Friday, December 18, 2015

Upcycled Denim Apron

I have had interests in recycling for years.
I collect interesting velvet shirts, bandanas, satin pieces, taffeta, silk and organza.
My friends know about my passion ad help me in my efforts.
Sometimes I have no idea about future usage of any piece I receive, but collect them accurately.
This habit pays me back when need an interesting accent for my new creation.
I like making contemporary quilts, so having various pieces never is enough.

Denim scraps are always a good decision for making different gadgets, so I have started a special board named DENIM on my Pinterest account.

Last my idea is to make an apron from old denim.

Rip the side seams and stitch together the trousers' legs to receive a rectangle about 32 x 23 inches.
Draw a pattern on the "new fabric".
Here are the measures.

If you have zig zag scissors use it.
I like rough edges so decided on using a method like rag quilt. Sew a stitch about a presser foot from the edge an clip every quarter inch.

For the neckstrap cut 25 inches long from waistband stitch firmly.
I have added buttons.

Do you wander about pocket?
Cut one of the back pocket and applique.


If the fabric is worn out somewhere add some darning with stitching or adding a patch.


The back of the apron


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Four Tablemats

They are designed as an addition to the coloring tablemats.
The happy owner asked me for 4 more placemats.
The idea came looking at a notebook with zig zag numbers.
What a nice gentle touch to the first two placemats.

The threads for the numbers are the same as on the print ed fabric.

The back sides are as follows - two printed and two bold.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oh My Deer or sewing small squares

 I always like sewing little items.
Do you know these tiny pieces - sometimes sewn improvisational sometimes ordered with perfect matching corners.
Till one morning a week ago.
I have seen a tapestry diagram on Pinterest with reindeers, trees and snowflakes.
I knew I had to make it as a quilt - this time mug rug only.
I made a sketch of squares and began cutting.
Ordered the small pieces on a fusible interfacing with little help of glue stick.

Ironed when finished and began sewing.

  Here I realized how small is one inch square.

 But I kept sewing.

I wish I knew another way for using a fusible interfacing.
Elizabeth Hartmann from Oh Franson shared an interesting and helpful method.

I wandered a little bit about binding, but finally have a finished mug rug

So if you like the mug rug get the diagram and tips from CRAFTSY or ETSY and prepare some gifts for Christmas.
The diagram is very versatile - use different size of grid to sew mug rug, cushio case or tablemat.

Enjoy your creativity!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My patterns become alive

Last 3 week I have some health problems - at the beginning it was like a flu. Then it turned to stomach  disorder. As a result I loosed three kilos .
I know many of you envy me for the last fact, but trust me I am not happy about this.

In addition to these troubles after last update of my browser disappeared saved passwords on my computer  and I have to enter them for most of the places I visit. I have problems even to enter in my blog.

Tonight is lucky time for me.
After entering here I have seen that most of the visits are from Gosses bags and gifts
I have checked and what to see -  Myrth has made a beautiful quilt using my pattern Counting Sheep , wrote a post and mention my blog.
This is amazing!
She add some grass and a butterfly to the design and created a nice quilt.
I have permission to post here picture of a finished quilt. Thank you, Myrth. I am happy and satisfied.

This guy is my favorite.

Do you like the sheep?
Get the pattern from HERE.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Leaf alone quilt block

I couldn't believe this paper pieced block pattern is finished and introduced to the quilters at CRAFTSY.
I love joking and like the idea for name of the pattern. 
I have made a leaf and use it in my wall hanging The four seasons
Outside is a beautiful autumn so after making a mug rug for a friend of mine I realized it will be great pattern for creating many items - totes, pot holders, wall hangings.

Combining fabrics different palettes gives interesting seasonal look – you could easy collect all seasons in a wall hanging.






Thursday, October 1, 2015

Let's celebrate

 My ETSY shop has a birthday.
 For my 5-th birthday next two weeks I offer 10% OFF.
2 weeks x 5 years =10% OFF
All prices are changed.
After 15 of October they will be 10% higher.

For these years I have designed many paper pieced blocks, whole quilts and mug rugs, I have invited to make tutorials for Sew, mama, sew , created many interesting quilts.
I am happy to discover patchwork and quilting!

So let's celebrate!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sound wave

What do you hang on the wall between two speakers? What will be the perfect picture?
I have to create a quilt for such place.
The idea is to show the sound wave between speakers.
And the most challenging decision is making it as a 3D quilt.
At the very beginning it was gathered strips only.

Then were plates and quilting.

And the final look comes.

The size is 40 x 26 inches.