Sunday, October 5, 2014

Long vacation

I know it seems I have a long vacation.
I wish it was a truth.
The reality is different.
I have spent four days at seaside and two days in the mountain.
Other days were full of patchwork and quilting.
I have participate in an exhibition contest in my country.
The theme was "Gardens of flowers".
My work was specially designed for this event.
When the theme was announced I intend to make a Zen garden - Japanese rock garden.
Thinking about composition and reading some Haiku poems I have changed the idea.
Do you know this Japanese poetry?
I have found a very impressive Haiku verse and was inspired by it.

"The heavens
are lonely.
Blossoming irises."

It was written by Murio Suzuki in 1919.
The book is called Flowers in the wind, 100 modern Japanese Haiku poets.
It was obviously I must create a quilt.

Here it is.

It measures 43 x 35 cm.
Look at the detailed picture.

I like the iris folding and these triangle wonky "log cabin"s turned out great.
I am satisfied with the result.
Especially when opened the picture taken at the very first beginning.

Definitely this won't be the last quilt inspired by Haiku.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Thank you pouch

I discovered ELMER glue.
It works good for me.
And the way it came to me is a little bit funny. A friend of mine living in the USA came back for a month, so I asked her to bring me a bottle to try.
I have received 4 bottles as a birthday gift.
Now she has a birthday. Guess what she received - a thank you pouch.

 The back

Another idea to use letters and hearts - I have paper pieced them and added denim fabric around.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sleeping baby bag

After some discussions about size, closure (zipper or buttons) and batting's thickness I am happy to introduce the second part of baby present.

The sleeping bag!

And the back.

And opened

Come on,  little baby!

I wish you the sweetest dreams.

Monday, August 4, 2014

College days - what has happened later

What a day!
My friend's daughter is going to study in England.
Do you remember the graduation bag I have made for her?
Now I want to make something that will make her happy when she is homesick.
A cozy cushion seemed to be a proper decision.
The block "Old time learning" I have designed for the College day Hop was an orphan and I thought it will be great base for a pillow case for a young student.

Download for FREE block from here and make one for you of your friends' children.
The block is 10" finished so I have added 3.5" strips left, right, up and down. This makes 16" finished size which is standard pillow insert.

Add thin batting and backing and quilt.
I am very proud with idea adding quilting as notepad -  dark violet for rows and red for the margin on the left.

The back is envelope closure.

Happy sewing to you and happy learning to all students!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pets on mug rug

Lily Pad Quilting is having a Pets on Quilts Show 2014 and I would like to enter the "dog or puppy on a quilt" category with this mug rug.  It is made by my design and pattern.

They are three mug rugs in fact - the gentleman, the lady and the baby as a result of the love story.
But this one is the first and my favorite.

And the winner is ...

Last my giveaway is back in the history.

The winner is ...
Congratulations, Barbara.
Check your mail and go sewing!
There is plenty of time till Christmas, but you may make several mug rugs.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Next baby quilt - enjoy imperfection

Well I haven't written here so long, but had to do many different works.
Some of them were interesting, some were boring.
The sewing and quilting have special place in my life, so I began each new project with much joy.
A friend of mine will become a grandmother. What is the most beautiful present?
The baby quilt, of course.
She wanted something simple and unique.
I don't like repeating blocks. I am bored with this.
Sewing my way is a little bit slowly, but building blocks is interesting and surprise is always round the corner.
I could change something as I go. Probably I have to call my way CAYG (change as you go) similar to QAYG (quilt as you go).
Do not think I have no idea at the very first beginning what will be the final quilt.
I choose the fabrics and colors carefully, but I keep always my mind open for ideas born at the process of sewing.

The finished top.

 As you see strips and squares are randomly placed at the middle or at one side of the block. the same with contrasting little squares.
So enjoy cutting and sewing. You are not obliged to follow perfect cutting keep in mind any quarter inch.

For one block you will need:  
10" square basic color
a strip about 9" long width around 2 - 2.5" white color
2" square contrasting color

For beginners
 1. Place the 10" square on your mat and make a cut randomly.

2. Divide the white strip, insert 2"square, stitch, press and trim.
Don't worry if the strip is not perfect. Mine is 2" at on end and 2.5" at the other.
This will make interesting variations at the end.

3. Insert the strip from step 2 and stitch right side together. Don't worry about uneven sides. You should have enough fabric to correct them. Press well and trim to 9"

The first block is finished with no stress and complicated calculations.

4. Repeat this with next blocks.

For my baby quilt I need 16 blocks. My plans were to add wide 4" boarder.

For intermediate quilters

Probably you noticed that if you insert uneven strips the grain of the fabric won't be edge of the block.
For first attempt and beginners quilters the perfection is a goal, but for you it is a must.
Now we started from the strip.
1. Place the srtip on your mat and cut along the grain one side.


The contrasting colored piece is trapezium.
2. Place on the strip aligning to the bottom and cut following the right sight.

  3. Sew them right side together and press. Notice the bottom is straight to the grain.

 4. Place the part of the strip next to the piece from step 3.
You see the difference. Make a parallel cut and stitch together.


 You will have a strip with perfect "grained" edge.
If needed trip the upper side.

5. Repeat the same technique to the whole block.
Here the right side is cut to the grain.
Place as you wish the strip and cut..

Stitch together, trim and press.

6. Place the remaining piece and align to the bottom.
Make a parallel cut.

7. Sew together, press and trim to 9".
You will have block with perfect grained sides.

8. Make next 15 blocks the same way.
Order all blocks as you desire and sew them together.
Add boarders up, down and at the both sides.

Add batting and backing, quilt and bind.
I have collect all pieces for the binding strip and it is very funny.

Enjoy sewing and quilting!