Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Giveaway Christmas in July

I don't like Tuesdays.
Honestly I hate them. 
Sometimes working on a project on Tuesday is going so badly that I  stop all activities and get a book.
May be I have to give a gift, so I will run a Giveaway to break this.

Attention, please!
to ALL quilters
Today is the start of the RightPatterns' Give-away to celebrate the Christmas in July.
It is running from 22th July to 1 th August 2014 .
The winner will receive my most successful pattern Mug rug pattern Moustache Christmas Tree.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me
When you start your preparations for Christmas?
Bonus entry:  followers , new and old, please leave a second comment.
I will close Giveaway on 1 th August 2014 and will announce the winner (chosen by Random generator) here on my blog and by e-mail no later than 3 th August

Good luck!
If you are interested in the pattern, but are not the lucky winner download the pattern from HERE.

College days Blog Hop

The day has came. It is my turn.
I was very excited when Soma from Whims and fancies invited me to participate in this blog hop.
This was a sign that someone has noticed my work and like it.

At the beginning I have no idea what to make - we have freedom for any quilting technique we decide.
The idea came one night when sitting in front of my notebook and reading some posts on my favorite blogs.
My old desk lamp (from my students' years) had lightening a spot on the desk.
I remembered the time when had red books and learned formulas.
This should be the block - "Old time learning".

It was born too fast and on the next day I tested it with fabrics.
"Liberty" fabrics for the lamp, printed newsletter in red and black from my dear friend Elnora, green yellow purple from my stash.
Here it is.

The block is 10 x 10 inches finished size. You can download the pattern from CRAFTSY for FREE!
It will remain free from July through September 2014.

I love to see finished blocks made with my patterns! You could upload picture of blocks at my Flickr group.
Or you can share your picture in the Flickr group for the blog hop!

Thank you, Soma, for joining me in College Days Blog Hop!
It was such a fun!
Happy sewing!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Linen Table topper

Finally comes the time to make promised table topper for my  friends.
I have spent some hours to wander which color scheme will work better to their interior and decided on green brown beige linen.

It was fun to sew the topper, so here are some directions how it was sewn.
The size depends on what you want for the finished project. Mine has to be 23 inches.

The center square is 14 inches. You could make different size if needed.

Cut 4.5 inches stripes from four different linen fabrics.

Then cut them into pieces about 2, 3 or 4 inches, order as you like and sew them right side together in a new strip.

I have place them next to the central square and found that a dark brown strip will be proper addition.
Cut 1.5 inches strip and sewn.
Then add pieced stripes to any of the sides.

The finished top.

Add batting and backing.
Stitch in the ditch, trim to desired size and binding.

I have red many quilters use Elmer glue to fix binding.
I have ordered one bottle to test how it works. And I have received four bottles for my birthday.

Honestly say this is the fastest way for perfect binding.

First attach the binding strip on the top and folded it by iron.

 Put some glue on the stitch.

 Fold and press.

Stitching on the face I didn't care about the back side.
Look at the result.

The seam on the back is on the right place, too.

 Finished topper.

P.S. See another variant of stitching binding with Elmer glue on Craftsy here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Paper pieced Owl family

After designing my blocks I do my best to color them attractive. 
Sometimes my efforts are successful and the result is amazing.
Sewing them I discovered many possibilities for combining fabrics.
The best award for me of course is to see your finished blocks.

Look at this interesting decision.

Aren't they beautiful? The patterns are at CRAFTSY and ETSY.

Feel free to upload your finished items at Flickr Group, specially created for your finished blocks and quilts HERE.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

College days - free patterns at blog hop

After all this time waiting, it’s finally here!!! 
College Blog Hop hosted by Soma of Whims and Fancies!!! There will be many free patterns.
Visit the site to see all famous pattern designers who are involved in this fun.

This is first Blog Hop I am invited to participate in.
My date is 22 of July. So don't forget to check for my FREE pattern.
I intend to make a giveaway for you my readers - old and new ones :)

You are welcome!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Scrap cushion cover - tutorial

I have received enormous quantity of precut pieces 2 x 4 inches and began thinking of proper usage.
Here are few of them.

I began sewing them in strips, then gather by rows till have one yard square. Being not satisfied look at my favorite magazines for inspiration.
I really like Patchwork Professional and have a look from time to time for some ideas.
This time I like too much the technique, present by Margit Amann von Glembotzki.
I wanted to test it making a smal project and decided to sew a cushion cover. It is only 16 inches square, so the fun began.

The brilliant idea is to use striped fabric as a foundation - drawing lines on a solid sounds not a good idea that day.

Making the front

Cut a 17 inches square, sort the pieces (2 x 4 inches) and start sewing.
My pieces are zig zag edges, but it is not a must.
Use your rotary cuter with straight blade if you haven't wavy or pinking ones.

The technique is similar to ruffle quilt, but not absolutely the same.
Each row consists of 4 strips from two alternate colors pattern. Place them on the line and sew.

Next row is in chess-board order with two others fabrics. Cut in half one piece and place at the raw's beginning.

So you can see the columns which the pieces form.
It is a kind of illusion.

Making the back
Cut 2 rectangles 13 x 16.5 inches for the back. Make a half inch hem on the longer side of any of them.

Overlap to have a square 16.5 inches and pin.
Place them as shown right side up.

Place on them the prepared front piece wrong side up and stitch round perimeter.
Turn over the pillow case.
Wash and ruffle by hand when wet and let dry.

P.S. Now finished pillow case is at my cousin shop for sale.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My favorite quilt

 I have visited Sew, mama, sew this morning I had seen interesting offer - tell a story about my favorite quilt.
 Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit started this great and funny project

 Here is my favorite.

baby quilt

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?

My favorite quilt is a baby quilt Kids' drawing I have made by order for a  friend of mine who is Godmother of the baby. She had seen my works and let me designed something unique.
I have created this quilt by my idea. The quilt shows pictures of a childhood. It was made in October 2013. No pattern were used. Read more about the beginning here . I collect different pieces of cotton fabrics I have and made it as a sampler.

Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I haven't shown it at any shows and contests.

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of? 
 I was very proud when the mother of the baby said this quilt would be used for all their kids from now on.

What do you like best about the quilt?
I like all the idea and small pieced blocks with kids' drawing, but the best of all I like quilting.
You can read more about it here.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
Learning new possibilities for quilting. Look at the back - it is the second picture, indeed.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I couldn't add anything to this quilt. It is complete idea and implementation.

Where is the quilt now?
The happy young family use this quilt by raising its first child.