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

13 November, 2014

Quick gifts to sew

I am stitching quick gifts for the next blog hop I am in.
Today - 20 minute pouches! Are these fast enough to sew?
I am using the lace zippers and faux suede. This is the reason they are so fast to sew -  no need for interfacing.  This faux suede is such a great fabric to sew with.
 
Quick gifts to sew
I already stitched 11! I think the lace tape looks so beautiful on the solid color. But I reserved the other nine zippers for some special quilt fabric that I would like to quilt.

I think this year I will have lots and lots of gifts to give!!

Geta

Edited to add
I bought the lace zippers from this shop, but I heard that in USA you could find them at Joann and Hancock.  Search on ebay too.

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