Terrific Tip Tuesday: Washing & Drying Your Quilt

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Washing quilts can be a real nail biter. You’ve put so much work and love into your quilt, and the idea of color bleeding everywhere makes your stomach turn. The answer…color catchers! They’re found with detergent and dryer sheets at most grocery stores/superstores and often at your LQS. You can reuse them until they’ve turned black. If I have a quilt with lots of brights, I’ll throw in multiple color catchers to ensure no bleeding. I always wash my quilts with them, even after the first washing.

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When you transfer your quilt to the dryer, add a few tennis balls and it will help the quilt dry fluffy. It will also sound like there’s a marching band in your dryer, so don’t panic!

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Happy Quilt Washing!
xo LC

Winter Wonderland Ornament TUTORIAL

Today we are kicking off the Christmas in July series with Sewlux Fabric! I’m so excited to share my tutorial for these fun ornaments!!

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Here’s the schedule of events!
July 14: Solstice Wreath Mini Tutorial on Sewlux
July 21: Here today!
July 22: Be Jolly, Chrissy of Sew Lux
July 23: Folk Art Holiday, Sarah of Stitching & Bacon AND Megan of Quilt Story
July 24: 25th & Pine, Tessa of The Sewing Chick AND Tracey of traceyjay quilts
July 25: Solstice, Christen of Love by Hand AND Stephanie of Quarter Incher
July 21-August 4: Linky open to link up your projects!
August 5: Winners Announced

1. Supplies: You need six fat eighths (three red and three white) to make three ornaments. I used this adorable Winters Lane bundle. You’ll also need 1 yard of Wonder Under or a similar lightweight double sided fusible and three feet of ribbon or small ric rac for the hanger.
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2. Fusing: Fuse the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the three red pieces of fabric.

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Remove the protective paper from the Wonder Under. (Helpful Hint: If you let it cool for about twenty minutes, it comes off much easier.) Fuse a piece of white fabric to the back of each piece of red fabric.

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3. Cutting: Cut eight 3″ circles from each piece. I used my AccuQuilt.

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You could also use an Olfa circle cutter or trace a can and cut with scissors.

4. Ordering & Marking: Place the circles in order alternating between the two designs being face up.

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Using a Frixion Pen or similar erasable marking tool, draw a line through the center of the top circle.

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Attach all eight circles together with Clover Wonderclips. Mark the back circle as you marked the front being careful to align the marks. I used my clips to tell me where the line was on the other side.

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Clip the hanger to the ornament along the line on each side. It should come down the ornament approximately 1″.

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5. Stitching: Stitch along the line. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

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NOTE: If you’re having difficulty with sewing through so many layers, you can skip the back stitching and tie off the ends. If you’re still having trouble, you can reduce the number of circles to six. (It must be an even number.)

Erase the marking pen.

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Use pins to mark approximately 1/3 down on each piece. You’re pinning together at the top and alternating by pinning at the bottom. You’re also pinning a new piece each time, using one of the pieces you previously pinned. Make sure that the pieces with the hanger attached are hidden underneath by pinning at the top of those pieces.

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Stitch near the edge, back stitching at the beginning and end. I used my Bernina #10 foot with the needle moved over three spots.

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It should look like this. Trim the threads short.

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Voila!

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Be sure to check out Chrissy’s project tomorrow and join the link up next week!
xo LC

Shirts 2.0 Recap & the Launch of Shirts 3.0

Shirts 2.0 was a huge success!! So many shirts! So much cuteness!!

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I really could not get them all in one picture!

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These are some of the ones I made!

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I received over 400 shirts, more than double round one. I’ve packaged them up and they’re spiriting off to places far and wide. Fifteen states and five countries participated!

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Since Shirts 2.0 was such a success, we are doing version 3.0!! Same rules. New deadline. Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by November 1. If you’re international, try to ship by October 20:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage. You still must include a self addressed envelope.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!

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7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts! Although in the first two rounds, most of the activity was on Instagram with the #allshirtsswap tag. I post updates to Instagram under the username “maychappell”.

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!

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2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!

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3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!

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4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.

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5. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. Make sure the full 1/4″ is around the outside edge.

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If your shirts don’t follow the rules, I’ll send them back to you.

Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is just the list that I will send my mailing address to:)

And for those of you that need the pattern, just send an email to info at carolynfriedlander dot com to order it. She’ll happily ship internationally and is offering free shipping!

Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!

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And don’t forget that you have just one more day to enter my Olfa GIVEAWAY! I’m off to make more shirts!
xo LC

The Big 3-5 for Olfa GIVEAWAY

Olfa rotary cutters are turning thirty-five this year!! Interestingly, I am also thirty-five. Obviously I would be the exact age of perhaps the most revolutionary quilting notion ever. ;) To celebrate, Olfa sent me this great package! Are we celebrating my birthday or theirs? You be the judge. It included a small rotary, a rotating 12″ mat and a 6 1/2″ ruler with frosted advantage. Plus an adorable little rotary pin. These pins were all the rage at Quilt Market!
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I’d not used frosted advantage before. (It’s newish!) It’s frosted to make the lines easier to see on light and dark fabrics. An added bonus is that it doesn’t slide. At all. As in doesn’t budge. Brilliant!

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I immediately unwrapped all the packages to play! Obviously:)

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Olfa had asked for a 6 1/2″ block to celebrate their birthday. The only requirement was that I had to use yellow. If there is one color that is limited in my stash, it’s yellow. But I did find all these Olfa yellows to consider. Black and white seemed like the best coordinate.

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I chose the Pez fabric and got to cutting with my new rotary set!

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The dotted lines on the half inch lines are awesome! They’re easy to see and I prefer dotted lines because I don’t like the fabric to be crooked under the line and have a slight tilt. All the markings are really nice on this ruler; I can tell it’s going to become a favorite!!

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I cut rows of the yellow Pez. I did rows of threes and fives since they’re turning the big 3-5!

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I used this adorable little heart print from Dear Stella since I LOVE Olfa!

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I added black and white dots. I cut these in threes and fives as well! Luckily the math worked out on all that. My block is finished!

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Do you want this adorable box with the same goodies to come to your house? It’s GIVEAWAY time!

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This prize is only open to US residents. As always, there are lots of ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment about your favorite birthday celebration!
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed. Like me on Facebook. Follow me on twitter. Follow me on Instagram. Follow me on Pinterest. Follow me on Craftsy. Or find me on any other social media that you can think of!
3. Subscribe to my blog via email.
4. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
There are lots of ways to get an entry; you can do just one or all of them. If you’re already a follower, that’s great! It counts as an entry!! Please post a separate comment here for each entry! Your comment here is the entry. And remember, you can do just one! Entries open through 5 pm est on Saturday, July 20. Mack the Chihuahua will select the winner; he tends to use the random number generator. Don’t send bribes; I watch him like a hawk. But he so appreciates them!
Let me know if you have any questions!! Good luck!!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Using Starch

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I love the feel of perfectly pressed fabric! It is easier to cut which makes it easier to piece and ultimately means a better result. This tip I learned in some class long ago, but I’ve got to share it even if I can’t properly credit it! If you spray your starch (or starch alternative or water or whatever you use) onto the back of the fabric, it will permeate the fabric.

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Then you press from the top. If you do spray from the top, the starch/starch alternative/water will mostly evaporate without permeating the fabric. It makes sense and when I tested the theory, it proved true!

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Oh, and absolutely adorable dog fabric courtesy of my sweet student, Tomoe!
xo LC

City Sampler Progress

While my group of City Samplerers at The Little General is all finished with their blocks, the group at Sew Original is nearing the 2/3 mark! Shirley’s blocks are grand! Check out that fussy cut froggie!!

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Denise’s rainbow of colors are gorgeous!! She’s using the colors from the book as inspiration and it’s really making her blocks colorful.

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Cydney’s blocks are coming along so well! The block in the upper right is one of my favorites that I’ve seen. She used a blender with a busy print and it gave the block a whole new look. I really love it!!

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The Guru is cruising along on her second quilt! (I think she’s as relieved as I am to be done with the first quilt and working on just this one!) Her blocks are so cheerful, which makes sense as she’s calling this her “Happiness Project”.

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I’ve started two new classes at Studio Stitch. We are already having a blast!! BeJay is such a fun student; she’s taken a few of my classes before. She’s doing her blocks entirely out of bright polka dots! It’s adorable!!

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Dianne has quite the Tula stash!! And you know I take Tula fabric pretty seriously. Her blocks are wonderful. Look at that frog! Swoon.

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Cathy has chosen some homespuns to make this for her son. It’s interesting because she’s usually all about the brights, but I love seeing the blocks in a more reserved palette And she’s doing fabulous at making sure there’s enough contrast!

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Jerrie is making her quilt to go in her bedroom so she’s using that palette as her inspiration. We found some great fabrics for fussy cutting and her blocks look awesome!

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Regina chose a great palette! (I might have helped!) I love the block in the upper left where she used the same fabric in two color ways. It’s perfect!!

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Heather is using batiks!! I can’t believe it took this long for someone to do that in my City Sampler classes. They’re so bright and beautiful!

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Paula is using all Tula and I love it!! Her blocks look great; she did some awesome fussy cutting!

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Emily is a gal after my own heart! She’s using all Denyse Schmidt from a few different lines. There are some great blenders in there and she’s added solids. Love them!!

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The evening class at Studio Stitch is a great crew! I’ve had Nancy in class a few times and she’s awesome! She’s working from her stash while adding a few new things!

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Kathy’s blocks are almost all Kaffe, with a few Kaffe inspired pieces added for good measure. They’re such fun blocks!!

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Justiann is using Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow! I love this line and she’s working with the full range of the palette quite well. Gorgeous blocks!!

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Marsha also caught Tula fever! Her blocks have tons of little hidden treasures in the fussy cuts! Great blocks!

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Joanne started out with all Alison Glass fabric. But she wanted to get opinions on where to go from there. She added more traditional fabric in her third block, but has since decided to go all Alison Glass as with her first two blocks.

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Pamela’s working from her stash! She has great fussy cuts and really wonderful little gems in there!!

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Barbara joined the Tula train too! But she’s added a good mix of other fabric. She’s also already chosen and started attaching her sashing. She’s my favorite! Love!!

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Nancy is working from similar fabrics and her blocks look wonderful! She did a really good job with having enough contrast in her blocks.

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Lydia’s blocks look superb! She’s considering forgoing the sashing and putting her blocks right next to one another. They are looking so good!

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Pressing Delicates

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Sometimes you need to press something, but you don’t want to literally press it flat. This can be true of certain textiles such as seersucker. But for me, it’s always my embroidery projects. They’ve been stuffed in a bag and wadded up for years stowed neatly for a few weeks with minor fold lines and I want to press them without flattening the stitching. There are fancy pressing cloths for this, but nothing works better than a washcloth!

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Keeps the stitches “safe” and the fabric pressed!

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xo LC

Christmas in July

I’m pretty sure it’s time to start sewing up some Christmas pretties! My first indication was the release of countless adorable holiday fabrics. My next clue was my invitation to join Sewlux Fabric‘s Christmas in July series! Check out the adorable bundles that they’ve put together!! You can buy them here and use the coupon code NICELIST for 10% off.

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Here’s the schedule of events!
July 7: Bundle Sale
July 14: Solstice Wreath Mini Tutorial on Sewlux
July 21: Winter Wonderland, Lee of May Chappell July 22: Be Jolly, Chrissy of Sew Lux
July 23: Folk Art Holiday, Sarah of Stitching & Bacon AND Megan of Quilt Story
July 24: 25th & Pine, Tessa of The Sewing Chick AND Tracey of traceyjay quilts
July 25: Solstice, Christen of Love by Hand AND Stephanie of Quarter Incher
July 21-August 4: Linky open to link up your projects!
August 5: Winners Announced

This is the Winter Wonderland bundle that I’m sewing with! I love me some snow folk!! How cute are those little guys?!

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There are some great prizes too! The winner will be chosen at random from the images uploaded to the link party. More details on that later!
Grand Prize: $50 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric, a set of 6 You’re Sew Nice cards, and an assortment of three patterns by May Chappell
1st Prize: $25 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric, a set of 6 You’re Sew Nice cards, and a pattern by May Chappell

I hope you’re excited to sew with us! Let the merriment commence!!
xo LC

City Sampler Blocks are Finished!

My first two classes are finished with their blocks! I’m so proud of each and every one of them! Each set of blocks is unique and amazing in their own way. This class was a real commitment and I’ve enjoyed watching the quilts develop. Debbie used grey, black and white with hits of pink. The pink accents are just perfect! And I love that the sashing frames it without overpowering.

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Sue is working on rows! Her Kaffe blocks are bright and bold. The fussy cuts are great because there are so many interesting shapes in Kaffe fabric. Love!!

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Theresa’s are just gorgeous! She’s still deciding between a random layout and doing a more organized version. The color palette is superb!! Her fabric selection is spot on.

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Gail’s blocks are AMAZING! She worked with a lot of colors, but not the whole rainbow. She chose the same types of colors so she crossed fabric lines with no problem. They’re just wonderful!!

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Tomoe finished her quilt top! She decided to show a subtle gradation from light to dark. Black and white definitely posed some challenges, but she really pulled it off perfectly!

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The Guru’s blocks are awesome!! She used mostly Denyse Schmidt Florence with a few extra accent fabrics. She’s doing the skyscraper arrangement but making it much larger than the book.

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And mine! I’ve got on most of the sashing. I’ve also got 101 blocks…hmmm…mysterious. I’m thinking random layout. I’m also planning to ship this puppy to a longarmer. I’ve reached the moment where I just want it DONE!

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We celebrated with mimosas! Cheers!!

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I made each person a pinnie to celebrate! I miniaturized the look of block 21. I used the colors of each individual’s 100 blocks for their pinnie!

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I think they like them!

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The evening class was missing quite a few folk, but we still celebrated! Lori with her pinnie!!

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Sarah brought her stack of blocks! I cannot believe that just two summers ago, I taught her to quilt!! She had never sewn on a machine or used a rotary before that. It’s quite an accomplishment to be holding nearly 100 sampler blocks now!

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Sarah’s blocks overflowed the design wall! Aren’t they fabulous?! She has so many hidden gems of fussy cutting in there. I’m so proud!!

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Joan laid out her blocks at home. She’s doing a rainbow arrangement and it’s awesome! So bright and cheerful!!

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We debated Joan’s sashing and this is the winner. It’s a great grey dot with little bright dots!

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Sarah and Joan love their pinnies! Patti & Cynthia were missed, but their pinnies are waiting for them.

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I can’t wait for them to all become quilts!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Appliqué Sheet

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Today’s Terrific Tip Tuesday is the Alaskan edition! I am lucky enough to be in Alaska and visited Seams like Home in Anchorage!

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I asked them if they’d like to share their favorite tip/product for today’s tip! Angelyn told me about Appliqué sheets.

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Basically you can layout all your pieces and press them to one another on this sheet. The back layer doesn’t stick and then you can transfer all the pieces to your project. I know…it’s genius! She made this adorable appliqué for a shop hop pattern.

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Here’s the appliqué sheet package. Such a cool product!

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It was a really great shop!! I scored some great finds. They have ribbon from local artists and tons of great projects!! Check out this snow skirt! Pattern by Debby of Culler Creations.

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They have May Chappell patterns! Obviously they’ve got great taste! ;)

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Thanks for a great visit AND a great product tip!
xo LC