Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 - what a year!

Almost gone 2011 was a great year for me!
Works, emotions, new friends.
Many projects have left on the paper or in my mind.
New challenges were in front of me.
I won  first Bulgarian competition for patchwork. The theme was eco-patchwork.
All the participants!/media/set/?set=a.229893230400917.57792.131690190221222&type=3
There was an international member in the hanging-committee -  Gudrun Heinz and a professor Anna Bojadjieva  from National art high school.
And the winner is ...!/photo.php?fbid=256557977734442&set=a.229893230400917.57792.131690190221222&type=3&theater
The big prize is a sewing machine Bernette 25.
The next my creations will be sewn on it :) 

Happy and creative new year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oh, Christmas tree

Sewing Christmas tree seems to be very funny. This year I was fully engaged to make trees.

After first decoration hanging I made next one - similar idea, but different shape.

Next one was made from rests and filled with polyester.
I have added a pinch of cinnamon inside to keep Christmas spirit.
And the back.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tutorial yo-yo Christmas tree

 As I promised here is the tutorial for Yo-yo Christmas tree.

 Cut some circle diameter 3 in (8 cm) and 1 inch hexagons.

Make yo-yo and hexagons (English paper technique).
If you prefer applique hexagons use fusible web to make them easier.
Arrange on a surface as you desire.
 Begin stitching with hidden stitch on a fabric.
Cut a shape near Tree - look at my mat for size in inches.

Add batting under the top.
Cut the back fabric same shape and stitch on the top an 4 inch (10 cm) ribbon for hanging.
Sew right side together leaving an opening for turning over.
Turn over and stitch. Add some hand stitching round the tree.
The final look


Christmas tree inspired by...

Yesterday morning I saw on ETSY Front page this beautiful Christmas tree made by Jennifer.

I was so excited so decided to made immediately a patchwork with yo-yo.
The fabrics were chosen, cut and sewn, but my eternal love to hexagons added some details.
Look what happened at the end

Do you like it?
I am preparing a tutorial and will post here in some hours.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

2012 New Year wall hanging

The new 2012 will be here soon. I can't believe 2011 was so short. So many projects left in my mind and couldn't happen.
Anyway I will go on sewing different things. And enjoy every minute spent in my fabric world.
After Christmas paper piecing project new ideas rushed on me.
New Year! At the beginning it was only a color drawing.
I begun sewing and when finished the number blocks suddenly my practicality "rang on the front door".
I can make the last number changeable if others are vertically.
Added stripes, quilted and binding  with rests of fabric's pieces. The last number "2" is joined by buttons. Next year I would sew only "3" and will have an actual wall hanging.
The finished wall hanging.

On the picture it is like a window hanging :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

50/50 contemporary art quilt - Number 2

Do you remember my first 50/50 art project from August?
Now I created number 2 for friends of mine. They are family for long time so the spiral of life seemed to be a perfect choice. I repeat black/white contrast in other way.
The process of combining colors.
Put the batting, back layer and thought - What would be better way for quilting?

 I quilted every piece of spiral with similar threat and different shape as the diversity of life.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The back side

I promised to show the back side of "Urban landsape". Here it is. Unusual label left from a previous project.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Eco-patchwork - next creation "Urban landscape"

 Do you remember eco-patchwork competition?
I had thought some weeks what to make for the last stage.  For long time I have like wonky windows and buildings. They are interesting with shapes and many possibilities to combine in a whole surface.
The problem here was the size. In fact it is only difficulty, not a problem at all.
Look how small is a window!
I discovered that sewing with a quarter inch seam allowances made more bulk. So cut them at minimum possible width - the back side.
Collecting all the windows was very funny like a puzzle game.
My first idea was to stitch them on a felt making an application, but looking at my favorite Alicia Merrett works I changed my mind. I had to work this way.

There is no need to make perfect rectangle I leave the wavy sides.
Machine quilted with different threads matching the fabrics - small attic windows, wooden shutters etc.
It looks so vivid.

If you like it you can vote here.
How looks the back? I will show it tomorrow.