28 November, 2014

Colorful applique quilt

I finished another version of the "Secret Flower Garden" quilt pattern.
This is the mid-size version, the flower sphere measures 20''.
The quilt is 27'' square.

Colorful applique quilt

Here is how it was and how it is now!

Colorful applique quilt

After I did the "colored free motion quilting" on this quilt, I wanted to play again with thread on the background.

Colorful applique quilt
I used the thick Aurifil 12wt thread.

Colorful applique quilt
As you can see, the quilting really shows! I would have loved a pastel color palette more, but these are the colors I have to hand.


On the flowers I quilted with Aurifil 50wt.

The flowers are fusible raw edge appliqued.
The fabrics are from the "Pinhead" collection by Michael Miller.

I LOVE this technique, I think it is one of the fastest quilting techniques.

Raw edges after washing - nice!!

Colorful applique quilt
I free motion quilted the background but this wavy pattern could easily be quilted with a walking foot as well.

Colorful applique quilt
Here is how I marked the quilt top.

Colorful applique quilt
See the other quilts I made with this pattern here and here.
Geta

I am linking to Finish it up Friday.

26 November, 2014

WIP- free motion quilting

Playing (free motion quilting) again with the very thick Aurifil 12wt thread.

19 November, 2014

Shadow Trapunto for Quilts with winter theme

Is there a better technique than shadow trapunto to make quilts with winter theme?  I think that the designs of my shadow trapunto quilts look like they are drawn in the snow.


And it's not only the visual effect, if you could touch them...
Shadow Trapunto Winter Quilts

Shadow Trapunto Winter Quilts

The quilts below are some of my first shadow trapunto quilts- made in 2008.

Shadow Trapunto Winter Quilts
Shadow Trapunto Christmas Quilts
Shadow Trapunto Christmas Quilts

Shadow Trapunto Christmas Quilts

I think this was my first miniature!

Shadow Trapunto Christmas Quilts
Shadow Trapunto Christmas Quilts
I duplicated the design of the quilt below, only I made it smaller.
Shadow Trapunto Winter Quilts

Much smaller...15" x 15", while the big quilt was 40'' x 40''.
Just to see the difference in scale...
Shadow Trapunto Winter Quilts
I know I was so proud of it...I still have these quilts. I like to compare them with my newest shadow trapunto quilts and see the improvement of technique.

If you need to know more about this technique, here is a Shadow Trapunto Tutorial.

18 November, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop

Welcome to a new blog hop! This time it's all about sewing quick gifts and the pleasure of gift giving. And even more - we had to sew and send a quick gift to one of the participants. Thank you Madame Samm and Marlene for organizing this blog hop- I can't believe I already have Christmas gifts and it's not even the end of November!

Lets' see first the amazing gifts I received from Bente -  She "studied" my blog and wanted to sew for me something that I am not used to sew. And she couldn't surprise me more!!
I am happy to introduce you to Nisse! It's the first time I see such doll in person. I adore his sweet face, the golden hair and the cool haircut. The colors and patterns of the fabric fit perfectly to him.

 Quick gifts to sew
Have you noticed what he brought me? A hexy flower!!
Nisse will have a special place in my home (and heart too) and he will always remind me of a special Danish quilter living in Germany. Thank you, Bente, your attention to details is amazing.

Quick gifts to sew
Bente also sent me this little stocking with red embroidery - so beautiful!!
Bente's gift makes me think more about holidays and the time spent with the loved ones.

I sew with much pleasure a small gift for Judith.
And here is what I sewed last week.

Quick gifts to sew
 Lace zippers+ faux suede+20 minutes for one pouch!

Quick gifts to sew
It is a pleasure to sew faux suede (much easier than sewing faux leather).
It's heavy enough, it doesn't need interfacing.

I bought the lace zippers from Etsy; if you need some, search on ebay too. I read somewhere that you could find them at Joann and Hancock Fabrics too.

I think the lace tape of the zipper looks nice on the simple faux suede.

But it fits perfectly to a pretty quilting print too!

Quick gifts to sew
I took the time to quilt the fabric... 

Quick gifts to sew
and now I can't say which one I love more...

 
I thought of the cat lovers too!


And here are a few shopping bags. I made these shopping bags for my sisters and a few friends- they were (and still are) a hit! After 5 years they are still in use!

Quick gifts to sew
So I thought it's time for new shopping bags.
Heavyweight (decorator) fabric +25 minutes to sew for one bag. A little more for one that has a boxed bottom.

Quick gifts to sew
No lining, no raw edge exposed, French seams...

Quick gifts to sew
and a desire to sew more...

Quick gifts to sew

Come back soon to see more!!
Thank you for your visit!
Please check out today's participants  - we all need new ideas for quick gifts to sew!!
Geta

Tuesday, Nov. 18

17 November, 2014

Sale- Quilt and Bag Patterns

Time to sew gifts for the loved ones!
Here are a few quick patterns to sew -  pouches, fabric origami little bags, quilted pillows, table toppers or small wall hangings.
Learn to sew these and more - for $5!

Sale- Quilt and Bag Patterns

Sale- Quilt and Bag Patterns

Sale- Quilt and Bag Patterns

Thank you for your support to my little pattern business.
Geta





14 November, 2014

Shopping bags

Today I made  four 25 minute shopping bags, you will see them on Nov 18.
Heavyweight cotton fabric, no lining, no raw edge exposed. Some French seams included too.

It was hard to stop, because I still have many beautiful heavyweight fabrics. I will sew more for sure, the shopping bags I made a few years ago for my sisters and some friends were a big hit!

Have a great weekend,
Geta

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