Monthly Archives: February 2012

Valentines!

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Valentines!

 

I have a lot of grandkids…. a LOT of grandkids – 24 to be exact with 25, 26 and 27 on the way. I also LOVE making things for my grandkids although at this point it’s a bit like an assembly line. I found this idea for Valentines on Pinterest – my new favorite thing!

I used my Pazzles to make the front of the hearts. Besides cutting out the hearts I can use a pen tool to have the machine write. Easier than stamping, prettier than handwriting, especially if you’re a bit OCD – or CDO with all the letters being in alphabetical order, as they should be (joke also courtesy of Pinterest).

 

 

 

 

After writing and cutting the hearts out I then wrote the recipients name on the front and signed the back.

 

 

I took old crayons, took off the wrappers and melted them in the oven using a silicone heart baking pan. (300 degrees for 15 minutes) It took 4 crayons for each heart. When you take them out of the oventhey will look like a solid color but underneath they’re not so after the first batch I would take a knife and swirl the color a bit. Let them cool and pop them out.

 

 

 

Tie twine around the hearts, attach them to the card with a foam square and you’re ready to go. (I think this one looks like it’s from Twilight.)

 

 

 

 

All the Valentines sorted by families ready to go.....

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Spring Classes – Get Ready to Buy a Longarm

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If you’re thinking about buying a longarm this is the class you should take to help you make a decision. I know when I bought my machine I thought it would be like buying a sewing machine and heaven knows I’ve bought enough of those! Then I started looking and obsessing…. Which machine vibrated less? How did each one move? What about prices? Could I really do this? Didn’t even think about hydraulic lift and didn’t even look at the table or realize there were differences. This class will tell you about all the parts on a machine, discuss the differences between the tables they’re on and we’ll also discuss the realities of longarm quilting. I’m not affiliated with any machine company I just want you to be able to make an informed decision.

MQX – Saturday, April 14th – 9 – 12 am

Spring Classes – To Sell or Not to Sell – Retail Sales for Longarmers

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We fall in love with fabric… We have our tax ID number…. Why not buy wholesale by the bolt?  It’s so much cheaper and we can always sell the extra….

I have customers and they can’t find wide backs for their quilts….should I carry backings?

Carrying batting and thread are no brainers, aren’t they.

An internet store…. I can sell fabric in an internet store!

We all have these ideas and questions. Can you do sell retail and make a profit or is it a giant money pit? This class will tell you what you need to know to make a decision that’s right for you and profitable and legal!

MQX – Friday, April 13th, 4-6 pm

MQS – Friday, May 18th, 8-10 am

Spring Classes – The Sparkly Stuff

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This is a hands-on class using foil and Angelina film and fiber.  We’ll also be making our own screens so that we can screen print glue to use with the foil. We’ll use stencils and also the Slice Fabrique to create our shapes. Lots of interesting things going on in this class plus lots of supplies to take home!

 

MQS  – Saturday, May 19th from 10:30 – 12:30

Spring Classes – Running with Scissors

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There are so many ways to cut fabric and so many new products to use!  In this class I’ll start by giving tips and tricks for accurate cutting with rotary cutters and demonstrate some products for accurate cutting including the QuiltCut 2, ergonomic rotary cutters and True Cut rulers and rotary cutters. Then we’ll look at pressure cutters – Accuquilt GO and Sizzix Big Shot and Big Shot Pro. After that we’ll see how the electronic cutters work – Cricut and the Slice Fabrique. There will be time at the end of class to try them all out. With so many options come and see how they work and which tools would help you cut faster and more accurately.

MQX – Thursday, April 12th from 1-3 pm

MQS – Friday, May 18th from 1:30-3:30 pm

Spring Classes – Easy Screen Printing

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We had so much fun screen printing in our Art Quilt group that I’m very excited to bring this class to both MQX and MQS this spring. I thought screen printing needed expensive materials and was difficult to do but I found out that you can make your own screens with common materials and it was very easy. In the class we’ll be making two kinds of screens – one disposable and one reusable. We’ll experiment with different mediums to create the design – soy wax, glue, paste and freezer paper; and different mediums to print with – fabric paint, screenprinting ink, and shaving cream mixed with ink and discuss using dyes as the medium. You’ll go home with a screen and several printed fat quarters. Don’t settle for just the fabric you can find….make your own!

MQX – Wednesday, April 11th,  9-11 am.  Sign up here:  http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Home/index.cfm

MQS – Saturday, May 19th, 8-10 am.  Sign up here: http://www.mqsshow.org/Registration/

Making the screens……..

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Ready to print – freezer paper butterflies cut with the Slice with soy wax swirls….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished fabric:

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