21 September, 2014

Shadow trapunto quilts- duplicating quilt designs

Do you duplicate the quilts you like a lot? Like making one more version, maybe with other type of prints, or other color palette, but keeping the same pattern?

It happened to me only a few times (but I do have a list of quilts I would like to make again someday).

Here is one example. You would be tempted to say it is not the same pattern- but it is. 

Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial

These are two shadow trapunto pillows. The pattern is the same, only the
batting is cut away in reverse!

Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial
And this is another shadow trapunto design.

Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial

Browsing through my computer, I found a few "work in progress" pictures. 


Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial
I love this technique more than anything else.

Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial

Tutorial here,
if you want to know more about the technique.

Shadow trapunto quilts tutorial

19 September, 2014

Inspiration for new quilt designs

Is that easy: from pictures to quilts!

I was also inspired by this mosaic quilt. I love the narrow white space between the pieces.
This is made with Kona cotton.

And the second design.

And this one is made with Fossil Fern fabrics.
Can't wait to quilt it (the first one is already quilted).

Could you suggest some names for them, please? Your suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you!

Have a great weekend,

18 September, 2014

Photography Tips

Last week I washed 130 fat quarters. Not a pleasant task, but folding them was ten times more boring!  And Pepe did not help me at all. Ironing? No way!

The frayed edges were inevitable!  A pinking blade to treat the raw edges would have been great. It wasn't an option this time though! 

She is Tina! Isn't she beautiful?

Black cat, 10 PM - the result couldn't be a good photo.

From this GREAT tutorial  I learned a few tricks and now Tina is looking better. See below the difference.
It is all I use to edit my photos and I can see a certain improvement.
I highly recommend this tutorial, it's for Photoshop users.

All the editing couldn't do too much for this photo, but I wanted to show you our third cat- Mocanel (and my hubby).

Now that all my fabric is folded, let's choose the colors for my next quilt.

16 September, 2014

Remembering Paris

September again. With great pleasure I remember September of 2013. One year ago, I and my hubby loaded the car with some stuff and we headed to Paris. Three days on the road and we arrived there. We loved out adventure on the road, we loved Paris, the Mylene Farmer's concerts (and oh, the feeling when I found out that our quilt  won an award at Houston) but most of all I loved that all my three sisters were there with us.

They arrived a few days later and we waited them at the airport. A few times in my quilting life I was proud of my work - and this moment was one of them.
I remember their happy faces and how proud they were with these bags hanging on their shoulders. Priceless memories!

tote bag patterns
We tested extensively these bags and we loved them.

tote bag patterns

Some of you asked about the pattern, here it is finally.

I am happy to share with you the "Bon Voyage" and "Bonne Promenade" bag patterns- my sister Nina suggested the inspired names.

Simple and chic bags- perfect for a weekend getaway. And quick and easy to sew.

tote bag patterns
 Here is the very large travel bag.

tote bag patterns
A quality quilted bag, practical, spacious and classy. It holds a lot of things, with style.

Wide zippered pocket on the back- perfect for valuable things. 

It securely closes with zipper.

 And this is the smaller shoulder or cross-body bag. It is made with heavyweight interfacing.

It also holds a lot, even a water bottle.

 The same secure exterior pocket.

Magnetic snap closure.

And here are the bags made by my testers  - as always, they help me make better patterns -  THANK YOU!

Made by Jan -  she quilted both bags; beautiful quilting and fabric choice.

Made by Susie. Look how beautifully she assorted the strap with the bag!

And how she quilted following the fabric's pattern.
Aren't they beautiful ?

Patterns available, if you want to make your own bags.

 tote bag patterns

I hope you like them. With so many beautiful fabrics out there, I know it will be hard to choose which ones to use first!

Thank you for your support.

15 September, 2014

Hexie Love

How about a magazine that celebrates hexagon quilts? Only for hexie lovers?
Learn more about it here.

The premiere issue will be out in January 2015. And it seems our quilt will be on the cover!!
Looking forward to browse it!


12 September, 2014

Quilt Inspiration

These pictures inspired two new designs and quilts.

One of the quilt is already finished, I wanted to show them to you at the same time, but I suppose I will not have the heart to make you wait one week or more!

I will share both tops next week!
I'm off to "Romanian Music Awards!".

Happy weekend,

11 September, 2014

My new Two Color Quilt and Pattern

My new two color quilt is finally on my mother-in-law's bed.
I wanted it to be warm and lightweight so I chose to use a polyester batting.

 Two Color Quilt Pattern
The polyester batting doesn't highlight the quilting the same way as a cotton batting - we can't have all the advantages in a piece of batting!

 Two Color Quilt Pattern

 Two Color Quilt Pattern
Do you remember how it started? There are 121 blocks and 11 different patterns.

I pieced the blocks and assembled the top quickly and without difficulties.
You couldn't believe how easy it is to keep everything in order.

 Two Color Quilt Pattern

 Two Color Quilt Pattern
I quilted it block by block. I used Aurifil 50wt and the fabulous Jeans Needle.

 Two Color Quilt Pattern

The quilting motif is the same for all the blocks but its size varies with the size of the green patches. This produces a beautiful texture.

 Two Color Quilt Pattern

 Two Color Quilt Pattern
The feathers meet on the diagonal line for all the blocks, everything runs in the same direction- a beautiful effect - see those darker lines across the quilt.

 Two Color Quilt Pattern
 Two Color Quilt Pattern

A multicolor quilt would look beautiful too!

 Two Color Quilt Pattern

  Two Color Quilt Pattern
I hope you like it.
Thank you for your support,

I am linking to Finish it Up Friday. 


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