Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, four weeks when we can’t as easily ignore the fact that mammograms are a crucial part of staying healthy. Every year about a quarter of a million women (and an additional 2000 men) are diagnosed with breast cancer. By now we know that the earlier it is found, the better the chances of survival, and the easiest ways to find it are breast self-exams and regular mammograms.
There are lots of things that intimidate sewists about working with Cuddle® minky, but I think the task that freaks people out the most is using it for quilt binding. It seems like a crazy idea at first, then you do it and see how great it looks and feels. Sorta like using it for quilt backings; once you try it, you’ll want to do with most of your quilts.
A few weeks ago, we tackled Cuddle® binding for our Sew Together Tuesday and if you’re thinking about doing it yourself, this is a good place to start. I show different Luxe Cuddle® fabrics and which work best for bindings, which stitches you might want to try and give some tool tips that can be helpful.
This week’s Sew Together Tuesday class we finally got to do a sleep mask. This is one of those ‘duh’ projects–of course you’d use Cuddle® minky for it–but I just hadn’t gotten around to designing one yet.
I drew up the pattern and made a second version where I added some cute eyelash appliqués, though that isn’t required to be effective. I just like adding a touch of cute when I can.
In September, and again in November, I had the opportunity to teach for the Cuddle-centric shop yet–Cali Quilt Co. They’ve been selling online for a eight years, but in recent years they decided to open a physical location for local customers to browse and buy, in addition to their online store.
Their selection of Cuddle minky is amazing! They have all the solids and dozens and dozens of the Luxe Cuddles. They have really developed a following when it comes to the fabric, so they are on top of getting the newest and stocking the best-sellers. It’s a great place to go if you are looking for something very specific from Shannon Fabrics.
The shop doesn’t have a classroom space, so they rented out the Sit n Sew in nearby Carmichael and we got together with a few dozen women (and a handful of men!) for a trunk show on the first night and the second day was filled with Cuddle strip quilt making. It was a chill group, open to suggestions, new ideas and lots of hand-holding when needed.
You can find Cali Quilt Co the next time you are in the Sacramento area or visit them online; you’ll be amazed at the variety they stock.
Over at Shannon Fabrics, we’ve started a series of tutorials and sew alongs that we’ve called Sew Together Tuesdays and I’m excited to be the host. Yesterday we did our first, a basic rundown of the seven tips that I think are most important when working with Cuddle minky fabrics. Check it out on YouTube and let me know what you think.
Recently, I did a little Facebook Live for Shannon Fabrics to share information on using Cuddle minky fabrics and I figured this was as good a place as any to share it. If you’re thinking about using Cuddle, give it a few minutes and learn a few of the insider tips.
You’ve probably seen Funky Friends Factory patterns in a quilt shop somewhere along the way. They are popular among sewists, but usually whenever I’ve asked someone about their experience with the pattern, they admit that they’ve been too scared to try! Like so many fabrics and quilt patterns, these stuffed animal patterns often live in our stash but never get put to use. That’s just silly–give it a try! Continue reading “Larry the Lion — sewing plush stuffed animals”
I met Alex Anderson last fall at Quilt Market, years after I started following her in the quilt industry. I look up to her immensely as she has much the same passion that I do about sewing and quilting. We both really just want everyone to find their happy place here! A lot of that passion involves teaching the basics and I’ve often admired her Alex’s ability to seem so approachable and excited in her public presentation. The truth is, she is actually one of the nicest people I’ve met. She knows her stuff, too.
As the head educator for Shannon Fabrics, she invited me up to her home in northern California to do some videos and I jumped at the chance. It was a mix of fear, excitement, admiration, and joy to be honest. But I’m so glad I did it. We got to share some great information and I got to get over my awkwardness (or at least a bit) by the time we filmed the last video.
If you are interested in sewing with Cuddle fabrics, I think we’ve included some helpful info. Give ’em a watch and let me know what else you are curious to know.