23 January, 2015

A New Dresden Fan Quilt

I am making a Dresden Fan quilt. A new version of the quilt I made in 2011.

I am using polka dots again, just different polka dots...

I have even white on white polka dots...

If you remember, I am not fond of turned edge appliques.

That's why I chose to turn the Dresden Fan block into an octagon...

then into a square. Who doesn't love piecing squares?

Even if this process is explained in my free tutorial here, I still have requests for a complete pattern. Which I am finally doing.
I already filled pages with instructions and tips. Maybe because I am not a perfectionist when it comes to piecing and I needed some tricks!
Life is easier when you know the right trick!

This is definitely a fun block! I still need 2-3 days of work to finish the top.

Have a great weekend,

22 January, 2015

Trapunto Fun!

More about it on Monday.

Trapunto quilt

I sent this design to nine quilters, are you making progress on it? Will you share your quilt on Monday too?
I am really anxious to see your versions.

Now, after some trapunto fun, I am having fun with colors and polka dots. Pictures tomorrow!


17 January, 2015

Calling for pattern testers

Last year I stitched more quilts than bags, now I have more bags than quilts on the "to do" list.

These shopping bags are addictive! But I don't worry that I sew too many!
This fabric from Ikea is to die for! I don't know for how long they will manufacture it, I think I need to stock a few (or many) yards!

bag patterns
I took pictures for the pattern (which, by the way, is so quick and easy) and I needed a fabric that clearly shows the right and wrong side of it. I searched in my stash and I ended up making a faux suede shopping bag. It's so precious that my mom didn't want it!!

bag patterns
At first I made it flat (I love this shape and the fact that when it is folded, it doesn't take too much space in a bag) then I boxed the bottom (more practical).

bag patterns
I still have to write the instructions for the shopping bags, but for the bag below, the pattern is done.

Last year I made so many bags using this pattern. They are so comfortable and spacious - my sisters don't want to use other bags anymore.

bag patterns

bag patterns
As I plan to release more patterns this year, I need a few more testers for bags and quilts too! Would you like to become a tester?

For the shopping bags you need two different decorator fabrics.
For the tote bag, quilt fabric is great and you need a medium to heavyweight interfacing. If you don't have it, you could make a quilted bag.

If you think you could sew the pattern in about two weeks and send me some constructive feedback and a few good pictures of your work, please let me know.
Unfortunately, I can't pay you for this - only with the updated pattern and many thanks!

Thank you,

Edited to add:

Thank you so much for your quick response, I have now a long list of bag and quilt testers.

16 January, 2015

Work in progress- a Valentine's Day Quilt Design

Valentine's Day Quilt Design This will be my new free pattern/tutorial for you.
I am not sure how I will continue it...but I will finish it in about one week.
The design measures 16'' - I think I will make a pillow.

valentine's day quilt design
Anyone willing to sew this design on the next week? Wouldn't be great to see a few different interpretations of the same design? To give some more ideas to quilters anxious to sew something for Valentine's day?

valentine's day quilt design
If you want to try it, please send me a message. I will send the design right away to you. But no instructions -  you make it on your own!
Deadline-  January 26.

Please make sure I have your email address!

Have a great weekend,

15 January, 2015

Perfect Patchwork with Imperfect Pieces

So you have only one scrap of fabric left and you can't finish that block because the piece is too small. It's only 1/8'' smaller than the desired size!! Or 3/16''.
Do not throw it away and  do not despair! You still could use it - successfully!

Here is what you have to do:
- keep the smaller piece on top
- align the left edges of the patches
- stitch with 1/4'' seam allowance, aligning the edge of the foot with the edge of the bottom (correct size) patch.

Voila! Perfect pieces -  only one seam allowance smaller, but that's not an impediment at all.

I hope this helps!

12 January, 2015

13 Most Popular Posts of 2014

I love the end of the year. I usually take a few days off between Christmas and New Year and I like to browse my blog, my countless pretty notebooks and lots of folders on my computers. I like to see how I spent my time in 2014 but I like even more making lists of projects for 2015!

And I thought it would be fun to list here the most popular posts during 2014.
Most of them are tutorials.















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