Monday, January 8, 2018

Four cushions

The last project from last year continued on the first of January was four cushions.
A friend of mine asked me to decorate hall where the main color is vanilla. The couch, the curtains, the carpet, even the walls. It looks nice, but without any accent.
I made the cushion corresponding to the doors of the cupboard and used rests from the curtains.

"The Steps of the court" have the same look even the stripes makes an angular feeling.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The quilt - Hours before Christmas

Since my last post I was involved to create two quilts for Christmas.
Working on them was a real challenge for me.
Love the final result.

24 blocks as the days before Christmas, 12 clock faces as the hours of the day, 12 clock faces as the hours of the night. Each hour is so different.

After making the design I began follow the idea.
Collected  all white, green, red fabrics I have in my stash. Then added the gold printed ones.
I ordered them on the bed - almost 140. There are satin, taffeta, velvet, cotton fabrics.

First I began to make each block paper foundation. After sewing the second one I remembered about freezer paper. It was a perfect idea. - the work began going much easier.

Then I have made the second quilt.

 After sewing all the blocks I collected them and began thinking of quilting.

It has to be light and air.
I found a golden thread - perfect addition to the project.

The half of the blocks are with such star, the rest with different.

Final balance 22 white fabrics, 28 red and green, 2 golden - for the bindings.
I am satisfied.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Make a tote from dyed fabrics - tutorial

Many times I wanted dying shibori. Last week I have red about dying with turmeric and fast go to try it.
I got a piece of fabric (recycled sheets) and some elastics and threads, put on gloves and began.

It was deep yellow right after dying, but when washed it became orange. This is the result after drying out.
I liked shibori so make another piece with blue paint for cotton fabrics.

Trimmed  the pieces to 12x16 inches. Chose a striped fabric for inside - cut two rectangles the same size.

Stitch the yellow piece with first piece of lining right sides together on one short side and iron the seams open.

Fold along the seam, stitch with proper thread and pin to quilt together.

Repeat with the blue piece.

Make an inside pocket.

 For handles I chosen pink. Cut 3 inch stripes, fold and stitch. Fix to the bag.

Place both quilted parts right sides together and stitched - first by machine then by serger, Turned out and ironed.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birmingham quilt festival

I was there!
For two days!
I have participated in Modern category with the quilt "Eye Ghosting"!
As I was searching for inspiration for the theme of Reflection, I came upon many different ideas – from most common mirror images to physical diffraction.
The most impressive picture was the eye ghosting vision after LASIK surgery.
The temporary double vision or ghosting images during the normal six-month healing period tend to be caused by an irregularity in the cornea.
The ability to see is a miracle. Having myopia, I totally understand the problem of ghosting vision.
The reflections of the eye chart are made by appliqu├ęd fused fabrics and ironed painted transfer paper.
Machine quilting with grey ombre and white threads.

What a perfect time!
An amazing quilt festival in Birmingham captured all my senses. The exhibitions, sewing machines, tools, fabrics, workshops and meetings. I am truly satisfied.
I am sure anyone has seen many pictures from exhibition.
I have taken some :)

Have you heard - the dates were announced - from the 9th-12th August 2018 . 
Till next year!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Nail polish PP block

Some months ago I dreamed I make a present for a lady that cares about my nails.
What was  it?
A pouch with a nail polish.
Drawn by hand and sewn for 2 hours. What I have done.

The nail polish paper pieced block

I wander if there will be interest if I  make the PDF pattern and upload for FREE.
Here you can find on CRAFTSY.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Christmas tree #2

Oh, Christmas tree!
The song is so beautiful! Hope the new paper pieced block is so lovely as the song.
I am proud to introduce my new pattern after some month silence.
For ETSY lovers and for CRAFTSY addicted. :)

The pattern is very ""flexible".
If make the last piece in the down section the same color as the background you will have different block.
Easy to sew even for beginner. You can use foundation method or freezer paper. Fast and funny to make.
Chose different colors for different look.

You are right to ask about Number one.
Here it is on ETSY or CRAFTSY.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Frame a quilt in a box

There are many ways to display a quilt - the most common way with a sleeve on the back, with triangle pieces at the upper corners, on a canvas on a frame.
This time I will show you how to use a box as a frame. There are many sizes in IKEA. Or you could order different size.

The first step  when you have already a box is to mark the place of the quilt on the "bottom" of the box. Simply use a pencil to mark the four corners.
Then drill two small holes inside the mark at the first corner..

Proceed with the next corners.

Sew the quilt at the four corners with coordinating thread and tie on the back.

Easy, don't you think?