Tuesday, November 29, 2016

scrappy, hand quilted 20-patch {a finished quilt}

 

My scrappy 20-patch quilt is all finished and ready for snuggles, yay!

I don't even remember last time I enjoyed making a quilt as much as I did this one. It wasn't a quick finish. I pieced the quilt top in October and have been slowly hand quilting it for about a month.


 I usually go with perle cotton #8 or embroidery thread when hand quilting my quilts. This time though I decided to use Clark bold hand quilting thread in white I had in my stash. And now I want to hand quilt everything using this thread. See this absolutely fabulous texture? I wish you could touch this quilt, it feels divine.


I took the inspiration from Rachel's beautiful Blue Phase quilt and quilted each rectangle using different patterns. Nothing too fancy, just my absolute favorite straight lines.


I chose dark-ish fabric for the quilt back and I just adore the way quilting looks on this side, as well. At first I wasn't sure how all those white stitches will look on such dark backing, but I'm super happy with the finish. 

And now I'm completely obsessed with hand quilting. OBSESSED!!! I tell you. Which is not such a bad thing, I guess. Hand quilting is pretty relaxing after all. I guess I'll just relax a bit more than usual in the next couple of weeks :)

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QUILT STATS
finished size: 48" x 69" 
fabrics used: favorite scraps + light colored solids
thread for quilting: Clark bold hand quilting thread in white 


Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana

Friday, November 25, 2016

black friday sale


Hello, happy Black Friday to you all!



Ready to start tackling those Christmas lists? I definitely am :).

I hope you will like this special offer I prepared for you. All the items in both of my etsy shops are 20% off with coupon code THANKS16. This is the first time ever I'm offering not just my patterns, but also the kits, screen printed fabric, as well as all my handmades on sale. 

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You can purchase my patterns, kits, and fabric panels here,

and my handmades (finished pouches, pillows, quilts, and more) here.

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And just a quick side note, I'm taking a break from offering screen printed panels and kits at my shop after this sale, so once they are sold it will be it for quite some time.

The sale runs through Monday, Nov. 28th.



Thank you for all your continued support and encouragement.

Svetlana




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

striped cats tote

I absolutely love this time of the year. I love all the hustle and bustle of preparation for Thanksgiving and then Christmas (oh, I do love Christmas so very much), and two of my children were born in November which makes this month extra, extra special. But, I also feel like a hamster in its wheel. Running at neck breaking speed yet feeling like I'm not getting anywhere, or many times even falling more behind. Gah!!! Totally frustrating!

I managed to do a bit of sewing the other day though. And it totally helped with my mood :). So I decided to try and squeeze in a bit of  "sanity saving sewing" into most of my days.

I usually make a bag, a pouch, or a pillow. Nothing too huge and time consuming.


This little tote bag was one of those super quick, super satisfying projects. I made it for my son's friend. It was her birthday and she likes cats, so he very carefully went through my stash choosing the best cat print he could find.  He chose well, I must say. I love these Cotton and Steel striped cats.



He also chose these Cloud 9 owls (from Joann) for the lining. I thought it was a bit too much and wanted to steer him towards a plain lining but he insisted they were too cute not to be included :). Oh, well! 

Once the bag was finished he was super happy with the way it turned out. And so was his friend. I'm totally calling this a very successful collaboration.

Wishing you all a happy day. 

Svetlana


Saturday, November 19, 2016

21 free christmas sewing tutorials


I know, I know! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's a bit too early to go into a full Christmas mode, but I simply couldn't resist any longer and I started working on my Christmas sewing list.

And, in case some of you feel the same and would like a bit of Christmas inspiration, I put together a list of 21 free sewing tutorials for you. Enjoy :)

(click on the picture below to be taken to original tutorial)


diamond stocking
 

christmas tree skirt
 
merry and bright cushion
 
circle tree quilt
 
stocking advent calendar
 
a bit of cheer ornaments
 
mini christmas tree ornament
 
reusable gift bag
 
table runner
 
patchwork pillow
 
simple sixteen quilt
 
advent calendar
 
felt woodland ornament
patchwork pillow
 
kitschy christmas quilt
tree skirt
bullfinch ornament
gift tag
potholders
 
tiny trees bunting


Wishing each and every one of you a creative and relaxed weekend.

 Svetlana


Thursday, November 17, 2016

winner, winner


Hello friends, 

a great thank you to all who took part in my screen printed fabric bundle + drawstring bag giveaway. You guys totally made my day, thanks for all the lovely comments.

As promised, Mr. Random helped me choose the winner.

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Congratulations, Kathy E. !!!

Hope you have great fun using these prints in your sewing.

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Wishing you all a relaxed and creative day. Svetlana





Monday, November 14, 2016

sotak prints giveaway


First off, just a quick reminder you can still take advantage of 20% discount on all my pdf patterns. Just click here to be taken to my etsy shop. No coupon needed, offer expires at midnight today.

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Let's talk giveaway now, shall we? 

I thought it would be fun to share a few goodies so I put together this bundle of five screen printed panels as well as my very own custom printed drawstring bag to give away to one lucky reader.



Simply leave a comment below for a change to win. All entries (domestic as well as international) are welcome. The giveaway is open through Wednesday, Nov. 16th.

Good luck to you all. Svetlana


Saturday, November 12, 2016

20% off pattern sale

Hello, happy Saturday to you all!


I just wanted to pop in and let you know I'm running a sale on pdf patterns through Monday, Nov. 14th. No coupon code is needed. Simply stop by my Etsy shop and a 20% discount will automatically be applied to all patterns

Enjoy!

Svetlana

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