Shot Plus.


I cut a bunch of 1 inch hexagon papers with this awesome die, so that I can take my paper piecing on my many travels. I used cardstock from advertisements I got in the mail, so it’s a totally upcycled project. I also love that this die perfectly fits a charm square pack of 2 1/2 inch squares for one hexie!


IMG_9385 Next up, you know I’m a sucker for the Apple Core block, so I could not resist this perfectly big Apple Core that you can PIECE on your machine!! Yup, that’s the Tula PInk True Colors fabrics I’m cutting into for this project.
IMG_9391 They totally went together super quick. I cut and had this table runner made in about 2 hours.
ebony3 Here’s the finished table runner.  All pieced!  And freshly ironed.
ebony1 Each Apple Core was quilted with a different free motion quilting design on my BERNINA 750QE.
IMG_0071 Here’s the finished table runner! At the same time I cut this project, I was able to cut the Apple Cores for a quilt that will be at least 60×90 inches. Incredible! I’m totally hooked, and I just ordered 2 more dies and can’t wait til they get here.

So, want to WIN a copy of Ebony’s fabulous, life-changing, die cutting DVD? Here’s all you have to do:
1. Leave a comment to win the DVD!
2. Please only enter one time. Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away.)
3. International entries are welcome!
4. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
5. The entries will be open until Wednesday July 29th at 5:00 PM CST.
6. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of July 29th. Check back to see if you are the winner! GOOD LUCK!


Don’t forget to visit EVERYONE on the Blog Hop, I know you will love to see their stuff too, and they will also have giveaways to try!

Full Blog Hop Schedule:

Date Hop Hosts
July 20, 2015 LoveBug Studios
July 21, 2015 Sizzix
July 22, 2015 Rose Hall, Custom Quilt Kits
July 23, 2015 Generation Q Magazine
July 24, 2015 Cheryl Sleboda,
July 25, 2015 Jessica K. Darling
July 26, 2015 Quilt Shop Gal
July 27, 2015 WEBINAR: Die Compatibility: Getting the Most Out of Your Fabric Die Cutter

Technique of the Week – Week # 46 – Thermochromic Paint

Here’s this week’s video!

img010Thermochromic paint (meaning paint that changes color with heat) has been around for a while.  It’s a plastic dye particle that is usually suspended in a dye or paint solution.  When painted onto your surface, and apply heat, the color changes.  In these cases in my samples, the dye changes color to clear, meaning you can reveal a color underneath.

img141I talk about Thermochromic dyes in my Intro to e-Textiles lecture.  It’s been around for ages, and in fact, I have a VERY successful video I posted in 2011 about this topic.   I have even demo’d it on Quilting Arts TV!

Want to get some of your own?  Try Sparkfun Electronics, Mindsets UK, or even Amazon.