Free motion quilting and ‘quilt as you go’

One of my 2017 objectivs is improving my free motion quilting skills. Yesterday I have discovered a new ‘quilt along’ which appears to be very interesting as it tackels this topic and also a new method for quilting, the ‘Quilt-as-you-go’ method. The method can be interesting especially when you plan for a large quilt and you only have a simple sewing machine, no long arm. ‘Quilt as you go’ method means you prepare quilt blocks, batting and quilting included and in the end you just sew them together using a special technique, and there you are!

So I found this web page hosting the ‘2017 Machine Quiting Block Party’ full of very detailed instructions, lots of video included. I have started with block no. 2 and I must admit every step I made for completing the block was really fun! Although my quilting has not come as accurate as I wanted, I am proud of the result ūüôā ¬†Have a nice Sunday!

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Drunkard’s path or how to go curvy and be right

A few hours to sew on Sunday deserve a quick sewing project to accomplish: after spending more than an hour browsing quilting magazines in the house in search for an inspiration, I have finally decided to give a try to the Drunkards path pattern. I ¬†have used rulers for this and a simple two fabrics combination, resulting in 16 pieced parts. Then I started to display different aranging options until been satisfied. Despite the ‘reputation’ of a difficult pattern, I enjoyed doing it and I think that multiple pining before sewing the two parts together is the key for a nice and smooth joining. What do you think?

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A finished quilt deserves…

a lot of chocolate, a new fabric shopping session, a visit to the hair stylist… well, I almost did all of these, the last one will be checked this Friday. This is a quilt from Kaffe Fassett’s ¬†book “Quilts in Morocco”. I’ve been started working on it about one year ago, finished the top and then paused till now, as I was afraid of quilting it! Free motion quilting on my sewing machine has always been such a fear. But finally I took the courage and started slowly with small projects to practice FMQ, I even took a class on Craftsy¬†which I truly recommend, I found there many useful techniques and tips for free motion quilting. So here it is, the joy of a colorfull wall kilt, the sense of accomplishment that made my day!

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Bags is never too much

These colours make me think at spring, I know it’s only january… Every year as soon as Christmas and New Year holidays are gone, I build positive mind by thinking ¬†at the days left till first flowers arise, and the warm sun ¬†and light turn landscapes in green. So here is my purse, with adorable bees fabric from¬†Tula Pink .

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6 K√ĖPFE 12 BL√ĖCKE ‚Äď QUILT ALONG

It just started this quilt along and the first block has already been released. By the end of this year we are going to have a 12 blocks quilt with each block being released every month. Sounds exciting! If you would like to join this project there is a Facebook group created  here   and the instructions for the first block can be found here  . All the details reated to the boggers who will post the blocks each month are here.

This is how my block turned out

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For the last time…this year

So here we are on the last day of the year. I had time to prepare some goodies for the festive dinner but also to sew from my pile of UFOs (unfinished objects ¬†…). I have also made a collage with my favourite works that allowed me to remember that time of this year when I worked on them.¬†Sewing makes me happy as always so the end of the year finds me happy and healthy. Happiness and health to everyone, see you next year !collage-2016-12-31

Get ready for an amazing 2017!

What better time for planning than one day before a new year begins? Take a few minutes to reflect on the past year experiences, achievements and lessons learned. Planning for the next year means for me more than making a list with objectives, personal or proffessional. It means ‘charging’ with positive mind, building a balanced body and spirit and an optimistic ¬†approach to things in life.

This is how I have transformed  the new 2017 agenda, sewing a beautiful cover to support all the beautiful upcoming activities! #lilipopo pattern

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