Monday, November 5, 2018

Time for Christmas or Christmas time

The preparations began right after Halloween. Or much more earlier in July.
When do you begin?
For me is different every year.
It depends of the mood and the weather.
Now outside is a splendid autumn so thinking and preparing something for Christmas is almost impossible.
But designing this Christmas tree was so fast and funny.


After drawing with EQ7 began coloring .
At the beginning the tree was very bold - only in green colors.


After one false movement of the mouse there appeared  new possibilities.


Different background looks like the winding way, don't you think?


The pattern is available on ETSY or Craftsy.

Check soon for next trees.
I have some ideas about.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Teaching improvisational piecing

I was teaching some quilters improvisational piecing I have described some weeks ago.
Do you remember the idea? Collecting big pieces which you have by hand, cut them and resew.

















There are different results - all of them amazing and interesting.




Now some blocks are finished items.




All were satisfied and motivated.
Thanks for participating and new ideas.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The digital seasons

I am happy!
Finally decided on binding of the wall hanging The Digital seasons.


The idea is to add small pieces of all fabrics I used as printing colors on the selvage.
The whole wall hanging is full of metaphoras - the fabrics I have chosen are connected with the colors of the seasons, the size of the blocks is different acording to my love to the seasons.
I love fall and hate winter.
Even the FMQ is corresponding to the seasons - wavy traces for the winter and blue water brooks for the spring.


I definatelly fall in love with these gravatars!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Stained glass window

Sometimes the beginning of the day is the most creative time for me.
That morning when drinking coffee I realized that sewing stained glass window patchwork would be sew easy using new technique if insert a dark strip after rearranging the parts.
What I mean?
Do you remember my improvisational method of piecing from last post?
I have added a 3/4 inches stripe. And voila.


Look at this

Now the strip is half inch.
No need to stitch it with perfect quarter inch seam allowance.
It looks more naturally and vivid as a real stained glass window.

Which one do you like?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Improvisational piecing - tutorial



I always love improvisational piecing.
All those tiny pieces collected in a whole block.
Sometimes it is very relaxing to stitch them together without expecting any shape.




This time I decided to stitch together big pieces, then cut them and stitch again.
First attempt is with two fabrics.


Next was with three fabrics.


I have done more cuts and restitches.

Then decided to take picture of the process.

 The beginning


 First cut



Move and restitch 



Measure the height and cut a square



Looking for the best place 




 Next cut















Move and restitch



At this stage you can play with the place of the piece you have cut.
Try different moves and rotations.



When satisfied with the result you are finished.






Monday, July 2, 2018

The Gravatar passion continues

One month!
I can not believe it has gone one month without posting here.
Uploading picture on Flickr seems to be an action from last century.
Instagram with device in a palm and fast comments pushed himself to the most usable media.
Anyway I will try to post once a month or often.

The gravatar passion continues. I have designed all the seasons and make them in a wall hanging.
Not finished yet but waiting for binding :)
After Summer gravatar I make the Spring.


Easy to sew you can make it different sizes.
The pattern is available on ETSY and Craftsy.
Here comes the Autumn.

 The more complicated pieces are the central ones. The easiest way to stitch them is freezer paper.
Fast and accurate method when needed to sew many simple and repeated blocks.
The autumn gravatar pattern is on ETSY and Craftsy.

I used hand dyed fabrics to sew all the gravatars.


Finished wall hanging will be in next post with the pattern of winter.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer gravatar

I am hooked on designing gravatars. After spring pattern hot summer is coming
For this one I used hand dyed fabrics and batiks that remind me summer heat, summer colors. Pretty much satisfied with the result. As background I have used many pieces - different shades of white .



 If you are more confident with freezer paper don't hesitate to use it.
You will save time with no tearing off the paper.


Combine some different colors - you will have a sunny baby quilt.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More than happy

Do you remember my quilt 20 blessed years and the story behind?
Today I am sew satisfied.
Today is the anniversary date and She gave Him the quilt.
I don't say anything, just put here the words She wrote and the picture of happy owner with two girls.

He loves it and it brought a tear to his eyes. So lovely thank you thank you. Cx

 
 My lovely friends, I wish you to live many, many years  in LOVE and harmony!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

20 blessed years

These days the most popular news is the Royal wedding in English royal family.
On the same island, but with 20 years history live another couple. You might say they have an ordinary life. Probably you are right, probably not.
These 20 years were blessed with love, two beautiful girls and many incredible memories.
When she asked me to create a quilt as a anniversary gift for him I felt special. I wanted to make a different quilt, quilt that gather all 20 years and all love in this family.
I have been thinking out more than a month, discussed many ideas and finally designed a quilt.
It is base on my pattern Tessellating hearts quilt.

 But it is more than this base.
 At the very first beginning I have chosen some fabrics.
Then added more and almost made a mess on the floor.

I have added some paper pieced blocks connected with their lifetime.

 I designed a post box as a postage stamp. The narrow stripped stripe is associated with stamp edges.

 Made this as a sign of infinity love.


 And finally the top turned out absolutely gorgeous.
I have no doubt how to quilt it.
The spiral looks the only possible way. it begin from the center, goes through blocks corresponding to the life way and finally on the boarder I wrote the names of the family members.
Awesome result!
When found this place for taking pics without anybody's assistance I was truly lucky.

P.S. As usual I made a card with leftovers from sewing, short story and care instructions.


 Oh , forget to show the back. Rainy drops in both mint and sky blue.
There are many rainy days in England. :)


 The label


What more - it is a real LOVE story.