Monday, June 26, 2017

scraps + improv


Lately I've been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and exhausted, finding myself with a mile long to do list and very little energy to tackle it all. So, the other day I decided to forget about all the urgent stuff and indulge in some much needed "scrap therapy" instead.


I dove into my scrap bin and improv pieced these random blocks.


I knew I didn't want to commit to any large project, so I simply turned some of them into coasters.


And then I made more coasters, of course :)  These were super fun to make and I greatly enjoyed adding little hand stitched details to each.


And, after spotting Chase's adorable scrap pouch I decided I needed to make one, too.


I love how it turned out and I can't wait to do some more scrappy sewing soon.

How about you? Do you enjoy sewing with scraps? Or do you prefer using your stash?

Wishing you all a lovely and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

pattern sale (30% off discount code)

 
Hello everyone!
 
Let's celebrate the beginning of summer with a little sale, shall we?

Use code SUMMER30 during checkout to get a 30% discount on all sewing patterns at my etsy shop.
 
(discount code valid through Friday, June 23rd) 


Happy sewing! Svetlana


Thursday, June 15, 2017

sawtooth star quit (all finished)



I finished my Sawtooth Star quilt and I'm completely in love :)


This quilt is special to me not just because sawthooth star block is one of my most favorite quilting blocks ever, but also because I screen printed the fabrics I used and it feels amazing to see them turned into a quilt.


I used a mixture of Kona and Cirrus solids for my blocks. Each block measured 12.5" unfinished, sashing was cut at 2.5" wide. (click here to read more on how I make my blocks)


When it came to quilting, I wanted just a simple design so the stitching wouldn't compete with the blocks. I think this grid quilting does the work very nicely.

And the stripes for the binding, of course. I don't think I will ever tire of adding striped binding to my quilts.


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QUILT STATS

finished size: 40" x 54" 
fabrics used: Kona + Cirrus solids, screen printed fabrics (can be purchased here)


Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Monday, June 12, 2017

my new beach bag


Summer has arrived in full force. It's hot and muggy and the kids are on their summer break, so we try to make the best of it and go swimming as often as we can. Which of course means I needed a new beach bag :).

I've gone back and forth on quite a few designs but in the end I decided to make myself a Market Bag from one of my most favorite sewing books Handmade Style by Anna Graham.



This bag is fabulously roomy (it fits at least three beach towels easily) and way more stylish than most beach bags one can buy at the store, I think ;)


I used yarn dyed Essex Linen in black for main body and a mix of my own screen printed fabric as well as some adorable prints I bought from Krista (spotted stones) for patchwork bands.



I went with olive green canvas for lining. It's wonderfully sturdy and there was no need to add interfacing which is always nice. 

I followed directions in the book to make one zipper pocket and then I added an extra zipper and slip pockets to the other lining as well as a snap hook for my keys to make this fabulously large bag more functional.


I love how it turned out and I'm quite sure this bag will get used a lot over the next few months. Yay for stylish and useful projects !!!

Happy summer to you all! Svetlana


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sylvie and Devon


Hello friends!

How are things? Are you enjoying some lovely summer weather these days? My kids have been out of school for over two weeks and we're now in full summer mode. It's fun being able to spend more time with the kids and take things easy, but it also means a lot less sewing time for me. 

So far though I've been pretty successful in squeezing a few quick projects here and there (you know, to keep my sanity intact) and it seems to do the trick :).



 I made this Sylvie Tote as a gift for my mother in law and I absolutely adore the combination of this long hoarded cotton print by Jeni Baker for AGF and yarn dyed Essex linen. 

I made an 'everyday size' and went with slightly shorter handles than the pattern calls for as my MIL prefers her totes this way. And, I added rivets and magnetic snap closure to make it a sturdy and functional tote. I hope it will be loved and used a lot.


And then I made myself a new Devon Pouch. I think this is the fifth or sixth Devon I made in the last few weeks and I still didn't get tired of making them. That's definitely a good sign :)

How about you? What have you been working on lately?

Svetlana



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

devon pouch (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone!

I'm super, super excited to show off my newest pouch pattern today, yay!


This is Devon Pouch.

A double zipper, super handy pouch that comes in two sizes. Large one would make a fabulous pencil or make up pouch, and the small one is a perfect coin pouch.


Small size actually fits my Iphone SE (it's on a smaller side, so if you have any of the larger phones and want it to fit into your pouch then go with large size).

Finished size:
small – 6 ½” wide x 3 ¾” tall
large - 7 ¼” wide x 5” tall x 1 ½” deep

Difficulty level: intermediate

!!! This is a measure and cut pattern, no templates needed !!!

Materials needed to make your very own Devon Pouch:
1 FQ (fat quarter) of fabric measures 18'” x 21”
fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FQ
fabric B (pouch lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1 FQ
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
large size needs an 8” and 6" long metal or nylon zippers
small size needs a 6” and 4" long metal or nylon zippers
(I buy all my zippers from Zipit Zippers on Etsy)
optional – two zipper pulls (I used a 6” and an 8” long 1/8” wide leather lace)

Supplies:
cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
zipper foot for your sewing machine
Wonder clips and/or pins
disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen
small sharp fabric scissors


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As usual, I enlisted help of some lovely makers to test the pattern for me. Here are their beautiful creations.

Tami

Jenny

Dana

Annette

Melanie

Thank you so very much, ladies. You did a fabulous job.

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I hope you guys like this pattern and will love making (and using) your own Devon Pouches.

You can purchase Devon Pouch pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here. And, for the next 48 hours, I'm offering this pattern at a discounted price of $6.00, after that it will be $8.00.



Happy sewing!!  Svetlana

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

new fabric panels in shop



Hello lovelies, 

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know added quite a few new screen printed fabric panels to my etsy shop.

Enjoy :).  Svetlana


Monday, May 22, 2017

new Cora


My kids will be finished with school year in just a few days, so I decided I needed a new bag for all the outings and fun activities we're planning on doing over the next three months.


I wanted this new bag to be sturdy and larger than my regular everyday purse with lots of pockets as well as main zipper closure.  And, as luck would have it, my Cora handbag pattern fit the bill perfectly (the only adjustment I did was shortening the handles a bit and adding a removable strap).


I think the combination of  this beautiful print from Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall collection and Wicked Sky AGF denim is just perfect for this bag. And the addition of Pellon Flex Foam makes it wonderfully structured without adding extra weight.


I used metal zippers for main closure and inner zipper pocket,


and added matching hardware to the strap. I think metal hardware always adds a perfect finishing touch to any handmade bag.


I got my middle daughter to model the bag so you can see the scale better. 

All in all, I couldn't be happier with the way my new bag turned out (you can purchase the pattern here in case you'd like to make one for yourself). Just four more days and the outings can begin. Wish me luck, three months is a long time :)

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana


Friday, May 19, 2017

sawtooth star quilt



I started a new quilt, yay!!!

It's been ages since I felt like making any traditional quilt blocks, so when I suddenly couldn't get the combination of my newest screen printed panels and Sawtooth Star block out of my head I knew it was time to drop everything else I planned on doing and do some serious piecing instead :).



I'm so excited about these new fabric panels, I think they'll make for a super fun quilt.



I haven't decided on how big this quilt will be yet so I'll just keep making blocks as long as I feel like it and I'll see where the whole process takes me.

Oh, and I'll have some of these panels for sale at my etsy shop next week in case you'd like to add some cuteness to your stash :)

Wishing you all a creative and relaxed weekend.

Svetlana


Monday, May 15, 2017

handmade sale

Hello friends, happy Monday to you all!

Once again I find myself with way too many finished projects taking up precious space in my studio so I decided it was time for another handmade sale. 


All the items in this mosaic (and more) are listed in my etsy shop now. Click here to be taken directly to the shop.

Hope you'll find something you like and thank you for your support :)

Happy shopping! Svetlana


Thursday, May 11, 2017

soulful sewing


I've been a fan of Maureen's beautiful fabric designs and quilts for years now and last week I had the pleasure to work with her newest fabric collection Soulful. I love the Anthropologie feel of Maureen's gorgeous fabric and enjoyed my "soulful playtime" immensely.

Would you like to see what I made?


First I sewed up this patchwork-y Laura purse.


I didn't have large enough pieces of fabric for main panels so I decided to piece them using differently sized strips of fabric. I think it worked really well and I absolutely love the finished look.


Oh, and this hardware. I just love everything about it. It was all provided to me by Dritz company and I'll be definitely using it again in my future projects.



I then used some of the leftover scraps to make this qayg Nina Wristlet.


And I added yet another little Dritz detail to my pouch. Those "handmade" tags are just fabulous, don't you think?

Both the bag and the pouch are heading Maureen's way right now and will be displayed in her Spring Quilt Market booth. Can't wait to see how it all comes together :)

Svetlana

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

nine patch pillow


Yesterday afternoon I came across this lovely photo of a beautifully styled bed. I think it was made mostly to showcase that fantastic quilt. What caught my eye though, was the black and gray pillow in the background. I love that it's simple, yet bold at the same time and I decided to make a similar pillow for our family room.


I wasted no time, of course, and got to work right away. I decided to go with yard dyed Essex linen for the main cross, and I used Kona cotton (probably Snow) for the corners.

I was very tempted to use black for the corners (as in the original pillow), but just one thought of our super fluffy white cat made me realize white is just a better option for our household :).

I needed my pillow cover to fit an 18" square pillow form, so I cut each square at 6.5".


Once my pillow top was pieced, I adhered fusible fleece to its wrong side and hand quilted it using sashiko thread.

I like my quilting lines not to be wonky, so I used disappearing fabric pen and ruler to draw the lines before I started quilting - they are 1" apart.


As soon as I started making this pillow I knew I wanted to use one of my most favorite fabrics ever (these sweet little houses by Sarah Golden) for the back. I think it's perfect for this pillow.


And, I joined the pillow top and back with an invisible zipper. I always add zipper closures to my pillow covers as I know they'll need to be washed a lot (three kids, two cats, of course our pillows get dirty :)).


I absolutely love how quickly this pillow came together and I think it fits right in with its other "pillow friends".

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Thursday, May 4, 2017

whole cloth baby quilt


Hello everyone!

I'd like to show you my newest quilt finish today.


A super simple and sweet whole cloth quilt I made for our local homeless shelter.


This was such a quick and satisfying project. I used fabric from my stash - poppy print by Katarina Roccella for the front and this lovely alphabet fabric (cut up Ikea comforter cover) + another Katarina Roccella print for the back.


I used straight line quilting to form an irregular grid and bound it with light gray solid fabric. I like this kind of quilting as it adds a wonderful drape to the finished quilt.


Finished size of this quilt is 40" x 46" and I'm happy to send it on its way for a special little one to snuggle in.

Wishing you all a lovely day.  Svetlana


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