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Mollie Makes Banners of Hope contest

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Mollie Makes coverCalling all crafters. Mollie Makes ran a wonderful article in their inaugural issue featuring the Banners of Hope event held at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim this past January. They are currently hosting a contest asking for submissions of banners to be donated to Charity Wings for display in hospitals, shelters and other public locations offering inspirations and hope to all that see the display.  Their prize package is absolutely awesome so I encourage you to enter the contest.  For more information here is the link:

Participants in Mollie Makes’ Banners of Hope Creation Contest are eligible to win a Brother ScanNCut CM550DX and a $500 Michael’s gift. Contest details are here: http://www.molliemakesusa.com/banners-of-hope-creation-contest/.


Peace – Banners of Hope

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Banner of Hope Peace

Peace is about more than a discussion around a boardroom table. The majority of the world’s population wants it. Why is it not so?

My latest Banner of Hop is about Peace. A simple statement but not so simple to achieve. We can hope and that is what Banners of Hope is all about. For this banner project I pulled our my trusty Brother ScanNCut and went to work. ScanNCut

I chose built in design elements on the machine and adjusted their size to fit my 8″ x 12 finished banner. I fused HeatnBond® Ultrahold to the back of my fabric choices and loaded them into the machine. Following the step by step instructions on the machine I quickly cut out my design elements.

Banner Of Hope2I fused my designs to the front of the banner canvas, added some decorative stitching and beads and voila I was done. I love this Banner of Hope and hope you do as well. For a step by step guide on creating your banner backing as well as information about Banners of Hope check out the Craft and Hobby Association Website


Banners of Hope featured in Craft Industry Today Magazine

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CIT article


Hot off the presses at Craft Industry Today is an article featuring the Banners of Hope project and yours truly. The editors over at the trade magazine did a great job editing my original (no doubt too long) submission and I am over the top excited. You cannot purchase Craft Industry Today off store racks as it is trade magazine that comes along with my membership to the Craft and Hobby Association I decided just in case you are interested and have jumped on the Banners of Hope band wagon to step out the banner featured in the article. Here goes.

CIT Step 1Collect your supplies: 9 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ piece of white canvas, variegated thread, fabric to cover buttons, cutting tools, sewing machine and an iron and of course supplies from Dritz :

Iron-On Letters, Anorak snaps, Fusible bonding web, and Half Ball Cover Buttons.

CIT Step 2

Step 1

 Turn under ¾” along edges of banner, insert fusible web tape and press well.  Turn under top edge 2” and press, forming a rod pocket. The finished size of the banner will be 8″ x 12″. Follow manufacturer’s directions to attach five snaps, centering them along the front of the banner. See photo for placement.

CIT Step 3

Step 2

Iron letters to fabric. Cover buttons, centering the letters and following the manufacturer’s directions.

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Step 3

Create visual interest on the banners surface using variegated thread and decorative stitches on your sewing machine.

Banner of Hope CIT Article by Lorine Mason

Step 4

Attach buttons and add additional snaps.

For additional inspirtion check out my Pinterest Page Banners of Hope  For more information about Banners of Hope check out www.craftandhobby.org/boh




Banners of Hope goes on the road!

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My good friend, Debra Quartermain and I have know each other for some time now. We actually met on the elevator at a Society of Craft Designer convention. We were both newbies to the convention and it was truly friends at first sight. Debra is someone you will definitely remember once you have met her as she is such a sweet soul. A very talented lady with a big heart. She was one of the first designers to jump on the Banners of Hope train and her banner was one of my favourites. I asked Debra to tell me about her Banner of Hope recently and here is her story….

Living where it is winter for a third of the year I was inspired to incorporate snowflakes into my Banner. Each snowflake is unique just as each person is. Sometimes we forget that and I wanted everyone who saw my banner to remember each person is unique, each person is special. When we remember that, believe it brings hope.
The cozy felt contrasts with the theme of the Banner and the bear was meant to bring a smile especially for children who would be seeing the Banner. Just as snowflakes melt this Banner was meant to bring hope to a discouraged  heart.
Banners of Hope is headed to Canada and I am so proud. It is like watching your children step onto the school bus for the first time. I just wish I could be there to take photos just as I did when the girls went off to school.  Debra completed another wonderful banner to send along on the journey across Canada. To hear the story behind this banner check out her blog

Banner of Hope by Debra Quartermain

St Patty’s Day Banner of Hope

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St Pattys Day Banner of Hope Cropped on Brick Wall JPGSt Patty’s Day Banner of Hope by Lorine Mason

A Wish for good health, good luck and happiness created using Craft Attitude™.


Craft Attitude™ Ink Jet Printable Film

Steam-A- Seam2 fusible web sheets and 1/2″ tape

White cotton fabric – 9″ x 12″

Natural cotton canvas – 9″ x 15″

Rick rack and buttons

Basic sewing supplies

How To:


Create your printable image, using graphics* from internet sites, photographs, or by creating your own, using design programs on your computer or by hand drawing a design. Follow the wonderful instructions provided by the folks over at Craft Attitude™ to first print your design, then fuse it to the center of the white fabric. Press fusible web to the back of the white fabric.


Trim the image to measure 6″ x 9″. Set aside.

photo5To create the banner backing. Press fusible web tape to the wrong side of the canvas fabric along each of the 15″ sides. Remove the paper backing from the tape, turnover edges and press. Repeat the process, pressing tape to the top and bottom edges of the banner fabric. Remove the paper backing from the bottom edge only. Press the bottom hem in place. photo7

Turn over the top edge of the banner backing 2 1/2″ and press without removing the paper backing from the tape. This will create the rod pocket of the banner to be fuse in place later.


Remove paper backing from the fusible web on the back of the white fabric.printed image . Center the printed panel on top of banner backing. Cover the printed image with a pressing cloth and press. Sew rick rack around the edge of the center design.  Sew buttons to the banner front, using the photograph as a guide for placement. Remove paper backing from fusible tape and press rod pocket hem in place.  You are ready to hang your banner. Simple slip a ribbon or dowel rod through the rod pocket.

Did you know that Craft Attitude™ is also referred to as Shoe Attitude™, Jewelry Attitude™, Decor Attitude™, Wood Attitude™ and Quilt Attitude™ and they all work with fabric.

I would like to thank The Graphics Fairy for use of  the *Lady in Green graphic which is a vintage print downloaded from her site the Graphics Fairy  www.thegraphicfairy.com

Hey – Be sure to check out all of the other wonderful Craft Attitude™ Designs . Click on the Link – Up and you are on your way to see some designs.

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The St Patty’s Day Banner of Hope will be joining a travelling exhibit of banners headed to hospitals, veteran’s homes and shelters. For more information about Banners of Hope and how you to0, can become involved check out:  www.craftandhobby.org/BOH  #BannersofhopeCHA  #Cre8time

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Urban Doodles and Banners Of Hope

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Urban Doodles Banner Sample

My latest Banner of Hope banner sample.

The Banners of Hope project I am working on for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show in Anaheim January 2014 has taken on a life of it’s own. I believe I mentioned joining the Fabric Arts Council of  CHA this past July. Well that first meeting set me on a journey that will take me well into 2014. At that meeting we discussed  the possibility of sponsoring an event that would provide excitement, education and marketing potential for the fabric arts and our fellow CHA members.  We knew we needed to be inclusive as fabric art is one medium mixed into the melting pot of all things crafty. Getting started was easy….we decided we would feature fabric as the base for crafting projects.  The project/event was the next item on the agenda. What would or could we do with only months to plan and execute such as event?

I had a meeting with Elena Etcheverry from Charity Wings at CHA Summer 2013 as I had wanted to do something with her at the brand new Charity Wings Art Center in San Diego. I believe it is a worthwhile enterprise and hoped to teach a class or help at an event while I was in California for CHA 2014. It was at that meeting that we first discussed working together with the Fabric Arts Council. I left the trade show and we reconnected a few weeks later. It was Elena that first brought up the concept of Tibetan Prayer Flags and that was all it took. After doing some research, writing up a proposal, attending numerous council meetings and making multiple changes to the original proposal we had Banners of Hope.

I have never been involved in something so big. It is honestly overwhelming at times as I feel such a huge responsibility to make this work. Luckily I have some wonderful people working  right alongside me and it will in the end come together and the good thing is every change that has happened thus far has made the project bigger and even better.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more to talk about as my Banners of Hope journey continues.

Banners of Hope Logo

The Banners of Hope Project

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Banners of Hope Logo


This is the official logo of the Banners of Hope project I am working on with the Fabric Arts Council of  CHA or  Craft and Hobby Association.   It has been a lot of work and I am hoping with all my heart it turns out wonderfully as I have never worked on something with the potential this project has from the ground floor up. How did it get started? I am on the Fabric Arts Council’s board and we were looking for an event that would put us on the map at the upcoming CHA show in Anaheim. At the same time I was talking with Elena from Charity Wings as I have wanted to work with her organization on a class or event of some sort. Elena and I were talking one day and tossing around ideas. With research, numerous council meetings, planning, writing etc it started to come together. I will need to be a little coy here as the official announcement is being released October 21st so stay tuned. Just to tweak your interest, here is photo of a banner I made up as an example.