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Silicone Spray and Olfa Cutting Mat Tip

Silicone Spray and Olfa Cutting Mat Tip

 

Silicone Spray and Olfa Mat
My mat and of course a steamy cup of COFFEE. 🙂

Do you have an Olfa Rotating Mat? Have you ever had trouble spinning your Olfa ‘Spinning’ Mat?

I recently had this problem when my friend Rachel, from Little Bird Quilting, came over to my house to play/sew. Since she was having an issue with my cutting mat, she gave me this GREAT TIP!

Is your mat a teeny bit sticky? Try Rachel’s helpful tip!

 

~PattyAnne (the vitameatavegamin girl) and Rachel

PS. Remember this Lucy Show?? I LOVE/MISS Lucy!

“Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin. Yes, Vitameatavegamin contains Vitamins Meat Vegetables and Minerals. Yes, with Vitameatavegamin, you can spoon your way to health. All you do is take a great big tablespoonful after every meal. Mmmmmmm….. It’s so tasty, too! Tastes just like candy! So why don’t you join all the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow! That’s Vita-meata-vegamin!” WINK

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PattyAnne’s BOW #5 BONUS – Flower Pounding Part 2

To make your fabric ready for pounding, you will need to soak it for 5 minutes in Bubble Jet 2000 (See previous blog post for a link to the product.)

Flower Pounding Setup
Soaking the fabric for Flower Pounding

The directions on the bottle say to lay your fabric out flat but I didn’t do that. I’m thinking they say that in case you are doing yards of it.  My pieces measure approximately 12.5 x 11 inches.

So I put the folded up pieces in an old cottage cheese container and soaked them  for the 5 mins.  (I made sure I  kind of tapped them down so that all pieces/areas got wet from the solution. I also shook the bottle of Bubble Jet before using it.)

Flower Pounding Fabric Drying
Allowing the Flower Pounding Fabric to Dry

After the 5 minutes was up, I took the pieces out of the solution and squeezed them slightly to remove some of the solution and then I placed them on my cutting mat to dry.  When dry, I’ll iron them and they will be ready for the next part —- the FUN, EXCITING PART!    Don’t forget to pour the leftover Bubble Jet 2000 BACK INTO THE BOTTLE because it can be reused!!!

Ok, now for the recipe for the FAUX Bubble Jet 2000

2 Tablespoons of Alum (found in the spices section of your grocery store)

2.5 teaspoons of WASHING soda (NOT plain baking soda.  An example is Arm & Hammer Soda WASH)  If you cannot find it in the grocery store in the cleaning isle, you may find it at a hardware store such as ACE.  If all else fails, here is a link to a site that shows how to make your own.  I’ve not tried it, but……

1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener

1 cup of HOT WATER

Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl larger than you think you’ll need because it foams up.  After the foam dies down, you will be left with the liquid.  Soak your 100% cotton fabric in the solution for 5 – 10 minutes.  Lightly squeeze excess liquid from the fabric.  Hang fabric to dry.  When it is dry, iron it.  Again, put the leftover FAUX Bubble Jet 2000 in a LABELED container for future use.

Next up…. gather your flowers, leaves and ferns!

Happy Quilting!

~PattyAnne

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PattyAnne’s BOW #5 BONUS – Flower Pounding Part 1

Flower Pounding
One of my very first Flower Poundings

I’m working on a really fun project today. Flower pounding is a noisy BLAST. (You may want to wear ear protection – seriously.)  Last time I taught this at my local quilt shop I think the gal who does the longarming there was about to go NUTS until she put on her headphone ear protection….. Sorry Debbie!

In the video I tell you the basic supplies you will need for the project. I also have links to them below the video if you are unable to find the products locally.

Don’t forget, I will be back later to show you how you can make your own “cheap seat” Bubble Jet 2000 (sorta kinda) from easily purchased grocery store items~PattyAnne

PS. Meet me back here soon! I’ll demo the making of the faux Bubble Jet 2000.

Happy Quilting!!

~PattyAnne

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Block of the Week · Just for fun....

LOTS of BOWs in the Cue for Upcoming Months

BOWs (Block of the Week)

Sooooo, I have a few BOWs cued up including this block (shhhh….take a sneak peek of it on my Electric Quilt screen).  Fabrics are First Mate by Northcott.

BOW setup
BOWs (Block(s) of the Week) in the making.

Lots of cool blocks are being planned!!

Some are traditional blocks and others are not. One of the non-traditional blocks (a featured BOW in July) will be a flower pounded block. During the first session of  Flower Pounding Week, there will be a demo on how to ready your fabric for the project. Next I will show the flower pounding process (hold your ears!) . Finally, ways to enhance your block with thread painting and Derwent pencils will be demonstrated.  

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Please share my blog/YouTube/facebook with your buddies.

~PattyAnne

PS If you’re wondering about that JUMBO microphone in my photo….. I used to podcast for Archie Comics and that is the mic I used.  It’s great for eliminating noisy feedback. 🙂

BOWs Electric Quilt
Electric Quilt
BOWs with EQ Mini
EQ Mini