Wednesday, May 24, 2017

new fabric panels in shop



Hello lovelies, 

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know added quite a few new screen printed fabric panels to my etsy shop.

Enjoy :).  Svetlana


Monday, May 22, 2017

new Cora


My kids will be finished with school year in just a few days, so I decided I needed a new bag for all the outings and fun activities we're planning on doing over the next three months.


I wanted this new bag to be sturdy and larger than my regular everyday purse with lots of pockets as well as main zipper closure.  And, as luck would have it, my Cora handbag pattern fit the bill perfectly (the only adjustment I did was shortening the handles a bit and adding a removable strap).


I think the combination of  this beautiful print from Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall collection and Wicked Sky AGF denim is just perfect for this bag. And the addition of Pellon Flex Foam makes it wonderfully structured without adding extra weight.


I used metal zippers for main closure and inner zipper pocket,


and added matching hardware to the strap. I think metal hardware always adds a perfect finishing touch to any handmade bag.


I got my middle daughter to model the bag so you can see the scale better. 

All in all, I couldn't be happier with the way my new bag turned out (you can purchase the pattern here in case you'd like to make one for yourself). Just four more days and the outings can begin. Wish me luck, three months is a long time :)

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana


Friday, May 19, 2017

sawtooth star quilt



I started a new quilt, yay!!!

It's been ages since I felt like making any traditional quilt blocks, so when I suddenly couldn't get the combination of my newest screen printed panels and Sawtooth Star block out of my head I knew it was time to drop everything else I planned on doing and do some serious piecing instead :).



I'm so excited about these new fabric panels, I think they'll make for a super fun quilt.



I haven't decided on how big this quilt will be yet so I'll just keep making blocks as long as I feel like it and I'll see where the whole process takes me.

Oh, and I'll have some of these panels for sale at my etsy shop next week in case you'd like to add some cuteness to your stash :)

Wishing you all a creative and relaxed weekend.

Svetlana


Monday, May 15, 2017

handmade sale

Hello friends, happy Monday to you all!

Once again I find myself with way too many finished projects taking up precious space in my studio so I decided it was time for another handmade sale. 


All the items in this mosaic (and more) are listed in my etsy shop now. Click here to be taken directly to the shop.

Hope you'll find something you like and thank you for your support :)

Happy shopping! Svetlana


Thursday, May 11, 2017

soulful sewing


I've been a fan of Maureen's beautiful fabric designs and quilts for years now and last week I had the pleasure to work with her newest fabric collection Soulful. I love the Anthropologie feel of Maureen's gorgeous fabric and enjoyed my "soulful playtime" immensely.

Would you like to see what I made?


First I sewed up this patchwork-y Laura purse.


I didn't have large enough pieces of fabric for main panels so I decided to piece them using differently sized strips of fabric. I think it worked really well and I absolutely love the finished look.


Oh, and this hardware. I just love everything about it. It was all provided to me by Dritz company and I'll be definitely using it again in my future projects.



I then used some of the leftover scraps to make this qayg Nina Wristlet.


And I added yet another little Dritz detail to my pouch. Those "handmade" tags are just fabulous, don't you think?

Both the bag and the pouch are heading Maureen's way right now and will be displayed in her Spring Quilt Market booth. Can't wait to see how it all comes together :)

Svetlana

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

nine patch pillow


Yesterday afternoon I came across this lovely photo of a beautifully styled bed. I think it was made mostly to showcase that fantastic quilt. What caught my eye though, was the black and gray pillow in the background. I love that it's simple, yet bold at the same time and I decided to make a similar pillow for our family room.


I wasted no time, of course, and got to work right away. I decided to go with yard dyed Essex linen for the main cross, and I used Kona cotton (probably Snow) for the corners.

I was very tempted to use black for the corners (as in the original pillow), but just one thought of our super fluffy white cat made me realize white is just a better option for our household :).

I needed my pillow cover to fit an 18" square pillow form, so I cut each square at 6.5".


Once my pillow top was pieced, I adhered fusible fleece to its wrong side and hand quilted it using sashiko thread.

I like my quilting lines not to be wonky, so I used disappearing fabric pen and ruler to draw the lines before I started quilting - they are 1" apart.


As soon as I started making this pillow I knew I wanted to use one of my most favorite fabrics ever (these sweet little houses by Sarah Golden) for the back. I think it's perfect for this pillow.


And, I joined the pillow top and back with an invisible zipper. I always add zipper closures to my pillow covers as I know they'll need to be washed a lot (three kids, two cats, of course our pillows get dirty :)).


I absolutely love how quickly this pillow came together and I think it fits right in with its other "pillow friends".

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Thursday, May 4, 2017

whole cloth baby quilt


Hello everyone!

I'd like to show you my newest quilt finish today.


A super simple and sweet whole cloth quilt I made for our local homeless shelter.


This was such a quick and satisfying project. I used fabric from my stash - poppy print by Katarina Roccella for the front and this lovely alphabet fabric (cut up Ikea comforter cover) + another Katarina Roccella print for the back.


I used straight line quilting to form an irregular grid and bound it with light gray solid fabric. I like this kind of quilting as it adds a wonderful drape to the finished quilt.


Finished size of this quilt is 40" x 46" and I'm happy to send it on its way for a special little one to snuggle in.

Wishing you all a lovely day.  Svetlana


Monday, May 1, 2017

giveaway winners


Happy Monday, friends!

Thank you to each and every one of you for all the wonderful comments on my six year blogiversary post and for taking part in my giveaway. 


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Mr. Random and I have chosen our three winners:


Congratulations, ladies. Your winning will be on the way as soon as I hear from you.

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Once again, thank you all for all the happy and encouraging comments.

Svetlana

Thursday, April 27, 2017

six years (plus a giveaway and discount code)


Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you all!

Today is a special day as exactly six years ago I wrote my very first post for this blog. Crazy, isn't it? Things have changed, of course. I don't make the same things I used to (which is definitely a good thing because those first mug rugs make me laugh every time I see them :). Sewing and designing patterns has become my job instead of being a hobby, and I definitely have less time for sewing just for the sake of sewing. What haven't changed, however, is my love of making and the enjoyment I get from sharing it with you all.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

Thank you for coming along on this super fun creative journey with me. I couldn't do what I do without all your encouragement, support, and feedback. 


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And, to celebrate, I have a giveaway for you.


The giveaway is open worldwide and three lucky readers will win a pack of 15 screen printed charms pictured above, plus a choice of three pdf patterns from my etsy shop.

To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know what fun project you're working on at the moment. Mr. Random and I will choose our three winners on Monday (May 1st) noon.


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And, in case you'd like to go ahead and purchase some patterns right away, I have an etsy shop discount coupon for you. Use SIXYEARS during checkout and a 40% discount will be automatically applied to your shopping cart. Discount code valid through Monday, May 1st.

Good luck and happy sewing, friends.

Svetlana





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

screen printed fabric panels shop update


Hello everyone,

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know I've added quite a few screen printed fabric panels as well as some charm packs to my etsy shop.




Oh, and I'm not planning on doing another shop update any time soon so in case you see something you like grab it now as once it's gone it's gone.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day.

Svetlana



Thursday, April 20, 2017

grocery bags


One of my go to projects when I feel creatively stuck and completely uninspired is making grocery bags. I know, super glamorous, right? :)  I use Grocery Bag pattern by Michelle Patterns as these bags are quick and easy to make, and I get to play with pretty fabric without thinking too much.

Lately I've had quite a few of those "stuck" days with mile long list of things I needed to do but no desire to tackle any one of them. So I raided my stash and decided it was time for yet another grocery bag making session.

Denyse Schmidt + Cotton and Steel

Charlie Harper

Curiosities by Jeni Baker

As you can see I like to work in batches when making these bags, so I went ahead and made three bags in one go. I really love the unique but super effective construction Michelle came up with as it makes for very practical and durable grocery bags.


 The handles are a bit fiddly to make, but definitely worth a bit extra effort. You can see in the photo above how I make them. Instead of cutting all four handles out, I just cut one pair of handles, pin them to second fabric, stitch and then cut the handles out. I find this to be a quicker and more precise way to make my handles.

I love how these bags turned out and now I'm ready to tackle my to do list head on :)

How about you? What do you do when you get stuck? 

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

olivia pouch in three sizes (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone!

I'm happy to introduce my newest pouch pattern to you today :)





This pouch has been in the works for quite some time as I wanted to make sure I got all the dimensions just right and I'm excited to offer it in three very useful sizes (full size templates are included with the pattern, of course).

 Small size is perfect to keep tiny random items inside one's purse organized, medium size is just right for pencils and pens and the large one would make a wonderful toiletry bag or a dopp kit.


I used a variety of cotton and cotton/linen blend fabrics to make these pouches and I absolutely love how they turned out. I hope you will love this pouch's "tent" shape with straight side edges and wide bottom plus the little side handle as much as I do.

Finished size:
small - 6 ½” wide x 4” tall x 2” deep
medium - 8 ¼ ” wide x 3” tall x 2 ½” deep
large - 9 ½” wide x 5” tall x 3 ½” deep

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As always, this is an instant download pdf pattern available worldwide and you can purchase it by clicking on the link below or by going to my etsy shop.

I'm offering this pattern for an introductory price of $5.00 for the next 48 hours, after that the price will go up to its regular $7.00.




Thanks for reading friends, and happy sewing !!!

Svetlana


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

laptop case


I've been meaning to make a protective case for my laptop for ages now but I was totally stuck on what design and fabrics to go with, of course. And then, while browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across these simple, yet wonderfully stylish cases and I knew right away a padded giant pouch of sorts was the way to go.


I combined some of my screen printed fabric with black and white striped fabric from my stash and loosely based this case on my Purse Organizer (just made it much bigger and with less pockets).


I then added some fun bag hardware and leather accents to spiffy the case up a bit and I absolutely love the final look, especially that zipper tab. I must do things like that more often.

 

I love how this case turned out and it's a perfect fit for my laptop and the charger.


Now I'm tempted to make cases for all my electronics :)

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

improv mini quilt



Improv piecing is without any doubt my most favorite ever way to make a quilt. So, when I wanted to make a mini quilt for my studio (I'm currently decluttering and organizing like a maniac and will show you photos of my progress soon) I knew improv piecing was the way to go.


I started with a small stack of white-ish scraps with just a few gray and navy strips added for good measure. And then I simply arranged and re-arranged them on my design wall until I was happy with the layout. It really didn't take long as this is a mini quilt, but was a super fun way to just play with fabric :)



I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander's fabulous quilting style and this mini is a direct result of all the wonderful tips and teaching Carolyn shares in her Creativebug class.


Even the back looks pretty cool, would you agree?


I think this mini fits right in on my new wall of eclectic art and miscellaneous hooks :)

Off I go, more organizing to be done.

Svetlana


Monday, April 3, 2017

sashiko pillow


I've long been admiring these absolutely stunning Atelier + S patchwork linen and sashiko tote bags . So beautiful, aren't they? I love how they are sort of rustic looking, yet pretty and stylish at the same time.

So, the other day when I found myself with a bit of spare time and no project to work on, I decided to make a pillow cover inspired by these totes. 


I thought I'd work on patchwork base first, but I really wanted to get stitching, so I decided simple square of Essex linen will do. I drew the lines using ruler and water soluble fabric pen.


I even had some sashiko thread on hand so I was able to get stitching right away. Oh, and I adhered fusible fleece to wrong side of my linen before I started stitching since I found a single layer of linen to be a bit too flimsy for my liking.

This was one of those almost instant gratification projects as I finished all the stitching while watching a movie one evening and turned it into a pillow the next day. The pillow cover finished at 18" square and has an invisible zipper closure for easy removal.

What are your go to projects when you don't have much time but still want to make something? Do tell. I'd love to know.

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana

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