Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ain't Technology Swell?

I'm amazed at how much technology has empowered quilters over the last few years.  Although I couldn't attend the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York, I downloaded the iPad app and enjoyed "walking" through the 650 quilts on display.  Although I couldn't attend this year's International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, a friend emailed pictures.  Although I can't attend the many wonderful Bonnie Hunter workshops,  I can "play along" on her blog.  Instead of carrying swatches of fabric store-to-store, I have digital images in my Fabric Stash app.  Or, when I have a few free moments, I can watch some amazing video tutorials from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The geek in me revels in the quilting pleasures found in my Inbox and my Google Reader each day.  Dozens of quilt blogs bringing the newest products and techniques right to my iPad.  These are my latest little joys:

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i Printable Fusible Web  - It's SO cool and I tried it out this weekend!  Right now I'm making monthly wallhangings from Art To Heart's Count on It book (see "Bunny X-ing" on a previous post).  To save time from transferring shapes onto fusible web (and hoping the end result aren't too squiggly), you can buy Printable Applique Templates from Art To Heart's site.  So, what to do with them?  Download the templates and print them right onto these June Taylor Printable Fusible Web sheets!  Or, if you already have patterns, scan them into your computer and print them out.  SO much time saved! 
i Elmer's 'Disappearing Purple' School Glue Sticks and Roxanne's Glue Baste-It : I've been reading this great blog called Fabric Therapy.  I really enjoy seeing the things Teresa does and the humor in which she does it.  I was particularly fascinated with her All Around Town quilt - great whimsey with her gnome, flamingoes and "hillbilly" clothesline. In the last few days she's posted a multi-part tutorial called Glue Stick Applique where she demonstrates using Elmer's Disappearing Purple School glue and Roxanne's Baste-It.  She makes applique look SO easy that, I fear, I no longer have an excuse in avoiding it.

i Color Printer and PFD Fabric: Geta is a very prolific Romanian quilter - her energy just amazes me!  She did a recent blog post describing how she made the most amazing flower quilt using prepared-for-dying (PFD) fabric and her color printer.  Check it out!

i Fabri-Solvy & Transfer-eze Printable Water-Soluble Transfer Sheets: My final discovery for the week is Fabri-Solvy & Transfer-eze featured on Bird Brain Design's Blog.  Bird Brain Design offers many free (and gorgeous) embroidery designs - most of them displayed on tea towels.  The joy of these water-soluble products allows you to print the design onto the paper and then "transfer" them to towels & darker fabrics (normally products not suitable for transferring using a light box).  I have some on order - I'll post a review soon.

I hope some of these products and techniques inspire you too!

Happy Spring!



  1. Hey...what a great blog! And you don't live far away! Thanks for the shout out and the great, informative post. I'll be back! (I love Oscar and Ginger...I have a cat on my quilting staff, as well...)

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  2. Thanks, Teresa! Keep me laughing :) And I DO love Weasley!


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