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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mermaids with ThermOWeb

Welcome Therm O Web Fans, Jenifer here with you today to share these super fun Mermaid Stuffies I created using some Camelot Fabrics. These fun prints from the Kaleidoscope Collection just had to be used as mermaid tails.  Well I am here to tell you that even if you don’t have a Mermaid pattern don’t be afraid to alter a pattern that you already have on hand.  I had this lovely doll pattern that was a ballerina and with a few sketches turned her into a mermaid.
Sweet Camelot Fabric Mermaid Stuffies Made with HeatnBond

Sweet Camelot Fabric Mermaid Stuffies Made with HeatnBond

Supplies for the Navy Mermaid:

Mermaid Stuffies Instructions:
The Navy Mermaid has some soft Camelot Fleece for her hair.  Use the new HeatNBond® Soft Stretch to help keep her hair soft with just enough stretch to keep everything in place without it being to stiff.  The Soft Stretch works perfectly with fleece.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Navy Mermaid hair 2
Cut out half inch strips of fleece and braid them with a piece of sequins ribbons and hand stitch it to the top of her head.  Because these Mermaids have small pieces so they are not recommended for small children, with that being said I also put some paper flowers in her hair for decoration.  Her top has a layer of Opal Deco Foil™ to make it look like the inside of a beautiful seashell.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Navy Mermaid hair
I thought it would be fun to add some Opal scales randomly on the base of her mermaid tail.  Using the liquid transfer adhesive and a stencil I put on a generous amount of adhesive through the stencil and waited for it to dry and adhered the opal Deco Foil
*do this step before stitching and stuffing the body together.  As a result it will be way easier to apply the Deco Foil with greater success.  Lesson Learned.TooltipText
JeniferCowles_TOW_Mermaid scales
The purple Mermaid is done with fabric hair and several yards of silk ribbons and pearl strings.  Tie several bows and hand stitch them to the sides of her head like little buns.  Her top is Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil™ adhered to the adhesive side of a scrap piece of Fusible fleece.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Purple Mermaid

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Love Mini Quilt with TOW and Moda

Hi there ThermOWeb fans this is Jenifer here with you today to share a wall hanging I made using the awesome fabrics from Moda.   I was given the ‘Just Another Walk in the Woods’ by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda! ❤This  collection is so much fun and the colors and the prints are sweet and perfect for a Valentines project.  This year I am really challenging myself to try new things.  This smaller sized love quilt allowed me to try out some new thread and a new machine quilting design.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Love Quilt Mini
JeniferCowles_TOW_Love Quilt heart block
Love Quilt Supplies:
HeatNBond® Batting tape
Moda Fabrics
The quilt block is made from a pack of Jelly rolls and I tried not to stress out to much with placement, as long as the same blocks weren’t by each other everything is fine.

Love Mini Quilt Project Instructions:

For this project I found a nice font on my computer and printed it at a large size and traced it onto my HeatNBond® Lite.  From here you Iron your image or font onto your fabric and cut it out.  After it is cut out Iron it onto your project.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Love Quilt Batting Tape
With a project this size I wanted to use up some of my StitchNSew™ Sew-In Fleece scraps.  I used the HeatNBond® Batting Tape to connect my 2 pieces together.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Love Quilt Batting Tape 2
This Batting tape makes it super easy to connect 2 or more pieces of batting together by ironing, keeping a nice flat connection completely undetectable when quilting.
JeniferCowles_TOW_Love Quilt Mini cu
I have been reading some quilting books by the fabulous Angela Walters and her approach to machine quilting is fantastic.  She says to not worry about it to much and just go with it, there will always be another quilt to quilt.  So with that advise I quilted some fun hearts and loops into my quilt.  I am pleased with how it turned out, with a little my practice I can see where I would use this again.
Our design team is now being sponsored by Aurifil Threads and I received some wonderful Aurifil Lana wool thread in this beautiful pink/red color.  I put it into my machine and sewed slowly and got this beautiful thick echo heart.  It gives the quilt depth and I love that it almost looks like yarn.
Jenifer Cowles Love Mini Quilt

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Planner clips with DCWV

Welcome DCWV fans! It’s Jenifer from the DCWV Social Media Design Team!  So have you heard that DCWV is coming out with Planners :)  I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!  So I thought that in the mean time I would make some planner clips to help pass the time.

For these clips I used the DIY Project Stacks-Tags and Favor Boxes.  Do you ever end up with extra bits and pieces from your favorite stacks?  Making these planner clips takes just minutes and you can use up some of your scraps.  

I just love how they look sticking out of my Travelers Notebook, perfect for February.  I see a need for a ton of these in my future.

Here they are from the side.  Do you see my Monogram charms...These just happen to be from Blue Moon Beads.  Love them.
Thank you so much for stopping by today be on the look out for the new DCWV planners they are going to be awesome.

Supplies used:
DIY Project Stack-Tags
DIY Project Stack-Favor Boxes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Quilt as you go with ThermOWeb and Jen Jangles Fabrics

Happy New Year Therm O Web fans.  This is Jenifer here with you today to share a fun quilt I made using the wonderful Jen Jangles fabrics and an easy QAYG block.  In December I started getting a little overwhelmed with all of my unfinished projects sitting in boxes. There were a few of these blocks in there because I was trying out a new technique then other assignments and projects got in the way and there it sat.  I knew I wanted to start the year off with a clean slate.  I finished 1 project a week and had 4 finished quilts to show for it and to give as gifts, Win Win.  My Daughter has claimed this one as her Movie Quilt to snuggle in and watch movies.
I make a lot of projects through the year and I end up with a lot of scrap pieces of StitchNSew Sew in Fleece.  I don't like to throw away the larger pieces but I didn't know what do do with them either.  My solution was Quit as you Go (QAYG).  Maureen Cracknell has an awesome tutorial on how to get started.  My blocks finish at 9" and the sashing is 2".  This quilt is not very big and it is a perfect lap quilt size and a completely manageable project for a new technique.
Tip: Taking a picture of your blocks can help you see the big picture to find out if any of the same colors are touching. Snapping a few pictures can help with placement and also if you need to clean up your area you can easily put everything back into place.

Quilting 9" blocks is a lot easier than quilting a whole quilt, when I was ready to layer I used my SprayNBond Basting spray to hold the back in place and quilted 1/4" on each side of my sashing and my quilt was done.
Supplies used: