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PFAFF creative icon and Chloe fabrics make excellent cushion ideas a cinch

 

I thought I should use this week’s blog posts to present 3 cushion ideas to spark your imagination using the PFAFF creative icon. These are quick and easy gift ideas that you’ll have time to finish for the upcoming holidays. And best of all you’ll be able to learn new tricks on your creative icon.

 

Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon
Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon

 

Once again, I can’t get over how fun it is to learn new techniques using the creative icon. It is such a treat to work with. You’ll be amazed at all there is in this machine to help you excel in your sewing projects.

Many of you sent me comments in my QUILTsocial posts in August wanting more details about the embroidery unit and quilting, so I’ll talk some more about it this week. But I’ll also add some exciting basic sewing notions that I have rediscovered thanks to the built-in video tutorials.

3 cushion ideas to spark your imagination

1 Practice your embroideries using solid fabrics

 

Practice your embroideries while using solid fabrics
Practice your embroideries while using solid fabrics

 

If you’re still not comfortable using the embroidery hoop, this is the ideal way to start. I perused through the embroideries included in the creative icon and picked a few to test out while making quick decorative cushions.

I’ll give you my tips and tricks to embroider designs in tomorrow’s post.

2 Use up your fabrics with cool personalized cushions

 

Use up your fabrics with cool personalized cushions
Use up your fabrics with cool personalized cushions

 

If you have fabrics that you love but not sure how to use them, go for a cushion! Here I used the fabulous Destinations collection from Northcott to make personalized cushions.

In Wednesday’s post, I’ll give you 3 reasons why you’ll love embroidering texts using the PFAFF creative icon.

3 Play with panels and fabrics to perfect your skills

 

 Play with panels and fabrics to perfect your skills

Play with panels and fabrics to perfect your skills

 

If you want to perfect your seam allowance, mitered corners, and quilting but do not want to make a big project, then grab some panel prints and enjoy! That’s exactly what I did with my Chloe panel from Northcott.  They were such a joy to work with that I forgot to stress over my skill building goals!

In Thursday’s post, I’ll show you simple ways to add borders to a block and how I make mitered corners.

 

Adding a zipper to your project
Adding a zipper to your project

 

And I’m leaving the best for last! On Friday’s post, I’ll show you how to add zippers to your wonderfulcushions! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and wonder why you’ve never done it before.

 

Spark you imagination with the PFAFF creative icon
Spark you imagination with the PFAFF creative icon

 

Hope you like my cushion ideas made using the PFAFF creative icon will help you spark your imagination. Now go through all your fabric stash and pick out some fabrics! Join me tomorrow to start your holiday gifts.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: 6 essential steps for successful machine embroidery using the creative icon

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

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