In the Studio with Rita: Snow Happy

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Winter songs inspire me. Even before the first snow, I’m ready for merry and bright. Right now, Kristen Bell’s song, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Frozen might be on my playlist.

We only have each other. It's just you and me.

What are we gonna do? Do you want to build a snowman?

There might be a fresh pot of coffee on the kitchen counter. There might be chocolate-covered strawberries in the freezer. It’s a good day in the studio.

Want to get crafty with me?

I’ll show you how I started working with the new Winter Song Sentiment Panels.

Let’s Get Started

Cute kid photos? Check!

Basic tools and supplies: inkjet printer, printable fabric, rotary cutter, self-healing cutting mat, iron, pressing board, and fusible interfacing. Check!

Winter Song Sentiment Panels? Check!

  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman

  • May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

  • May Your Heart Be Light

  • Dashing through the Snow

  • Let It Snow

Important Note: Button Up Your Overcoat, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and Winter is Here sentiment panels are included in the Winter Song Paper Piecing Pattern.

 Winter Song Sentiment Panels and basic supplies. Notice t he sentiment panels below the ruler have the fusible interfacing adhered on the back.

Winter Song Sentiment Panels and basic supplies. Notice the sentiment panels below the ruler have the fusible interfacing adhered on the back.

Step-by-Step Panel Prep

  1. PRINT out the sentiment panel pages on printable fabric using an inkjet printer.

  2. CUT out each panel using a rotary cutter and cutting mat (or fabric scissors). A solid cutting line is provided to help you get squared up panels. The cutting line around each sentiment also ensures a sufficient seam allowance.

  3. PEEL backing paper off each panel when the ink is dry.

  4. ADHERE fusible interfacing on the back of each panel using an iron and pressing board . This is an optional step. For me, I like to make sure the thin white panels aren’t too transparent. It also prevents fraying.

    Tip: Cut a patch of the interfacing slightly smaller than the panel. Be sure the bumpy glue side of the interfacing is on the back of the panel when you iron. It’s a mess to get the adhesive off an iron. And yes, I know from experience.

I also printed out digital photos of my niece, Danielle and nephew, Andy, on the printable fabric with the inkjet printer. (Directions vary depending on cameras and software programs.)

I followed the same prep with my printable fabric photo panels: cut, peel paper backing, adhere fusible interfacing.

It’s just like cooking prep time in the kitchen.

It’s why you need merry and bright songs and a little chocolate.

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting more of my Winter Song projects throughout November.

For now, it’s time for hot chocolate and a book to inspire Snow Happy stitching.

On my craft table…

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Here are the links to products described in today’s post. I also included a few items to inspire your wintering crafting. They will also be products featured in upcoming November posts.