Monday, April 14, 2014

More chicken coasters

When you are wandering about fast and funny Easter gifts you should make some of these coasters.
See tutorial here.
I intended to visit a friend of mine and suddenly I understood there will be other three friends.
I have one day to make small and unique gifts.
I need 2 and a half hours to create these colorful coasters.

I have experiment with different styles for eyes. You could make them different color, too.

You should made the coasters double sided or simply put an interesting printed fabric on the back.

Enjoy sewing!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tips for applique with fusible web

Today I am working on Springtime flowers mug rug Swap organized by Michelle from Quilting Gallery.

And have two secrets to share.

I always have difficulties to applique by hand  when fused 2 or 3 layers of fabrics.
So this time I thought a little how to avoid such problem.
The solution is very easy.

You have to fuse only the outer sides of the piece.

What I mean?
Trace the shape on the paper.

Fold and cut a strip around half inch.

Unfold and you will have this one.

Place the new shape on the wrong side of the fabric and fuse.

Cut follow the outer line.
Remove the paper, place on the proper place of the mug rug top and fuse.

Second idea is about the flower.
Trace the flower and cut the paper.

Cut carefully the center a little bit outside the circle.

 Fuse the shapes on the wrong side of chosen fabrics.

Cut following the line.
Remove  the paper from the circle only and fuse on the proper place on the right side of the flower.

The paper on the back of the petals prevent its fusing.

Remove now the paper from the flower , place where you need and fuse.
Applique by hand or by machine. It is very easy to stitch.

The work in progress.

This tips worked for me. And saved some fusible web ;)
Hope you like them.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Better later than never

I think I have the longest postponed project.
Two years ago I have finished this top.

I like it too much, but was a little bit bored with hand stitching.
The quilting has to be made by hand too, so I had put is aside for better days.

The truth is that if you have no desire for something it goes bad.
I wandered if it is wall hanging or lap quilt - size is 60 by 50 inches.
Put a thick batting and sandwich, but didn't like the hand stitching and ripped it.

Now I basted with a thin batting.
I have been quilting for one week and am happy with the design I have chosen.

Here is a small detail of it.

I intend to quilt the center of the flower with yellow thread following hexagon's sides.
But this will be the last action.

Now I am focused on finishing quilting with blue thread and binding.
It won't be finished for Palm Sunday, but for Easter...
At the worst till the end of month.

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fool's day - what a joke

Although April Fool's day I was a little bit sad.
What I had seen when opened comments on my previous post?
What a happiness to read such lovely words.

Thank you, Scrapatches.
And what next? You will receive this pattern for FREE.
My family name means joker, a man who makes people laughing. So I have to celebrate.
Have a nice day!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Time for gifts - Easter give away

The Give away  - Waiting for Easter  is finished.
The interest was close to zero.
Sometimes expectations are overestimated.

Might be the question I have asked was hard to answer or the pattern is not so attractive.

Anyway it is time for gift.
Two participants - two winners. I decided they both have to win.
Barbara and Lisa, check your e-mails.

I would be happy if you send me pictures of your finished quilts.
Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chicken coaster or mug rug

All began from my morning walk through Pinterest. Look at this lovely mug rug.
I always love wonky and  not so even strips, but this is gourgeous.
Easter is round the corner.And mine turned out in this one.

I will show some useful hints.
Let's begin playing.

 Step 1. Preparing body.

Cut some strips or simply collect scraps and 1" black square.

Start sewing Log cabin block with a black center. Don't worry about uneven stripes.

When you  made two rounds continue adding strips at two neighbouring sides. The black square will become an eye.

The block has no square shape. It is about 7" x 8".
If want trim it to a square.

Step 2. Preparing bill and tail.

They are made as usual prairie point.
Get a 4" square of fabric.
I have made mine from 4" strip, but it is the same in fact.
Fold it in half wrong sides together and press. See the process bellow.

I have made the bill from smaller square - 3".

Step 3. Assembling the coaster and finishing. 

Cut the batting and backing according the top.

Place prepared bill and tail on the backing, pin and stitch.

Lay the backing wrong side down, finished top right side down
and batting.
Stitch leaving 2 inch opening for turning over.
Backstitch at the beginning and finishing.

Clip the corners and turn over.

Iron well, stitch the opening and quilt (embellish) as desire.

Oh, prepare a cup of coffee.

Feel free to cut and collect strips as you like.
If prefer to have a foundation paper - get the pattern from CRAFTSY or ETSY.


TWO days left till closing Giveaway for Easter Chicken.
Get a chance to win a FREE pattern.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


What I have found in a drawer of an old Singer?

The sewing machine came to me as a gift from a friend emigrated from my country  many years ago.
He understood I am interested in quilting and sewing.
A huge thank you!