Friday, February 27, 2015

Minky Baby Quilt


Ok, so after a long, long silence I'm trying to resurrect my blog once again. I didn't give up on embroidery and sewing but I couldn't find the time to document it all and post on the blog. Let's hope this year I'll have more time on both.

In January we welcomed a new addition to our family and now I'm a proud mama of two boys :) (the older is 6 years old now). And I'd like to show you baby quilt I was working on when I was pregnant. I didn't manage to finish it before my son's arrival, but I just did it now, so it's only 1 month delay. Not so bad.

Some time ago I found a tutorial for making baby quilt and I loved the pattern, so it only waited on my list of things to be done till the chance comes up. And here it was. In case you're interested you can find the tutorial here. The tutorial is made to use Layer Cake squares, I didn't have those, so I just cut the pieces from fabrics in my stash.

I decided to use Minky as the back of the quilt. I was a bit worried how quilting of such fabric would look like and if it's not too hard for me. But fortunately, it turned out it's quite easy to work on and I'm really pleased with the results. Minky is very soft and warm and so nice to sneak under that I guess we'll be both sleeping under it :). Minky is quite expensive, at least here in Poland where I live, but in my opinion it's worth spending money on such a special occasion as new baby in the family. It's perfect for various baby items.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mini Log Cabin Sewalong


It's a bit terrifying how fast the time goes by. The last post I put here was almost one year ago, which for the Internet seems like ages. Hopefully, this 2014 year will be more fruitful for this blog, which also means will bring me more sewing and embroidery.

With this said, I'm happy to write I signed up for 2014 New Year Sewalong at SewCanShe. This week's assignment is to gather the fabric. I decided to choose yellow and green fabrics from my stash. Oh, the Sewalong is to make Mini Log Cabin blocks and use them for anyhting. I thought about doing cafe curtains with those. We'll see how it goes. There's also group created on Facebook, so I believe it will be a lot of sharing and fun.

Here are the fabrics I chose:

If you're interested in taking part in this here's the logo and link:

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Happy New Year :)!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Zig Zag Baby Quilt

Hello All!

For some time I've been working on baby quilt that I'm going to give to my first and only nephew :). He was born in December. Unfortunately, me and my son were sick (one time me the other him), so we couldn't go to visit my brother and his little baby. Hopefully, we'll go through the cold soon and will meet with them. Anyway, here's the gift I made for them.

I decided to make Zig Zag quilt as when I saw some on the Internet they look great for me. Here's the great tutorial I found at Bee Square Blog.

It measures 115x120cm (app.45x47inches). I wanted it to be colorful and chose green, blue, yellow and navy blue colors. I searched through some „baby” fabrics and used these:

blue colors: Aeronauts in Primary, Circle Toss in Earth from Robert Kaufman

green colors: Birds in Green, Baloons in Primary

yellow: Pinhead in Citrus

navy blue: Owl Be Your Friend in Earth from Robert Kaufman

green binding: Pinhead in Kiwi

For the back I bought flannel Itty Bitty Mosaic in Blue as it will be soft and cosy for little baby.

By the way I just noitced I haven't shown here the finished baby quilt I made for my son. So, here it is now.

This way I have two baby quilts made so far.

I'm linking this to:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas !!!

For these special days, when we remind the God became a child to show us His love, I wish to you all Joy, Peace and Hope in every day of your life. And of course I wish you also only good stitches :).

Merry Christmas !!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

[WIP] long & short stitching part 2

I've been fighting with cold and illness for 2 weeks. And because of no good results I'm forced to stay at home for this week. And what can you do when you have to sit under the blanket all day? Yes,... you can catch up with blog writing :).

Today, I'll show you some photos with long&short stitching progress. Since the last time I showed it here, I did the outline for all 3 flowers, finished one petal and now I'm working on the second one.

To be honest, it goes so slowly because this embroidery intimidates me. I wanted to try it out and I do want to finish this project, but I'm afraid that I don't have the skills enough to learn it. It resembles painting to me, where you need that talent to choose right colors and match them in right way. I wasn't good at painting, so this one may be tough to me as well.

In Hardanger, which I did a couple so far, it is easy. You know exactly where the needle has to be put. Here I have to ponder for minutes sometimes, where to stitch and even when I decide I'm far from being sure it is right place. But I'm not giving up :).

Cheers and hopefully more progress soon :).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Craft and kids

Looking at some crafty blogs and also knowing this from my own experience, I guess it is always only a matter of time when craft and kids come together. My son is 3 and half years old and recently he started to have some interest in what I'm doing. Of course, I have no idea how this will evolve when he gets older but I hope at least he will learn that it's good to have some hobby :).

One of his plays involves my sewing machine but it is more about moving and changing variety of buttons than the actual sewing (bth do you know it was him changing the settings when I thought the machine was broken?). However, he tried hand sewing recently. He saw me working on the embroidery piece and wanted to try himself. So...I gave him a big tapestry needle (wanted to avoid sharp one), put a piece of Hardanger fabric on the hoop, prepared the threads and off we went. This is the result that I think is still the "work in progress" piece :).

Unfortunately, the fact he had his own hoop didn't mean I could work on mine. There still needed to be someone to hold the hoop, while he was navigating with needle. Well, but it was fun to look at him anyway :).

I'd love to hear of your experience with kids. What was the craft they enjoyed, what was the craft that came up to be a real fun for them? I guess it is a good offer for those rainy and snowy cold days that are coming when you have to spend majority of the day at home. Please, share with your thoughts.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

[WIP] long & short stitching

Recent months were hardly productive for me when it comes to stitching and sewing. There's no explanation to it other than - it's just how life goes on. Little duties here and there and after 3 months you realize time passes by and you forgot about the needle.

In July I wrote you here that I was going to learn long & short stitching. I started it a bit during my holidays in August and this is what I did so far. This post is a sign that I may continue working on this :). Today we had a first snow, it became quite cold - in general the weather encourages to stay at home. So, there is a chance my weekends will be occupied with stitching at least a bit.

I also have some plans for another baby quilt as my brother and his wife are expecting a baby in December. Unfortunately, my sewing machine got broke, so I need to have it repaired first.

Ok. Needle, where are you? Neeeedle?