MONDAY ! REVIEW Quilting Arts TV Series 600 with Wonderful Totes

MONDAY ! REVIEW

Quilting Arts TV: Series 600 DVD Set

Quilting Arts TV: Series 600 DVD Set

Today’s review is Series 600 of Quilting Arts TV. I’ve reviewed several Quilting Arts TV series before and I don’t get tired of them.  These episodes were produced in 2010 but I find them just as fascinating now as they probably were then. There are several episodes that got me ready to jump up, grab my fabric and head to the machine. As usual, Pokey Bolton, the moderator, has a series of wonderful guests although I found a couple of the episodes about computer software less than thrilling. It wasn’t their production value but rather, that if you were not familiar with the software, they would mean almost nothing to you.

One episode, although I didn’t think much of it at the time (really didn’t like the resulting product), stayed in my head. A few days later, I was at an art opening in Vancouver. The art was lovely but it was the paper napkins that really caught my attention. I took a clean one and carefully put it away in my handbag to be used later… for art, not food! The 2nd segment of episode 610 that came together with the napkin, was Fusing Techniques for Creating Collages with Jennifer O’Brien.

Standard Paper Napkin

Standard Paper Napkin

You can see the original napkin here.  By following the technique described in the lesson mentioned above, I appliqued the napkin to a border fabric and then the actual pillow fabric. If you want full details and a pattern, I will publish them on this week’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES. I had difficulty finding the correct spray glue. The one I had was temporary. That made it very sticky and then after ironing, it lost its stickiness. I had to substitute a fusible web which seemed to work fine.  More details on that Friday. Also, you can download Jennifer’s instruction for her collage wall hanging here.

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

The success of the first pillow got me thinking and searching through my ‘everything’ drawer in the kitchen. The good news…I cleaned out the drawer. The bad news, I didn’t have much of a selection of paper napkins but there were a few hangers-on from last Christmas.  You can see here my second pillow. I used a scrap of fabric to back the napkin that gave the impression of candy canes. I used it on the diagonal so that it wouldn’t fray so easily and also, to give the idea of the candy cane’s swirls of red on white.  I’ll also have the pattern and instructions for this in Friday’s post.

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas PIllow

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas PIllow

 

My favourite episodes/segments were:

  • Episode 601 – Segment 1: Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote
Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote

Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote

  • Episode 601 – Segment 2:Reversible Patchwork Tote
Reversible Grommet Bag

Reversible Grommet Bag

  • Episode 610 – Segment 2: Fusing Techniques with Jennifer O’Brien

Recommended Spray Glue:
The  glue I should have used is the following, the Odif 606 Permanent Spray Glue. I recommend buying locally if you can as the price on Amazon is higher.

Odif 606 Permanent Spray Glue, made in France. Buy at: amazon.ca.

Odif 505 Temporary Spray Glue.

NOTE: Sweet Pea has this and other glues and fusible products in store. You can buy everything you need (except the napkins) for these products at Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

505 is the one I used but it did not react well on the napkin. By using the spray both top and bottom of the napkin, you seal the napkin with a coating. I would not recommend machine washing but I think you could spot it nicely in lukewarm water.

 

Upsides of Series 600 DVD set:

I learned a LOT from the videos. I have about ten projects in mind already. I really have to stop viewing these videos or I’ll never stop.

 

Downsides :

To use the ideas in the episodes, it helps to be an experienced sewist already. Also, it was incredibly difficult to find the patterns.

Source for the DVD I found the DVD at my local public library. You can probably get it on an inter-library loan if you use the following information. You can also download it from the Interweave website at: http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-tv-series-600-download

 

Publisher: Quiltingarts.com, c2010
ISBN:9781596683396
Branch Call Number:DVD 746.46 QUI
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 348 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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