22 July, 2014

New Raw Edge Applique Quilt and Pattern

Here is my new quilt - "Color Your World'. The center design measures only 26'' and the quilt is 34''.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern

This is a similar design with Windows into my World.  This pattern is one of my best selling patterns and I did not expect that, because English paper piecing requires a lot of time! 
So I thought to design something similar but:
- with more blocks and more colors
- more complex design
- easier and faster technique
See below the difference between the two quilts.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
Fusible raw edge applique is a quick and easy technique- I made the top in a few hours.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
I loved to quilt this size!!

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
All the fabrics are Kona cotton.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern

On the blocks I quilted with a light beige Aurifil 50wt thread (#2310, a beautiful neutral thread).

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
I paired the thread with a Jeans needle and the quilting over the fusible appliques was a lot of fun.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
The quilting on the background was fun to do too.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
I took the time to mark some arcs (with a transparent plastic circle template I found in a big box of CDs).

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
Then I filled the shapes with feathers. I love how the quilting textured the background.

I love the combination white thread+beige fabric even more.
I remember how skeptical I was about this color combination and how I changed my mind when I made this bag.

What do you think? I think the combination is subtle but still strong enough to draw your attention.

It was a pleasure to make this quilt, from start to finish.

 Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern
Pattern available, if you want to make a quilt like this one. Thank you for your huge support to my little pattern business!

Raw Edge Applique Quilt Pattern

Now I have a lot of bags to sew!

Have a great week,

19 July, 2014

A New Hexy Bag

And a surprise I planned with my friend Luminita.
I gave the hexagon virus to her some time ago and here is her first project.
She stitched the hexagon front and I stitched the bag.  A present for one of her friends made out of her first hexagon flowers.
I love a few types of interfacing but I love the look and feel of a quilted bag too.

I quilted everything on a layer of batting and a home decor fabric.

The black fabric is heavyweight cotton from Ikea.

It has a zipper closure and a crisp lining (I added interfacing to it).

I learned to make an infinity scarf too! I am so glad I had a chance to make one. I am sure I will make a few this fall.

Have a great weekend,

13 July, 2014

Perfect Pillow Corners

While looking for some tips for better photography, I found this video.

It's so easy to make your pillows look better! I just applied this. Check it out.

Have a great Sunday,

10 July, 2014

My New Raw Edge Applique Quilt and Pattern

I made this quilt thinking of you! I wanted to make something similar with this quilt but at the same time something that can be made in days and not months or years! And what technique is faster than raw edge applique? (Ok, maybe this one?)

raw edge applique quilt pattern
The quilt is 55'' and the flower sphere measures 42''- a manageable size!

raw edge applique quilt pattern
Are you bored with my feathers on hexy flowers?

raw edge applique quilt pattern
All the fabrics are Kona cotton and the background is white.


I loved that I took the time (wow, 5 minutes!) to mark some circles on the white background and quilt those flowers between pebbles.

raw edge applique quilt pattern
It's quilted with Aurifil 50wt. White on white and on the flowers a natural color.

The Jeans needles were of big help!

raw edge applique quilt pattern
Do you remember the binding?

raw edge applique quilt pattern
And here are a few "work in progress" pictures.
All the pieces were appliqued with fusible web.

raw edge applique quilt pattern

To achieve the mosaic effect, I trimmed off a little from each edge of all the pieces.

If you remember this, now you know where they come from.

The beginning!

Yes, I marked the top and then I pressed over markings; no problem after I washed the quilt.

My sister Nina helped me and we made the top in three days.

 raw edge applique quilt pattern
The quilting keeps the pieces in place. After the design was fused I made the quilt sandwich and started quilting. I tried to quilt as close as possible to the edges.

raw edge applique quilt pattern

Usually, after weeks on designing and working on a quilt, when it is finally finished, I don't feel the excitement of the beginning anymore. No, it doesn't disappoint me. I am bored and tired of it, because the quilt was already stitched in my mind 10 times before it was actually finished.
I finished it one week ago and I kept it rolled. Now it's hanging on the wall and I have to admit it is a wonderful quilt! it's even more beautiful than I imagined it could be.

What do you think?


Pattern available!!

raw edge applique quilt pattern
I am linking to Finish it Up Friday.

09 July, 2014

Pretty Pastels

A secret project. Don't you hate it when you hear this? Please forgive me, it's the first time in the last 2-3 years.

Sure I have things to do, like to quilt it, but I needed a little break.

I saw Robert Kaufman releases 32 new colors of Kona cotton; they will have 303 colors! I love my two big boxes of Kona, I took the time to count them; I can't believe I have almost 100 colors (many duplicates and very similar colors, so I don't have really 100 colors to choose from).

Where do you buy Kona cotton ? I used to buy from Hancock's of Paducah.
Their half yard measures about 20''! I don't know if this is a rule (or someone there loves me!), but it happened with most of my orders. Since their International shipping raised, I did not buy Kona!


06 July, 2014

Washable markers for quilting

In the past I rarely used markers for my quilts. The ones specifically designed for quilting were expensive and I had to order them abroad. Now I can find them in Romania too but they are still expensive.
This reason and the fact that marking a quilt top for quilting takes time made me completely ignore this option.

Then a little  nephew arrived into the world and I bought him some washable markers.

And I tried them on my quilts and I am extremely happy with them. I tested them ...

and I tested them again recently.

I had to mark a top then to fuse pieces on the marked top. You know what this means- ironing over the marking!!! I even forgot water in the iron and I pressed with steam!

I washed the quilt and all the markings completely washed out.

Try the washable markers for kids that many brands have (I saw some on Crayola website too). Someone told me that she has the same brand as mine and they did not wash out. I heard about Crayola the same thing: for some they work, for others not. I think they were not exactly the same products.
The only way to found out is to try it for yourself.

If you mark your quilt top, then it is best to wash the quilt. Some quilters are afraid to wash their quilts; I wash everything I quilt and never had a problem. I hand wash the small quilts but the large quilts I wash in the washing machine.

Yesterday  I saw on Lori's blog this article about marking tool. And I thought to share it with you. Read her thoughts then read the comments.
It's essential to have a marker you trust in. Sooner or later you will need one.

I love the freedom these markers bring me! I love that they are cheap and available in many colors!
I hope you will find your favorite markers too!


PS. Now you know what my new quilt is all about! I will show you next week!

Edited to add

See here the finished quilt



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