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August 15, 2015
Creating Stencils from My Inner Thread

For most of my quilts I've used freezer paper stencils with textile paint, paintsticks or oil pastels.  Some designs I've drawn or traced then cut with a blade.  While I've become quite accurate with my cutting it takes time and is difficult to get precise small pieces.

Earlier in the year, after some research, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  With the combination of the Silhouette software and the magic little blade my world of cutting freezer paper has become way bigger.

For my current project I wanted to repeat the technique that I used in my quilt ...

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August 4, 2015
Fabric Treatment for Silhouette from Quilting Affection

For those of you that own a Silhouette know you need your fabric stiff for cutting step.  Well instead of applying several application layers of starch, I have found a great product that works in one application.

I prepare my fabric for my Silhouette, with Terial Magic Stabilizing Fabric Spray.  This spray allows your fabric to become stiffer, and fray-resistant which you need when working with Applique.  The product is easy to apply in just 3 steps you will have your fabric treated. Terial Magic lasts but is water soluble and can be washed out if needed.

I start by ...

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July 13, 2015
A New Applique Toy! from Quilting Affection

I have a new applique toy, and it is so much fun.  I pick up the Silhouette Cameo, and it so much fun to play with.  So far in the last couple weeks my applique projects have gone much faster.

As I'm designing in Adobe Illustrator I have save the template images as a SVG and the import the images in Silhouette.  Saving as SVG saves the image as its original size so I don't have to resize.

The Silhouette software is really easy to learn.  I found a lot of great information on internet and YouTube, if ...

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July 2, 2015
Almost a Quilt from My Inner Thread

My daughter's hockey coach has recently had a baby girl.  I was asked to make a polar fleece blanket from the team. 

Completed blanket

After wandering the aisles of Spotlight a navy blue and a light blue spotted fabric were chosen - even though we knew it was a girl.  The plan was to have hearts on one side and mostly the spotted fabric with the team name on the other side - instead of attempting to use each girl's name.

The 15 girls were asked to draw a heart that was a similar size to their hand - interpreted in ...

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