Saturday, September 23, 2017

Make a tote from dyed fabrics - tutorial

Many times I wanted dying shibori. Last week I have red about dying with turmeric and fast go to try it.
I got a piece of fabric (recycled sheets) and some elastics and threads, put on gloves and began.


It was deep yellow right after dying, but when washed it became orange. This is the result after drying out.
I liked shibori so make another piece with blue paint for cotton fabrics.


Trimmed  the pieces to 12x16 inches. Chose a striped fabric for inside - cut two rectangles the same size.

Stitch the yellow piece with first piece of lining right sides together on one short side and iron the seams open.

Fold along the seam, stitch with proper thread and pin to quilt together.



Repeat with the blue piece.

Make an inside pocket.

 For handles I chosen pink. Cut 3 inch stripes, fold and stitch. Fix to the bag.


Place both quilted parts right sides together and stitched - first by machine then by serger, Turned out and ironed.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birmingham quilt festival

I was there!
For two days!
I have participated in Modern category with the quilt "Eye Ghosting"!
As I was searching for inspiration for the theme of Reflection, I came upon many different ideas – from most common mirror images to physical diffraction.
The most impressive picture was the eye ghosting vision after LASIK surgery.
The temporary double vision or ghosting images during the normal six-month healing period tend to be caused by an irregularity in the cornea.
The ability to see is a miracle. Having myopia, I totally understand the problem of ghosting vision.
The reflections of the eye chart are made by appliqu├ęd fused fabrics and ironed painted transfer paper.
Machine quilting with grey ombre and white threads.




What a perfect time!
An amazing quilt festival in Birmingham captured all my senses. The exhibitions, sewing machines, tools, fabrics, workshops and meetings. I am truly satisfied.
I am sure anyone has seen many pictures from exhibition.
I have taken some :)

Have you heard - the dates were announced - from the 9th-12th August 2018 . 
Till next year!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Nail polish PP block

Some months ago I dreamed I make a present for a lady that cares about my nails.
What was  it?
A pouch with a nail polish.
Drawn by hand and sewn for 2 hours. What I have done.






The nail polish paper pieced block


I wander if there will be interest if I  make the PDF pattern and upload for FREE.
Here you can find on CRAFTSY.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Christmas tree #2





Oh, Christmas tree!
The song is so beautiful! Hope the new paper pieced block is so lovely as the song.
I am proud to introduce my new pattern after some month silence.
For ETSY lovers and for CRAFTSY addicted. :)


The pattern is very ""flexible".
If make the last piece in the down section the same color as the background you will have different block.
Easy to sew even for beginner. You can use foundation method or freezer paper. Fast and funny to make.
Chose different colors for different look.


You are right to ask about Number one.
Here it is on ETSY or CRAFTSY.




Friday, July 7, 2017

Frame a quilt in a box

There are many ways to display a quilt - the most common way with a sleeve on the back, with triangle pieces at the upper corners, on a canvas on a frame.
This time I will show you how to use a box as a frame. There are many sizes in IKEA. Or you could order different size.

The first step  when you have already a box is to mark the place of the quilt on the "bottom" of the box. Simply use a pencil to mark the four corners.
Then drill two small holes inside the mark at the first corner..


Proceed with the next corners.


Sew the quilt at the four corners with coordinating thread and tie on the back.



Easy, don't you think?

Monday, June 19, 2017

HALF price till the end of June

Happy to announce a 50% OFF in my ETSY shop till the end of month.
Use coupon code NEXT50!

Half price for all patterns!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

The 9patch game

The game 9patch continues.
Even I am the part of designers team I was slightly nervous after sewing the first block.
I decided on recycling and using corduroy shirts so combining different colors seams a little bit difficult.
Adding new colors to this block made me calm.


And the place in whole project.




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The girl - paper pieced stuffed doll

After finishing the boy I decided to continue the story and designed a girl for him.
Some days ago they met them and fell in love immediately.


The idea for making these guys came to me two years ago, but I couldn't find the proper shape.
At the beginning of May after  making some prototypes I was satisfied with the result.
Now they are a couple.
You can find the pattern at Craftsy HERE.
Even you are a beginner you can make it with more attention to the small pieces for the shoes.
I made the girl with closed eyes and long lashes - she looks so shy.
She is wearing in hands a beautiful bags as a real woman.

The very interesting detail is about the necklace.
I don't have in mind some jewelry except the bracelet at the wrist, but the neck looks "empty".




The chainstitched necklace looks so cute addition.


The girl is about 7.5 inches tall and the boy is 8 inches tall.
Some friends of mine adviced me to enlarge them.
Hm, what a good addition!
Anyway till then grab the pattern from HERE.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There was a boy - paper pieced stuffed doll

The work goes easy after a long time of thinking about both the idea and details.
I have made some prototypes before I got the shape right.
So proud to share with you.


I like paper piecing and design a pattern is not quite complicated to me.
After I found the perfect shape it was funny to finish the first doll, created this way.
Don't wait and go to grab the pattern from HERE.

Before stuffing:


There left a small step to the finish - sleep stitch the bottom.


The result - a nice doll to play with.


 You can get the pattern from CRAFTSY.

 Stay tuned for the next my toys!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Next block from 9patch game

The next block was done last month, but I have some problems writing a post about.


I like how it turned out. Adding new colors make very cute touch.
There are different ways to prepare half square triangles (HST), but my favorite stays  this one:
Cut two squares, place them right sides together, draw a diagonal line and stitch 1/4 inch on the left and on the rights of the line. At the end cut along the line and press well.

Come back soon to see the next one.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Learn letters while playing

Sometimes I wander about so many ideas flying in my head.
Do you remember my alphabet  hexagons  ?
What will happens if make a ball from all hexagons letter?
I needed to find a ball and write down the letters.
Probably there is a diagram in internet?
With this thoughts I have waken up one morning.
3 days later I have in my hand this funny ball.


Realizing that there is 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons in the ball I have to change 6 letters into pentagons.
As the 26 letters of the alphabet are not enough for the 32 ball’s pieces
I have added @ and # as very common symbols.
Nowadays they are used more often than letters.
The heart as a sign of love is important, too.
Each shape has 1 inch side.










 Outside and inside before filling the ball.
 The ball is around 5 inches diameter easy to catch by hand.

This is funny stuffed toy to play and learn letters with your kids.
Get the patterns from ETSY or CRAFTSY.
And show me your finished balls.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Hexagon Alphabet

I decided to share some tricks making letters from Hexagon alphabet.


In case you have two sections' letter paper pieces both sections.

Sew together the sections.  

Then add two pieces on the left and right.

Then add pieces up and down.
As you see it is not necessary to add perfect cut rectangles. I use every piece the same color I have by hand.
 Then align the paper hexagon on the back and reduce the exceed fabric.
As the hexagon has lines you can easily align them to the stitch lines. 
Make EPP your prefered way.


I pin and baste.


If it is still difficult to center the hexagon to the letter, look at the following tricks.

Happy sewing!