Sharing Georgette’s (that’s my mom) blog post on cool placemats from this wonderfully wild print fabric. I believe it is oilcloth perfect for clean up. Check it out….

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I fell in love….. with some wild fabric I found at Cozy Creative Center and just had to buy some. I really did not need to start another project, but I could not resist it. I really, really love this fabric. At Cozy they had stretched a piece around a painter’s canvas and it looked stunning on the wall. What a great, quick and easy decorating idea, except that I really did not have any free wall space. So I made placemats instead.

One finished:placemat 1Seven more to go:

placemat 2

And then I’ll have 8 reversible placemats, all slightly different.

A Bernina binding foot would have really helped, but I was so impatient at starting them that I did not think it through, so all the binding will have to be sewn by hand to the back. Another example of “what was I thinking!”.

Do you have impulsive ideas like that?  I…

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Tonga Sunburst by Daniela Stout (that’s me!)

I am so thrilled to present to you my third line of Batik fabric with Timeless Treasures called Tonga Sunburst. This one might be my very favorite… or did I say that last time?

Bright yellows, reds, greens and orange.. it is everything you want from a summer day. by DanielaTong Sunburst 1

Tong Sunburst 2

You know I love pre-cuts! This line has 5″ squares, 10″ squares, fat quarters, 2 1/2″ strips and even 6″ strips!  Plus, each pack comes with a free pattern. Check out what you can make:

For 6″ strips (called 6PACK).

Tonga Sunburst 6Pack

6Pack Magic

For 2 1/2″ strips (called STRIPS).

Tonga Sunburst STRIPS

A Girl’s Best Friend

For 5″ squares (called MINIs).

Tonga Sunburst MINI

Skinny Runner

For Fat Quarters (called QUARTER).

Tonga Sunburst FQ

Northern Sky

For  10″ Strips (called SQUARES.)

Tonga Sunburst SQUARES

Need more inspiration? How about these Cozy patterns in Sunburst?

Radiant THROW. FQ Bundle. LA-Frolic DA and B2-Espresso B1-B3548-Sunset B2-B2961-Tomato


Daybreak THROW. Strips. LBG and B1-Air DBG-Frolic Accent-Lime B2-B1550-Sunset


Flower Song 1 THROW. Strips. BG and B1-Air. B2-B1656-Scarlet

Flower Song

Tranquility Place 2

Tranquility Place

DIY Designs to cut and/or digitize


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There is something new on my website.

From this: mistletoe To this: mistletoe1 or this: mistletoe 2or this:mistletoe

I never seem to have enough time to design and write instructions for full fledged embroidery or applique designs. So I am trying something different.  I am adding a page to my website with graphics for you to digitize or use as cutting files. They will include an SVG for the Silhouette Cameo and other cutting machines,  a WMF that can be opened in Bernina Designer software (and possibly other embroidery software?), and a PDF with examples showing what can be done with the design. If you prefer another format please let me know and I may be able to provide it.

Here is the first design:

mistletoeA simple design and you may ask what you can do with it. A whole lot actually. Start by opening the SVG file in Silhouette and cut 6 leaves and 6 berries. Next…

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Make it Fun & Fancy, Make it Chenille!


Our new favorite tool, the Olfa Chenille Cutter, is the key to this easy technique that creates a wonderfully soft and fluffy chenille quilt perfect for baby (and everyone else!)

OLFA® Chenille Cutter

For the sweet baby blanket pictured we used three layers of a the Urban Zoologie Panel from Robert Kaufman (designed by Ann Kelle), plus a backing fabric, and lined up the printed panels as close as possible. We suggest using 505 Adhesive Fabric Spray and a couple of basting safety pins to hold the layers together and to prevent shifting. The backing can be a fabric of your choice, and we chose to use a flannel to make it cozy for kids!


Olfa has a great video, but here are the basic steps

Layer your fabrics.

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Mark a diagonal line. (They used chalk, we used tape to mark ours.)

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Stitch your diagonal channels.

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(Quick tip: we LOVED the stitching guide that comes with the BERNINA! Maureen then used the guide to create her parallel channels. With the guide everything was straight and perfectly even. Here is a picture of the guide. As you can see this isn’t the quilt, but you get the idea.)

Right- or left-handed seam guide

Then use the cutter to cut through the top layers. (Never cut through the bottom or you won’t have a quilt anymore! 🙂

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Here are our tips:

It’s a good idea, if you can, to have your backing be a couple of inches bigger all around, making it less likely that you’d cut through it.

Once you have all your layers together, it’s helpful to place a long strip of blue tape from corner to corner as a straight line sewing guide for your channels. Additionally, you’ll want to use a walking foot (or Bernina DUAL FEED option) on your sewing machine to make sure the positioning of your layers stays the same.

With the ability to cut through up to eight layers, the Chenille Cutter has various guide widths that assist in giving your quilt more or less of the ridged effect. All you have to do is slide the Cutter through the channels of your top layers to achieve the Chenille technique.

For a softer fluff, make your channels smaller and use the side of the Cutter that is 1/8” or 1/4″ wide. If you wish to preserve the print of the fabric a little more, sew wider channels that can use the 3/8” or 1/2″ sides. We used 1/2″ channels on this panel print to better see the large animals. The pillow is made with smaller channels, making the material softer with more frayed edges.

Once you have finished all of the cutting, just bind the edges and run that puppy through the washer and dryer to reveal the fantastic fluff of the chenille!


And it doesn’t have to be just for quilts! Check out this pillow. Maureen (left) is holding the pillow. Kathy (right) is holding the original fabric. Here you can start to see how fuzzy the chenille gets in both texture and color!