Monday, August 24, 2009

Innovative Quilt Women in Business

I am constantly in awe of amazing and talented women in the quilting business like Cindy McCoy, who has most recently established Find A Quilt Cindy's new service lists patterns in a comprehensive database with descriptive information and pattern pictures. Quilters use advanced search features to find patterns. Every pattern is linked to the designer's website where patterns can be purchased .

Says Cindy, "As a quilting designer myself, I know how hard it is to let the quilting world know about us. For most of us advertising is too expensive and way out of out budget. I have done searches with Google and had to go thru a lot of web sites before I came even close to what I was looking for. I was thinking there had to be a better yet economical way. Then it came to me: we need a single place to optimally search for quilting patterns. I had the technical skills to set up the web site so I did. I was hoping other designers would see how valuable this resource could be and jump in with me to set up the best comprehensive database of quilting patterns.

Cindy already maintains the established, an online teaching resource where you can enroll in a variety of quilting classes from teachers around the world, network with students, share experiences, ask questions, and more--all from the comfort of your home. Online classes and live chat!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Napkin Folding Fun

I thought I would post a few photos of Napkin Fun--fiddling and folding napkins that I created in pattern form and that are available in Simple Elegance Table Dressings. The photos here don't nearly show all the combos and looks you can create for party, holiday, or everyday table fashions. Make several Christmas tree napkins and fan them around in a circle on your holiday table--let your imagination fly! Don't forget--you can introduce even more combinations of color play by using 2 different fabrics for each napkin. All textiles shown here are from the work of Yolanda V. Fundora--the blues from the "Garden Party" collection, holiday fabrics from the "Holiday Splendor" collection. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Simple Elegance Table Dressings Debut

Welcome Creative Folk! I want to celebrate the debut of a new pattern, Simple Elegance Table Dressings, a 5-pattern set to dress your dining table. The pattern includes designs with unique styling for plate mats, table pads, scarf (runner) and 2 unique napkin styles. Wait til you see what the table layouts look like--graphically stunning! What else is cool about this pattern is that one sewing operation produces 2 distinct looks for your table--the pattern is reversible! Considering that there are no bindings to fuss with and no hand sewing, you'll want sets for each season--the pattern is beginner-easy and includes discreetly placed metric measurements for our far-away friends.
The pattern images feature "Holiday Splendor" and "Garden Party", the textiles of Yolanda V. Fundora for Blank Quilting (see sidebar for acquiring the Fundora textiles). The "Holiday Splendor" line makes a truly splendid table setting for the holidays--plenty of time to get started now.
The images below this posting show various combinations of layouts for cuttings generated from making pattern components. I'm sure you can think of several more combinations to make up an additional little project or two. The pad shown above is one such project I whipped up from cuttings using the same techniques in Simple Elegance Table Dressings. You'll get plenty of mileage out of this pattern for years to come. Happy Sewing Travels!

Simple Elegance Table Dressings Pattern Cuttings

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My focus on design gravitates toward projects smaller than full sized quilts: wall art, table dressings, bags and such. I have a couple of favorite products that I find myself using over and over again on my projects and thought I’d share them with you. Mind you, there may be other products just as useful and reliable, but these are a couple that came across my path.
The batting I find myself using again and again is Warm & Natural 100% needled cotton batting ( For my purposes, I like the 100% cotton make-up, but most appealing to me is the dimensional stability it offers for my projects, that is, it holds it shape while working with it. My pattern, Sophisticated Trio of Handbag Accessories, is a set of three accessories: eyeglass/sunglass case, checkbook cover, and business card caddy. They are small items to sew and using batting with a soft, fluffy, malleable hand would not help achieve the tailored look sought after for this project. I also used this batting in constructing Fab Frame, a fabric photo frame available on, (see Textiles, Sketchbook Entire Line) and a soon-to-be-released table dressings pattern: Simple Elegance. Again, shape retention is important to me in these applications, and I find this batting fills the need.
Another product, also made by the Warm Company, that I use for numerous applications is Steam-A-Seam 2, fusible bonding tape. A few of the uses (I’m sure I’ll think of more after I’ve posted this)
To tack pieces for stitching, as in the band on the business card case in Sophisticated Trio
To "baste" openings in seam lines closed to hold for topstitching. I find that using this product tends to lessen the fabric rippling or "scooting". You folks with walking feet probably don’t have this problem.
To substitute for pinning. On occasions when I cut bindings on the cross grain, which has more give than the lengthwise grain, I use SAS2 to fuse the binding to the quilt, then stitch. Again, it holds the seam line in check to prevent the presser foot from pushing the top layer of fabric ahead and distorting the fit of components.
Another "basting" application: on the most recent project, I’ve designed a bag which has an angular medallion of sorts, that is applied (sewn) on the face of the bag. By applying SAS2 to the edges of the medallion and fusing to the bag prior to topstitching, it is a no-fail application—no stretched corners or cross grain distortions. The puppy sits and stays!
I also use the ¼" fusible bonding tape for turning under ¼" hems. The paper lined tape acts as a template to yield a uniform hem depth. Position the tape on the raw edge with paper liner on and press 1 or 2 seconds to melt it a little into the fabric fibers. Take care not to overdo this step, I find the paper can get difficult to peel if I overheat it. Turn the raw edge over the paper--the paper acts as a template with which to delineate the hemline. Once creased, remove paper liner, fuse according to manufacturer’s instructions (longer than the 1 or 2 seconds to tack I mentioned) and, voila! Hem marked and done.
The application that follows is similar to what I’ve already listed, but a specific application. On the bag medallion I spoke about, I applied lines of ¼" wide fabric strips criss-crossing the face. I used the SAS2 3/16" tape to hold the strips securely in place prior to topstitching. Another basting application, and the 3/16" tape is easily hidden beneath the ¼" wide strips.
Note: I often apply the tape/paper and fuse just a second or two for "basting" or melting the adhesive just a bit into the fibers to position elements on the project,. However, you must follow manufacturer’s instructions for fusing to get the permanent bond and to prevent the adhesive gumming up your machine needle. Visit the Warm Company website for further information.
Well, enough prattling on for today. Hope there is information some of you Creative Folk can use.
Happy Quilting Travels. Deborah

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Welcome to Creative Folk

Creative Folk Quilting is a company of 3: Me, Myself, & I. We all get along famously and are never a crowd. We trio have a distinct advantage over other multi-member companies I know--we all wear the same size and swap clothes shamelessly. One day I had a thought: "Let's make patterns and share creativity!" So here we are, rambling on like idiots in cyberspace.
Okay, I know what you're thinking right about now: this one's a nut case and she's using this blog for advertising. Well, okay, you're right on both counts. I will also add that I do not lie. You will be exposed to the coolest patterns and textiles through this site--some very new takes on design, but still simple and doable. You will also find this a running narrative on creative ideas, ranging from how I came up with an original design to ways to incorporate design into your thinking process. by every so often and stop in.

Happy Quilting Travels