Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another test and another present

My love for traditional stitching made me interrupt the work on the bucket bag.
I have seen some images of the traditional motifs from Basarabia and I tried a quick test to see if I could transform one of them in a patchwork block.

My source: - a wonderful Romanian Lady sharing his hard work aiming perpetuation of traditional Romanian stitching art 

...and another Easter gift is done! No waste!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Tests and presents

I keep working on a bag pattern. This time I made a smaller version of this one. I used another printed black thinner fabric, woven fusible interface and regular polyester batting.

Why black fabric again? Because I found in my closet a few black tassels I made some time ago and I wanted to use at least one of them. You know, well....I had the horseshoes but I didn't have the horse....

It turned out satisfying enough to give it as present for Easter to a lovely girl but not satisfying enough for the pattern.

Oh! It has two exterior side pockets, but I forgot to take the evidence photo !

I am late, very late with the other Easter gifts.
On the saddle! Back to work, now!

Have a beautiful week, my dears!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pretty little things – Cone Sachets. My first newsletter

We have a beautiful beginning of spring, here!
In the past few weeks I have noticed an increased interest for my lavender sachets.  That's why I decided to give my newsletter subscribers a free template for sewing a Cone Sachet and a free design: a Lavender Bouquet, for embellishing it. 
 Until lavender will bloom for using its flowers and stems for filling them, you have enough time to prepare the sachets using some of your odd fabric leftovers.
You could make embroidered sachets.
A few words about the Lavender Bouquet Design:
You can transfer the design directly onto the fabric using a light source such as a light box or window and use it to sew an embroidery.  
You can sew the embroidery by hand, by embroidery machine (if you need the digitized .pes file of the Lavender Bouquet design, email me and I will gladly give it to you for free, too) or using the free-motion foot, at your sewing machine. You don’t need special embroidery skills. If you know quilting, you can do it, for sure.
....or you could only draw directly on the fabric using textile finliners. In this case you need to fix the colours by ironing at the temperature supported by your fabric.

Here there are: on the left - one sachet embroidered by embroidery machine, on the right - other one embroidered by sewing machine using the free-motion foot and in the center, the green sachet with the drawn Lavender Bouquet .

But you may also leave some of them without embroidery or you may place a small applique instead. 
The best idea is to sew the sachets one of a kind, when you are in that special mood to search in your scraps box and sew only little things that can be done shortly but needing patience with the little details. 
This way you will have them done on hand for composing some sweet and fun surprises for whatever occasion may occur.
When you don't have lavender buds you may fill them with what you want:

 Here I used them for a little Easter rehearsal :)

And of course, you may play making all kind of edgings and borders:

This kind of sachets may complete in a sweet way a present or could be as well a present by themselves.
Enjoy your sewing!
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bucket Bag WIP

I'm working on a bucket bag.

 This one is the third attempt, one of my tests. It seams that I need more tests.
It's roomy (16 1/2" W x 14 1/2 H x 10" D), light and stiff.
I remembered Geta wrote an Interfacing Guide for Bags. I had to adapt to what I had in the closet: I used woven fusible interface and a regular polyester batting. I added a non woven fusible interfacing to the lining and I'm quite satisfied with the bag structure.

The oval bottom is quite sturdy.
 I tried to find a discrete place for a zippered exterior pocket. On the next test-bag I will add a second one.

Playing a little with the bag open I placed magnetic snaps on its sides. I found this simple way to get a changeable shape.

I mixed up some working stages, that's why my bag is lucking in accuracy. But it's OK, it's only a test-bag.

Let's back to tests!
Have a beautiful week, my dears!

Friday, March 21, 2014

♥ Thank you! ♥

Some technical problems with my computer blocked me to write this post earlier. I try to write it now even they were not removed yet. I hope I will make it.

A lovely springy pillow made using her favorite color by Geta Grama with my Country Home block pattern

Last week the very talented quilt designer Geta Grama wrote a post about me and Dora Cary, a Romanian born quilter living now in USA. On this occasion I have known Dora and his work. What a creative lady! Her modern quilts keep such a fine balance between the simple geometrical forms and dimensions. Look at them here! I know you will like Dora's patterns.

Here's a vibrant quilt made by  Geta Grama with Dora's Stripe Play pattern

As a response to Geta's post I have received so many warm encouraging messages! They went to my heart and nourished my soul.
I am grateful to you all, for your time spent to do this and for buying with such enthusiasm my pattern! I hope you will enjoy it!

I wish you to have a Quilting Guardian Angel like I have and good friends like mines with whom to share your passion!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!
I hope I will give you only good reasons to come back here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

...and on...

In the last post I said I don't know how will turn out my gift-to be.
Well, I didn't manage to bound things together. They didn't match up.Time spent for nothing.
Pure and simple.

But  don't forget: today is International Women's Day (8 March), a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
Let's party, then!
Have a beautiful weekend, my dears!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Moving on

A new gift on my work table. No, not for me. I'm making it for someone born in...February. Well, that's it! I'm late. And above that not sure how this will turn out.
For now sneak a peek:


Till next post,

Have a beautiful day!