International Quilt Festival: Embellishments

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Recently I attended the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first quilt festival I’ve been to and I was quite intrigued. When I first walked into the room it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. There were award-winning quilts hanging up for all to see, booths to my left, booths to my right and beautiful colors and designs.

Along with all the colorful quilts were other booths and demos. At one booth I noticed some cute bags and purses in the shape of an owl. These craft and quilt designers are talented in so many ways. There are so many unique techniques to be used it was a thrill.

While walking from aisle to aisle I noticed a glitter demonstration. Giving this demonstration was a representative of Embellishment Village. I immediately stopped to watch what she was doing. All this glitter, sparkle and bright colors, I just couldn’t look away. What she was teaching was how to create designs with washable glitter. This glitter can be used to embellish quilts, bags, clothes and more. It’s great because even after many washes the glitter will still stay on.

To make the glitter stay on she used a foil pen which has a tacky glue in it. Along with the glitter she put foil on the glue and then pulled the foil back. In doing so, the foil leaves a colorful resin behind creating a beautiful design. These foiling products again, can be used on quilts and wearables.

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