Thursday, 2 July 2015

A peek inside my sketch folder

Needlepoint and maps.
This is my play ground now.
I'm working on a few graphic design projects. Less sewing for the time being.

one motif - four possibilities

Art map. It would be great if I will manage to make a version for a quilt eventually.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Out and About

I try to find inspiration everywhere I go.
An unexpected invitation and a mini-holiday nourished my soul and imagination with a lot of beauties.
A 400 years old village, Valea Zalanului, secluded in the heart of a forest, on a mountain with mild slopes in the Romanian Carpathians was chosen by Prince Charles for buying an old property. He transformed it in Guesthouse opened to the public, helping the financing the Prince of Wales Foundation which activities are aiming the preservation of the local rich biodiversity of plants, mushrooms, insects, birds and large mammals. 
It was difficult what photos to chose for sharing in this post, because it is so much to show!
Eventually, I decided.
Here they are!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

BlueBell Handbag - pattern testing

It's been long time since I started working on this handbag.

Of course, I have not worked continuously on it, only from time to time.
I have made already a few bags while I was writing the pattern and I like it more and more.
It's a carryall bucket bag that mixes in with everyday basics and provides the perfect finish to casual outfits.

The oval base gives it personality and support.

It closes with two magnetic snaps and has two handles with metal rings attached, two pockets inside to help you organize your things. But the real star of the bag is the zippered pocket installed to one exterior side.Why? Because the 7" opening gives you access to two pockets, one for each side of the bag.

The finished size is:
13½" wide
14" tall (without handles)
7" deep

It can be made from a wide range of fabrics: from quilt weight fabric to decorator fabric.

Depending on this it is necessary to add interfacing (lightweight to medium) and/or batting or fusible fleece.

The pattern is almost ready and now I need help from some of you to finish it.
Do you want to test my pattern?
Could you send me in about 14 days your feedback (including pictures of your work)?
As English is not my native language, I would appreciate your assistence from this point of view, too.
The only way I can make it up to you is to offer the final corrected form of the pattern.

I look forward to your response!

Thank you!

Have a beautiful day!

I'm linking to Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A touch of rustic in my home

Do you remember these?
Well, I finished them.

I chose my kitchen wood chairs ( these ones for my over-the-pond-friends and these ones for my-fellow-citizens) and embellished them with only a few painted little flowers because I knew that I will always wear them in rustic clothes. Or at list, somewhere around this style.
 When I cut out the shirt for the apron I saved the shirt seams without having something in mind. Now it was good to have them on hand because I used them as strings to keep my pads in place.

I felt that there was no need to quilting them.

I like them just the way they are.

Have a beautiful day, my dears! 

I'm linking to Finish it up Friday!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Spring 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival

In the last minute I decided to participate in the Bloggers Quilt Festival held at Amy's Creative Side.
This is my second participation in the Festival.
This time it's my applique baby quilt "I'm flying!" finished recently.

The main panel is raw edge machine applique, after a drawing by Romanian artist Elena Dragulelei.

If you like to know a little more about it, please read this post.

The quilt measures 37" x 40".

Cotton fabrics for top, polyester batting and flannel for backing. I used Amann's Isacord threads and I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine.

I have entered "I'm flying" quilt in Blogger's Quilt Festival Applique Quilts category

If you have little time to spend, please come and visit the Festival, vote for your favorite quilt and be inspired!
The voting will be open from 22 May until 29 May. Winners will be announced on 30 May.

Thank you for your visit!
Enjoy the Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival!

I'm linking to finish it up Friday! too.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

A touch of rustic - work in progress

Sometimes life takes me away from my working table even together with all my thoughts and ideas.
Now I'm back.
In order to worm up my hands and clear my head I have started a small project somehow related with the last one.
I used a few denim shirt leftovers from the apron I made and because I wanted a rustic look I added gingham and stripes printed fabrics.

I managed to finish these simple, common tops and I have to work a bit transforming them into two useful things for my home.
I'm not telling you what kind of things for now.
You will see them in a few days.
Till then

Have a beautiful day!