Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sorting Fabric, Surprises!

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Hi everyone,

I had been sewing a lot lately and pulling fabric from my stash, and guess what happened...my studio got messy and full of "put away" stacks! I got tired of my cutting table looking messy, so, I pulled out my red fabric to re-insert the red that I pulled, PLUS, put away some new red fabric.

I don't have the before picture of the shelf, but, I do have the AFTER picture. I was going to "crop" the images, then I thought I would show you what my studio looks like at the same time.

#fabricstash #deniseclason
This shows a completed redo cabinet. started with the reds. 
I sort my fabrics from darkest to lightest. I did put my woven fabric first. I try to put the different shades together, such as red/red, red/oranges, red/pinks, etc. Then I put the red/whites last. You will see that I have tubs on the shelf above my cabinets, I keep things in those that I don't use very often. Such as Gallery Glass Paint for stained glass effects. Love this product!

The clothes rack that you see was made by my husband, I needed somewhere to hang things in my studio, which doesn't have a closet. I also keep large items in that corner, such as a mannequin, quilt stands, etc.
#fabricstash #deniseclason
This cabinet shows my yellows, blacks and tans. I redid my yellow stash.

I really need to work on my black stash. I wasn't too worried about my tans. I will probably do those, just because. I love finding fabric that I've forgotten about and PLUS, I get inspired to work on a new design.

Above, are more bins which contain some quilt kits, batiks, wooden pieces which are unfinished from painting conventions I've attended. As you can see, I do have a collection of paint on my back wall, below the fabric cabinets. My husband made these for me. I have four of them and a longer rack, which is the size of two of the smaller squares. (not in picture) It was quite expensive, and these racks my husband made were a lot less expensive and I LOVE them!

The cutting table is an organized MESS. I really need a bigger studio. Mine is only 9 x 9'. So, I have to store things very well, plus, I have a 4' x 2' sewing table and the same sized desk for my computer/printer, etc. I have a lot in here and love my space!

Now, that you've seen the pictures, I wanted to talk about the surprises I found. I found unusual things like a woven towel that I made for a book, but, never used. A few pieces of sewn together fabrics, like something for a window valance. Some cotton clothes that I thought would work great for a quilt, etc.

Do you find unusual things in your stash? Maybe a baby toy, or kitty or dog toy? I'd love to hear! 

Please leave a comment of something you've found while cleaning your sewing room! This can get interesting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Valentine's Mug Rug!

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Hi Everyone!

I'm reposting this, from January 2015, just in time for you for Valentines!

I mentioned in a few posts back that I would be posting about the Heart Mug Rug I made for a blog follower.

I have the e-pattern available, just in time for Valentines Day! Make one for your friends! They make the perfect gift for someone you love and care about and someone who loves hearts. These Mug Rugs are perfect for placing  a favorite cup of hot cocoa, or coffee along with a treat!

It is a very quick project, so, you will have enough time to make several for friends (Valentine) in your family!

 Buy the Heart Mug Rug e-pattern, only $3.99!

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Finished Heart/Valentine's Mug Rug approx. 8-1/2" x 11"

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Now, you can sit and enjoy your favorite beverage and dessert!
                        Buy the Heart Mug Rug e-pattern, only $3.99!

Have a GREAT Valentine's Day!

ps. Please respect the ©copyright laws and only make these for personal use and/or gifts. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Creating and Organizing Passwords

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Hi Everyone,

I've been cleaning up my many, many passwords this week. And...it is taking me longer than I ever thought it would. 

How do you keep track of your passwords?... because there must be a better way than having a word document. I have 5 pages of passwords! That seems crazy to me. They are categorized by topic, which makes it a little easier to find the one I'm looking for. BUT, there must be a better way!

What is very interesting is, many of the websites are no longer letting me log in with the email/passwords that I have on record. The only thing I can figure out is that they have updated their website and changed the perimeters of the log-in information needed. 

Many of those that didn't let me log in, I deleted on my password sheet...I didn't go to those pages enough to realize I couldn't log in anyway, right?? (trying to simplify at the same time.)

I did find this great page at freebie finding mom, it offers a FREE download for keeping your passwords in one place. 

Isn't this great! I would need a lot of pages to add all of my passwords! haha

How to create a STRONG password. 

www.deniseclason.comThe best advice for creating a secure password is to make it long and to use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and possibly symbols. 
Also avoid using any personal information (names, meaningful dates, postal codes, addresses) that could have been found by the hacker.
It's also very important to use different passwords for different accounts. Re-using the same passwords allows hackers to breach only one account to access all of your online information. To help with more security, you can create a two-step authentication. 
I hope I was able to get you thinking about how to protect yourself on the internet. Strong passwords are VERY important! Especially for any accounts that have to do with using your bank accounts and personal information.

Good Luck, and please share any ideas or tips that may help others, in the comments, below!

have a great day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 New Year Resolutions!

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Hello Everyone!

I just LOVE the beginning of a NEW YEAR! How about you? I feel like I get to have a new start. Like a "redo" if you want to name it. I feel like whatever I planned to do the previous year and didn't accomplish, is washed away, and now I can redo what I didn't do.


I have some great goals this year. Here are a few of mine:

1. Spiritual well-being-Read uplifting books and meditate
2. Exercise and work on my health. Walk more and eat cleaner. (one of the most popular resolutions, don't you think?)
3. Build my business-Design more and add more patterns to my shop.
4. Create ART! This is something I've wanted to do for a long time and this is the year I'll be doing it. No more putting it off!
5. BLOG MORE! I've missed all of you!
6. Finish my UFOs (unfinished objects)

Okay, now that I've shared some important goals for my new 2016 year, I'd love to hear some of your goals! I've got a print out for you to get started on your goals. Click on image to print and then start setting your goals!

1. Make a comment and share the goals you've set for this year
2. Add your name to my mailing list

#new year resolutions www.deniseclason.com

Okay everyone, let's rock this year and get our goals accomplished. 

xoxo Denise
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Mug Rug Patterns Available!

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Hi Everyone,

I've been sooo excited this past week! I've been working on some of my mug rug designs and getting them ready for you to purchase! Let me introduce the Mug Rugs I designed for The Quilter Magazine a year ago.

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Joy Mug Rug 8-1/2" x 11"  

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Snowman Mug Rug 8-1/2" x 11"
They are so cute together, you'll want to buy them both! They also make GREAT gifts, and it is NEVER too early to get started on those! (There are only 48 weeks left  until Christmas!) I know, I know....It always sounds closer when you say it in weeks, am I right?

Be sure to check them out in my E-Patterns store. These are PDF's and are delivered by email. So, there are no shipping costs!

I also have some Insul-bright to use for the batting. It has a heat barrier to protect your surfaces! GREAT prices!

Look for more patterns! I'll be posting a Valentines Mug Rug this WEEK!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Table Runner & Napkin Ring Pattern

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Hi Everyone! (I'm reposting this, because it is PERFECT for the holidays!) Previous post, showing the Fall Runner I made!

I have a very talented daughter, named Erin Winfree! She designed a beautiful table runner for an online magazine and I wanted to share it with you. [I am a proud mama!] She picked out the fabrics from my stash and away she went! She figured out a pattern for any skill level! AND it turned out beautiful!.... as you can see:

This is THE perfect runner for Thanksgiving! Very Fall looking and you still have time to make a few for your friends, too...and Christmas gifts!

Erin Winfree's Table runner, napkin rings
Runner is 17" x 47"

She used Warm & Co. Insul-bright for the batting, so that when a hot pan sits on top, it will protect the table top! Isn't that genius!? The pattern also comes with a napkin-ring pattern. 

Erin Winfree's Table Runner and Napkin rings
Table runner and napkin ring
Erin Winfree's napkin ring

This can be made many times in different seasonal colors! Easy to make and machine quilt! Enjoy! I have!

If you are interested in a pattern packet with all of the instructions and the Illustrations, please click the link below:

$7.99 (Paper pattern, only)
$6.99 (E-Pattern)
$16.99 (Paper Pattern and 1 yd Insul-brite)
Have Fun Quilting, XOXO


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilt Maker Bitty Blocks

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Hi Everyone,

I've been working on a new BOM this year. Quiltmaker is doing "Bitty Blocks this year." They are only 3" or 4" square when completed! (you make as many as you want, but 16 is the number they recommend, so that you'll have enough for a large quilt.)

The program began in January, so it's not too late to get started. The January BOM was the "Bowtie" block. It was pretty simple, when you chain-stitch all of the same pieces at the same time. This is the picture of the January Bitty Bowtie Block:

Scrappy Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker Website
Here are my Bitty Bowtie Blocks, using some of my larger scraps.

I like how they look with the colors I chose, as well as the scrappy blocks. I'm trying to use up larger pieces from my small scrap pile. We'll see how they turn out as the months go by.

The Bitty Block for February is the Basket Block. I think it would be best to use 1" finished triangle paper or Triangles-on-a-Roll, for this. As the half-square triangles are very small, and you want your squares to be perfect for such a small block.

Scrappy Bitty Basket Blocks from Quiltmaker Website.

I can't wait to sew up the basket blocks. If you want to join in on the fun, make a comment and send me a picture and I'll post it to my blog!

have fun, oxox

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Aurifil Thread ~ Favorite Quilter's Thread ~ Everything you would ever want to know...

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900pm Saturday night:
Congratulations! We have a winner for the Aurifil bag and thread samples! Nannie B. (See her comment below) 

Please contact me with your address information. (Must be in the US) You have until Sunday night to contact me. Denise @ Denise Clason.com (without spaces)

Hi Everyone,

First of all let me say that I am a BIG fan of Aurifil Thread! I use it for everything! Their colors are the prettiest, the thread is the smoothest, and it sews the best of all the threads I've used.  Needless to say, I am also one of their Designer Experts.
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Collection of Camille Roskelley's favorite thread colors! Don't you just love them?
So, to learn more about their thread, I went to an Aurifil Thread Presentation this past week, presented by Alex Veronelli, the Product Manager (co-owner) of Aurifil Thread. There is a lot great information behind Aurifil Thread and why it is a quilter's favorite thread.

aurifil thread chart
Beautiful colors!! and in different sized spools! What else can you ask for?
Aurifil history... The company is based and thread is made in an area near Milan, Italy. The company has been in business since 1983. It was originally owned by Alex's father. They make only cotton and wool threads, in 4 different sized weights. 50, 40, 28 and 12 weights or wt. Aurifil also makes a Wool Thread, which is a blend of wool and acrylic. And they make a Floss, for embroidery. It is 6 strands and is used the same way you would use DMC Floss. It is wound onto a wooden spool and is so much easier to use than the other flosses, which are kept together with a paper band.

Note: Most of the colors and variegated colors come in all weight sizes! That is what is so awesome about Aurifil Thread!

Each thread weight is used for different and multiple purposes. The larger the thread number, the finer the thread. This is because it is measured by "weight." it takes more of the finer thread to make 1 pound of thread. (please click on thread number to find more information on each sized thread.)

50wt. is perfect for hand appliqué, piecing, lace, machine appliqué, embroidery, piecing, quilting and longarm quilting. I have used this weight for machine embroidery and it is wonderful and beautiful!
50wt thread comes on Orange spools

50wt sizes available, thread amounts

Note: Although all the thread weights can and have been used for machine quilting, be sure to use a large enough needle to handle the larger weights of thread. (28 and 12 wts.)

40wt. is great for cross-stitch, hand piecing, lace and machine appliqué, embroidery, piecing, quilting, longarm quilting.

40wt thread comes on a Green spools

40wt sizes available, thread amounts
28wt. is good for blanket stitching, cross-stitch, hand appliqué, hand piecing, hand quilting, lace, machine appliqué, embroidery, quilting, serging, and longarm quilting.and so much more. I haven't used this much, but, it makes beautiful machine embroidery. As the thread really shows.

28wt thread comes on Gray spools

28wt sizes available, thread amounts
variegated aurifil thread
Can't stop looking at the awesome colors of thread available! These are 28wt variated threads on the small spool.
12wt. is great for embellishment, hand appliqué, hand embroidery, hand quilting, cross-stitch, lace, machine appliqué, embroidery, quilting, redwork, serging, longarm quilting and Sashiko, etc. This is also used for blanket stitch.

12wt comes on Red spools

12wt sizes available, thread amounts

Floss can be used for cross-stitch, huck embroidery, punch needle, tatting, needlepoint, crochet, and appliqué.
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Cotton Floss on wooden spools! I love that!
Floss comes in one size and one spool

Wool thread is amazingly beautiful and is so perfect for those of you who love to work with wool felt! It can be used for cross-stitch, hand embroidery, appliqué, machine appliqué, quilting, serging, and longarm quilting. It comes in all of the weights and most of the colors.
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Aurifil Wool Chart
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Sampling of wool colors, they come in all weight sizes. Love the texture of the wool.

Wool sizes available, thread amounts
Poly Longarm is a 40wt high-sheen trilobal polyester thread. It comes in 10 wonderful variegated colors! It can be used for more than Longarm quilting. Use it for embroidery, thread painting, satin stitching, quilting, decorative stitching, and decorative appliqué.

aurifil longarm thread
Variegated Polyester Thread for Longarm quilting and MORE!

Monofilament Invisible Thread is my all time favorite invisible thread! it is 100% Nylon and made in Italy. It is zero thread breakage with a smoother finish. It comes in clear and smoke (charcoal). It can be used for stitch in the ditch, curved crosshatch quilting, scallop borders, machine quilting machine appliqué, and invisible blanket stitch.The reason I really like this thread is because it is very fine, strong, and not shiny. I also love how it imbeds itself into the quilts I make, making it virtually invisible!
aurifil monofilament invisible thread
Clear Monofilament
Smoke Monofilament

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Monofilament on cones

Monofilament thread sizes, thread amounts

Collections are some of my favorites, because they offer different types of thread options for the user.

*House Collection: designed by Aurifil Experts, these are premium selections in a variety of colors and weights.

*Designer Collections: Top Designers in the quilting, sewing and hand stitching arts have collaborated with Aurifil to design a variety of threads to coordinate with their designs/projects, but, can be used with any project.

*Customized Collections: These are tailor made collections based on the needs of a quilt store, magazine or brand. These are customized to the person who wants a unique collection.

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Tula Pink Variegated Thread Collection
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Susan Brubaker Knapp's Collection, thread artist 
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Sarah Vedeler, embroidery designer
 There is a page on the Aurifil website on how to use their threads!

Here are a couple pictures from the presentation I went to the other night.

alex veronelli talking about Aurifil thread
Alex Veronelli with a quilt in his likeness, someone made for him.

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Alex Veronelli talking about the 15 different steps it takes to make Aurifil Thread.
Aurifil Thread has a phone app that is very nice. Go to your App Store and download it today! It's FREE!
aurifil thread phone app 
I will be having a giveaway! I have a white bag with the Aurifil logo to giveaway AND a sampling of their thread! The thread contains 1 spool of each of the types of thread mentioned above. (50, 40, 28, 12, wool, floss)

To enter the Giveaway:
Please make a comment telling me what your favorite color and weight of Aurifil Thread is and how you use it! 

Share this post to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts for a total of 4 chances to win! Please mention where you shared, in a new comment. Good Luck! 

The giveaway will end on Saturday night at 9:00pm PST.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Craftsy Tutorials are GREAT!

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Hi Everyone!

Have you been to Craftsy.com, yet? Well, now is the time to head over there and see what is going on!

Craftsy is a website for those of us who love to create and learn how to improve our skills. They have classes, as well as, products for sale. Designers, like me, can sell products and patterns to the public. It is like a big community of artisans.

It's also a fun place to play around and explore. You can follow people, post pictures of things you made from the classes you purchased, and get in touch with the teacher, by leaving comments, etc.

Here is a list of the main class topics, once you are inside the site, you'll begin to see how amazing it is:
1. Sewing and Quilting

2. Art and Photo

3. Cake and Cooking

4. Yarn and Fiber

5. Home and Garden

6. Jewelry, Paper and MORE!

I've only been into the sewing and quilting area, and I'm impressed with the choices of classes! I've purchased several and have not been disappointed. The classes are done so professionally. You'll feel like the teacher is right inside your home teaching you, personally.

These are the classes I've taken. Many of them are FREE!

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These were the free classes:

QuiltCon 2013, Bag-Making Basics, BOM 2014, Piece, Patch Quilt: Basic quiltmaking skills, BOM 2013, Mastering Zipper Techniques, BOM 2012.

And...these are the classes I signed up for, just today!

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As you can see, you can enroll in many classes! These are only the choices that I've made...there are MANY, MANY more! Believe me. Go to the Craftsy website and check them out.

Not only does Craftsy have classes, they sell product! (the link is for fabric, they sell many other things, too.) AND, they have awesome sales. They had one the end of December that I just couldn't refuse!

This is what I got:

craftsy sells fabric, quilt kits, quilt patterns
2 Jelly Rolls and a stack of Fat Quarters! I saved 65%..Woo Hoo
By the way, check out my Craftsy page and see what I'm up to, if you are a craftsy member, I'd love to follow you and vice versa!

Have fun on the Craftsy site! I also have some ads in my sidebar showing what sales are going on right now! And, if you want to share what you purchased, please make a comment!