Monday, 15 May 2017

Retro Car applique in a few steps

I dream about a quilt with retro cars for a while. Maybe a bed quilt, maybe a wall quilt. I have not yet decided which one to make.

I love also appliqué.
I started a few projects having raw edge appliqué as main quilting technique in order to practice the ways of securing the edges of the appliqued pieces.
Today I share one of them combined with a little thread painting.

I drew an old BMW because is my favorite car brand.
In order to give it some texture and 3D look, I outlined the possible shining and shadowed areas of the car in a few little areas of color shades.
I made a template and printed it.

I transferred the design onto the background fabric.
I traced the design of the pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web and fused them on the wrong side of the fabric pieces.

After cutting them out and peeling-off the fusible web, I put each piece in place.

I checked that all the pieces are in place and I carefully pressed them.

Normally, next I would have added the batting and backing to make the quilt but this time I wanted to see how it will look using tear-away stabilizer.

I sat at the sewing machine assuming the needle was a pencil in my hand. I intended to cover two tasks: outlining the car shape and fading the edges of the fabric pieces to make them shade imperceptibly into each other acting like illuminated and shaded areas.

The result was this. For a first time, I think it looks pretty good.

Next time I will add batting to make a quilt. I will think also if there are some areas or edges to secure before quilting.
We will see.

If you are in a mood for a quick and nice applique project, maybe you would like to try this one.

Until next time,
Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Linking to Finish it up Friday!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

A sneak peek into my work room

I'm sure that I'm not the only one feeling energized by the fresh signs of Spring.
Every day the tree branches become greener and the sun enriches the color palette of the gardens encouraging more and more flowers to bloom.
In the morning I open the window and I can't wait to feel the cool air coming into the room. This gives me an unexpected strength and inspiration to work quick and happy and to sew more and more of the projects from my long to-do list.

So, I just finished another pillow cover quilt for a new pattern.
I made the design last year and let it wait until now.
It might seem a complicated layout but in fact, it is not. In the pattern, I do my best to explain all the leading steps to complete the quilt without fails.

Until it will be finished, If you need some inspiration for your future sewing projects, maybe you will find something here.

So that is all for today.
Back to work, now.

Have a beautiful weekend, my dears!

I am linking to Finish it up Friday!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Something new to sew - Quilted Pillow Cover pattern release

Do you like applique?
I do. I always did.
It was just a matter of time to design my own pattern.
And here it is:

It's so easy to make, so quick to complete!

And sooo beeeautiful, isn't it?

The pieces are simple and symmetrical. Easy to cut, easy to fuse, easy to stitch down.

I know, it sounds like a shameless self-promotion, but actually, these are the grounds that had driven to writing the pattern.

You need only a few hours of work (looking more like a child's play), two fat quarters and a few fabric scraps and strips.

You might use this design also for a cute table topper or even for a lovely quilt.
One Happy Flowers pillow, table topper or wall quilt and you will feel like Spring and Summer are forever in your home.

I thought the pattern as a simple and friendly guide, providing
- a lot of pictures
- instructions for fusing, stitching, piecing, washing and for assembling the pillow cover
- all the necessary templates
- suggestions for layout variation

And to smooth its way into the world,

During 2 - 4 April 2017

 I will offer my 

Happy Flower Quilted Pillow Cover 

at a reduced price!

You are welcome in my shop!

Have a beautiful week, my dears! 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

New pattern on the go

In the last few weeks, I have been working on a new pattern.
It went unexpectedly well. The work was easy and fun. 
From the drawings to the cutting and sewing, everything bound so well.
It's an applique quilt for a pillow cover front which gives the perfect opportunity to use the pile of leftover fabrics and besides all to bring indoor the lovely signs of the warm season.

First time I used these flower design a few month ago. I wrote about it here. It had so much success that I wanted to use it again in another project. And so, I made this pattern called "Happy Flowers". 
It has one more step to go. Proofreading and testing.
And here comes my request to you: 
Is there anyone willing to help me in this matter?
Do you want to test my pattern?
Could you send me in about 10-14 days your feedback (including pictures of your work)?
The only way I can make it up to you is to offer the final corrected form of the pattern.

In case you need it, my email address is on the right sidebar - "Email me".

Hoping for a positive response from you.

Thank you!

Have a beautiful week, my dears!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Improvisational quilts at a small scale

I had to make a few tablet sleeves. A perfect occasion to sew again mini quilts.
This time I approached a difficult theme: improvisation.


I just picked up the fabric pieces by color, no matter if the fiber was natural or synthetic.

incorporated in this tablet sleeve front:


I used only my hand painted fabrics.

and the tablet sleeve to which it belongs now


Using my hand painted fabrics


transformed in this tablet sleeve front

For these tablet sleeves, I used Little Wonders pouch pattern by Geta Grama.
I just changed the original size to get about 13" x 9".

I liked the improvisational process. I think I will try it again.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines day!

Hello, my friends!
I hope you have a day full of love!

In this special day, I want to share with you one little project for which I used my Urban Folk block, a few little pieces from my hand painted fabrics and a few pieces of denim.
I chose this pattern because it has let me to suggests the close bound between two people loving each other only by the way of combining the fabrics.

I kept the idea also when I quilted it.

 And finally, look what it came out:

The pouch back:

It was a quick and cute project.
Urban Folk block pattern is so versatile and easy to do, that only by scale it and place it between a few strips of fabrics you might use it not only for making lovely pillows
but for modern quilts

 place mats

 and as you might see in this post, for special pouches or bags.

If you like it and want to use it in your future projects, it waits for you here.

For now, I have a gift for you:
one free quilting design for all of you, my dear quilting enthusiasts.

Right-click on the image and chose "Save image as...". Print it at the needed size and transfer the design on the quilt top.You might use one color thread or several colors of thread.

Look how it might look the quilting by repeating and shifting the  Joined Petals design.

Please respect my work and note that the design is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution.

Thank you!

Have a beautiful Valentines Day!

I'm linking to Finish it up Friday.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

One mini quilt = one pouch -- # 3

Today is the turn of the third mini quilt to welcome you.
If you want to see the little stories of the first two mini quilts of the series, please go here and here.

Here is my
Happy Flowers mini quilt:

I used painted fabrics for flowers, stems and leaves and commercial fabrics for the background.
I chose this free motion quilting to give some texture to the background and I used a narrow zig-zag stitch to secure the appliqued flowers edges.

Now look at its transformation:

A simple beautiful pouch.

On the pouch back I kept the same way of quilting as for the other two pouches: alternating a few lines with unequal zig-zag stitches.

It was another quick and fun project I am sure will have some followers.

The Mini quilts becoming pouches series continue. From time to time I will bring some of them here, on the blog.

Linked to Finish it up Friday!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

One mini quilt = one pouch -- # 2

In the last days of 2016, I made a few pouches. On that occasion, I inaugurate a new series of posts on the blog about mini quilts. What's the connection between pouches and mini quilts?  Well, at the beginning, each of these pouches was a mini quilt.
 If you want to see the first one, please go here.
Today is the turn of the second mini quilt to be presented.
I named it Serenity.

As you may see, I improvised a simple patchwork design, sewing a few strips and scraps of painted fabrics from my stash. I wanted that the quilting to contribute to the calm feeling inspired by the soft color combination.

The pouch made from it is so delicate!

On the pouch back I played alternating a few lines with unequal zig-zag stitches.
It was another quick project I so loved to do. 

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year!

I wish you to have a year full with all you need!

I don't like to make promises and resolutions.
A few times I've tried to do that, but I never felt comfortable.
What I will do this year is a problem closed in my brain and my notebook only.
I want to keep this blog clean and friendly. That's why I try to bring here solutions, ideas, beautiful things, good spirit. Even if I will not be a disciplined blogger, posting regularly.

So, less talk more work. It's the only thing I am trying to do every day.
I hope to give you reasons to stay around here.

Have a beautiful year, my dears!
Here is a poster I made for you, using a photo taken while picking apples from my little orchard, in October 2016.