Thursday, 16 October 2014

Donut PP - block #3 in Sew Sweet QAL

Better later than never... 
Big appologies to all who were waiting for the next block, but I couldn't write a blog post yesterday. And thanks to one email I realised, that I mixed the schedule... Donut block was suppose to be #2, but it became #3 in Sew Sweet QAL. I also didn't manage yet to prepare the pattern for the writing 'Sew Sweet'. It will follow soon. I promise. 
Below there is a link to Craftsy, wher you can download the free Donut pattern (it will remain free till 22-Oct-2014):

Czas na Cacko z dziurka ;) czyli Donut'a. Mial byc na wczoraj, ale z powodu wyjazdu nie dalam rady (ostatnio jakos czas ucieka coraz szybciej, a lista 'zrob-na-wczoraj' wcale nie chce sie skrocic). Wzor tak jak i poprzednie jest do sciagniecia przez Craftsy (link ponizej). Wzor pozostanie darmowy do 22. pazdziernika:







I'm looking forward to see your Sew Sweet QAL blocks! I've already seen some new amazing version over at Flickr and FB!
Post your photos in Flickr Sew Sweet QAL Group or share them on my FB Page! Use tag #SewSwetQAL and #shapemoth so I can find you!
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Zapraszam Was serdecznie do wspolnego szycia! Zdjecia swoich prac mozecie dodawac do grupy na Flickrze lub na mojej stronie FB!
Jesli uzywacie tagow, dodajcie #shapemoth lub #SewSweetQAL. Bedze mi latwiej znalezc Wasze zdjecia :)

Sew Sweet QAL contest wouldn't be possible without our lovely sponsors!
 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ice Cream PP - block #2 in Sew Sweet QAL

Quick post today, as I'm really on a run this week. I didn't sew my Ice Cream block yet. I'm waiting for a different background fabric for the blocks and I hope in few days my blocks will be ready. 
Below is the link to the Ice Cream PP pattern on Craftsy. It will be free to download till 15-Oct-2014.

Dzis tylko wpadam na chwilke, bo caly tydzien w biegu... Blokow gotowych jeszcze nie mam, bo czekam na bardziej odpowiedni material na tlo. Mam nadzieje, ze w najblizszych dniach uda mi sie je uszyc. Ponizej jesli link do Craftsy i bloku z lodami wloskimi do sciagniecia. Wzor jest darmowy do 15.10.2014. 





I'm looking forward to see your Sew Sweet QAL blocks! Till now I've seen two Cupcake blocks but I hope more of you will decide to join :) 
Post your photos in Flickr Sew Sweet QAL Group or share them on my FB Page!

No i mam nadzieje, ze wiecej z was dolaczy sie do szycia i konkursu :) Na razie widzialam 2 babeczki ;) Teraz czekam na... no wiecie... lody...
Zdjecia prac mozecie dodawac do grupy na Flickrze lub na mojej stronie FB!

Sew Sweet QAL contest wouldn't be possible without the sponsors!
 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Cupcake PP - block #1 in Sew Sweet QAL

Welcome to the first day of Sew Sweet QAL! I'm looking forward to seeing your fabric choices, WIP and finished blocks. I just started a Sew Sweet QAL Flickr group where you can add your photos (I have to work on it a bit more).

If you're ready to start, you can download the Cupcake PP pattern through Craftsy. The pattern is free for download starting from today till 08-Oct-2014.

Uff, nareszcie mi sie udalo. W ostatniej chwili sie okazalo, ze musialam poprawiac wzor, bo cos nie tak z rozmiarem bylo (niedawno zmienialam komputer i instalowalam programy na nowo, do tego mam inne wersje programow do obrobki i jednak te ustawienia, ktorych uzywalam poprzednio nie byly dobre). 
Zalozylam grupe Sew Sweet QAL na Flickrze, jesli macie ochote, mozecie tam dodawac swoje zdjecia :)
Pora rozpoczac Sew Sweet QAL! Jedyne, co musicie zrobic, to sciagnac wzor przez Craftsy. Wzor pozostanie darmowy do 08.10.2014.



All the details like color code and assembly instruction needed to sew the block are in the pdf file. All you have to do is print the pattern, cut the templates, choose the fabrics and start sewing!
For those who also plan to sew the mini quilt, the Cupcake block is the first step :)

Wszystkie szczegoly, takie jak schemat kolorow czy instrukcja zszywania poszczegolnych czesci bloku sa w pliku pdf. Wystarczy wydrukowac wzor, wyciac poszczegolne czesci i wybrac materialy do mufinki:


For the Cupcake PP block you will need:

*FQ of fabric for the background
*3 shades of the same color for icing (I used various pink fabrics) -  bigger scraps or layer cake squares
*small piece of fabric for the cherry - I used Oakshott ruby red charm square
*small piece of fabric for the leaf - I used green Curio by Basic Grey charm square
*two shades of yellow for the cupcake liner - at least the size of a layer cake square (I used Grunge and some yellow from my stash)
*fabric for the cupcake itself (charm square size) - I used chocolate brown

Bedziecie potrzebowac:
*tlusta cwiartke na tlo
*trzy odcienie jednego koloru do kremu na mufince (ja uzylam rozowego) - tu wystarcza wieksze skrawki,
*kawaleczek materialu na wisienke
*kolejny kawaleczek na lodyzke i listek wisienki
*dwa odcienie materialu na papilotke (ja uzylam zoltego) - lepiej miec w zanadrzu wieksze kawalki
*kawalek materialu na mufinke - ja uzylam czekoladowego brazu


A little tip for ironing PP blocks (it's how I always do it). When you're done with removing the paper, fold some layers of cotton batting and iron the block dry on top of it: 

A tu mala podpowiedz odnosnie prasowania gotowego bloku PP. Gdy juz wyrwe wszystkie papierki z tylu, przygotowuje sobie podklad do prasowania w postaci zlozonej kilkukrotnie bawelnianej ociepliny (to musi byc cos miekkiego, gladkiego i odpornego na temperature):


After the first round of dry ironing (when you pressed all the seam the way they should be), spray a generous amount of spray starch on the block and iron till dry (I use the cheapest spray starch available in the local supermarket; you can also make one on your own, there are plenty of tutorials online):

Najpier prasuje blok na sucho, ukladajac przy tym szwy pod spodem w odpowiednich kierunkach, a potem dosc obficie spryskuje blok krochmalem w sprayu i znowu prasuje do sucha (uzywam takiego najtanszego z supermarketu):


As you can see, all the bulky seams which are difficult to iron when you do it on a hard surface press down into the soft batting, leaving you with perfectly smooth and crisp PP block:

Szwy w PP czesto sa dosc grube i prasujac na twardej powierzchni zelazko slizga sie po nich, zostawiajac pomarszczony material pomiedzy nimi. Gdy prasujemy na czyms miekkim, szwy wciskaja sie w 'to cos' (w moim przypadku w ociepline), a my mamy idealnie wyprasowany, usztywniony krochmalem blok.


Don't forget about the contest at the end of Sew Sweet QAL! To find all the details and rules of the QAL, just click the button below:

Wszystkie szczegoly dotyczace QALu i konkursu znajdziecie klikajac na obrazek ponizej (wersja polska jest juz prawie gotowa, jutro ja opublikuje):

 
And of course, Sew Sweet QAL contest wouldn't be possible without the sponsors!
 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

It all started with a color card

Although I have still some WIPs to finish (the last pictorial quilt needs quilting and there is Sew Sweet QAL which starts on Wednesday) I've already planned new projects for the end of this and I guess the whole next year (a series of 4 wall hangings and a pictorial quilt). 

As this post will be mostly about fabric, I need to give you some background for the story... For the flower girl quilt I used mostly Stonehenge fabrics from Northcott, the next pictorial quilt will be also made using mostly Stonehenge and I thought I could get even more Stonehenge for the walhangings. Browsing through Fat Quarter Shop, I just realised, that ther are so many similar Stonehenge shades, that it would be difficult for me to choose the exact ones looking just on the photos in the online shop. 

Probably every one of you out there had a situation, when fabric which you've ordered looked a bit different than the one shown on the picture online (I had at least few times). It's difficult to get a perfect color correct photo, and in addition, the monitors are callibrated differently, so the only way to be 100% sure about the color of the fabric would be shopping in a stationary shop of having a color card. 

And there starts a story of a color card... I thought, that it would be pretty amazing to have a color card of Stonehenge fabrics, and as I didn't find anything online, I decided to contact Northcott directly. After few days of exchanging emails with Jennifer, the Marketing Manager of Northcott Canada, I got an info, that she packed me some Stonehenge fabrics, color cards and catalogues from the Northcott fabric lines to help me with my future projects (ther is no color card for Stonehenge, but I got a color correct catalogue, which I'm very grateful for :)

As I came back from work yesterday evening I found the package, which has just arrived from Northcott. Now you can just imagine, how suprised I was by the size and weight of the box!

Zanosi sie na dlugi post, bo i historia dluga... 
Jako, ze u mnie jest zawsze kilka projektow rozpoczetych w tym samym czasie (niektore nie sa nigdy konczone, niestety), tak i teraz mam juz plany na praktycznie caly nastepny rok choc ostatni quilt nadal wisi na scianie bez pikowania. 
Czemu bedzie o materialach? Pare slow wstepu... Do szycia dziewczyny z kwiatami uzylam glownie materialow z kolekcji Stonehenge firmy Northcott. Ten quilt, ktory teraz wisi na scianie jest z mieszanych batikow, Stonehenge'ow i recznie farbowanego materialu, a nastepne, ktore planuje tez bede szyc uzywajac Stonehenge'ow. No straszliwie mi sie te materialy podobaja. Kolory, wzory, zlocenia (jesli sa), jakosc... No wiec przymierzalam sie do zamowienia kilku metrow na tlo do nastepnych quiltow i przegladajac Stonehenge w sklepie okazalo sie, ze wiele jest takich, ktore sa bardzo do siebie podobne i przez internet nie jestem w stanie ocenic, ktory by mi bardziej pasowal. Zaczelam wiec szukac karty kolorow, zeby ulatwic sobie zakupy w przyszlosci (wiadomo, jak sie zamawia przez neta w Stanach, czeka kilka tygodni na material, a potem sie okazuje, ze jednak kolor wcale nie jest taki, jak byl na zdjeciu i pewnie inny material by lepiej pasowal, to juz do smiechu nie jest... stracony czas i pieniadze... duzo czasu i duzo pieniedzy). 
Poszukiwania karty kolorow Stonehenge nie przyniosly niestety rezultatu, wiec postanowilam zapytac bezposrednio producenta (zdarza sie, ze maja probniki na potrzeby patchworkowych wystaw, czy targow). Po kilku dniach wymiany maili ustalo na tym, ze Northcott przysle mi kilka katalogow i kart kolorow materialow i troche materialow Stonehenge (karty kolorow Stonehenge niestety nie ma, dostalam za to katalog ze zdjeciami materialow, ktore kolorystycznie odpowiadaja prawdziwym materialom). 

Jakie bylo moje zdziewienie, gdy wczoraj po powrocie z pracy zobaczylam paczke od firmy Northcott. To znaczy sama paczka mnie nie zdziwila, tylko jej wielkosc i waga! No spodziewalam sie kilku katalogow i moze charm-packow z kolorami Stonehenge'ow. Otworzylam pudlo drzacymi rekami i widze papier... Mysle 'upakowali pewnie wszystko z kilogramami papieru, dlatego takie ciezkie...'. Oj, jak sie mylilam. Papieru byl tylko kawaleczek na wierzchu...

And then I opened it with shaking hands...


There was a variety of Northcott fabric's color cards and catalogues:

Pozniej byly katalogi i karty kolorow:



And yes... THAT much fabric! Three huge piles of Stonehenge! *swooning*

A potem... Tak, TYLE materialu... Cale metry Stohenenge'ow z notka od producenta, ze sa przeznaczone na moje przyszle art quilty. Piekne! Do tej pory nie chce mi sie w to wierzyc (*tu powinna byc ikonka glaszczaca sliczne materialy*)

Jeszcze jakis czas temu rozmawialam z mezem, ze nie jest mi latwo z szyciem, bo jestem troche rozerwana pomiedzy patchworkiem nowoczesnym, a szyciem art quiltow. Ciezko, bo jednak to dosc kosztowne miec dwie szafy materialow - jedna do 'modern' patchworku, druga do 'art' quiltow. Na razie wiekszosc materialow, ktore mialam to byly jednak te nowoczesne, a jesli potrzebowalam czegos innego, to kupowalam pod konkretny projekt. Dzieki firmie Northcott mam solidna baze do szycia quiltow na wystawy :)



Beautiful!



Beautiful!



And yes... beautiful! (*stroking pretty fabric*

I still can't believe it... 



I was even once telling my Hubby, that as I started as a modern quilter, I don't have much fabrics for sewing pictorial quilts. My whole stash is mostly 'modern'. Well, now I have a pretty nice stash for my 'art' projects. 
Thank you Jennifer and Northcott! This fabric will be put to good use!

If you have projects made with Northcott fabrics, you can share them in the Northcott Fabric Circle of on their FB page:

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sew Sweet QAL - details

It's time to give you a heads up for the new QAL :)

P.S. Winners of the last pattern giveaway will be posted in a moment at the end of the last post

Polska wersja bedzie niedlugo jako nowy post, do ktorego link bedzie TUTAJ :)


If you want to join me in paper piecing, Sew Sweet QAL (or better to say PPAL - paper piece along) starts on 1st of October. There will be 5 PP blocks, one every week and in addition, during those 5 weeks I will post step-by-step instructions for a mini quilt. 
Below you will find all the details about the QAL:
1. Rules for QAL and contest
2. Detailed schedule
3. Fabric requirements


1. Sew Sweet QAL rules:

* first block in Sew Sweet QAL will be posted on 01.10.2014 and the last one on 29.10.2014 (you can find the detailed schedule below)
* in addition to 5 PP blocks, there will be a tutorial for a PP writing 'Sew Sweet' and for a mini quilt (which you can see above).
* each of the 5 PP blocks will be free for download for a week after publication date through Craftsy; after that time, blocks will be available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops

* starting 29-Oct-2014, a linky will be open, so that you can link your projects made with Sew Sweet QAL blocks (one project per person). It can be anything made with the blocks, not only mini quilt, but it has to be a finished project. Photos of unfinished PP blocks will be deleted from the linky.
* linky will be closed on 15-Nov-2014, and from all submitted projects 3 winners (the number of the winners can be changed if there are not enough submissions) will be chosen by the Guest Judge
* winners will be anounced on 20-Nov-2014
* the Guest Judge for Sew Sweetness QAL is Sara Lawson from sewsweetness.com.


I guess you all know her - she's an amazing quilter, bag pattern designer and author of the book Big-City Bags, designer of the fabric line Jungle Ave for Art Galler Fabrics, and on top of it - an amazing personality. 
Thank you Sara for being a part of this QAL! 
If you didn't hear about Sara yet, be sure to visit her website and FB page.


* there are some pretty amazing prizes to win!


#1 Prize



#2 Prize


#3 Prize

Detailed schedule:

01.10.2014 -  Cupcake PP block (+ first part of a tutorial for a mini quilt)

08.10.2014 - Donut PP block (+ second part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - word 'Sew')

15.10.2014 - Ice Cream PP block (+ third part of a tutorial for a mini quilt)

22.10.2014 - Milkshake PP block (+ fourth part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - word 'Sweet')


29.10.2014 - Hot Chocolate PP block (+ fifth part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - sewing parts together, quilting and binding)


Fabric Requirements: 

*in each QAL post I will share my fabric choices for the single blocks (including the fabric requirements) 

I will sew the mini quilt with one Cupcake block (10"x10") and two Ice Cream blocks (5"x10"). Instead of them, you can take any other two Sew Sweet QAL blocks.


For the mini quilt in the version shown above you will need: 
*Cupcake block - 1FQ background fabric + scraps for the details
*2 Ice Cream blocks - 1FQ background fabric + scraps for the details
*F8 of yellow fabric for strips
*FQ of fabric for the mini quilt's background, which matches the color of Cupcake block background fabric
*1/2y of background fabric for 'Sew Sweet' writing
*1FQ of fabric matching the background color for 'Sew Sweet' letters
*1/2y of fabric for the backing
*1/2y of fabric for binding (it's easier to cut longer strips)

Here are my fabric choices:


I will post updates on the QAL also on my FB page. I'd love to see your fabric choices and WIP photos.

I hope to see you again on Wednesday, 1st of October, ready to sew with me :)

Here's the Sew Sweet QAL button for you 
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