Monday, March 31, 2014

Time for gifts - Easter give away

The Give away  - Waiting for Easter  is finished.
The interest was close to zero.
Sometimes expectations are overestimated.

Might be the question I have asked was hard to answer or the pattern is not so attractive.

Anyway it is time for gift.
Two participants - two winners. I decided they both have to win.
Barbara and Lisa, check your e-mails.

I would be happy if you send me pictures of your finished quilts.
Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chicken coaster or mug rug

All began from my morning walk through Pinterest. Look at this lovely mug rug.
I always love wonky and  not so even strips, but this is gourgeous.
Easter is round the corner.And mine turned out in this one.

I will show some useful hints.
Let's begin playing.

 Step 1. Preparing body.

Cut some strips or simply collect scraps and 1" black square.

Start sewing Log cabin block with a black center. Don't worry about uneven stripes.

When you  made two rounds continue adding strips at two neighbouring sides. The black square will become an eye.

The block has no square shape. It is about 7" x 8".
If want trim it to a square.

Step 2. Preparing bill and tail.

They are made as usual prairie point.
Get a 4" square of fabric.
I have made mine from 4" strip, but it is the same in fact.
Fold it in half wrong sides together and press. See the process bellow.

I have made the bill from smaller square - 3".

Step 3. Assembling the coaster and finishing. 

Cut the batting and backing according the top.

Place prepared bill and tail on the backing, pin and stitch.

Lay the backing wrong side down, finished top right side down
and batting.
Stitch leaving 2 inch opening for turning over.
Backstitch at the beginning and finishing.

Clip the corners and turn over.

Iron well, stitch the opening and quilt (embellish) as desire.

Oh, prepare a cup of coffee.

Feel free to cut and collect strips as you like.
If prefer to have a foundation paper - get the pattern from CRAFTSY or ETSY.


TWO days left till closing Giveaway for Easter Chicken.
Get a chance to win a FREE pattern.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


What I have found in a drawer of an old Singer?

The sewing machine came to me as a gift from a friend emigrated from my country  many years ago.
He understood I am interested in quilting and sewing.
A huge thank you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

The first time I have celebrated this day was some years ago and by chance I visited an Irish pub in my country. It was funny to have a chat with friends.

Today I have another reason to celebrate - first sale of the Tesselating Chicken Paper pieced pattern.
I want to remind about the Give away I have offered a week ago.

Don't forget to leave a comment till 29th of March and have a chance to win FREE pattern.

Happy Saint Patrick!

 And Good Luck!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Giveaway Waiting for Easter

Today is the start of the RightPatterns' Giveaway to celebrate Easter and my first pattern, designed by EQ7 - 
Tessellating Chicken Paper pieced Quilt.

Tessellation is the process of creating a two-dimensional plane using the repetition of a geometric shape with no overlaps and no gaps. It is like a puzzle.
This is my second tessellating pattern. The first one is with arrows

The PDF Tessellating Chicken quilt pattern contains 15 pages complete step by step instructions and fabric yardage needed for 40" quilt.

The giveaway is running from 9 th March to 29th March 2014.
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me
What do you think about quilting software? Do you use any?
If not would you learn a software if someone makes a gift for you?
Bonus entry:  followers , new and old, please leave a second comment.
I will close Giveaway on  29th March 2014 and will announce the winner (chosen by Random generator) here on my blog and by e-mail no later than April 1.

Good luck!

********* Happy Easter ! *********

The pattern is available on CRAFTSY and ETSY .
P.S. I will refund money in case you win this giveaway.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hand sewing makes me patient

A little sunshine outside made yesterday a very pleasant day.
I have made a mug rug which had lived in my mind so long.

I have chosen small flowers printed fabrics in pastel gamma.

It is easy to made. Patterns are as usual on CRAFTSY and ETSY.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What a fun! (receiving swap mug rugs)

My coffee this morning was so delightful.
Do you wander why? Try to guess.
A special blend of coffee beans, a warm company or other reason.
It is my new mug rug. What a beauty!

I have received two mug rugs from the swap I have written about here on 1 of February.
I hug them, I dance with them. I took an all-round view of them.
Fabrics, colors, stitching, applique - all is wonderful.

A huge thanks to Elisa from Dilana&Dilino, who is my partner in this swap.

I haven't any special requirements about color, but they fit perfect fir my living room which is in grey blue beige and orange.

Look at this clever idea for the dove's bill. It is from felt and is fixed only at the base.

Another interesting idea is to show different type of how to end binding.

And last, but not least different methods for applique.

So this swap was a kind of tutorial, don't you think?

The next swap, please!