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 (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.
aurifil thread, camille roskelley
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.
aurifil embroidery thread
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.
aurifil wool thread
Aurifil Wool Chart
aurifil wood thread
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

aurifil monofilament thread
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.

aurifil designer thread, tula pink
Tula Pink Variegated Thread Collection
aurifil designer thread collection, susan brubaker knapp
Susan Brubaker Knapp's Collection, thread artist 
aurifil designer thread collection, sarah vedeler
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.

alex veronelli aurifil thread
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, 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!

craftsy, classes, quilt, patterns, denise clason camille roskelley

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!

sewing machine feet, creative quilt backs, quilting classes, craftsy

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!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Valentine's Mug Rug!

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Hi Everyone!

I'm reposting this, from February 2014.

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 $2.99!

heart mug rug, valentines day, little quilt
Finished Heart/Valentine's Mug Rug approx. 8-1/2" x 11"

valentines day, mug rug, heart mug rug, valentines mug rug
Now, you can sit and enjoy your favorite beverage and dessert!
                        Buy the Heart Mug Rug e-pattern, only $2.99!

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 28, 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.

mug rug, denise clason, quilt, christmas tree
Joy Mug Rug 8-1/2" x 11"  

snowman, mug rug, denise clason, quilt
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!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making Christmas Gifts ~ Standard Pillow Case (Free Pattern)

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Hi Everyone,

I'm so sorry that I've been away from my blog for soooo long. I've been busy. This past week I've been making Christmas Gifts for family members. Each year I end up having some sort of project theme. This year it is pillow cases.

I made about 6 different pillow cases this year. Some of them were purchased, but, I did embroider their names on the edges.

First, I'll show you what those look like:

embroidered pillow cases,
Embroidering "Chris" onto a pre-made pillow case.
I used some nice and a little shiny, thread by Isocord. (white on white) It embroidered very well. I used an embroidery needle to help with the fast speed. This special embroidery needle keeps your threads from breaking. It is worth the extra to purchase a specialty needle. I'd rather spend extra, that try to fix a broken thread in the middle of an embroidery job.

I also made two more pillow cases for this particular family. The airplane pillow case is for their son, who is 22 years old and has been in love with airplanes his whole life. And, The little birdie pillow case is for his younger sister, she is 11 yrs old. I just LOVE the way the blue/pink case looks, and it is also very soft, important for those little girls faces!
denise clason makes pillow cases
All pillow cases are finished. 
Standard Pillow Case: 
(20" x 26")

2/3 yard, main print
1/3 yard, secondary print (edge)
3" x 44" (coordinating print) Note: I used 2-1/4" wide for the above pillow cases.

1. Fold coordinating print in half, with right sides out, and press.
The "blue" strip, it is folded and pressed.
2. Lay main print, facing up, position the pressed coordinating print (raw edge) along the 42-45" edges.

3. Lay secondary print, face down, on top of the above two fabrics. Pin and then sew a 1/4" seam along edge.
Pin and sew all three layers together and sew.
4. Press secondary print up, along with the seam allowance, and coordinating print down.
Press blue print down, floral print up.
5. Fold the pillow case, right sides together, in half lengthwise, and match the seams and pin. (make sure all of the seams match) Sew a 5/8" seam along selvage edge, pivot at the corner and sew along the bottom edge.

6. Zig-zag along the bottom edge of the pillow case.

7. Leave pillow case inside out, position onto the ironing board. Press the top edge of the secondary print 1/4" toward the inside of the pillow case.
The cutting board is NOT usually on the ironing board, I have it there for the Picture only.
8. Fold the secondary print down to just cover the seam allowance. Pin into place with the pin "head" toward the edge of pillow case (for ease of removing while sewing)
Position pins with the "head" toward the right edge of pillow case. This makes them easier to remove.
9. With matching thread in the needle and bobbin. Top stitch the coordinating print to the pillow case. (I do this because this piece always folds up and looks messy.) Do not remove the pins, yet!
I've added this step because I like my fabric to lay down. Typically after washing this little ornery piece wants to flip up and go all over the place.
10. With matching thread in the needle and bobbin, top stitch the secondary print to the pillow case. Backstitch at the end.
I'm using my 1/4" foot for the topstitching. It has a nice edge to follow.
I like this pillow case sewing method because it keeps you from seeing the side seams when the pillow case is right side out.

Finished Pillow Case! I love how it turned out. The colors are so pretty and bright. Happy Sleeping to my daughter-in-law. It will be HER Christmas present! (shuuuush)
Have fun mixing and matching different prints! That is one of my favorite things to do, put fabrics together!

Note: I made several of these at the same time, doing the same step, and you'll be able to make more of them a lot faster!

ENJOY and Merry Christmas!