Thursday, 21 August 2014

My fabrics: colors and lady bugs today

I have been "painting"my fabric designs today - some colour exploration, some tweeking on a design and new designs on the way

fresh colours palette

Here are the new low contrast version of the lady bugs pattern. And a little more modern more modern version with orange lady bugs and violet leaves. Here is the original version's swatch:
lady bugs on green leaves

Love the sneak peek of the little lambs on the side. Both Lady bugs and lambs are available in the shop as fabrics, wallpapers and gift wraps. They are part of my eclectic One collection of kids prints.

I am spending some time preparing pants pattern pieces every day. The fabric is all ready to be marked and cut I am anxious to do so tomorrow.

Practicing patience while waiting for me hand recover enough I can continue quilting.
This quilt is one of most patient quilts I can think of. I put it aside to make my Watercolor Garden Quilt and hurt my hand a day before completing the Garden quilt, so the put-aside period is in progress now...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sewing Time: Jeans #3 on the Way

This spring brought me back to sewing clothes. As I mentioned I used to sew almost everything few years ago. In three months it resulted in a pair of jeans, knee length jeans, a shirt, a dress, undies.. and some unfinished projects. A few months alter, this weekend seemed the right time to cut another shirt and plan the next jeans. Just because a trip to the fabric shop /for shirt fabric/ made me buy denim for my next jeans, I decided to make a pair for someone first! It is absolutely rational and no contradictions here! I get the pattern pieces form old comfy jeans and my jeans pattern drafting process will be all nice in every aspect but the time spent testing alternations.So I am picking the straight forward project first.

More on the concept and my experience do far, on the old blog post. I will post more on the process shortly - how the pattern is taken and how it feels to get the pattern of a comfy pair of jeans and multiply them. Here is a glimpse of jeans #1 - the original pair on the top and the new incarnation with longer legs, bigger waist and higher rise on the bottom. You can see part of the prep work on the original pair.
sewing jeans form a comfy pair without ripping it


I am busy with ripping new fabric to transfer the pattern pieces now. Have just brought the fabric home - 6 sq m instead of 1! I switched the fabric type and offered generous 50% discount, so I bought enough for lots of cloths.

Wishing you a fantastic week! It is a warm summer with morning like that smell like mountain or autumn. Love this period!



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My Entry in the Spoonflower Weekly Contest Backpacks

Here is my entry in the current weekly contest on Spoonflower.

Please vote for it if you like it.

Here is the voting page. Hit the "Vote in this week's contest" field on the right and go to the entries list. Than select your faves /they will get green border and tick like the picture above/ and submit your vote.

Thank you for your time and support. This is one of my favorite designs so far and it receives lots of likes on the Spoonflower site so I hope it gets noticed in the contest.

My City Gym Shorts

It is hot, hot summer here. The breeze is refreshing, but the humidity is awful. So little, roomy and on the tiny side clothes help bear with these days. The Purl Bee City Gym Shorts came in the perfect moment for me.
my City Gym Shorts from The Purl Bee pattern
A quick trip to the shop for a couple of fabrics per pair /two pairs planned/, soaking and cutting on Friday and a couple of hours sewing on Saturday and they were almost done.
City Gym Shorts fabrics and pattern pieces

Well, I needed a couple of  hours per pair, as my hand is slow and sewing is painful.  I did not have the right type of elastic too. So I did not finish them this weekend. I finished them today, as I bought the elastic yesterday.
City Gym Shorts pattern pieces - berry and teal

I love the classic look and intuitive sewing. The City Gym Shorts pattern offers lost of sizes and one can easily add extra ones - smaller or larger if needed. The things I am not sure about yet are the waistband construction  /many layers / and the lack of a pocket /I will certainly add one later/.
City Gym Shorts pattern pieces - taupe

The sizing is elegant, but a size up makes them much better for the hot weather. Well not really elegant that way, but comfy. Both shorts are a size up as comfort is what they are made for.

I changed the color placement /and fabrics/ - different fabric binding on both shorts and different front and back on just one pair of them /red ones have calmer print on the back but it is still print and the same print too - just parts of it with more air/.

If you like City Gym Shorts, head to The Purl Bee, print and sew yours! The City Gym Shorts pattern is a nice one to work with.

My newest rose - pink and green

Flowers are one of my passions. Roses in all forms and fields - drawing, post stamps, prints, quilting and gardening. There was time when roses were something kind of unavailable as I did not have a garden. I still don't have one and yet roses live here. I had to kill a few mini roses in pots in order to make growing them at home possible. Only one of them survived 3 years; the previous ones -  just a few months /see end of this post for tips on successful rose at home gardening strategy and tips/

I buy roses for my mom's garden and I used to feel sorry I couldn't have one at home. The three years success encouraged me and I have now 2 garden roses in pots. It is their second year in my winter garden and they feel good. One bloomed this Easter, the other will be bloming in a week.

The greatest thing about garden roses in a pot is the fragrance. Most minis won't give you more than visual pleasure. Garden ones feel the air with their aroma!

The lost of the first successful rose and the flowering plants of the same type in moms garden this spring, made me search for a new plant for my garden. The pink roses here are from moms roses of this kind. And I found one. One glorious bushy pot among yellowish, dried pots in the garden shop. So I brought it home shaded with the shop brochure in the sunniest afternoon of that week and gave it a good shower to welcome it. 


It has no aroma, it has no new buds now, but  it has greenish buds, blooms in pink and fades in green and, to be even more special, it cuts the faded flowers itself. Looking forward to next blooms while the last of the store-bought flowers last.

And here are all the new growths on my first garden rose - 6 new shoots in a week!
Would love a rose in your all-pots garden too and usure how it works? 

It is brilliantly simple - fresh air. You have to pot it in a place it will receive plenty of fresh air. The only difference between my survivor and the ones that did not made it was the side of the window they lived on. Put it outside and it will be happy. Winter garden for the winter is OK, as long as fresh air comes in regularly. Than tune the watering regime and it will be more than happy. Small post require daily watering during hot months. 

Chilly months watering is another thing to pay attention to - I lost my pioneer rose with too little water in early spring. Too much water is bad but too little may it kill it too. Be careful and watch for  its needs. I just did not have the time... and they were little plants.
 
I have not forgotten it is a sewing-quilting blog too. Just finished my Saturday sewing project and will post it later today. It is fast, comfortable and really beautiful!

Monday, 11 August 2014

July Quilt Adventures - Part 3 - Completed Watercolor Garden Quilt

Here is the post, I promised to post earlier /with a hand hurt and many things to do, blogging /and all the sewing suffer and get done later than planned/.

The quilt journey went much smoother after the two days of ripping quilting stitches.

The quilt got quilted with a single dahlia flower and bubbles around it. This type of quilting served the quilt top needs and my likes in quilting. It united the numerous patches and half sliced flowers on little patches. It gave the variety of size and texture I love so much. It also echoed the nested сяуарес of different flower prints with a single circle with variable scale flower petals in it.

Watercolor Garden Quilt - binding strip

The binding was a quick one. No doubts, no options - I wanted it same fabric as the #5 fabric of the top. It gave some little more transition - no space for another round of sqуares, but a binding in they colour fabric instead.

Watercolor Garden Quilt - binding strip

The quilt is now enetered in the national patchwork excibition submissions list and I hope it will be approved.

The picture was taken with the quilt laying on the floor as my hand was hurt just a day before binding hand-sewing. So I managed to slowly fix the binding and opted for a delayed hanging sleeve. It is cut and stored now.

Come back tomorrow for the flowers I did not manage to show you last Thursday and I hope I will be able to buy some elastic tomorrow so I can show you what I saw this Saturday on Wednesday.

Happy new week!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

July Quilt Adventures - Part Two

The second part of the making of my July quilt was the most unexpected, I could have.

The top was almost ready when I had to chose the fifth fabric and I picked a fabric ready for the blue quilt - it matched the blue flower print and added a nice border. The all chopped and sliced flowers dilemma was quick and straightforward to  solve - fabric paint. I drew a bit of flowers and aided a little colour to the printed ones here and there. A few little touches made it all wrap together beautifully.

Watercolor Garden quilt topWatercolor Garden quilting thread

 The pattern that was on my list for years - the blooming nine patch - was spectacular on others quilts with solids /or with flowers and batiks/, but they all had one thing in common - lots of circles  /rectangles actually/ of patches. With limited quilt size and no motivation to go under one inch patches, I had too little fabrics and "circles".  Too little for gradual change and contrast in one area. So I chose focus circle instead  - blue flowers. It looked quite more disintegrated before piecing them together. So I liked the top, the back and the sandwich were ready, the thread was perfect - so far, so good.


The unexpected part was the quilting - I did not work.
the quilting, did not work

I tried roses and daisies and forget-me-nots, and swirls... And liked none of them
another quilting, did not work
The back was kind of acceptable, but the front was almost ugly... I need quilting to warp it together texturally and none of them did.

It took me 2 days to take out the stitches of half an hour quilting /done in bad light and with no glasses/. I had never ever spent so many hours removing stitches.

I can't show you more now as I post daily on my other blog and need to keep it secret until Friday.

Come back on Friday for the finished quilt! And tomorrow for some flowers!