Craft Mats Back in Stock!

I do love using my Imagine Crafts craft mat as a base for my stamping.  It holds your fabric and gives a little bounce when stamping.  It cleans up easily.  (I’ve even washed mine in a sink and then hung it on a pants hanger to dry.)

You can use either side.

You can use either side.

I keep my craft mat in a pencil case along with my ink pads, refills and package of wet ones.

All my inking supplies will fit into a pencil case.

All my inking supplies will fit into a pencil case.

All packed up and ready to go!

All packed up and ready to go!

The mat folds up and pops back into shape when opened.  It is perfect notion to take along when you are stamping.

The craft mat is now back in stock here.  Get yours today!

Wildflowers

Sometimes you just need a break from designing…  Yesterday my hubby and I headed off to the Great Smokey National Park.  (Which is only 10 minutes away.)  I wanted to find some wildflowers and just relax as we road through the forest.

Here is one of the scenic views.

One of the many scenic views.

One of the many scenic views.

We stopped at Elkmont and took a stroll.  I admit I was too lazy to take pictures except for this one of an unusual shrub that was planted by the new Appalachian Center.

Is it a bamboo?  Is it a sweet pea?

Is it a bamboo? Is it a sweet pea?

On our way home, we found this hidden gem in Townsend, TN.

3 generational wildflower garden

3 generational wildflower garden

My hubby and I had a great time as we got a small tour of the gardens.  Here is a small sample of April’s gardens.  (They were started by her grandmother and extend for acres.)

Part of a wildflower garden.

Part of a wildflower garden.

Of course, I was in LOVE with the colors, blue, red, deep rust, red violet with the sweetest mix of green.

Dappled sunlight adds to the color.

Dappled sunlight adds to the color.

After deciding which beauties to take home, we walked through some of the rest of the garden and saw a plant which brought me back to childhood!

A Native Lady Slipper!

A Native Lady Slipper!

I couldn’t wait to get home and plant my “Jack in the Pulpits” (white and red), a beautiful fern and a native selection of  “Indian Pinks”.

Safely planted in my own garden.

Safely planted in my own shade garden.

If you come to East TN, be sure to make time to see the beauty of nature.  I came home refreshed and ready to start my new quilt project!  (And you can already guess the colors!)

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

Piecing Curves

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for at least a year.  Today is the day! Get out your apple core stamp and work along!

Everyone went crazy over Susan B.’s beautiful picture of her apple core table runner that she posted on my “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” face book page.

Beautiful red and white table runner by my friend Susan.

Beautiful red and white table runner by my friend Susan.

When piecing the apple core, the stamp has reference marks at the mid point for easy pinning.  You ALWAYS place the CONCAVE side on top.

Right sides together, CONCAVE side UP!

Right sides together, CONCAVE side UP!

To secure the centers, stitch a couple small stitches through the reference points on both sides.  (This tip was given to me by a former student, Gayle E.  Thanks Gayle!)

A couple stitches will hold the pieces together.

A couple stitches will hold the pieces together.

Piece as you normally would front the right to the left (if you are right handed).  Notice that I curve the piece over my finger as I sew, just like sewing in a sleeve.

Curve the pieces over your index finger as you sew.

Curve the pieces over your index finger as you sew.

I turn the piece over before pulling the thread through to make sure I’ve hit the stamped line on the back.

Check the back side to make sure I'm not WAY off the line.

Check the back side to make sure I’m not WAY off the line.

When I get to the center, I “park” my needle while I pin in the left corner.

Park the needle in the center while pinning the corner.

Park the needle in the center while pinning the corner.

Push the 2 pieces of fabric together so they match and again, place your work over your index finger and sew.

Sew up to the pin and back stitch twice.  Cut the thread.

Sew up to the pin and back stitch twice. Cut the thread.

When you open up your piece, the apple core automatically wants to be pressed away from the concave side.

Back side view without pressing.

Back side view without pressing.

Turn your piece over and it looks like this on the front.

Front view without pressing.

Front view without pressing.

I made 2 table runners and gave one to my friend, Jo Morton, and made one for me.

Made with the apple core stamp.

Made with the apple core stamp.

Now aren’t you excited to get out your stamp and work on this project this weekend.  Don’t have the stamp?  Order it today at http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/apple-core/

 

Happy Stitching!

 

F.I.Y. Inking and Stamping

I keep forgetting I get new people coming to my website daily.  One of the frequently asked questions I get is about the ink pads I sell on my website.

Versa Craft Ink and Reinkers

Versa Craft Ink and Reinkers

I only sell Versa Craft ink pads.  The ink is PERMANENT, it won’t wash out, won’t bleed through unless you are using a really thin fabric.  WHY PERMANENT?  So it won’t bleed when washing your quilt.  If it washed out, it would run all over your precious piecing and stain.

The ink is also SAFE for your fabrics.  It is “archival” which means it contains no acid.  It won’t destroy your stitching thread after years of use.

The second question I often get is that the stamp pad is smaller than some of the stamps.  How do you use it?

Simply start on one side of the stamp…

Tap gently on one end.

Tap gently on one end.

Keep tapping across the pad to the other end.

Continue tapping across the pad.

Continue tapping across the pad.

When you turn over your stamp, you should have all the lines covered with ink.

Rubber side ready to go!

Rubber side ready to go!

Now line up the finger holds along the lengthwise grain.  (Remember from an earlier blog ALL my stamps are mounted so the lengthwise grain is parallel to the finger holds.)

Place your fabric face down on a craft mat.  (available on the website http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/stamping-supplies/craft-mat/ ) Press down firmly and stamp.

REMEMBER to stamp on the BACK side of the fabric!

REMEMBER to stamp on the BACK side of the fabric!

I do “reink” the stamp every time I stamp.  I also “gang up” my stamping to save fabric.  I do this by switching the direction of the stamp.

Turn the stamp 180° to "gang up" the shapes.

Turn the stamp 180° to “gang up” the shapes.

Your original ink pad should last for a couple quilts without having to refresh it.  Do not throw it out or purchase another pad if it starts to dry out.  Instead purchase a reinker.  Shake the reinker bottle and squirt out a small bead of ink across the pad with the nozzle.

After squeezing out a small bead of ink, blend it into the pad with the nozzle.

After squeezing out a small bead of ink, blend it into the pad with the nozzle.

Now you are good to stamp for another 100,000 miles!  :)

Need to clean your stamp?  I use a baby wipe or a “Wet One.”

Wipe off the excess ink and dry with a paper towel.

Wipe off the excess ink and dry with a paper towel.

Another question I often receive is “Should I heat set?”  No need.  I have tested the ink by heat setting and not heat setting.  Once it dries (in a couple minutes after stamping) it is permanent.

I hope this helps my “newbies” to understand some of the common questions.

Until next time,

Happy Stamping!

 

Snowball Sale!

Sorry! Sold Out!

Hi everyone!

I was recently going through my old stamps and found a few sets of the discontinued snowball.  I thought I’d offer these sets to my readers at a reduced price!

I was inspired by a quilt I saw at Jo Morton’s house when I was visiting.  This small quilt makes a cute accessory for your table or pottery.  My version measures 14″ square.  The pattern for this version is included with your stamps.

Snowball Set

Snowball Set

This set includes both the Mariner’s E stamp (included in the Mariner’s Compass set) AND the Snowball Triangle.  Originally these stamps were offered separately at $18 each.  Now you can have both at a reduced price of $15.00!  (I can’t separate these, so please don’t ask!)

Purchase soon here, because, when they are gone, they are really gone!

Jewel Box quilt is published!

Hi Everyone!  Some of you already know the new June issue of Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting features one of my new designs, “Jewel Box”.

Photo used with permission of American Patchwork and Quilting. ©2015 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Photo used with permission of American Patchwork and Quilting. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I used the Star Garden stamp and Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon stamp to make my version.

Star Garden Stamp

Star Garden Stamp

Aunt Hattie's Hexagon

Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon

The magazine has a wonderful article on matching up the border print in the corners.  Purchase your magazine today on the newsstand or purchase a digital copy at:

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/june

Cover picture used with permission of American Patchwork and Quilting.  ©2015 Meredith Corporation.

Cover picture used with permission of American Patchwork and Quilting. ©2015 Meredith Corporation.

To make your own version, purchase your stamps here.

 

Wilderness Walk is Back!!!

After its appearance in Pigeon Forge and winning a second place ribbon, my “Wilderness Walk” pattern is back on my website for sale.  A lot of people have been asking me to reprint patterns and bring back some of my old stamps that have been discontinued.  I thought I’d start with one of my favorite quilts, “Wilderness Walk.”

My version was hand pieced and hand embroidered.  It was expertly machine quilted by Maggi Honeyman in Texas.

Wilderness Walk

Wilderness Walk

This quilt was designed for the 2010 “Handwork in the Smokies” seminar.  I used lots of Jo Morton scraps and my Mariner’s Compass stamp set. For the border, I hand embroidered the vine and leaves and used the Sunflower stamp set.

Mariner's Compass Stamp Set

Mariner’s Compass Stamp Set

Sunflower Stamp Set

Sunflower Stamp Set

Of course, I’ve included templates for those of you that do not have or do not want to purchase the stamps.  Detailed instructions are included to make this 60″ x 80″ beauty.

Now you can make your own “Wilderness Walk”.  Order your pattern today!

 

 

Pointed Tile Variations Now Available!

One of the many things I love about using template stamps are the myriad of ways you can combine them to make other patterns.  I’ve been working on a few samples made with the VERY popular “Pointed Tile” stamp.  I designed the “Pointed Tile” to combine easily with pieces from the “Sawtooth Star” set of stamps.

My new pattern, “Pointed Tile Variations” uses both these stamps to make 3 different quilts.  I made samples of these quilts, but of course, you can make them as large as you like simply by adding more blocks!

The first is the ever popular “Lucy Boston” setting.  My quilt measures 28″ x 28″.

"Lucy Boston" uses the Pointed Tile Stamp and pieces from the Sawtooth Star stamp set.

“Lucy Boston” setting

Next I tried my hand at applique and love the look of this new quilt I call “Garden Gate.”  Easy applique makes it look so inviting!  This quilt measures 22 1/2″ x 22 1/2″.

This setting is PERFECT for your applique blocks!

Garden Gate: This setting is PERFECT for your applique blocks!

Last, but not least, this pattern contains a sweet table runner to use up your pointed tile scraps.  My table runner measures 13″ x 22″.

Pointed Tile Table Runner

Pointed Tile Table Runner

All three quilts are included in the pattern.  I’ve also included templates for those of you that do not own the template stamps.

Order your pattern today!

New Vintage Thimble!

It is here and ready!  I’m very excited about the new stamp I developed.  I call it “Vintage Thimble”.  It replaces the old thimble stamp.  The new stamp is taller and slightly wider than the old one.

Vintage Thimble

Vintage Thimble

Jo Morton sent me a picture of this particular design last year.  It was originally made as a child’s quilt in the 1880’s.  I made my quilt sample a charm quilt with 210 different pieces of fabric.

New Vintage Thimble Stamp

New Vintage Thimble Stamp

The stamp will fit on those new 2 1/2″ charm squares that you can purchase at your local quilt shop.  A great portable project.

I customized my quilt by cutting out little wool “spools” for the border.  Then I used perle cotton embroidery to “thread” the spools together.  (Spool design is included.)

Purchase your stamp here!

Contest and FUN!!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been thinking about this contest for a long, long time and hope to get it launched today!  It is called, “SHOW US YOUR SEWING SPACE!”  When I was on the road teaching, my most popular lecture was “Sneaky Tips and Tricks of the Pros.”  I showed my sewing studio set up and other popular teacher’s sewing places.  It was a hit wherever I lectured.  Now it is my turn to turn the tables on you!  I want you to show me YOUR sewing space.  It can humble or grand, funny, tiny, messy, neat, whatever!

I’m going to ask you to post them on my Stitching with Cindy Blackberg face book page at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

The contest will run the entire month of March, so start posting!  The sewing room with the most “likes” will be awarded a quilt that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting.  Perfect for your sewing room plus your choice of $50 in Cindy Blackberg products.

Used with permission from American Patchwork and Quilting ®magazine. ©2014Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork and Quilting ®magazine. ©2014Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

So get out those cameras, phones, ipads, whatever and start taking pictures!

Best of luck!