Monday, October 22, 2012

Balloons, balloons

Today I was playing with balloons.They are a part of my circus theme.
You could put on a potholder, table mat, baby quilt, bag, etc.

The mirror version I made with four stripes which is the full pattern.
 If the fabric you had chosen is very colorful you can use only one piece for the balloon.
You can find the pattern here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wonky Double star

I can't believe that one pattern (designed by me) could change into another. With little help of me of course.
But I like the transformation. Very much indeed.
Do you like it? Might be in this orientation.
It is easy to sew. Believe me - all the seams fit perfect.
You can make in a Christmas version of course.
Get the pattern from here.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My ETSY birthday

Till the end of this month

a special offer for all buyers
in my ETSY shop

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for 15% discount.

Bunting flags paper pieced block

I know I promised to make these patterns still in September, but some events changed my plans.
Anyway the circus theme quilt is going slowly, but surely.
The clown was alive, the rabbit in a cylinder, the ballon, chapito. All of them are in my Craftsy store.
Now it is time for bunting flags or banner I intend to put round the whole quilt.
Designing and sewing were easy. I found that I need more time to take a picture and posting here.
The great idea of this pattern is that sewing a mirror image and attach together will give a long, long garland of flags that could be used as a boarder.
Don't throw away anything of your scraps, it will be very useful for this project.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Klimt inspired mini quilts

This year is the year of Klimt.
150 Years from his birthday. Read more about Klimt here .
I like his works. First my patchwork inspired by Klimt was a curtain.
Now it is "The tree of life". With his spiral branches and gorgeous look of the woman's dress.
A set of three  mini quilts. 4 3/4 inches squares. You might say it is too small.
To fit  IKEA's frames.
Golden taffeta (small pieces left from my curtains) and polyester silk in mint green, neon purple, deep dark blue (on my pics it looks like black).
As I mentioned this quilt had to be put in a IKEA frame, so I  made an unusual quilting.
I decide to use as a back fabric a sheet of paper..
Yes, you are reading right - PAPER.
This gives two advantages:
The first  - the quilting will be more bold.
The second - it is easy to stick on the cardboard inside the frame.
I have added thin layer of batting and stuck to the paper with tape.
Quilting was like the tree's branches.
Add framed cardboard.
Final look - it is a little bit tilt, but the glass of the frame reflected everything standing in front of.
The picture is not so beautiful as the real quilt is.
I like the depth of the frame. It helps the quilt to be seen well.
The next one from here

to the frame

All three together.
It is a pity I finished late in the night and hurried to share with you :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

English place mats

I received a set of two tea towels.
Lovely prints from most famous England sight seeings. There are Tower bridge, Nelson column, Big Ben..
There are taxi and telephone box, guards and bobbies, too.

But I have too much towels.
How to use this cute fabric?
I made place mats!
Ripped the seems, ironed, divided in two each of the towel. I used for binding white blue striped tape.
Now I have four great place mats.
Thanks for the gift and hope you like my tribute to the English looking place mats.