December 2, 2012

Safari Medallion

Hello everyone,
A lovely panel with a safari print. What can I do with...? Choose the other fabrics, think about a layout. What a nice process. I love these steps.  
At the final, I can see the quilt, I like it. I'll make the binding yellow, like that border.
Happy sewing, everyone!

November 21, 2012


Once upon a time...
I had a striped fabric; for long, I didn't use it! because the print was so interesting, I just wanted to give it the right cut, obtain no scraps!
(Now I can say it: I'm not comfortable making scraps and leftovers: I never, but never! want to throw them out, even the tiny, tiny ones, and so, the pile become bigger and bigger.
And, to make something from them, re-use them...ih! it's such a lost of time!)
So. This fabric, 7 stripes print...I've decided to make a bargello quilt!
I've cutted the needed widths, I've made some calculations...I start to sew...
Thanks to that print, they were eliminated some seams, made the quilt less bulky! I loved it!
The rest of the process was the well known one: added 3 borders, made the sandwich ...basting, hand quilting, binding ...and use it immediately!!

That's it. I love it, I love it!! My first Bargello.
I always tried to find the easiest way to obtain the same result, at the same quality!
Again, here, the print was very helpful!
Maybe later, someday, I'll make another Bargello, a real one, from cutted stripes, and many beautiful prints...(maybe from scraps!) I'll see.
Till then,
Happy sewing!!!

September 7, 2012

Spooky Stitched Squares

    It was helpful at the beginning to use sketches. They were more then two, but I liked the last one, with applications.
    I still get excited when I have to choose a layout, few fabrics and ...everything else I need to make a quilt!
 The fabrics, this new, amazing, rottary cutter, the ruler, my table on my dinning room...
I remember how I use to use this table...getting everything I needed there, for sewing, and clean up everything after, to eat with family or for any homework "we" had to do. 
 A lot to learn! but the first blocks are ready!!! At that time I was looking for quilting books, pictures, blogs, tutorials, any information about how to make a quilt.  
We didn't have to much space but a quilt can get everywhere. 
Now, the applications: I've made the patterns and use fusible interfacing for all the images, to attache them on the blocks. (now I don't use this method!!)
I like and I need a "Jack O' Lantern Joe" pumpkin application:
 ...a witch magic hat... 
 Couldn't wait to put all this together, to see a little advance on my quilt. 
 After that, follow the design, and make a cute ghost.... 
 ...a scary scared cat! 
 I used a zig-zag stitch to apply them all, and not an applique stitch. My first sewing machine didn't have that stitch!  
 Sandwich done!! 
 Next: basting, pinned, binding applied with the classic method. 
I think it looks pretty much the same with what I imagined.
 Well, this one was made for my old daughter Mihaela, her first Halloween quilt. I'm so glad she loves it!
 Happy sewing!!

August 29, 2012

"Do you want a pillow or a quilt?"...

- "A QUILT!!!" young daughter answered me, when I asked her: "You want me to make you a pillow or a quilt?"
I had two panels with the very well known cartoon character, SpongeBob Squarepants. Wonderful printed, nice colors!

A quilt then...
I had to do a sketch, for me, to know how it will look, and also for her, much easy to see how her future quilt will be. 
She even made some changes, that I've followed of course; for example she removed the border with those triangles. First I wanted to do something similar with my second quilt, a border with red triangles. It seems more difficult, but the change she made, actually saved me from a lot of work!
 Having the tools and all the fabrics...I was ready to start!
 First block...."Bubbles Time", bubbles to be....
The second one....and the rest...

 All these blocks are pretty big, but this was her choice, too...
Well, is ready to bind, ready for handquilting.
 Oh, but where is my quilt? A... Now I can see someone already using it!
  There she is, already sleeping! Cozy thing. What a good quilt!  
 In that folder, with this quilt pictures, I found some of my old daughter's drawings. All of them seem to me quite good. First one, was a project for school, the second one, some characters she love. 
She improved her drawing a lot, since then.

 We were both at the beginning....
 Happy sewing!!

August 21, 2012

Cats on a blue field

My third quilt is the one I like the most: I love the fabrics and the prints, the handquilting and the size, too: 65 x 75 inches.

It looks old already.
There is always a real battle for it when we are sitting on the couches...
I love it!!

Happy sewing!

August 20, 2012

A quilt for George

At the beginning of the 2009, we had the honour to be Maya's Godparents, on January 24.
That's why, even I was just starting to learn about quilts, and make one, I've decided to give her my first quilt.
I've thought it will be nice to make one, like a present, for Maya's brother, George.
I was inspired by a beautiful quilt, "Tiny Tots", from here. You can see the magazine on my table...
Well, I know, I didn't started easy...because I always welcome a challenge.

Finished right in time....
Happy sewing!

August 19, 2012

The first one...

...from 4 fabrics! ...lovely prints, for kids.
Oh, the wonderful scent of a cotton fabric...also, wonderful to touch it!!

Happy sewing!