Saturday, December 28, 2013

The New York Cat pillow

My best friend is allergic to cats.
She has problem even staying in a room where were cats before.
I made  this pillow for her.
No problems anymore.

I have seen a combination between NYB quilt block and a cat somewhere at the web.
Like wonky shapes much more than perfect ones, so the idea was turned into pattern - New York Cat.

I designed it and test the pattern sew this cushion cover.
You can get the pattern from CRAFTSY or ETSY.

Here are some hints during the sewing.

In fact the most sections are paper pieced.
When stitch together two curved sections keep in mind my advise:
Do not add seam allowances to the paper, only for the fabric.
It is much easier to stitch together sections.

 The same in front.
Pin two sections and stitch carefully.

Iron well. Don't worry if they are a little bit uneven. You will trim exceed down later.

Repeat the same with the next two sections.

Add the body and head.
Embroider the eyes and mouth.

Use the block for cushions, quilts, placemats and what you decide.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Let always 
your Christmas stockings 
are full of things
you had wished!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas stockings

When a neighbour has seen my Christmas sampler project she suddenly asked me if I could sew some Christmas stocking for her. She liked the quilt and the fabrics.
I haven't sewn stocking till now, but promise to make. I was sure there is no difficulties, the problem is to decide shape and size.
After one day cutting, sewing, applique and quilting I have result.

It was fun to collect all small leftovers.
The backs are different, mostly of single fabric.
I have added some sashiko  stitches on one of them.

The next are quilted.

So this task was closed.
The pattern I have made looks good as shape and size.
I will try to write a tutorial and post here next days.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Finished Christmas quilt

Finally I have finished it.
And have taken some pics. After this gave the quilt to the owner.
It fits perfect on the bed. So HAPPY!
It is time to share with you.

Here is on the bed.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The winners from Thanksgiving Giveaway

The Thanksgiving GIVE-AWAY is closed

Thank you all for entering. 

I used a Random Number Generator to select the winners.



The most interesting case is the situation with Michele.
She wrote me an e-mail she could not add a comment.
I appreciate her will and sent her a copy of pattern.

Thank you, dear Michele for the interest. 
So I have a thanksgiving day, too :)

Don't forget to check for new patterns paper piecing blocks and mug rugs.
Right now I have added a snowman.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Friday, November 22, 2013

QAYG Christmas quilt - join two pieces of blocks

Some people have design wall, I have a design carpet.
So funny. The Christmas quilt is big enough and I put the blocks on the floor to think what has to be the next one.

I have to look at them from distance.Do you know what is the solution?
Climbing on a chair :) This way I looked at them from above.

For this Christmas quilt I decided to put puffy batting to add more volume.
So the traditional quilting will be a little more difficult for me because of my sewing machine.
I love the OAYG way that explained Mari from TheQuiltingEdge and want to use it.
The little difference is my puffy batting.
So I leave a little bit excess around blocks with idea to use it instead of adding additional joining strips of batting.

I have cut 2,5 inches strips  ( finished width 2 inches|) dark brown with snowflakes for the front and beige for the back.
Stitch the back one with running stitch by hand at quarter inch from the edge of the left piece of blocks.
Use the white thread to see better.

Then put the front strip on the top right side together.
Began stitching keep in mind to follow running stitch. I have used my walking foot - there are 4 layers of fabrics and one batting.

After finish sewing cut away exceed backing fabric.
Repeat the joining to the right piece of blocks the same way.
Keep in mind to align the beginning of the strip and the blocks.

back and front

Cut away the exceed backing fabric.
You will have the same look ( if wander these are the blocks at the end of the strips.)

Lay down the batting first one side the another. If somewhere there is a bulk tear some batting away.
Close the front strip - the dark brown one on the batting.

Iron carefully. From the high temperature the batting smelts a little and became a whole piece.
Fold the strip a quarter inch seam allowance and pin. Repeat along all the length.

Stitch along  the two edges. If want make some quilting for secure the batting.

 The final look

and the back
I have continued with others.
Wait soon for the final result.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving give away

Welcome to everyone hopping around in blog land for the  BLOG HOP party.
Michelle from Quilting Gallery organized this Thank You blog hop party with Give-Aways!

I always like the idea of this day - to say THANK YOU to somebody.
So I have designed this modern mug rug.
I am offering TWO Mug Rug patterns - Modern Thanksgiving Callout.

More detail about pattern

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me  
Who you want to say Thank you! and why?

Bonus entry: followers, new and old, please leave a second comment.

I'll close Give away on November 26 and will announce the winner (chosen by Random generator) here on my blog and by email no later than  November 28.
Please leave one comment on this post by November 26.
If you like my blog you can follow me for more interesting ideas, tutorial and patterns. 
Good luck!

The give away is closed - the winners are chosen here.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas time - Time for gifts

I was asked by my customer if I have a simple star.
Here it is - a gift for Christmas.
It is FREE.
It has 4 different variants and many possibilities to arrange.

This PDF quilt pattern is 6" (15,2 cm) square block .
There is a percentage table if you need other sizes.

This cute block will be a perfect for your quilt/patchwork creations - quilt, wall hangings, totes, placemats, cushions and many items you create.
Make mirror copy and sew stars different sizes.

Enjoy Christmas!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas quilt - part2

The fun continued at the weekend. My first plans and drawings changed. Not generally, but some new ideas looked better when began ordering finished blocks on the floor. Yes, on the floor. My design wall is small fo this project, so the only possible place is the floor in my room. So sewing in one room and collecting in another. I have walked about a mile from one to another :)

Two of the fabrics has small printed Christmas tree, so the idea is using them as a bigger trees.

But my pride is 18 inches square Star of Bethlehem (18,5 inches including seam allowances)

It is easy to construct.

See the next pictures.

First you have to sew a 9 inch star. (9,5 inches including seam allowances)

Seam allowances are included in measures.

 You will need only 3  patches A. On the place of the fourth we will insert a tail.
 There is Y seams, so be careful with stitching together.

Cut two rectangle 7 x 9,5  inches.
My green fabrics are very similar - only the red stars are the difference, so I decided to separate them and add a white strip 3/4 inches width.

The tail of the star.
Add a quarter inch seam allowances. 12 " is finished size of the block.

Assembling the star.
So you will have these parts.

First sew short sides of the rectangles to the star.

Then add the tail as you have added part A in basic star - with Y seams.
Enjoy the final result.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas quilt project

I began a new project - Christmas quilt for a bedroom.
The idea is to use green, red and brown colors.
I have found some beautiful Japanese fabrics with golden prints.
The biggest difficulty is to buy enough quantity of fabrics, because I have to buy them before making a plan for the top.
I have drown many ideas that is suitable for Christmas and for the fabrics full of stars.
The size of the blocks will be 6, 12, 18 inches. In addition I  will use some strips because one of the fabrics is striped.

Anyway I began cutting and sewing yesterday.

The first one

 Then comes

Number three is my favorite


 Tomorrow the fun  will continue...