Lorine Mason - Designer, Author, Innovator

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Sewing for my brand new travel trailer!

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Ironing Board for the trailer

Our recent purchase of a 22″ travel trailer has me in overdrive. I can’t wait to change out some of the many shades of beige that make up the trailer’s decor. I have already packed my Babylock Sofia sewing machine and the accessory bag. Now to start adding in the extras that make a project look professional. Ironing and pressing are key to a polished project. I found the perfect ironing board at a discount store. It was under $10, very light weight with a hanging hook. What I was not thrilled with is the cover, it was so plain. Luckily I  have all kinds of fabric at my disposal and it just so happened that I had a leftover piece of this vintage sewing machine fabric that will be perfect. Let’s get started. 

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This is the ironing board I purchased. While it weighed very little, I liked the size, hanging feature and the legs, I did not like the cover or the thin padding. Luckily I am able to fix both in only 30 minutes.

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 Start by removing the cover and giving it a good press to flatten out all of the edges. This will become your pattern.

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Lay the ‘pattern’ on top of your fabric and cut around the outside edges. In my case, I actually did the opposite as I wanted to center one of the sewing machine on my fabric. Because the background of my fabric was white and the cover was blue, I was able to see through the top layer and cut around the cover. I re- used the foam padding insert and added a layer of Poly-fil Cotton classic Batting from Fairfield on top. The foam padding that came with the ironing board was too thin for my liking. and I wanted to add an extra layer of padding under my fabric cover.

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Next I encased the raw edge of the cover using a wide double folded bias tape. Gently stretch the bias tape as you sew around the curves. In case you are wondering I used yellow because that is what I had on hand. I started at the wide end of the ironing board cover, folding under the raw end of the bias tape and sewing around the circumference of the ironing board cover, ending by folding over the opposite end the bias tape. Insert 1/4″ elastic, I used a Dritz® Elastic Threader to help feed the elastic through the channel created by the  bias tape. Cover the ironing board with the padding and slip the cover over the padding, stretching the elastic to assure a snug fit with no wrinkles. When you are happy with the fit, tie the elastic end together and trim.

Creating an Interactive Quilt Label Step by Step

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My Quilt Project

Have you created something handmade for someone very special in your life and you need just the right label. I think I found it with StoryPatches by stkr.it I decided to create this tutorial to walk anyone who might be intersted in attaching an interactive quilt label through the steps.

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This is what a package of StoryPatches look like on your store shelves. You receive either one iron on or one sew in label per package. Open the package and attach the label to your project following the manufacturer’s directions.IMG_1025

The next step is to upload the absolutely free app onto your smart device. This is my iPhone and the stkr.it app is located along the top row of icons. Once the app is uploaded, tap on the icon and the screen will open.IMG_1023

After a welcome the screen opens and well, welcomes you, the next screen will look like this…Simply Tap to Scan the code on your brand new label as directed. IMG_1026

This is what the screen will look like while the code is being scanned. IMG_1027

The screen will ask you what kind of media you would like to upload. I chose audio, therefore tapped that icon.IMG_1028

The next screen asks if you would like to upload an existing audio recording (located in your stkr.it library) or if you would like to launch the recorder on your smart device. IMG_1029

Tap the record button and speak from the heart or prepare a script prior to recording and read off of that document. The choice is yours and don’t worry you get multiple chances to start over. IMG_1030

So you love what you recorded. Take a moment and add a caption. Next tap SAVE.photoSuccess!! You are done. Your audio recording is now linked to the code on the project. What is even better is that if down the road you decide you would like to change the message, simply go back into your library at stkr.it and opt to change the message linked to the code. Now that is cool! IMG_1036

If you would like to hear something I uploaded to a code based on my experience with StoryPatches and stkr.it, scan this code with your cellphone and away you go.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this fun product!

Lorine

 

Sew Art Quilt

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Sew-Art-Quilt

This project is placed here as inspiration to my fellow sewing friends. A friend of mine Brenda Pinnick designed the fabric and I wanted to create something fun for her website. With the use of fusible web, wool blend felt, scrapbooking trinkets such as brads and more, I fairly quickly created my doorway art quilt. Take note of the little bird sitting atop of the sign. Where would your doorway lead…..

Organizing all those finished projects

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I recently loaded Quilt Album 2.2 onto my computer and set to work to organize my limited array of completed quilt projects. I found the instructions very clear and was quickly able to upload photos of my projects and type in the coordinating information for each quilt. Scrolling through the program I found the master list of projects I had entered quite professional looking and immediately decided that since my quilting projects were somewhat limited, why not include general sewing projects. The program allows you to specify categories and that is just what I did. I typed in headings such as; Holiday projects, Home décor, Clothing, and Fabric accessories. The next task was to upload photos and fill in the categories with the project information, adding additional categories as needed. I now have the start of a master list of all things sewn in the Mason household.

Delving a little deeper into the program I quickly came across another interesting option; the ability to format your uploaded photos and project information to print greeting cards, address labels, quilt labels and more. What a great idea and it was so fast, in minutes I had a series of note cards to use when writing a note to friends and family. The program allows you personalize the card with a greeting and the amount of project information you prefer as well as choose between a few fonts and font colors. This feature provides an added extra to an already very cool program.
Here is an example of a quick note card I made with the program. It could be glittered up or other embellishments added to make it your own. I wanted something very simple as my time was limited so chose to simply add a thread accent around the photo.
 
Just in case you would like to check it out: The product is called “Quilt Album 2.2 and more information can be found at http://www.quiltalbum.com/
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Lorine
 

Hometown Quilting

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Creating items for your home that become treasured mementos can be as complicated or as simple as you choose. I decided that I wanted to create a fun wall hanging that would travel with us wherever we might land in North America over the coming years. It would become one of many items that hang in our house to mark our journey as a family.
We have a wonderful watercolor photo of families skating across a frozen pond, a true landmark in the city where our story began as a family. A pen and ink drawing of another landmark building where we spent many a St. Batiste Day celebration complete with fireworks, picnics and games for the children.
My fabric homage to where we currently call home had to be in fabric as that seems to be my passion the last number of years. I also love the color coral so that is where I started. With a sharp pair of scissors, a hot iron, fabric and fusible web I began my creation. My only plan is that I knew where I wanted the small quilt to hang so that dictated its size. I started with the background fabric and then added buildings, trees and anything else I could think of as I fused my way to completion. I stopped here and there and stood back to view my creation and then happily added more and more. I then layered the piece on top of some cotton batting and a backing fabric and quilted here and there. My only decisions were where to quilt and where not to quilt to add dimension and create the illusion of grass, trees and roads.
I finished off the piece with some hand stitched and embroidered accents, metal and button embellishments and then added a binding to the quilt. Voila it’s done and hanging in my kitchen just in case I forget where I have been in this wonderful journey I call my life.

I hope you enjoyed my story and it inspires you to start marking your journey with creativity,

Lorine

 

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

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“Lorine Mason, featured guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan.”
Tune in this afternoon November 14th at 4:00 pm est. I willl be talking with Pat and it is always a pleasure as this lady has a sense of humor along with all that talent. I am looking forward to discussing my love of fat quarters of fabric, Boutique Slippers, all those doll clothes books, creating fun projects for publishing and who knows what else. Here is the link to tune in… http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html

Early Parent’s Day gift

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I attended a couple of classes recently while down at the Hampton Roads quiltfest and decided this week that I refuse to have yet another unfinished project hanging around my studio staring me down every time I walk through the doors.

The class involved the large daylily you see on the above wallhanging. We used a lot of fusible web and some wonderful batiks which I had brought from home. Participants in the class had the choice of a number of flowers – I chose the daylily as it reminded me of tiger lilies from back home. We used to see them not only in gardens but in the ditches as we travelled along the Trans Canada Highway on the odd vacation we took as children. My father’s favourite flower is the tiger lily.
During the class most of us were able to cut out out flowers and place them on the fabrics and few of us quicker ones even managed a few stitches – I believe I got the stamens done. And then class was over and we were to take our creations home and finish them with some wonderful instructions given to us by our teacher.

The class was a month or so ago and I of course had done nothing except pile it on top of a number of other projects I have not finished. I however have had a nagging worry about my parents who are aging of course as lets face it what is the alternative, and who are dealing with continual medical problems, could use a ‘quilted’ hug from their far away daughter.

My hope is that they will hang my creation on their front door and reach out and touch the lily knowing that not too long ago I touched it in exactly the same place.

I am off to mail my hug today – please wish for its speedy delivery.

Sew far sew good,

Lorine