Monday, April 30, 2012

first blogiversary winners are ....

A huge Thank you!!! to everyone for taking part in my 1st blogiversary giveaway. I had so much fun reading all your comments, I really appreciate each and every one of them.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Lynne, who said : Happy blogiversary! I love your style and get great inspiration from your blog. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. wins a custom scrappy layer cake.

And the winner of Fresh Fabric Treats book by Moda is :
Janelle, who said: Congrats! Thanks for sharing all of your creativity with us. :) Even your giveaway prize is creative! I have really enjoyed reading your blog since discovering it a few months ago and always find lots of inspiration in the things you make. Here's to another year!

Congratulations ladies!!! I'll be in touch shortly.

*****update and correction******

I'm so totally mortified, I just realized that I miscounted when I was looking for the winning comment and the real #177 comment was by works4me who said:  Congratulations on one year. Those fabrics look great. Thanks for the opportunity to win. 

I am so truly sorry about this mess up. I will cut another custom layer cake for works4me and it will be in the mail as soon as I get your address. Again, my apologies!!!


Have a great evening, Svetlana.

Friday, April 27, 2012

my first blog anniversary + giveaway

Happy Friday, everyone!

First of all, thank you so much for all the kind comments you left on my yesterday's post. You guys are the best! I really appreciate it.

That brings me to the fact that today is my first blogiversary. Yay!!! I'm so excited, I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog exactly a year ago. And now I can't imagine my life without it. It's amazing to be able to connect with other "kindred spirits" all over the world who don't think that I'm not totally out of my mind for not being able to sleep at night just because I'm thinking so much about fabric and the next quilt I want to work on. (yes, that does happen to me a lot and this is a very long sentence, wow!)

What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway, right? I had such a hard time deciding what fabric to give away, so I raided my stash and made this scrappy layer cake of 35 different 10" x 10" designer fabrics.

And, because I usually like to have more than one winner, and I absolutely love books, I'm also giving away Fresh Fabric Treats book by Moda Bake Shop.

The giveaway is open worldwide and will close on Monday evening when Mr. Random will choose 2 winners. Just leave a note in the comment section and you're in. You could also let me know what you'd like to see more of on my blog. I'd really appreciate your feedback.

Have a wonderful day, friends! Thanks for stopping by. Svetlana

Thank you so much, everyone. The giveaway is now closed and I'll announce who the winners are shortly.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

liberated baskets

Today is not a very happy day for my family. My grandpa passed away this morning and even though we were kind of expecting it, it still made us all very sad. He was the last one of our children's great grandparents alive and what made it even more special was that our son was born on his birthday, they were exactly 77 years apart. He will be missed, but we know he's in a better place.

And, because life goes on, I'm glad that I had planned to show you my liberated baskets quilt today. It's so happy and springy looking, just the opposite of what I've been feeling all day.

The idea for this quilt came from Gwen Marston's book Liberated Quiltmaking 2. Making these baskets was truly "liberated" as I did not have to do any precise measuring or cutting, even the handles did not have to fit perfectly. I used mostly scraps for all the baskets and their backgrounds (always a good thing since my scraps seem to multiply like crazy).

I chose this gorgeous green flowery fabric by Denyse Schmidt for the back of the quilt. I really adore how beautiful and bright it is.

I decided to do straight line quilting using green thread about 3/4" apart. At first I alternated green and red thread for quilting, but that red was just taking away from the whole quilt. So, I went ahead and ripped out all the red. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

I used Kona coal to bind the quilt - I always like how a darker binding frames the whole quilt. The finished size is 29" x 32", I think it will make for a perfect stroller quilt.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

zakka style sew along {sewing kit} + other small finishes

This week's project for Zakka Style Sew Along is an adorable sewing kit. I had a lot of fun making mine, it might just be my most favorite project in the whole book.

I used Essex linen in putty for the outside as well as pockets of the kit and the lining is by Aneela Hoey from her latest fabric collection Walk in the Woods. Aren't those little mushrooms just the sweetest?

I decided to do a little bit of hand stitching on the outside of the pouch as it seemed so empty with  just one lonely owl stamped on it. I actually had a piece of red leather string on hand which makes for perfect ties and I think it works really well with the rustic look of linen.

I also made a log cabin fabric cover for my notebook. It's based on all the gorgeous log cabins Denyse Schmidt designs. I have to say, I am so totally in love with all things Denyse Schmidt right now.

And, I finished this month's blocks for my Trust Circle of do. good stitches bee. We used this tutorial. The block seemed quite complicated at first, but when I actually read the instructions and got myself organized both of them came together without any major hiccups.

Hope you all have a wonderful day. Svetlana

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