Saturday, May 3, 2014

The making of a baby quilt..

Happy Saturday my lovelies,
since it's been so long since my last wip post, I thought I should take a break from quilting and share with you the making of the dog in the air baby quilt.  

It all starts with fusing and cutting all the applique pieces, the dog,clouds, and the balloons.

Then it's time to sew all pieces to your background fabric. I choose to use a "blanket stitch" to avoid any fraying of the applique pieces. It might me a waste of thread, but it's surely a safer choice. 

After you have secured all applique pieces with a blanket stitch it's time to make the dog fur, add the eyes and nose.  Change the foot of your sewing machine into a darning/quilting foot, drop your feed dogs, and start outlining the dog figure with small zig zag stitches with black thread.  When you're finished, start basting your quilt.

After you've done all that, it's to quilt the quilt. Choose a quilting pattern, mine is clouds since the dog is hanging literally in the air.

Take a break to relax your shoulders, to write a post, and maybe just maybe when you get back to your sewing machine, maybe your cat is waiting there throwing you a glove telling you to stop slacking and get some quilting done.

Now we're half way there.. Continue quilting and stay tuned...

To be continued....

What lovely things are you creating this weekend?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Quilts to love and cuddle

Ohh Happy May!! Gosh how does time flies, from making Christmas ornaments already to May!! Baby quilts were a huge part of these past sewing months.  From a first attempt on triangle quilting to adorable applique ones.  I had posted some time ago about a little triangle stroller quilt for a dear friend.

Please don't mind these ugly pics, they were taken on a January afternoon under some really hard light. But still you can see my puckers in the backing! Oh well! what can I say, nobody is perfect! 
From triangles on to applique ones.  I had been asked to make a dog in the air quilt but I had to make it with a Boston terrier dog instead of a Yorkie.  Now that was a real challenge.  I had to research for photos picturing Boston terriers in the air and to adopt it into my quilt.  It was a huge success.  It turned out to be a real preppy Boston terrier with his bow tie and all.  My customer was so impressed and satisfied with her new quilt, she even left me a heartbreaking review! That's a win win story!!!!

On to the next applique quilt.  I had been asked to make a Ms. Simone with a new addition to her friendship circle.  As you know Ms. Simone is a little birdie on a tree with the company of her friend the sleeping owl. Now it was time to add a little bunny sleeping on the edge of the tree.  The quilt turned out A-dorable!! The fabrics used were all pastel tones, and it turns out that they are my all time favorite shades!!! My heart stops every time I look at the pictures of this quilt.

The backing and binding was made by using Litllest fabric line by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Apart from the fact that your heart melts away from the cuteness of this fabric line, the quality was just superior, the most amazing cotton I've ever laid my hands on.

Those are definitely quilts to love and cuddle!! I just don't know when I'll be able to make my own quilt! I had cut the triangles since last July and still I haven't even sewn a row of triangles!!! Oh!!well what can I say, time really flies!!!!

I'm wishing you all a happy May!!Go out and make the best and cutest wreath Ever!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A week of Peppa & fresh love

Happy Friday sweeties!

It's official I'm on a 5-days mini Easter break from my day job!!woot!!woot!! How will I kill all this free time!!!?? sewing? relaxing? partial spring cleaning? visiting my folks? One thing's for sure! There's some heavy sewing in the horizon.  Have to start another "the dog in the air" baby quilt & Hugo's first book for a little guy in Germany.  Fabrics have arrived so no more waiting! It's time to cut, fuse and sew sew sew!!
This week was all about Peppa pig & some fresh love.  I've been asked to make a Peppa doll as an Easter lampada (the tradition here in Greece, goes like this, everyone in the church holds a candle in order to get the Holy Light when the Resurrection takes place, so the lampada is actually the Easter candle).  I had never seen Peppa before, and I was happily surprised when I watched a 5-min episode of Peppa, since I knew that kids these days watch a bunch of crap (I grew up watching Sport Billy, Candy Candy, Nils Holgersson and his amazing adventures , I do hope they ring a bell all these children programs).  Anyways, here's my version of Peppa (she's a little fairy pig!!!). I have attached a set of wings on her back, but I didn't manage to get a decent photo of them!dah!!you know me and my photos!!! 

I hope that she'll be loved and taken good care cause she's just a little fragile Fairy!!! Other than that, I was asked to make a pillow for a fresh young couple in love.  And here's my interpretation of a fresh love! You're the thief of my heart!!! A cute little throw pillow filled with embroidery and applique love! 

My embroidery skills after so many projects still are at their lowest but I'm not giving up! Someday I'll stitch so straight I won't believe it!! hahhaha!!! 
Anyway, I'm wishing you all a Happy Easter!! Lots and lots of good times and laughter!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ohhhh paper piecing...or I need your help!!!!

Hello lovelies, happy Wednesday!!! It's been so long since my last post I can't even remember when was the last time! That's not a good thing of course, and it means that I'm not consistent to my word, which was I would post more often, and more wips.  And now here I am posting about my latest wip for which I'm sew sew excited! 
A good friend of mine is giving birth to a baby boy in less than a month! She had asked for a quilt of course with two pillows for the baby's crib.  Now, I'm not yet sure about the pillows but we HAVE decided on the quilt.  Remember a long time ago, I've told you about this amazing book from Ayumi Patchwork please.  Well, a lovely quilt was featured in the book, all about paper piecing. 
After a long search we have narrowed our fabric choices to two basic colors, grey-ish and aqua-ish.  And after a second long search we have narrowed down the fabric search to this lovely mood board.  I have made a few combinations, but she sticks to the grey-ish shades, which is fine by me of course. She has rejected the last combinations from both lines.  So I kinda need your help on this. Which one would you go for.  But let me explain how this combinations work.  A is for basic border (yellow in the picture), B is the solid color between the blocks, (dahhh), C is the the border of each block, D is the binding fabric and last but not least E is the backing fabric.  Also, I decided to make a small change, instead of 48*48in, I'm going with a more bed-ish look, and hopefully it's gonna end at 40*60in, if my calculations are correct.   
  And yesterday, I decided to stitch up a sample block, to check the technique and all, and I fell in love! I want to fill up all the beds/walls/pillows everything with this lovely pattern. And here's the little block.  
Isn't it the cutest EVER??? Ohhh paper piecing how do I love you!!! So please in order to start and place my orders, I need your help!! pretty please!!!

Hope you have a great creative day :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

time to start a new quilt and some finishes

Happy Tuesday lovelies <3<3

It's been a while since my last post, procrastination has seriously kicked in... but since some new fabrics have just arrived (happy dance!!!), I thought I might share with you a new start.  
So, a loved one is expecting a baby, and actually she's due next month, so I better hurry on this one, and I thought what a better way to express my love than with a lovely baby quilt.  
The theme is extremely nautical, and the color scheme is white/aqua/blue.... in love. The basic idea is to make this pillow
into a crib size quilt.  The difference is that the sea is going to be pieced while in this pillow was appliqué.
And now time for the fabrics... in pure love...

I have already prepared the binding which is a lovely Riley Blake fabric, and it's time to cut into these cuties... Sew excited! I'm already thinking of how to quilt it, but there's still time for this.

On another note, I've made two custom photo album sleeves of two Christenings.  The one's theme was a little owl, and the other one's was a boat.  And here they are..a very simple boat in the sea and Charlie the owl.

Very simple but very loved themes both of them.  

And now I'm off to go cut some fabrics.  

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