Great Cuddle Cake Challenge and Giveaway

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s our 20th anniversary! And, you get the presents…all year long…

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It’s also the 75th anniversary for our friends at Fairfield. So, we thought it would be great to kick off the New Year with a joint giveaway!  We’ve teamed up with Fairfield and their talented team of Master Makers for the “Great Cuddle Cake Challenge!” The Master Makers are providing creative inspiration on how to use Cuddle Cakes with Fairfield products. Stay tuned as we post and share projects from now through the end of the month. And on Feb. 5th 2015 , we will announce the giveaway winner! The giveaway includes a great prize package- a creative combination of Cuddle fabrics and Fairfield products.
Shannon Fabric and Fairfield Processing Cuddle cake challenge

Check out each of the projects created by the Fairfield Master Makers using our Cuddle Cakes.  There will be new projects added to the linky shown below from now until January 31st.  So, make sure you check back to see what they created.

You can win a layer cake of Cuddle Cakes precuts. We chose Cuddle Cakes in Very Vibrant solids. The pack includes 20- 10″ squares of Cuddle 3®, 2 of each style in an array of coordinated vibrant fun colors.

Very Vibrant

In addition, from Fairfield, you can win either a 20 oz. bag of Crafter’s Choice Fiberfill or Poly-Fil® Traditional Quilt Batting.

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GREAT CUDDLE CAKE CHALLENGE will start on January 26, 2015 and end January 31, 2015.  The giveaway will close on February 5, 2015.  The winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email.  This giveaway is open to the US 48 contiguous states.

Enter the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge giveaway! Comment below for an extra chance to win. Tell us why you like this precuts pack. Use the hashtag #GreatCake

Hugs with Cuddle,
Ellen

You can find our fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Tiger Eye Quilt & Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of year to create a warm and comfy quilt. So, we decided to make one that would keep you cozy and toasty in the winter months ahead. We created a quilt using ‘Tiger Eye’, a beautiful geometric pattern by Jenny Parks of Jenny Kae Quilts. Tiger Eye features our new Cuddle Cakes, made of soft and plush Cuddle. And, to introduce this new pattern, we’re having a GIVEAWAY! We’ve teamed up with Jenny Kae Quilts and Aurifil for a fantastic prize package. You can win everything you need to make this quilt: a bundle of Cuddle, a free Tiger Eye quilt pattern, and an Aurifil collection!

Tiger Eye Quilt

Since Tiger Eye is expressly made for precuts, Jenny decided to make the quilt with Cuddle Cakes precuts in Sterling Silver and Ultra Violet. She used her favorite thread, 50wt Aurifil, for piecing and quilting. She also used Warm & Natural batting from The Warm Company, but notes that batting is optional. Jenny machine quilted Tiger Eye for the finishing touch. This lovely quilt finishes 36″ x 45.”

Aurifil Kit

 

Tiger Eye Cuddle Quilt Flat

This giveaway includes:

2 packs of Cuddle Cakes Precuts, 10” Squares, Sterling Silver

1 pack of Cuddle Charms Precuts, 5” Squares, Sterling Silver

1 pack of Cuddle Cakes Precuts, 10” Squares, Ultra Violet

1 ¼ yard of 60” wide Vine Cuddle in Plata (backing)

1/3 yard of 60” wide Cuddle 3 in Ash (binding)

Free Tiger Eye quilt pattern

A large spool collection of 50wt Aurifil thread

 

You can enter this giveaway through Rafflecopter, with many options for a chance to win this amazing prize pack- including everything you need for this quilt!  The giveaway will close one week from today and the winners will be announced by January 9.  Two winners will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email.  This giveaway is open internationally.

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Good Luck!

 

Hugs,

Ellen

 

Charmed To Meet You Scarf & Giveaway

We have a new video tutorial! Make a Charmed To Meet You Scarf. This easy tutorial by Fleece Fun has just a few steps and you’re done. A perfect holiday gift. But wait, there’s more! We’re having a giveaway for a Cuddle Charm pack so you can make a scarf! See below for details.

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Doesn’t it look soft and warm?

It’s quick, easy and fun to make! Make it with one pack of Cuddle Charms precuts in Maddening Monochromatic. Or, make a few scarves and use a variety of Cuddle Charms.

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Maddening Monochromatic features a yummy selection of prints, textures and embossed Cuddle fabrics.

Maddening Monochromatic

Watch the scarf video here.

To enter for a chance to win a Maddening Monochromatic Cuddle Charm pack, comment below with why you like the scarf and use the hashtag #CharmScarf. There will be 3 winners! Winners will be announced one week from today.

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Warm Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Free Pattern & Cuddle Cakes Giveaway

Thanks for visiting our blog to enter our giveaway! We are giving away 3 Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes precut packs!

Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes

These are featured in our Free Patchwork Puzzle pattern.

Patchwork Puzzle

Comment below with the hashtag #Patchwork to enter for a chance to win. There will be two winners! Winners will be notified by email one week from today. Best of Luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Make a Cuddle Blanket with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

We have two new video tutorials from our good friend Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Co.! One shows how to make a Cuddle baby blanket using our kit, Cuddle Kit Ziggy Born Buddies Pink.  The other is all about binding with Cuddle. We know you are going to love them!

This is the Cuddle blanket Jenny shows you how to make– from start to finish!

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Check out the videos on our YouTube channel on the “Quilts and Quilting” playlist.

Watch the Cuddle baby blanket kit tutorial: Make a Baby Quilt: Easy Quilting with Shannon Cuddle Kits!”

Jenny

 

Watch the binding tutorial: “How to Bind a Quilt with Cuddle”

Jenny binding video

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We hope Jenny makes more videos for us. Please comment below with the hashtag #JennyLovesCuddle. We’ll see how many comments we get, and maybe Jenny will make more Cuddle videos!  We think that would be great!

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Thanks, Jenny!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

My Cuddle Corner Quilt Contest

We are giving away two finished Cuddle quilts! Which quilt would you rather win? A (Pink) or B (Blue)? Please let us know A or B in the comments section below!

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Cuddle Quilt A (Pink) finishes 62″ x 71″

Pink

 

Cuddle Quilt B (Blue) finishes 59″ x 67″

B (Blue)

 

Enter here:

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Be sure to comment below with #ILoveCuddle and let us know which quilt you would rather win A (Pink) or B (Blue). Winners will be chosen one week from today and notified via email.

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Good luck!

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Tuscan Cuddle

Would you like another Free quilt pattern that is perfect for precuts? We have one that we know you’ll love! It’s called Tuscan Cuddle and it’s especially designed for our new Cuddle precuts.Tuscan Cuddle

This pretty quilt features our Graceful Girl Cuddle Cakes precuts pack (10” squares) and our Graceful Girl Cuddle Charms precuts pack (5” squares).Graceful Girl

More fabrics from Kozy Cuddle collection are incorporated: Cuddle 3®, Cuddle Dimple®, Rose Cuddle® and Paisley Cuddle®.  The quilt finishes 41” x 53”. It was inspired by the pattern, Tuscan Sun, especially created for 10 inch square precuts, by Villa Rosa Designs.

To make this sweet quilt, we recommend the following notions:

Download Tuscan Cuddle!

You can find our fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

24-Hour Sew-A-Thon + Cuddle Giveaway

As a sponsor of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, we’re delighted to participate in the 24-Hour Sew-A-Thon via All People Quilt. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge has a goal of donating 1,000,000 pillowcases to charity! To help reach this goal, APQ is having a 24-hour Sew-a-thon in September at their headquarters in Des Moines, IA and over 50 quilt shops and other events are happening around the country (even one in Canada)!

Sewathon

Click here for more information about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge and here to download the Free patterns.

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If you’d like to make a pillowcase with Cuddle, you can find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

 

To help the challenge reach its goal, we’re having a giveaway! We will give away a bundle of Cuddle fabrics so you can make your own pillowcases!

 

Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathonCuddle and you will be entered to win. There will be two winners. Winners will be notified via email one week from today.

 

Won’t you help by making some pillowcases? Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathon and let us know where you will donate yours!

 

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

 

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Wee One Cuddle Kit Holiday Giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by to enter our giveaway! We are giving away a Wee One quilt kit- perfect for the holidays!

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This precious quilt finishes approximately 28″ x 28.” It’s easy and fun to make, and, you can make it in just a few hours with the Sew and Flip Method! Wee Ones kits include 7 pre-cut 5″ strips, Free pattern, backing, and binding.

The Wee One kit contains all of the fabrics needed. The kit features fabrics from the Born to be Wild by My Lazy Daisy Cuddle collection in the Pink colorway: Ringlet Cuddle PinkChevie Cuddle PinkBuddies Cuddle PinkRose Cuddle® in Baby Pink from the Kozy Cuddle Collection is incorporated for strips. Rose Cuddle® Mocha is used for binding. Backing is Cuddle Dimple® Blush.

Comment below with the hashtag #WeeOneGift to enter for a chance to win. There will be two winners! Winners will be notified by email one week from today. Good Luck!

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Sewing!

Holiday Hugs,

Ellen

Wild Fun

We are pleased to release another Free quilt pattern, Wild Fun! This loveable quilt features Born to be Wild Cuddle by My Lazy Daisy, Kozy Cuddle Solids, and Cuddle Classics. Wild Fun finishes approximately 48” x 56.”

The pattern uses strip pieces and the easy Sew and Flip Method. Scraps are appliqued on to the strips for fun and whimsy! For tips on Cuddle applique, click here.

Wild Fun

To make this quilt, we recommend the following notions:

 

The Wild Fun quilt features:

Born to be Wild Cuddle by My Lazy Daisy

Kozy Cuddle® Solids

Cuddle Classics

 

Download Wild Fun!

For all of our free patterns, click here.

 

You can find Cuddle fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

Wouldn’t this be a fun quilt to make? What do you think?

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Fraction Remix Quilt

Hi! My name is Beth A.K.A. Bettina from Bettina Danger! I am a math educator and quilter living in Austin, Texas. As September marks “Back to School” month for many parents, teachers and students, I’m thrilled to share some mathematical inspiration for your next Cuddle quilt!

 

I call this the Fraction Remix Quilt because it is a “remix” of my original fraction quilt. If the top strip represents one whole, the other strips in the quilt represent halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and sevenths. Can you see the fractional parts?

Prior to this project, my only experience using Cuddle fabric in a quilt was on the backside as a backing fabric. I never thought about piecing it together for a quilt top. I’m so glad I took the chance because I love the results.

 

I started with these beautiful Cuddle kits:

The Cuddle Quarter Kit Kozy Party

The Fresh Picked Fabulous 5 Cuddle Kits

 

All the different textures of the solid fabrics in these kits are incredible.

The only challenge was figuring out exactly how to sew this beautiful, soft fabric together with accuracy. I feel much more confident about this process now, so I want to share some tips that helped me.

 

1. PINS! Use LOTS of PINS!

Cuddle fabric is so incredibly soft, but it is also likes to shift and move around differently than quilting cotton. For piecing the top together, I pinned approximately every half inch.

 

2. USE a WALKING FOOT!

When piecing the Cuddle fabric, a walking foot is my preference. The fabric feeds evenly and there was very little shifting and slipping.

 

3. A HAND VACUUM is YOUR FRIEND!

Seriously, trust me on this one. When cutting the Cuddle fabric, lots of fibers will get all over your cutting mat. I tried using a lint roller and although it worked, my hand vacuum was way more efficient in sucking up every little piece of fiber. I use the Black and Decker Pilot Vac because it has washable filters to easily clean out the lint AND it is small and lightweight!

For the quilting, I chose to do a free-motion design on the back with red and blue 40WT Aurifil Thread. When pin basting your quilt, I recommend using LOTS of curved safety pins and spacing them 4 inches apart. From past mistakes with Cuddle fabric, I’d rather be safe and pin more than try to cut corners and pin less. You’ll thank yourself for taking the time when you are quilting.

Other materials:

Backing Fabric: Kona Black by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Binding Fabric: Squared Elements by AGF Studio in black

Batting: Warm and Natural Cotton Batting

I hope you find these tips helpful and will give Cuddle fabric a try for your next quilt top!

Patchwork Puzzle Precuts Pattern

We are thrilled to release our first Free quilt pattern for Precuts, Patchwork Puzzle!

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This lovely quilt features our new Cuddle Cakes precut 10” squares in Girly Girl.

Girly Girl Cuddle Cakes

A bit of yardage from Cuddle Classics and Kozy Cuddle is incorporated too. The quilt finishes 56” x 71”. It was designed by Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360 and pattern tested and pieced by Jennifer Parks of JennyKae Quilts.

To make this quilt, you will need:

We also recommend the following notions:

Download Patchwork Puzzle!

You can find our fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com.

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Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

Sewing for Baby: Make a Baseball Buddy Soft Toy

Baseball Buddy Toy Tutorial

Hello! I’m Lindsay from Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds, and I’m here today to share a little project I whipped up for my son, now 7 months. Early in life, Elliot fell in love with his stuffed bear with a little soft blanket attached. When nothing else would make him laugh or smile, Mr. Bear could! Well, he loved it so much that I decided to make him a backup toy using the SCORE! Collection from Shannon Fabrics. Since my husband is a baseball fan, I figure Elliot will someday inherit this love of sports. Baseball Buddy Soft Toy Tutorial 2

This Baseball Buddy soft toy is an easy, quick project to sew for babies. Plus, it can be customized however you like! Here’s a tutorial for you to make your own Baseball Buddy:

Materials:

– 16″ square Baseball Cuddle in Black

– 16″ square Mini Chevron Cuddle Red/Snow

– 12″ square Ribbon Cuddle® Snow White

– Fabric Scraps for the face (I used bits from old T-shirts)

– 32″ of thin (1/8″- or 1/4″-wide) red ribbon for baseball detail

– Fiberfill stuffing (a few handfuls) Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill 

 

Directions: Baseball Buddy Tutorial

From white fabric, cut 2 circles the size of a small (salad) plate for Front and Back of baseball head. Cut tiny circles of white for eyes and nose and zig-zag stitch to right side of baseball head Front. From black and grey fabric, cut other details for face and stitch.

Cut four 8″ lengths of red ribbon and place on right side of baseball head Front and Back as pictured. Baseball Buddy 2 Use a couching stitch (pictured) or zig zag stitch to enclose the whole ribbon and secure to the fabric. Baseball Buddy 3 Stitch the circles together, right sides facing. Leave a 3″ gap for turning where the baseball’s “chin” would be. Turn right side out.

Topstitch 1/4″ from outer edge around the perimeter (except for the 3″ opening).

Fill baseball head with fiber fill stuffing.Baseball Buddy 5

With right sides facing, pin 16″ squares of black baseball and red mini chevron fabric. Make sure the grain/stretch and nap are running in the same direction. Stitch 1/4″ from the perimeter, leaving a 3″ opening along one corner. Flip right side out through opening. Press.

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Topstitch blanket 1/4″ from perimeter. It’s okay to leave the raw edges of the opening loose until the next step. Take the open corner of the blanket and poke inside the opening of the baseball head.

Pin in place, folding the raw edges under. Hand stitch the opening closed all around the blanket.

Baseball Buddy Soft Baby Toy Tutorial

And, that’s it! As you can see, Elliot loves his Baseball Buddy, and he loves everything I make for him from Cuddle Fabric because it’s so soft! When time allows, I plan to use the rest of this fabric to make some adult-size throw blankets . . . perfect for an outdoor ball game or picnic.

One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop 2014

As a sponsor of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, we’re excited to participle in the annual Blog Hop via All People Quilt. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge has a goal of donating 1,000,000 pillowcases to charity! To help reach this goal, APQ is having a 24-hour Sew-a-thon in September at their headquarters in Des Moines, IA.

Sewathon

And, shops and groups across the country are doing their own Sew-a-thons! To find a shop in your area, click here.

Sewathon

We recently made this pillowcase for the challenge. We used the Free pattern: Pillowcase Pattern #21 – Pillowcase with Rickrack Band.  Fabrics include Sock Monkey Play Time Baby Blue from Sock Monkeys, Swiss Dot Red/Snow from Cuddle Classics and Cuddle 3 Black from the Kozy Cuddle Collection.

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Click here for more information about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge and here to download the Free patterns.

If you’d like to make a pillowcase with Cuddle, find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

We will be donating our pillowcase to a local charity for children in Los Angeles. Won’t you help by making some pillowcases? Comment below with the hashtag #APQSewathon and let us know where you will donate yours!

Here is the list of other blogs participating in this blog hop. Visit their blogs for more fun!

 

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

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Supporting The ALS Community

Shannon Fabrics is proud to support the ALS community in fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Our CEO, Arvin Pairavi, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge while also making a generous contribution to ALS. Arvin Challenges Ethan Tyler from Lyft and Debra R. and Mario U. from Shannon Fabrics. See the video here: ALS Challenge

We also support this community via the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS at Quilter’s Dream Batting. The Hopes and Dreams challenge raises awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease, provides quilts to ALS patients, and raises funds for research for treatment and a cure. We recently donated two finished quilts made from our Cuddle Kits: Ziggy Crown and The Derby.

Ziggy Crown

Derby

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We are proud to support and be involved with this important cause.

Very Best,

Ellen

Nap and Nod Book And Cuddle Giveaway!

Adorable Alert!  Need some easy baby quilt patterns? We are so pleased with this new book, “Nap and Nod, 12 Adorable Baby Quilts” written by Myra Harder of Robinson Pattern Company, published by Martingale. The sweet quilts in the book feature combinations of cotton and Cuddle.

Nap and Nod

And, we’ve teamed up with Myra to offer a Giveaway! There will be two winners! Each winner will get a Cuddle Kit and a copy of the book! The kit we are giving away is a Wee Ones Sweet Dreams Cuddle kit. It comes complete with 7 pre-cut 5″ strips, backing, binding and a Free pattern. Approximate finished size: 29″ x 29″. We are giving away one kit in pink Wee One Sweet Dreams Girl and one in blue Wee One Sweet Dreams Boy.

 Wee One Sweet Dreams Girl

Wee One Swwet Dreams Boy

Comment here first for your chance to win; answer our question in the comments and use the hasthtag #napandnod. (We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let winners know they’ve won by email.)  Then click here to see the cute quilts in Nap and Nod, and to enter for an Extra chance to win.

If you would like to make more projects with Cuddle, you can find Shannon Fabrics at local quilt shops and fabric stores, and also at online retailers.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog for more great giveaways and other fun.

Hugs with Cuddle,

Ellen

PS Answer this question in the comments: How many baby quilts have you made? Remember to use the hashtag #napandnod

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