Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Deborah: Inspiration for a project, for me, comes from the fabric itself. The print, color, and value of a print will speak to me—begging a whimsical tote or a traditional style quilt. I usually buy fabric I like, then formulate a use later by blending other favorites with the original pick.
P: What does your creative process entail?
D: Once I choose a “star of the show” and decide what sort of project I want to make, I begin the auditioning process. I choose fabrics that not only will blend, but also want accent fabric(s). After I have chosen all fabrics I think I will want/need, I arrange themas much as possible into a mock-up or layout—not cutting fabrics, just arranging them side by side. Then I take a photo with my digital camera to see how they look. The camera often reveals to me changes that need to be made to enhance the fabric choices.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
D: Creating with fabric satisfies the craving to make something with my hands, and no matter how small the project,there is always a feeling of accomplishment when a project is completed.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
D: I realize that all 3 of these ideas are reasons I create, but in addition, I love the extra quality and style that you can create when you sew and quilt for yourself and loved ones.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
D: The most important tip I can pass along for beginners is to cut, sew, and press accurately and conscientiously. The attention to detail does matter greatly in the final outcome of any project.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
D: I started sewing when I was 9 years old and received a packet of pre-cut doll dresses to sew, which I did by hand. I was totally fascinated to open the package and see the colorful calicoes brighten my world.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
D: It’s almost always the fabric itself that inspires the beginning of a project. I do have a small notebook with sketches I’ll jot down over time. But fabric itself is the catalyst that signals the search for the right design to feature it.
Valentine Treat Sacks
They say good things come in threes, and these three Valentine Treat Sacks are exactly for that – good things!
These easy-to-make, stylish treat sacks can be filled with Valentine’s candies, fat quarters, cookies or any number
Allergen Protective Pillow Cases
Allergy fabric, also referred to as dust mite fabric, is specifically designed to protect your bedding by acting as a physical barrier between you and dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold spores and other allergens. Crafted from unique fabric blends, Pellon® allergy fabric is tightly woven and specifically designed to block out dust mites and other allergens, while remaining soft and supple. Instructions will make two pillow covers for standard 20” x 26” bed pillows.Read more
Create a shopping/traveling tote (15-1/2” wide x 16-1/2” high, 30” from strap top to tote bottom), packed with style. It features a fabric motif as the ‘star of the show’. Adjustable strap is designed for hand held usage and can be easily lengthened for shoulder wear. Fusible Thermolam® Plus speeds construction of this uniquely fashioned carry-all.
Sample used Robert Kaufman Satsuki #11993, Laurel Burch for Clothworks LB Basic Glitter, Anna Griffin Honoka Collection CF9004 & Kaffe Fassett GP117 Rowan.Read more
Heart Strings Table Pad
Top your table with this 27” square Heartstrings Table Pad by fusing romantic hearts to a colorful background. Pellon® Tru-Grid™ accurately speeds heart positioning and Pellon® Fusible Thermolam® Plus speeds quilting of this quick and easy holiday dining accessory. This design method uses outer borders on the table pad and back to eliminate the need for binding. Sample used fabrics from Timeless Treasures, Cherrywood, Sarah Jane for Michael Miller, and Kaffe Fassett.Read more