Sunday, June 14, 2015

Triangle Log Cabin

Have you ever thought which quilt block  is one of the  is the most popular block - .I guess it is the Log Cabin quilt block.
It has many variations and modern renewals. Sometimes I am looking at them on Pinterest' boards and couldn't resist to pin more and more - so magnificent they are.

I have a dream wandering what will be happen if use triangle shapes instead of rectangle logs.
Waked up and began sketching.
Then gone to my studio and began working.
First prepared triangles  from different printed stripes.

I didn't like the first finished block. It was absolutely mess of prints although all are small flower printed fabrics.

The small pieces won't be different prints.

The last I have sewn was with dotted fabrics.

I think it is the better one.
Alternating solids with prints occurred successful idea.


In the evening  I made many different combination using my EQ7 and like all of them.
As I used an equilateral triangle as a basic shape there are many possibilities for collecting blocks - building hexies, collecting by rows, etc.

 If you preffer to sew rectangle blocks ar have difficulty to attach bias sides of triangles keep reading.

For instance if you add triangles to build a rectangular block, there are such variant for combining them.

Do you like my play?
The patterns are on CRAFTSY and ETSY.

Enjoy and show me what you have created.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quiet hand sewing

I was very busy last 2 weeks, but now almost finished this project.
I will show the whole quilt later, now - the back only.
What a helpful Clover clips

If you want to add a fresh look in your decor a new cushion is always a good idea.
Visit the shop of my cousin.  Now with 20 % off to celebrate 2 years.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Scrap pouch

Probably anyone has many pieces different fabrics waiting for a project.
So when a friend of mine ask me to make for her a pouch she had seen on Facebook I decided to reduce the scraps.

The best way for sewing small triangles is foundation method, but I am bored with tearing small paper, so decided on freezer paper method.
I have drawn the triangles, cut pieces and order them in desired row.

Iron first triangle on the back side of paper.

Face down the fabric and peel the paper to the line where will be added next triangle.

then added next piece right side together.

Stitch by machine next to the paper fold.

Open and iron on the paper.

Proceed the same manner.

Make two rows, trim and sew them together.

Sew lining, add zipper and bind by hand.

Does it look like the original?
Might be this picture.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The day of the Earth

The main goal of quilting (patchwork) is to use pieces of fabrics.
That means put every piece in action. Here are some great tips to collect them and to use them.

At the well known site Craftsy there is a free e-guide that you can download.

Save Those Scraps! A Scrap Quilting Handbook

I am very proud to see my project among the pages.
It was the beginning of a wall hanging.
See how it looks now. 

 It reminds me of broken glass, so I named it - The brocken window.
The size is 24 x 28 inches. I used ombre blue thread for quilting.
I was surprised I have missed to show the finished project  to the Craftsy Community.
Now the mistake is corrected.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to make the perfect circle mug rug

I have designed a daffodil stained glass picture and realized that binding it usual way with bias tape won't look pretty.
I wondered what fabric to choose, thought a little more and decided to make it as cushion cover - place top and back right sides together, stitch and turn over.
The difference is that instead of leaving a hole for turn over when stitching along the perimeter, you have to stitch WHOLE perimeter and make a slash on the back for turn over. This ensure you have a perfect circle shape.
I have seen this method on the Lisa Call's site - an interesting fiber artist I have found two years ago.
In fact she made ACEO mini quilt - they are small rectangles 2.5″ x 3.5″only, but the idea is the same.

You will need 7" circle batting , 7" circle backing, 3"x1" strip non-woven fusible interfacing and finished top. Make your own or get the pattern from HERE.

1.Lay the batting and prepared top right side up and stitch around at a quarter inch from the edge
of the picture to fasten two layers.

 2. Fuse a strip of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of backing and cut a 2.5” slash.


3. Lay the backing right side up and place on it the prepared  top  from step 12 right side down.
Stitch round perimeter follow the seam you made earlier to fasten batting and top.

4. Trim the batting only close to the seam.

5. Turn over the mug rug through the slash you have cut on the back.

Iron well, stitch round close to the edge.
Place a strip 2 x 5” on the slash on the back and needle turn applique
a strip to hide the hole.

6. Now you have a perfect circle mug rug.
Make a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the spring.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Be an applique magician - tutorial

Do you wander how quilters make perfect appliqued shapes?
Are you dreaming about beautiful zig zag stitches around every detail?
Then this post is for you.

The secrets of good looking applique stitches are several.

1. The foundation fabric should be stabilized.
Use paper stabilizer of fusible non-woven interfacing.

2.Set your machine at medium to lower speed.
This allow you to control the up-down movement of the needle when you reach the place where have to change sewing direction.

3. Set the stitch length to 1.0 and stitch width to 2.0 and test how it looks. Usually this works.

4. Use an applique foot
It gives you bigger field of vision.

5. Begin stitching. At the end of the edge at * put the needle in the background fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot.

6. Always pivot at *. (see the ways for outer and inner corners)

7.Proceed the same manner.

8. When stitch the curve select low speed and pivot inside the curve.

9. When reach the beginning stop at the same point, pull the threads at the back side and make a knot.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A story behind Finding testers

Finding tester to sew my paper pieced designed diagrams looked very easy after a post in Facebook on my wall.
I wanted to find three testers for three of my patterns and published them here non late than 3/03. They have to make block with fabric from their own stash and send me a picture. I was curious to see how quilters use different fabrics.
It sounds interesting, is it?

Some of them were so quick, some of them meet the deadline and some don't send me anything.
It was a funny time, I found new friends and met human diversity.

Thank you testers!

First group - Coffee grinder paper pieced block.

Karol has sewn two versions and both look beautiful.

Second group - Ribbon Star block paper pieced Block.

Patricia made this star.

Lynn made this one.

The third group - Fox paper pieced pattern.

Ammy has sewn this cute fox.

Zsofia made this one.

 The patterns are available at ETSY and CRAFTSY.

Feel free to add picture of sewn blocks by my design at my Flickr group HERE or sent them to me by e-mail.