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

Monday, September 1, 2014

around the world blog hop

Hello, happy Monday to you all.

Welcome to my stop on Around the World Blog Hop (thanks Beth for inviting me :)) where different bloggers share a little glimpse into their creative process by answering a few questions.

What am I working on?

The biggest project I'm working on right now is my large improv patchwork quilt. I loved piecing this top using limited color palette and decided hand quilting will make a lovely addition to this otherwise quite minimalist design.

I also finished piecing my Scrap Eater quilt top and I'm planning on doing a circular machine quilting on this beast :) Hope it will work out well.

And then there's my Double Wedding Ring quilt. I have all the arches done but of course I underestimated how long all the other piecing will take. I decided it's okay to take it easy and enjoy the process instead of rushing it which means it will be quite a while before I have some significant progress to show.

How does my work differ from the others?

Now, this is a hard question to answer. All I can come up with is that I try to make what I like and what makes me happy. So, that means a piece of me and my style is definitely put into my projects and hopefully that makes them "mine" and slightly different from all the others.

Why do I write/ create what I do?

I create because I enjoy it, sewing gives me something that's completely totally my own - dishes have to be done, laundry and dinner made, but no one will go hungry if I don't make yet another quilt :). It calms me down (seriously) and relaxes me. I love getting lost in all the planning and plotting, and looking through my stash to find just the right fabric.

...yes, sewing does make me happy :)

How does my writing/ creative process work?

I usually just have an idea and I have to start working on it as soon as it pops in my head. And then I change my mind a thousand times before I finally settle on what I'm actually making.

Also, I never cut all the fabric for the quilt at once. I cut as I go, adding and subtracting fabric depending on what feels right.

Now it's your turn. If you'd like to take part in this blog hop simply write a post answering these four questions:

   1. What am I working on?
     2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
     3. Why do I write/create what I do?
     4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Thank you all so much for reading. Talk to you soon. Svetlana

Friday, August 29, 2014

a few things

I made a second batch of grocery bags over the weekend. (you can see my first batch here). Once again I used Michelle's pattern which is my favorite go to grocery bag.

I so love this adorable elephant fabric and I'm glad I finally found a perfect project for it. Now instead of having it hidden in my stash I'll be able to admire it every time I go shopping :)

I also finished all thirty six scrappy improv patchwork blocks. All I need to do now is join them into a quilt top, I even have a plan on how I want to quilt it.

I had to laugh at the fact that for some unknown reason I thought I might not have enough scraps for this quilt. What a crazy idea, I must say, it barely made a dent in my scrap boxes :)

And, I put together this pretty stack in hopes of turning it into a Swoon quilt for our bed. It probably won't happen any time soon but it felt good to do all this plotting and planning.

Last, but definitely not least,  the most exciting thing of all - I have a project in Quilt Now 1 magazine. I'm sort of late with this news since the magazine came out last month, but somehow with the move and all I only now managed to get a copy of my own.

Thanks for reading friends. Hope you all have an absolutely positively amazing weekend. Svetlana

Saturday, August 23, 2014

flowering snowball {a finished quilt)

....finished at last !!!

I started this quilt back in June as part of Mary's Flowering Snowball Along. I loved making each and every one of these blocks so much that I had the quilt top pieced together in just a few days. 

And then, because I could not decide on how to quilt it, I set it aside. For almost three months!!!!

I really wanted to hand quilt it, just like Mary did hers, but I realized I did not have time for it and if  I wanted this quilt finished any time soon I had to machine quilt it. Which worked out pretty well, I think.

I also added perle cotton ties to the center of each flowering snowball.

The quilt finished at 56" x 56".

All these pictures are after the quilt was washed ad dried and I just adore how soft and comfy looking it is.

Thank you Mary for leading this wonderful quilt along and for all the great advice and guidance along the way.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

scraps to treasure

A few days back I talked about how I need to work on my wips because they've been sitting around for way too long. I even planned on doing just that, and then I came across this quilt on Pinterest.

What can I possibly say? Just minutes later all the wip plans were all forgotten as I dumped my overflowing scrap buckets on the floor and started making scrappy blocks like there's no tomorrow.

This is what sixteen blocks looks like. Crazy stuff, isn't it? Each block measures 12.5" and I'm planning on doing a 6x6 layout. I think this is going to be one of those quilts I either love to pieces or hate everything about it. So far I'm at the love stage :)

What I really like about making these blocks (tutorial here) is that I'm actually using up my scraps without having to make more scraps. You know what I mean, right? I've made quite a  few quilts trying to use up scraps only to have even more scraps at the end :(

I'm really, really hoping to use up most of my scraps for this quilt. Wish me luck :)


Sunday, August 17, 2014

idea pouch

I think I figured out what to do when my quilting mojo is sort of lost and I wander from one project to another without really "feeling" any of them and thus accomplishing nothing constructive  but simply wasting time and getting frustrated... 

... small, almost instant gratification projects !!!

So, the other day I decided to make Idea Pouch (pattern is written by a super talented Michelle and you can purchase yours here).

I combined two of my absolute favorite fabric collections at the moment - Emmy Grace and Cotton + Steel. I think they go together beautifully.

I love that this Idea Pouch fits a regular composition notebook. I think the addition of perfectly sized slots for pens and pencils is such a great idea, too.

I used sew-in magnetic snap closure instead of recommended ribbon which was the only change I made to this project.

I absolutely adore how this handy pouch turned out and I'm pretty sure I'll be making more soon.

But first I need to tackle some of my wips (double wedding ring, flowering snowball, needle turn applique, plus a few other projects) - they've been laying around for way too long and might be the reason why I feel overwhelmed every time I try to decide what to sew.

Hope you all have a very lovely rest of the weekend. Svetlana
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