Monday, December 1, 2014

Better late than ever!

Happy December my lovelies!

Where does time fly? It's already December! Who can believe it! This is what happens when you work all the time, there is no time to read blogs or even write on yours. Now I'm not gonna tell you that I will try, cause every time I've tried this, I've ridiculously failed! So we'll see how it goes. 
Anyway, I'm writing today cause I wanted to share with you my latest finish.  This UFO took almost 6 months to be finished, but it was worth the wait and  the effort! I had blogged about it last April, remember when I've asked you for your help on choosing the fabrics, let me refresh your memory
And now after all this time, I can finally share with you its finish.  I'm really really happy with how it turned out. I was so worried I wouldn't pull it through, but I did. And it's just lovely. I can imagine the mama, sitting in the bed with her son, and coming up with stories according to the book covers on the quilt.  Just darling!







The quilting was so hard, cause I've outlined the book covers and the blocks, and this one was not easy.  I don't understand how much bigger quilts are being quilted this way. It took me two/three hours to finish it, and of course a broken needle with all this pushing and shaving to try and fit the quilt in the machine's throat. Its final dimension was 40*60 in and the pattern was from Ayumi's amazing book Patchwork please!Oh I would love to have a picture of the crib with the quilt, I think I'll have to ask for one. I'm so jealous of all these sellers that have crib quilts displayed on a crib, I think next time I'll have to go to IKEA and choose a nice white crib and take photos! Can you imagine? 
Anyhoooo, it's December already and things get a lot busier these days. Orders are coming in and I can hardly blog about them. But I do have a secret project that I'm working on! Shhh! It's a secret nobody can know about it.  I had long ago bookmarked Anna Maria Horner's lovely feather quilt , and I sew wanted to try this out.  And I did, and it was slow as hell, it took me 4 hours to make two feathers, BUT they look gorgeous. I can't imagine how many hours one has to spend to make a whole bed quilt with feather blocks!! Anyway, this is the color palette I've chosen, more low volume tones for this one. 

Now, finally the quilt top is finished, it's huge (for me at least, that I've never tried to make a quilt this big) 60*75iand the feathers pop out so beautifully.  The batting arrived today! I've never seen such a huge batting, so now, I just have to piece the backing, and think of how to quilt this beauty! I'm gonna share a few pics for you to see, but like I've told you, you can't tell anyone.It's gonna be a huge surprise!!!





What do you think!? I want your opinion. Do you like it? I do hope you do, and I sincerely hope that it'll be loved! 
Oh well, look at the time! I have to go stitch up some of these!!!


Happy December my lovelies <3<3<3



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday things I love {the wonderland edition}

Happy Tuesday lovelies :) 
It's so dark outside, it feels like the sky is going to fall on our heads.  Ohhh...this is not the fresh start I wanted, I've asked for crispier air, and cardigans in the afternoon, and bright days but not such a moody weather.  In times like these, all I want is to get lost into a magical world, into a wonderland. Where magic happens every single day, and all bad things get lost just like that! Don't you feel like this sometimes? 

I got featured today, with my Alice in wonderland pillow, in a such a lovely treasury my heart breaks. It fits like a glove with my mood.  I just adore every single item of this treasury. Don't you? You can check it out here

welcome to wonderland
On another note, my "sweet dreams" triangle quilt is coming along day by day.  I've decided to sew at least one row per day. So hopefully by next week, I'll have all rows finished and ready to piece together.  Let's hope that my seams will nest nicely! Also, I'm working on another "ms. Simone and her friends" baby crib size quilt, but I've run out of cotton thread, and the shop in my neighborhood is OOS! Come on!! who runs out of stock of plain white thread! Someone is seriously joking! And also decided to give the economy block a try.  I've been seeing blocks on IG for so long and wanted to make one.  And now I did, and I have to admit that it's such a fun and easy block to make.  It's perfect for fussy cutting, and you can make a good use of your precious scraps.  Next project calling! Christmas patchwork pillow!!!


Oh well, tomorrow I'll show you all about my new baby fabric book! Stay tuned :)






Thursday, September 4, 2014

So I've blogged & a Happy Fall!!

how long has it been? 2,3 or 4 months since I've last blogged? Wow! now that's what I call time flies, right? I have so many things I want to share with you, but I just can't find the time or the will (if you like) to sit down and write a few words.  It's been a really rough summer round these (and more specifically mine) parts of the world. Bad things have happened, and the most important is my boyfriend's serious motorcycle accident.  Happened on the National Quilt day (a few weeks after the accident we were joking (crazy) that he had been pieced again and stitched like a quilt! in honor of National quilt day!!), but the good thing is that he managed to avoid a shoulder surgery, and now good things (hopefully--I'm a scorpio don't mind me) can only come our way!and now that Fall is here it really does feel like a fresh start! I feel like an enthusiastic first grader here! My mind is constantly on what to make next, orders keep coming in and I can't tell you how excited I am.  Annnddd, after I think it's two years, I finally sat down to start piecing my Sweet dreams queen size quilt! Yes, it's finally coming together.  Each row has 25 triangles, I'm still in row 5, and have a long way to go, but I can't tell you how happy I am, that I managed to start a project for us and our home!!!I haven't even pieced two rows, and I'm already thinking of how I'm going to quilt it and manage all this weight! I'm thinking plain straight lines, but it's too early, but I would die for your opinion too! What do you think? How should I quilt it?   


On a whole different note, I'm sewing like crazy to start preparing the shop for the Holidays! It's the first time I'm thinking so seriously on what I'm going to make and planning ahead. Fabrics and wool felt are coming in just in time, for new projects to be made. I've also treated myself with a little gift of love with the first issue of Quilt Now which is such a cute magazine filled with quilt projects to die for! 



 And speaking of new projects here's a lovely set of embroidery hoops I made, that are ready to be hang to a baby's nursery room (for a girl of course! I'm a sucker for little girls me).  The theme of the hoops is from my favorite Fairy Tale LIttle Red Riding Hood! And its style is so whimsical and fun, I just love it! 





I've used my favorite fabric lines for the background of the hoops and some great quality wool felt for the characters. I think this set would make a great Christmas gift for a little girl, don't you think?

So, how was your summer, what did you make! I'd love to catch up with you lovelies! It's been a really long time, and I feel like I've missed so many wonderful things and makes! Do share! 

I'm wishing everyone a Happy week and a creative fresh start of Fall with some Autumn Essentials.  You can download and frame this lovely Artwork print by Jones Design Company. Found it on pinterest and thought I should definitely share it with my lovelies. 




So Happy Fall lovelies!



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!!!


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