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Learning To Sew With Cuddle Fabric

Cuddle fabric (sometimes referred to as Minky ) is a special type of plush fabric that is often used to make baby blankets, baby clothing and baby accessories. The high quality of Cuddle fabric prevents its colors from fading and its warmth from decreasing over time. Produced by Shannon Fabrics, Cuddle fabrics have become their signature collection.

While Cuddle fabric is a super soft and plush fabric, it can be very tricky to sew with until you are familiar with it. Road 2018 is offering three classes by a Cuddle expert, Sheila McKay, to help take the mystery of sewing with this type of fabric.

Along with her two daughters. Sheila owns McKay Manor Musers, a place for all things crafty. Their tagline is ‘Inspiration is everywhere … unleash your inner artisan’

The three classes Sheila will be teaching are:

Thursday Night 4063C  Fun With Painters Tape

Friday Night 5066C  Diagonal Sew and Flip

A quick and easy way to build a quilt right on the batting, and on

Sunday 7008C   Mixing Gauze, Knit and Cuddle

Tips and tricks to sewing with these notoriously difficult fabrics

Why does Sheila like to teach? Because she loves watching “the light bulbs come on.” Sheila shares that most people really don’t enjoy sewing with Cuddle fabric or with gauze and even knits. She is looking forward to giving enough tips and tricks so that most people can walk away with lots of new ways to make sewing on Cuddle and these other fabrics so much easier.

What is Sheila’s favorite sewing tool? “By far, it is the needle threader on my sewing machine!! I am lost when it doesn’t work. Apparently, I need to admit that I need glasses.”

Her favorite sewing tip is one she picked up from an instructor that taught a class at the Houston Quilt Festival. She showed her how to make a perfect mitered corner when you are doing binding by just using a sticky note folded in half to make a triangle.

In addition to teaching her classes, Sheila and McKay Manor Musers will have a vendor booth. Look for them to be selling all of their full-size patterns and template packs.  Sheila and her daughters have designed almost everything in their booth.  The template packs are appliques that can be put on the top of the quilts or anything else like purses, pillows or backpacks.  They also offer kits for many of the patterns so customers don’t have to go out and find their own fabrics.  Most of all, Sheila adds, “We offer a smile – stop by and see us.”

 

 

 

Do You Know Cuddle Fabric?

Shannon Fabrics had a big presence in Road’s 2016 Marketplace. Featuring their signature “Cuddle” fabric collection, Shannon Fabrics showed guests why they have become a household name when it comes to plush fabrics and how they are Making The World a Softer Place™. In their booth, they were able to demonstrate a variety of tips and techniques using Cuddle, as well as how all their fabrics can be used alone and together with other fabrications, including quilting cottons.Shannon logo-RGB

A huge hit with Shannon Fabrics booth were all the Cuddle Charm Packs they gave away. Their charm packs were a great way to be introduced to using Cuddle Fabric and are perfect for making a baby blanket or a baby pillow.

During the show, one of the $5.00 Lecture classes featured Quick Quilts With Cuddle. The class was taught by Cuddle experts Pat Wodskow and Cindy Surina. Pat and Cindy shared tips and techniques on how to work with Cuddle fabric. The first thing they pointed out was why Cuddle is a superior fabric to Minky. While Minky was the first plush fabric, Pat remarked how it has a thinner backing and is a cheaper quality. That is why you can find it at Wal Mart and JoAnn’s. Cuddle has a higher weave backing along with a higher, thicker, and longer pile making it more stable than Minky. As Pat noted, “Cuddle is the good stuff.”

Pat Wodskow and Cindy Surina being introduced to their class by Randy Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Pat Wodskow and Cindy Surina being introduced in their class by Randy Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

What were some of the tips Pat and Cindy Shared?

When Cutting Cuddle

  • Cuddle does not fray but you will get some “Cuddle dust” when you cut it.
  • For shorter fiber Cuddle fabrics, use a rotary cutter. For the longer fiber Cuddle fabrics, draw a cutting line on the backside of the fabric and cut through the backing only with scissors. Pull apart and place in dryer to control the “Cuddle dust.”
  • Check the nap before cutting each piece to make sure it is going in the right direction.
  • The best pattern pieces should be sturdy. You can iron tissue paper patterns to the waxy side of freezer paper. Cut all pattern pieces out first before using them on the fabric.
  • Do not use pins to secure pattern pieces on fabric layers. Instead, use pattern weights. Soup cans, coffee cups or tuna cans also work well to keep pattern pieces in place.

    Cuddle

    Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Assembling Cuddle Pieces

  • Spray adhesives work great for holding batting, backing, and fabrics together for “sandwiching.”

Sewing Cuddle

  • Be aware of the straight of grain and stretch. Cuddle is way more stretchy on the cross grain. Never put cross grain and straight grain together.
  • Use a Walking Foot.
  • Use a size 90/14 ballpoint (stretch) needle for more stability
  • Lengthen the stitch length to 3-3.5 mm
  • Sew straight edges.

Caring for Cuddle Projects

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

  • Machine wash in cool water. Tumble dry low heat. Take out of dryer just before it is completely dry and hang.

For more information on how to use Cuddle fabric, visit Shannon Fabrics website or their You Tube channel for demonstrations.

 

 

 

Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Cindy Surina

Cindy Surina will be teaching  1015C  Cuddle! on Monday.  ***Note: this class was recently added to the teaching schedule.Cindy S bio photo

Like many people, Cindy Surina got into quilting accidentally.  On a whim, in early 1980, she bought a brand new Bernina 830 with the intention that she would sew cute little dresses for her three year old daughter.  She was intrigued with the machine applique projects displayed in the store, so she enrolled in a beginning machine applique class.  She was immediately “hooked” and sought out every fun pattern that she could find.  One thing led to another, and she began teaching at The Fabric Patch  in Upland, California  (a store once owned by Carolyn Reese and her mother, Marie White) as well as designing machine applique patterns.

There are other people in Cindy’s family who sewed and quilted that had an influence on her. Cindy’s mother, like many women in the 1950’s,  made the majority of Cindy’s clothes. Her mother also had dabbled in many areas of handwork, including crochet, embroidery, and needlepoint.  Cindy has a full size, hand pieced and quilted Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt that her mother made from various prints from the 1930’s and 1940’s that were scraps from dresses that her mother had made.  Cindy’s daughter, Stacy, helps Cindy in her booth at retail shows, including Road to California, and also works at her local quilt shop.

Cindy will also be a vendor at Road 2016 for Cuddle by Shannon Fabrics. She discovered Cuddle at Fall Quilt Market in Houston six or seven years ago.  She loved the colorful but simple projects they showed in their booth.  And, like everyone else, she really loves the way the fabric feels.  Cindy has been fortunate to have developed a close working relationship with Shannon Fabrics and has created some of the patterns that they include in their kits offered to shops across the country.Cindy S

In her class, Cindy intends to teach students how fast and easy it can be to create cuddly, attractive quilts.  Each student will have the opportunity to complete a small baby quilt and have the confidence to move on to many other projects.  Cindy S 2