17 Oct Sewforever + Becky Campbell – creative entrepreneur spotlight
I met Becky Campbell of Sewforever several years ago when we were both filming segments for Quilting Arts TV, Series 1600 1-13. I remember her not only being very talented – she was filming a segment about her Innovative Applique technique – but super sweet and I’m so happy to introduce her to you in this new blog post series called Creative Entrepreneur Spotlight.
I’m always amazed at the talent and inventiveness that the art community has. I love the passion of a small business owner and my goal with this series is to shine a light on them so you can meet them too.
**If you are a small business owner – art related only please, fiber and mixed media welcome – and would like to be featured in a Creative Entrepreneur Spotlight post, send me an email at email@example.com **
The thing that I love about the products that Becky has developed is that they help make tasks easier without sacrificing quality in any way. What’s not to love about that?? She is going to discuss three of her products: Sewforever Quilt Storage (which I totally need), Innovative Applique and English Paper Piecing Made Modern.
Please welcome Becky to the blog and enjoy her guest post!
Thank you Lynn for inviting me to guest post on your blog! Here is a bit about my quilting journey.
My first product, Sewforever Quilt Storage, came from the belief that it is better to roll quilts instead of fold them. The sleeve is breathable, archival and water-resistant so quilts are fully protected.
My next product is Innovative Applique. I fell in love with applique but not the tedious tracing, needle-turning or cutting freezer from the back of a project. I have a friendly voice that constantly asked me: Is there an easier way?
And that’s how I invented Innovative Applique. This technique saves time and creates precise results for both beginner and experienced quilters.
I was happily working on additional applique patterns when people began posting English Paper Piecing projects on social media and it really captured my attention.
This is La Passacaglia. It’s found in the book Millefiori Quilts by Wilyne Hammerstein. It uses traditional EPP, basting/gluing, whipstitching and paper pulling. (Not for me!)
Here is proof that I CAN to do traditional EPP, I just didn’t want to. Some of these are basted, some ironed to freezer paper.
But I wanted to join in the fun!! I wanted to spend my creative time, stitching, not preparing shapes and whip-stitching – both are very slow processes. My friendly voice nudged me – is there an easier way? English Paper Piecing Made Modern became the answer.
English Paper Piecing Made Modern are self-stick templates. Cut shapes, including fussy cutting with no slipping. The Add a Quarter ruler butts up to the edge of the template, trim a perfect ¼” seam allowance and you are ready to start stitching.
Here’s how it works:
Fussy cutting a motif. The pink ruler is the Add A Quarter ruler.
Reposition the template in the center, on the wrong side of the fabric shape, add another fabric shape, right sides together, no template needed on the fabric shape being added.
Simply straight stitch from corner to corner of the template, by hand or machine, tacking at the beginning and the end. Continue to add fabric shapes to all sides of the fabric shape with the template.
If hand stitching is not your thing, you can easily use the templates with your machine.
Templates are reusable 5-10 times. Consider you will add 6 fabric shapes to the hex with the template before the template needs to be moved.
Reposition the self stick template to an outer fabric shape and repeat.
The templates come in various packages; 4 different size hexagons, La Passacaglia, Daisy Chain, Lucy Boston and a package of Blank pages to create your own shapes. I am working on more collections and love feedback for shapes you would like.
The image to the left is what the packages looks like. You cut the templates apart, which takes very little time. You can make horizontal cuts with a rotary cutter and rule, then trim out the shape with scissors.
The package cost $12.95 for 6 sheets.
Example: 1” Hexagon package contains 6 sheets, 20 Hexagons per sheet = 120 Hexagons.
Reusable 5-10 times = 600 -1200 usable hexagons.
Each package numbers vary depending on the size and shapes included. Details are listed on each package so you know exactly what you are getting.
I wanted to create a product that is economical. I would love to have the templates precut but that gets crazy expensive. We cut things up all the time, so let’s save our money for all the fabric we will want for fussy cutting. Another important element was to open up English Paper Piecing for people who can’t or do not want to piece by hand.
I want to thank Lynn for inviting me to guest post! You can keep up to date on Sewforever’s activities by signing up for my newsletter on my website. (The subscription box is at the top of the page.)
**A note from Lynn: I have a package of English Paper Made Modern templates so I’ll be doing another blog post soon with the project I’m working on with them!**
I hope you enjoyed meeting Becky and please visit her site to check out her awesome products! Thanks Becky!