Tuesday, July 29, 2014

getting there...

Hello, happy Tuesday. How have you all been? 

I've been busy unpacking, and organizing, and shopping, and cleaning, and organizing some more :) 

The other day though I needed some sewing therapy so I pulled out tons of fabric scraps and made a new cover for my bench cushion. Quite colorful, isn't it? But since it's going to live in my sewing room (yes, yes!!! I'm going to have a sewing room and I'm extremely over the moon excited about that) all this crazy colorfulness is perfectly fine.

It was a fun, super easy project. Just lots of 3.5" squares all joined together and quilted along both sides of each seam. I then wrapped the patchwork around the bench cushion and hand stitched it in place. Probably not the most professional way to do it but it worked like a charm :)

I've also been doing a lot of this.

 I actually quite enjoy assembling the furniture, especially when it's a new fabric cabinet.

I love how much fabric I was able to fit into this Ikea cabinet. And, I simply had to take picture of my organized stash because I don't think it will ever be so neat again :)

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

indelible pow wow

It's been incredibly crazy busy around here in the last few days, but sadly none of it involved any sewing. You see, we bought a new house (very, very excited about that) and quickly found out moving is a lot of hard work, the stuff seems to multiply every time I look away, and boxes are not willing to pack and unpack themselves :(

Today though, I wanted to share an Indelible Pow Wow lap quilt I managed to finish right before our move.

I was happy and honored to be asked by Katarina Roccella (designer for Art Gallery Fabrics) to participate in a blog hop using her Indelible fabric line. I especially love all the beautifully saturated colors Katarina used in this collection - I even surprised myself at how much I liked these "not very me" colors :)

I've wanted to make another Pow Wow quilt for quite some time (I made one for my son's bed a while back) and Indelible seemed just the right fabric for this pattern so as soon as the fabric showed up in my mailbox I got to cutting. I love the feel of all Art Gallery fabrics - they seem to be thinner than other quilting cottons and have this amazingly beautiful drape that I absolutely adore.

I even used my long hoarded Anna Maria Horner voile for the backing. Heaven, I'm telling you, I must use voile more often to back my quilts.

Off I go now. Time to get back to turning our new house into a home.

Thanks for stopping by. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

needle turn applique {in progress}


I'm so enjoying this slow, relaxing, easy to pick up and put down when needed, no sewing machine necessary, needle turn applique project.

I'm using a pattern from this book by Denyse Schmidt. I'm still deciding whether to make just one block and turn it into a pillow cover or a mini, or whether to make four blocks to make a bigger sized quilt. 

In any case, it must be something that does not need much washing as I don't trust the stitches that hold the flowers in place :( That needle turn applique can be quite tricky, I must say, especially when tight curves are involved.

Thanks for stopping by. Svetlana

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, July 5, 2014

pack patch mini

Back in April, when Chase first talked about starting a pack patch mini quilt along, I knew I had to take part. Because I seriously love scrappy projects, and 1" finished tiny squares, and pretty much everything Chase makes.

Chase thought up a fun concept of different themes for each block (you can check them out here) which made making this mini extra fun and special. I must say though, as excited as I was about the quilt along, after just one week I fell off the wagon and could not catch up. I had two blocks finished when all twenty were supposed to be done :( That's as behind as one can get, right?

And then Chase posted pictures of her adorable mini. In that moment I dropped everything I was planning to do and spent my afternoon making all 18 blocks I still needed.

I used Kona Shadow for sashing and border and did some pretty dense straight line quilting. I'm still not sure if this was the best way to quilt it as the mini got extremely crinkly after washing. I do love it, though. Crinkles and all :) So, I'm definitely going to call it a success.

Thank you Chase, for coming up with such a fun quilt along.

In case you'd like to make a mini of your own, you can find the instructions here and Flickr group here.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Svetlana
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