Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Love and beyond

The month of Love began.

February if you wander.
Although for me each day have to be filled with love.

Here is winter and warmth of home push me to sew more things.
The ideas come in my head and with Internet :)


If you are looking for inspirations visit Crafting news. They have selected 21 ideas for Wedding Quilts.
They all are interesting and have story behind.

One of them is my wall hanging Love hearts. There are different hearts – Yo-yo, stripped, wonky, crazy, french braid, broken heart, patched heart, and double hearts.
Sometimes love brings you to the heaven, sometimes it hurts.

Let happy moments be more!


Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Valentine

You are my Valentine!
Better way to say this words is to make a mug rug for your sweat Heart.
The idea came to me last Summer, but the health problems stopped me to make a pattern.
Now it is finished and put in my ETSY mug rug' shop. I am satisfied.


Another idea for Saint Valentine day - Let love grow!


Or why not to test Love with Modern tester from HERE.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Personalized heart

The New Year arrived with many expectations.
The great news here: I am totally recovered from shoulder pain. I promise never stop making exercises and take a rest every hour when sewing or sitting in front of computer.
By the way if somebody has such problem don't hesitate to write me for support. I have collected many useful videos with exercises which are helpful.

So the new pattern arrived right for Valentine's day.
If you like to make happy your beloved one make a cushion with a heart personalized by his letter.


The pattern is designed with letter A and you can download HERE.

Need another letter?
Simply add a message after purchase and I will send manually.

What about making a bunting flags with the letters of whole name?
Do you know that one of most popular names in USA is Ava?


You can put inside any letter from the funny alphabet which you can find HERE.



The heart is made as a frame and it is easy to put inside any picture if you don't want to add a letter.




Enjoy sewing!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Drawstring bag tutorial

After some months without working and sewing I began doing small activities.
The summer almost gone so I have collected and dried much herbs. I need useful drawstring bag to store them.
I stitched many bags . On each one I have put a label with written letters.
Here is one of them.



Do you like it? Do you need a tutorial? It was so easy to make.
The seam allowances are quarter inch.

1. Cut the following rectangles:


 The size depends on how big bag you need.
I have put them on my cutting mat for easy orientation. (one square is one inch)
I have chosen to make the front panel from canvas. It is heavy cotton so adding a strip on the top edge to put inside drawstrings was a good idea.

2. Preparing the hook.
Fold in half lengthwise and iron the piece.  Then open and fold again to the inside and stitch.



3. Stitch the strip on the front panel right side together. Iron well seam allowances towards upper edge.


4. Place the front and back panels right sides together and stitch both sides and bottom as shown.  Begin and finish the stitch 2 inches from the top end.


5.  Fold the top corner and stitch to the side seam as shown.

Repeat with the other three.

6. Making the tunnel for the strings.
Fold twice the upper edge and stitch. When reach the middle insert the hook.
I usually put a pin as a mark.




This is the finished top edge.


Repeat with the front side.

7. Make a secure stitch about half inch on the side seams both front and back pieces together.



I forgot to put a label at the beginning so stitch at this step. It was not so easy :)
So stitch it at the step 1.


8.Thread the drawstrings.
Thread the first as usual - from the right side to the left in the back tunnel and then in the front tunnel from left to right. Make a knot.
 

The second drawstring goes in opposite way. From the left side in the back tunnel and from right to left in the front tunnel. Make a knot.



9. The bag is finished.

So easy to make.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Another QAYG project

I am back!!!
Almost 5 months away.
I am so happy to be here again. The shoulder pain which caused many problems has almost gone. The movement of my hand is getting better and better.

This project was last I have made, but I could not share with you.


I had to made a single bed quilt for my nephew.
I recycled his jeans, his father's shirt and some blue fabrics.

Having a cushion prepared before I decided to use similar design.


And the back is almost boring :)


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A cushion from recycled shirt

This idea is not new, I have made such cushion years ago.
Now I developed the idea much more - I used the pocket of the shirt.
From the front sides of the shirt cut 15 inches square.



As in the old tutorial you can use the back of the shirt.
This time I used another fabric.







Different ways of use :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Improvisation and QAYG for a big quilt

First quilt for the 2019 is finished. I am absolutely satisfied with the result.


Improvisational piecing within the blocks and strip sashing between the blocks.
I have seen this method some years ago here. I liked it so much and promised to myself to use it one day.
The most beloved thing is that the back side is absolutely different and can be used sometimes too.


I used fabrics from man shirts for the top and fabrics for man trousers :) for the back. I was given many fabrics, bought years ago and want to use them as the main idea of the patchwork is to utilize different materials.

Here is one of the blocks.
First of all I stitched the batting and backing with 4-5 straight lines to hold them together. Then began from the centre like Log Cabin and added different colors and sizes. In fact I have added what I had by hand. At the end trimmed the block to desired size.
Prepared 6 blocks this way.

Then had to stitch together two blocks.
I have Bernina with zig zag stitch, bu at this time I have by hand my Janome 1600P only. It has straight stitch only, so decided to try connecting two blocks with FMQ.
It works!!!! Not perfect stitch but the stripes cover and hide all the stitches.

The edge of the block push other and there was no problem that they were separated.


The look from the back.



I cut 1,5 inches stripes for the back and 2 inches for the front.
First added on the back then on the front.


 


Definitely this was the fastest sewn quilt ever.

Excuse me for some "night" pictures, but I was in a hurry to see the final result.