Monday, September 1, 2014

Linky here and linky there

Last week I mentioned new linky Monday Makers @ Hug a Bit Quilts. You can learn more about Nurdan in her post since it is her turn of the Around the World blog hop.

My project for this week is going to be house zippered pouch with crochet roof. I have the supplies ready so we'll see next Monday. Are you starting something new? Let's join in!

Guess what. There is another Monday Makers linky @ ayliN-Nilya. She is also having her Blog around the world post up. Check out Nilya's creations as she makes some beautiful stuff.

I have also tagged Janeen @ Quilt Art Designs. She'll be posting next week but you can check out and download free paper pieced pattern as part of her BOM called In the Garden.

BOM @ QADesigns

It is also time to do August round up. Check out what others have created @ Lily's quilts. You can also join in if you feel like it :)

Fresh Sewing Day

I made some zippered pouches. Click on the pictures to see the details.

Houses for boys and girls
Selvedges & squares

I made some cushions.

Orange peel 
Preschool cuteness
And I finally finished Ballerina quilt which was in progress for a very long time. This one yet to be fully revealed. 

Plus if you are into Pinterest you might want to join in Pin It Monday @ 13 spools

13 Spools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August goal achieved

Here we go again. This time I'm catching up with deadline for August ALYoF. My goal was to finish this Ballerinas quilt and I made it!

You could see me hand quilting it. Machine quilting is fairly simple since the thick batting is PITA. Just a few straight lines across the quilt to keep the layers together.

Once again I used polar fleece for the back. As you can see I sewed the binding on prior trimming. It prevents the polar fleece edges from stretching and you end up with no puckers. Yay!

I wanted some pink binding but I didn't have enough so there were few other alternatives in game but my girl picked this green with pink dots. Honestly I just wanted to finish it so if it works for her, works for me too.

The binding is machine stitched. Do you also count the corners while sewing?

It is like one, we just began.
Two, you half way through.
Three, keep going and breath! At that point I'm getting really excited about being almost done.
Four, here we go! Almost there, few more stitches and DONE! Yippee!

That is obviously good news. The bad weather helped since it kept us inside but on the other hand I'm not able to take proper outdoor pics. So that's it for today. I'll talk more about the quilt within few days so stay tuned if you interested. It'll be my project for Craft Book Month.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Preschool cushion

Some time ago I got these cute fabrics from my friend. Decent scraps, mostly strips. When I saw them I knew they will become cushions one day.

As the preschool is starting Monday and the kids should bring their own little cushion it was just about time to make one. Well, I made one with butterflies and because it was pretty quick I made replacement cover as well.

This way my girl will always have cushion from her mommy, right.

The back is just pieced strips with hidden zipper. Remember how I told you I don't match hidden zippers? I only do that when the right one is not on hand, lol. 

Linking up with TGIFF and Crazy mom quilts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

10 quilty little secrets

13 Spools

I'm having fun reading all those posts. I can relate to many and I have put together some as well. Here you go:

1. I don't get the fuss about Liberty. Yeah, it is sooo soft.

2. I'm not keen on patterns with strange to me size like 3 15/16

3. There are quite a few patterns which you can buy but I seen them previously as free tuts. I'm talking about triangle quilts, half hexagons, HSTs variations. I don't get it.

4. I don't like quilting kits. Why would I make exact same thing like someone else?

5. I'm not good in measuring. I make things bigger since I round the numbers a lot.

6. I'm lazy quilter.

7. I don't feel guilty when not touching my machine for days.

8. I find pictures where people sew on vacation ridiculous. I took some sewing on vacation but I haven't even unpacked it.

9. Combination of blue and yellow is my least fav of all.

10. Squares bigger than charm square are boring but you already knew that, right :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Around the World Blog hop

Last Monday I was tagged by Yvonne - Quilting Jetgirl so it's my turn of Around the World Blog hop. Check out her post to learn more about the hop and Yvonne.

I took the opportunity to introduce myself a bit especially to new followers but now I struggle with what to say. Why don't you just see my About page and my intro for New Blogger blog hop.

1.What am I working on?

I'm trying to behave and I'm working on my FAL Q3 list. That is sneak peak of my super secret project which I'll share soon. I'll be probably working with those bright batiks until I use the very last bit.

2. How does my work differ from others?

You will hardly see latest fabric lines. I like to combine what I have on hand with what is available locally. I also like to twist patterns to make it my own. I keep things simple and I'm not driven towards trends. My style still evolves but I'm having a bit of rainbow phase.

3. Why do I create?

I think. I think a lot. I think about things I shouldn't be. Creating is one of the activities when my brain switches off. It switches into pleasant mode when I only concentrate on matching colors and when I dream about new projects.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I usually have way too many ideas. As deadline approaches I narrow them down. I try something out and adjust as I go. I don't plan or sketch too much as my ideas are changing a lot. I don't schedule my posts either. I just write whenever I have time or project to talk about. I also have to have the right mood. If I'm not feeling like doing something I just don't. You see, we are back to SIMPLE :)

As part of the blog hop I would like to introduce you to some lovely ladies. We need to keep the blog hop going!

I start with Janeen from Quilt Art Designs. She is paper piecing maniac. She made so many fab patterns and you should check her out. She also recently started new Friday linky party for Paper Piecing. Her post will be up next week.

I was asked by Nesta if I wanted to participate. Her post is also up this Monday so you don't have to wait whole week to read more about her @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room. She makes all kinds of cute things and she is located in Italy.

I would also like to mention Nurdan @ Hug-a-Bit Quilts She is being tagged by someone else (hello Jo!) but she is just starting new Monday linky called Monday Makers. You might want to check it out and join in as well.