Sunday, July 10, 2016

Personalized Hexie mug rug

I need to make a special gift for a dear friend.
Sewing hexagon by hand seems the best way to put all my feelings into this mug rug.
Making a mug rug for a man has to be more personalized and I decided to build a letter inside.
I have chosen different prints in blue and began cutting and  sewing.
It was a peaceful process.
At the beginning I paper piece the first letter of his name.
I have designed the whole alphabet. If interested visit here

 The paper hexagon is the same size as all the hexies in the project - see the back side.

I used the paper as a template for EPP.

Then prepare all other hexies (I use running stitch), order them on table and stitch them by hand as usual.
You can use this tutorial for hexagons paper templates or simply download for FREE and cut as many as you need.
Carefully remove the paper especially when tear it from hexie with letter.

This is the top of the mug rug.

Add batting and backing, quilt as you desire and make a binding.

Coffee or tea, please.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Floating piers bag

Till the last day before my travel to the famous Floating piers I was involved in sewing my bag and had no time to write a post.
But the result is pretty much amazing.

And the inside is amazing yellow fabric, too.

I could use it inside out, too. I like to have dresses and bags with two faces.

I wander if I make a pattern? do you think it is interesting?

When almost all the world is speaking about the piers and great artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude more than 500 000 people have been going on the water.
It was amazing installation of modern art.
There are 5 days left and all will be history.
The temporary items are most remarkable.
Thank you, Christo!

Monday, June 6, 2016

New machine - my Janome 1600P

I win a quilt contest1 The prize was a sewing machine.
I am happy to introduce the newest member of my sewing team - Janome 1600P.
Yes , I am a proud owner of this beauty.

It works perfect. Quilting is much more easy and fast.
Sew happy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

QAYG tutorial

 As I promised yesterday I will explain more about process of making QAYG.
After having a request to design and make a wedding quilt I began to think about possibility to make a big quilt on my domestic sewing machine.
One and the only possibility is QAYG. There are several ways.
I have tried method with stripes well described by Mariane from the Quilting Edge.
Now decided to divide the quilt in four, quilt all of the pieces, collect them, put a whole back, stitch three layers and make a binding.
All the steps are easy to follow, I have made several quilts, mug rugs, place mats etc.

 After quilting each quarter I stitched them together.

 Trim the exceed batting  close to the stitch at both sides.

Open seam allowances and fasten them to the batting.
Because all three layers will be stitched only, not heavy quilted, I suppose these allowances have to be fixed such way.

As a final step I have to add backing and collect all layers.
Lay on the floor and fix with safety pins.
At the beginning I thought to stitch all diagonals in one direction and then in other direction.

Meanwhile I realized that the big distance between lines (about 10 inches) might be a problem.
And I found a new way. It is brilliant and worked for me.
Although I have to stop to turn the quilt this way is better. The turn is very tiny so I made it perfect.

Making the binding is like a kids' play after all work.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The wedding quilt Diamonds was finished

Another big quilt is finished. I am pretty much satisfied with the result.

 The pictures are taken and the quilt is on its way to the just married young couple.

Here I asked a tall friend and mom staying on a chair to hold the quilt - the size is 87 x 82 inches - the biggest quilt I have ever made.

Now my design wall is empty - the printed project still staying alone on it.

Come here tomorrow - I will share some hints how to collect the 4 pieces.

Quilting with an open toe walking foot

Till now I have been used my walking foot and think it works well. That's why I think buying an open toe foot is not a must.
After 10 minutes I am fell in love with my open toe foot.
Look at the visibility.

It goes better than my stitch in the ditch foot.
Very useful for the project I am making - QAYG wedding quilt.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New project - the wedding quilt

One month ago I received a special order to make a wedding quilt for a young couple. They love traveling, colors, vivid life and beauty of the coast, Frida Kahlo. They fell in love with Mexico and gone there for the marriage.
Thinking of most important thing for a family I came to the idea of diamond like a symbol of eternal love - the diamond wedding anniversary.
As I have a domestic machine I decided on quilt as you go method.
I created a design of the top, collect some fabrics - more than 20 - and began piece and stitch.

Day after day I collect all the blocks.

Basting with safety pins is a kids play using a spoon.
Yes, a spoon. This is not a joke.
I have seen somewhere this method and want to share with you. it is absolutely easy to baste the quilt.
Simply put the spoon at the place where the pin has to go out.
The pin slides and the spoon helps to close it easy without hold by hand.
This saves your finger keeping away from the sharp pin.

Try this next time you baste a quilt and you will be charmed.