Saturday, October 18, 2014

looking for pattern testers

A big thank you, thank you, thank you to all the lovely people who offered to help out by testing my new pattern. As of now I have enough pattern testers for this pouch. I am, however, working on more PDF patterns so if you'd like me to put you on the email list for my next pattern please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to do so.

Hello friends, happy Saturday to you all !!!

So, I took a plunge and decided to publish my very first PDF pattern. I've been thinking about it for months and months and now I finally stopped coming up with excuses why it's not a good idea and went for it :)


I was wondering, would any of you my lovely friends like to test this pattern for me?

I'm looking for a few willing people who:
- have some experience sewing bags or pouches (the pattern is for a pouch)
- can make a pouch and send me at least one clear, well lit picture by Nov. 2nd
- can proof read the instructions and give me feedback on how to make them more user friendly

Each pattern tester will receive a final PDF copy of the pattern and will have their photo of the project (with links back to their blog, website, or Flickr stream) published on my blog.

If you're up for it please send me an email at svetlana.sotak@gmail.com.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend.

Svetlana

Monday, October 13, 2014

pumpkin patch pillow

In my last post I was saying I was not really into seasonal sewing and you know what? It apparently is not true.


Because, as soon as I was finished with my maple leaf coasters I started working on this pumpkin patch pillow (it's 100% inspired by Karen's beautiful table runner).


I improv sewed my pumpkins and framed them with lots of low volume prints. Each pumpkin finished at around 5.5" or 6" tall - this pillow is huge (16" x 36").


I used fusible fleece to back the front of the pillow and did an uneven/ improv grid quilting all over.


I went with my usual zipper technique for pillow closure, and I even decided to use my long hoarded The Little Prince linen for the backing.


Here's a little detail. Adorable, isn't it?


I finished the pillow using 2.25" double fold binding - I so love this technique as it leaves me with absolutely no raw edges inside the pillow case.

How about you? Have you been doing any seasonal sewing? Do tell.

Svetlana

Thursday, October 9, 2014

maple leaf coasters

I'm usually not a huge fan of seasonal sewing, but lately I've been crushing hard on Modern Maple quilts popping up all over blogland. I think it's such a perfectly perfect autumn quilt, don't you?


Now, since I only have one properly functioning leg at the moment and doctor's order to stay in bed as much as possible, I decided to hold off on attempting the whole quilt and make maple leaf coasters instead (they were inspired by these lovely coasters made by Karen).


I used Maple Leaf pattern from Lynne and Kerry' s cute little book, but I made my squares slightly smaller (they finished at 1.5").


I hand quilted the coasters using 2 strands of embroidery thread and bound them the way I would a quilt, only I cut my double fold binding at 2" instead of my usual 2.5".


Oh, and I used some old Echino I had on hand for the backing.

All in all, this was such a wonderfully satisfying, super quick project. And very useful, too. Because, really, we can always use more coasters in our house :)

Talk to you soon friends. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish it up Friday.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

my knitting bag

I simply could not wait any longer. I had to sew at least a little bit or I was in danger of losing my sanity :)


I knew exactly what I wanted to make - Jeni's lined drawstring bag. I've been knitting up a storm in the last few weeks so a new knitting bag was totally in order.


It felt so good to dig through my stash once again and after quite some time I decided to go with Cloud 9 Diamonds are Forever and Cotton + Steel XOXO. I do love how these two fabrics look together, especially with the addition of striped pull string.

Also, Jeni's tutorial is fantastic and I absolutely loved the way she constructed this bag. So very simple and easy to do. I'm sure I'll be making a lot more of these bags in future.

But now it's back to my knitting. I'm making a Mara shawl.

Talk to you soon friends. Thanks for reading. Svetlana

Thursday, October 2, 2014

recovering...

Hello friends, happy Thursday to you all !!!

You might have noticed things were pretty quiet around here lately. Too quiet in fact :( You see, I had a much needed ankle surgery done and doctor's orders were to stay completely off the injured foot (walking with crutches totally stinks by the way), in fact my motto was to be "toes above nose" for two whole weeks.

So, there was absolutely no sound of sewing machine in our house for two weeks straight!!!

I had to find something to keep myself from going all crazy though. And so I knitted. Yes, it's possible to knit even with one foot elevated way up high in the air.


This is Betty the owl (pattern from this book).  I love how adorable she is which is a good thing since I don't see myself ever knitting another stuffed toy. Unfortunately I found the process too tedious and I questioned my sanity the whole time I was knitting :(



So then I did some cross stitch. I love how this little picture is coming to life (pattern here). I might turn it into a pouch once I'm able to walk and sew again.


I also did a little bit of hand quilting on my Large Scale Improv Quilt. Those red crosses are my absolute favorite.


And, of course, I did tons of reading. I very highly recommend each and every one of these books.

So, that's my last two weeks in a nutshell. And now I'm really, really ready for things to slowly get back to normal. Well, as normal as they possibly can get with a giant plastic boot on my leg and no stepping on my foot for four more weeks. At least I no longer have to keep it up in the air all the time :)

Wishing you all a very lovely day. Svetlana

Monday, September 15, 2014

irish chain {in progress}


I started, and even finished, a new quilt top over the weekend (pattern can be found in this book) . As you can imagine, there was some serious marathon sewing involved :)


At first I was quite intimidated by how very precise all the seams needed to be. Those green squares finish at 3/4" so even the slightest discrepancy in seam allowances would show right away.


At the end though I found the repetitive nature of piecing these blocks together quilt therapeutic and enjoyable.

Hope you all had a great weekend too. Svetlana

Saturday, September 6, 2014

scrap eater {a finished quilt}


I finished my Scrap Eater quilt. Fun, isn't it? And just like the name suggests I only used scraps to make this quilt top.


I used this wonderful tutorial to make my blocks (they each finished at 12" x 12") and I absolutely love that even though I used scraps of every size and color, the finished quilt still looks cohesive - well, sort of crazily cohesive but I think it works :)


Here it is during basting stage. Oh, I do love a perfectly flat, zero wrinkles, freshly basted quilt top very much indeed.


My plan at first was to do an all over spiral quilting like I did on this quilt a while back. After just a few minutes of pretty poor quilting and wrestling this beast I decided to scrap that plan and rip out all the stitches ... plan b, continuous eights to the rescue :)


My eights are about 4" tall and I was happy to see that even after washing and drying this quilt stayed pretty flat. Last time I tried this quilting pattern I made my eights smaller and a lot denser which probably caused the quilt to crinkle up more than I'd prefer.


I used this beautiful lime (and blue) giant dots Marimekko fabric for the backing. And since I live close to Crate and Barrel outlet store I bought it at an incredible sale price of $3.98 a yard !!!!


I couldn't choose just one fabric for the binding so I copied my quilting hero Amanda Jean and went scrappy. I think it adds just the right finishing touch.



The quilt finished at 72" x 72". And yes, I still have tons of scraps left over, but on that next time :)

Wishing you all a very lovely weekend. Svetlana
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