Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Star coaster tutorial

I have seen this star in an amazing book - Carefree quilts by Joy Lilly.
There were described place mats, but the idea is the same.

All you need  for two coasters is:
  • two rectangles contrasting colors about 8 x 9 inches for the front,
  • two rectangles of batting about 8 x 9 inches 
  • two rectangles contrasting colors about 9 x 10 inches for the back. 
 Let's get started.

Step 1. Place the rectangles right sides up, align them and make two parallel cuts.

Change the middle strip and stitch two neighbouring pieces right sides together.

Step 2. Repeat step 1 with the new rectangles.
Pile the them right sides up again, align and make two parallel cuts.

Change the middle strip and stitch together.

Step 3. Repeat step 1 with the new rectangles.
Pile the them right sides up again, align and make two parallel cuts.
Keep in mind to align not the outer side , but points where seams crossing.

Note where the cutting line runs - you should have 3 similar triangles.

Step 4. Trim the tops to desired size.

Step 5. Cut batting and backing.
The back fabric must be 2 inches wider and longer than the top and batting.


Place as shown and quilt as you like.

Fold twice by iron and stitch.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Summer breeze quilt

Sometimes our plans are far away from reality. Our desires and expectations looks like impossible dreams.
This quilt was began in September immediately I finished my short holiday trip to the seaside.
At the very first beginning I intend to make it using a paper pieced block. But looking through my stash I was "caught" by blue white striped fabric.
Cutting was so funny as a kids playing.
Start with two squares, cut diagonally, sew together, cut striped triangle and attach.Rotate, viola!
Finished block.

 If you wander how to optimize cutting when don't know the size and hate calculating simply follow this simple tip. Place the finished half block, align to the strips and cut.
No rotary cutting, just scissors.

I trimmed finished block to desired size later.
Thanks to my EQ7 I decided on 16 block top and mitered boarders.

The quilting should be light as the air at the sea side.
I made stitch in the ditch and diagonal quilting on white squares.
What about boarders?
I free motion a winding rope.

The last thing - binding. It took me 1 hour before I was advised by a friend for BIAS binding.

Look how nice it is.

The whole quilt


Last week I found time to write a pattern and now it is available on CRAFTSY and ETSY.

If you wandering what the back is. Here you are.

Want to paper piece the boat?
Simply draw this block on a paper and paper piece. It is mirror image =
I have put the numbers. You have to decide on the size only.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Happy New Year!
I wish you 365 days full of creative ideas and joy!

I received an question from a reader about this post, so I want to explain a little bit detailed here.
It is a geometry question, but I am glad to help Suzy and everyone who need additional explanations.

The question is  - Why I cut off the centre?

When I collect strips different width at the end I have a rectangle, not perfect square. So I have to cut off centre. See the diagram I have attached.

Why I use rectangles?
If I trim to square the last strip could be too narrow so I prefer to leave it as it is. After cut diagonally and rejoin I could trim to desired shape I need.
Usually I use the block as they are and if needed add strips to adjust the size.
Hope now it is more clear.

Good luck to everyone who want give a try.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas stockings everywhere

Well finally I have enough time to tell you about how I have made Christmas stockings this year.
I had to make 4 of them by order (the lady from last year wanted to have some).

I have many ideas for the front side, but the back should be made faster.
So I cut 4 different fabrics bigger than pattern  (around 1 inch seam allowances) and lay them right side up.

Then made 3 cuts.

And jumble the pieces .

If the fabrics are printed you will have stockings "one direction" only.
I have used woven fabric so could turn one of the stocking.
Stitch the pieces together.

Add batting and quilted. Trim to the pattern size.

For the fronts I have made the lights

and used even small bells.

 I like too much this one with crazy patchwork so made some more stockings.

This one with back made from Christmas table topper.

The most beautiful by my opinion is this one

with back for which I used many machine stitches and a golden thread.

I had to made a stitch bible :)

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas swap

It is always amazing to receive  gifts.
And taking part in a swap is much more funny.
It was a challenge to be a part of Christmas swap .
I am well known with my love for making small things - mini wall hangings, mini art quilt, etc.
Now I wanted to make something more casual and I decided to sew a needlecase.
Everyday usage is a good way to remember the person who made it.

P.S. Some tips for my followers.

As you have seen the lining is made from two different colored fabrics.
If you use one fabric, get two pieces sewn together in the middle.
Note that you must have an opening in the center for turning over. (see last picture for details)

Place the prepared top right side up.

Place the lining right side down and stitch together round WHOLE perimeter.
This trick will guarantee you a perfect look.

Clip the edges to reduce bulk, turn right side out and iron well.
Close the opening using blind stitch.
Stitching felt in the middle will cover your possible mistakes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More Christmas trees

Do you remember my post from two days before? It was about a Christmas tree ornament.
Why not sewing more of them and give friends for decoration?
I decided to use small scraps from sewing stockings to make some more.
Collect different red, green, golden, printed fabrics and felt strips and cut them to triangles.
Thinking of how make my work easy I cut a rectangle of bating and placed them on.

Pin and stitch round perimeter.
Then trim leaving bating a quarter inch bigger.

Fast and easy!
Now turn back and stitch the rear triangle.
Clever, right?
Add string hangings and  count them. They were 14.
Good number for passing away 2014.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oh, Cristmas tree

My dear neighbours were on the way to their home in South Africa.
I wanted to make a small, but special gifts for Christmas.
They had packed their luggage so it had to be small and remarkable. From all my heart.
Paper stars for the boys and a fabric tree for the girl. All they could be hang on the Christmas tree.

Making a tree is very easy and fun.
You will need:
      some fabric scraps
      white batting
      wooden clip

Cut triangles from fabrics - The outer ones have to be smallest, next ones bigger and the white one - biggest.
The size depends on the wooden clip.

Lay three of them as shown - white batting, green (right side up). red dotted (right side up).
Stitch them together round perimeter of the red one.

Then turn back and place another couple - green red triangles and stitch the same way.
Add about 10" piece of string folded in half. I have used zig-zag stitch.

Add embellishment as beads, golden thread, embroidery if like.
And clip the wooden clip!