Monday, August 15, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop

Welcome to the BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP! All of the fabulous designers

on this hop are showing you a BACK TO SCHOOL project using the

Fabulous and versatile eCraft.
Contest ends 8/22/2011 at 6 AM PDT time...any post after don't count! But check back on the 5th of September for another chance!!!

If you just arrived here from Carley Carter’s blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog please start at the beginning over at Raven’s Blog That way you will be able to see all of the amazing projects and you will have more ways to win.

Here is my project for the hop!

I am a sewing junkie and love quilt blocks and mug rugs. This is my project! I am celebrating Back to School for my friend! I am so excited about all of the wonderful projects that the eCraft is helping me make!

Here is a list of all the designers on the hop in case you get lost

along the way.

Raven Baca

Carley Carter

Debi Tullier

Denise O'Connor

Erika Valdez

Lyssa Zimmerman

Faith Freeman

KimberlyRae Forde

Rosa Ahrens

Zeni Pradel

Craftwell USA

Okay so you probably want to know what you can win, right? As some of

you may have heard from this hop this amazing eCraft machine that we

are all using is created by This company is really

amazing, their customer service is fabulous and the products are top

notch. Well when they heard about our hop they decided to giveaway

One eCraft to One lucky winner (color may vary).

1.) Please leave one comment here on my blog (Only one comment will be

qualify per person additional comments will not count.)

2.) Stop by eCraft’s facebook page to

see more awesome projects and tutorials.
3.) I would love it if you’d become a follower of my blog but it isn't necessary.

Remember, We are also having another blog hop on September 5th. ALL comments

left today and on the September 5th blog hop will be eligible to win

the eCraft so this will give you more chances to win. (1) One lucky

winner will be announced on Raven’s blog on September 10th. The winner will also be listed on the eCraft Facebook page​bycraftwell (see why it’s a good idea to like eCrafts facebook

page ;)

All are welcome to hop, however the eCraft giveaway is only open to

U.S. entries. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Thanks for stopping! Your next blog is Denise O'Connor

I decided to make a quilt block, will probably become a mug rug, or a front tote panel. I am just excited to share how easy it is to cut fabric with an Ecraft machine. I love it so!
Here we go:
First I found that using my Ecraft was a joy to complete this project. I experimented with a new method for cutting fabric with the Ecraft. I used freezer paper and also "Heat-N-Bond" light to stabilize the fabric.
For my appliques I decided to use SVGCuts Version 3. I also looked into my files and decided to use my text wingdings to create the images that I wanted for this project. I decided on a bus front, then found a wingding to represent the occupants and also to show how delicate the cut is on the ecraft I also cut some pencils to creat a fun border. You can download many symbolic text files and images from free font sites.
You can see how cleanly the bus cut out with the wax paper ironed on it. I used cotton fabric and ironed the wax paper cut out in 12 x 12 squares to both sides. You can use the leftover paper again. I did not put the "Heat-N-Bond" lite on this piece. It was just a matter of choice. I decided to use a temporary basting spray to apply it to my background fabric.
I put the "Heat-N-Bond" on the people in the bus and also on the pencils I used to frame the bus. You can see how delicate the cut was and the Ecraft cut my fabric without a problem. I find if I do not apply freezer paper to both sides it sometimes pulls the fabric and I have to abort the cut.

So now I apply it to both sides. Next I placed the pieces where I wanted them and then took out my mini iron and pressed the "Heat-N-Bond" items in place.
After placement I add the batting and then the bottom piece of fabric to make my quilt sandwich.
I decided on the stitch I wanted to put around the bus and set the machine up. It was so much fun, I decided to pin stitch it.

Then came the fun embellishment part. I used black thread to make the grill and also to frame the windows.

I forgot to mention that before I cut the items out that I used my drawing pens to see how the cuts would place on the material. The Ecraft has a pen that stays in place while the blade is also attached so that you can set it up in the SCAL program to only draw the item versus cutting it. That way you can see how to place your freezer paper encased material in the machine.

I then stipple stitched around the bus and the crayons. I love this stitch and get relaxed as I sew it.

I am very pleased with the outcome. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Sneak preview of my next cut out for a cool design.

Also working on some Trick or Treat goodies..
Can't wait to see who wins, so see you again on the 5th of September for the next Hop don't forget. I hope you won't forget to come back again and see as I complete my other projects. Please feel free to leave me some comments and also become my follower. I will have many things coning in the near future!
Thank you for coming by!


  1. Great patch. I love it, would love to learn to sew... it's on my list of things i have to learn. Thanks for sharing.
    pattig161 at yahoo dot com

  2. Love it.. Thank you for the tutorial. You are sooo super talented.

  3. WOW!! How cool is that!!! I had no clue the Ecraft "drew" as well.. Great tutorial!!



  4. Wow! What a cool project!


  5. That's awesome!

    michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

  6. Wonderful project! I used to quilt a lot b4 baby. I love how I can "cross pollinate" my paper crafting and fabric crafting to get really neat projects. TFS! I hope to pull my machine and fabric out again someday:-) BTW I'm a new stalker:-)

    tammy dot schmitt at mac dot com

  7. that is so neat! I am really into quilting or should I say I would like to be into quilting but I don't have time for another hobby right now:-) You did a great job!
    creativestamperspot @ gmail dot com

  8. super cute project

  9. Wao this is so cool and awesome project!!! You did a wonderful project!!! Great job!!
    kureab at hotmail dot com

  10. Quilting is on my 'bucket list':-) Your project is wonderful and really does show the versatility of the machine - WOW! I am a new follower...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  11. very cute and I love this hop idea...TFS!!!


  12. Very cute.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  13. THis is such a great project! Love it

  14. Man o man I love it! I love the look of your blog too. My favorite colors. You have a great talent. TFS CallyAnn(new follower)
    come on over

  15. OMGosh!! You talented people!! Debi I am amazed at what you can do with that machine!!

  16. OMGOLLY such all really inspire me!

    Cathi Carpenter

  17. Very nicely thought out project! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!

  18. WOW! You have an amazing talent for fabric! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the next hop!

  19. Great Project! Can't wait to see the next one :)

  20. WOW!!! What an awesome project and tutorial.

  21. Your little quilt, block or mug rug (whatever it is) is adorable! Looks like you hand quilted it! I would so love to win that eCraft machine if it can do stuff like that. TFS!

    anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

  22. love this!
    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

  23. Wow! Super cool project!!! TFS

  24. Awesome project, never thought to put the 2 together... thanks for the little tut.
    I did all 3 requirements.
    pmsm0412 at gmail dot com

  25. I love your project. I am an ispiring quilter.
    I have fulfilled all 3 requirements to win.
    Katsews at gmail dot com

  26. I have seen the videos on cutting fabric by craftwell but your cuts are way more difficult. I had no idea the ecraft could do that!
    Stephanie K

  27. Wow, it never occurred to me to use my cutter to help with my sewing projects! Years ago I used to do small fairy tale applique quilts and this would have been an amazing help! Thanks for the fantastic ideas and the blog hop!

    heather.abels at gmail dot com

  28. You are such a talented crafter, and I am proud to call you friend. Can't wait to see this creation first hand.

  29. Wonderful information. I bought my ecraft to create applique' pieces for my quilting. I will certainly try the freezer paper on both sides. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  30. That is so great! Can't wait to see more! TFS!

  31. Thanks for the tutorial.

  32. Seriously this is super awesome. You make it look so easy. I wish you were my neighbor and could teach me. LOL Great project.
    Thanks for being part of a hop that offers a chance to win an eCraft.

    Smiles Sher

  33. Wow!!! I love your projects. Also, you directions are so detailed and very helpful. If I get an eCraft, I'll definitely try this out. TFS and scrappy hugs to you my friend.

    askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

  34. Amazing!!! I am new to eCraft and didn't know I could use it for quilting!!! I so hope I win a machine so I can start learning and show my grandchildren. (I do have 28 of them and 4 great grandchildren!!!!) Absolutely wonderful machine, oh I can't wait to tell everyone!!! scrappiPat

  35. What a WONDERFUL giveaway!!!

    I have a cricut, but dont use it often because of always needing to deal with cleaning and buying new mats :/

    I have also "liked" and commented the facebook page :)

    Thank you for this opportunity!!! :)

  36. Completely fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing how to cut material!!

  37. Your block is darling! Great tutorial too!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Ruthie :)

  38. This machine is awesome! I so love the way it works with fabric. Great project!