Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Master chef


Four sets of: apron, tea towel, placement and a pot holder for 4 little chefs, two toddlers and two little boys (4and 5 years old). I totally enjoyed sewing these aprons! Thanks so much Annelise from Aesthetic Nest for this great tutorial!






I made a few changes - for the pocket I cut two armholes and sewed them to make half a circle.




Instead of a button I put velcro for the neck strap. That's because I forgot to make the button hole before sewing the two sides together. It's easier to sew and easier for the kids to work open and close.



It was such a pleasure making the tiny pot holders (a 5"x5" square) and the small place mat (8"x11")!
Quilting this little miniatures in few moments, wonderful!





It's really great working on small projects. You get instant gratification and immediate results. I should do it more often.

I still need to finish two more sets, maybe next week.


I'm linking to Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to say, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. 

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Noga

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kids' stuff

Until  decide about my next project, I'm busy with some fun stuff: kids' aprons and kitchen things.
I found this great tutorial for a reversible kids' apron and started pulling fabrics for 4 aprons: 3 boys and one girl (my beautiful grandchildren).


I have no experience in sewing except for quilting. I never worked with patterns, and I didn't know how to tackle this little project. Luckily it is a great tutorial, at Aesthetic Nest,  very detailed and easy to follow for even a novice like me. The apron is reversible, which make it easier to sew and also gives the apron a nice finished look.


 For this girl's purple apron I used Central Park by Kate Spain for Moda and this lovely dolls fabric - Storybook Lane by Kelly Lee-Creel.


I'm very happy with the way it came out, let's hope my lovely granddaughter will like it as well!



I'm linking to Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to say, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Please Pop over there to see the great work of the talented quilters!


Thanks for stopping by,
Noga


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kaleidoscope quilt top - finish #2

In January 2012 I started working on a kaleidoscope quilt. It was based on Elizabeth's Kaleidoscope QAL but somehow just didn't progress. Fast forward a year and a half: my son got married, so I decided to enlarge the quilt, and last night I finished the top, at last!


It's a windy day in Haifa



I must admit this quilt took so long for a reason: I discovered i really don't like working with templates. Elizabeth's instructions were excellent, but templates are not my forte. Matching all the points was also a big challenge and I think next time I'll try paper piecing - something I still have to learn.





I also discovered that i don't have enough light fabrics (aka "low volume"), so fabric selection was a challenge. I used only fabrics from my stash, some of the fabrics are:





SD Quilts Collection by Denise Schmidt
Just Wing It! by MoMo for Moda
It's a Hoot by MoMo for Moda
"mocca" in blue by Alexander Henry
Jandango by Kate Spain for Moda
Indigo by Alice Kennedy
Sugar and Spice for Riley Blake
NYC Subway

and many others, more than 20 fabrics
I really struggled with this quilt - creatively and technically - but I'm very happy how it turned out!







I'm linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and to Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to say
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Noga



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I'm back and good news!


After a hiatus of more than a year I'm back to blogging and quilting. I'm so happy! I really missed it all, mainly the creative part of working with wonderful fabrics.

I went back to reading all these great blogs I'm following, blogs of talented women that give me so much inspiration, and guess what? I won a giveaway! Maureen Cracknell had this great giveaway of Remember by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake sponsored by this great shop Sprightly Fabrics.
 

What a lovely welcome! Thanks so much Maureen and  Monique from Sprightly Fabrics! Make sure you visit this great shop!

Last year I finished the Kaleidoscope quilt top, but  then I decided to make it bigger, so that's what i'm doing now - adding 15 more blocks. Hope to finish it soon!




I'm sharing some pictures from of our lovely spring blooms in our garden.






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Monday, April 2, 2012

Echo Fabric Giveaway Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I really enjoyed reading about the happy events that happened to you this last winter (or summer). Thanks for sharing it with us!



And the winner of 6 fat quarters of Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter is:

kluckingbear Mar 24, 2012 11:31 AM
I'm a new follower. This winter my husband got a job in town and doesn't need to commute 4hrs.day! That's been a wonderful thing!


Congratulations and happy stitching!

kluckingbear has been contacted by email.

Thank you for stopping by!
Noga

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Celebration and Echo giveaway!

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter

I can't believe it's a year since I started blogging! Not long after I started quilting, I decided to join this amazing community of quilters. Being part of this wonderful group of talented and creative people is the best part of blogging. It also gave me some sense of structure and deadline (WIP Wednesday! Thank you Lee!).
Most of all I love your comments. Getting feedback is so great! I can't over estimate it. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement, advice and support.

Taking stock of the last year I realize that I was not as productive as I would like, but I'm very proud of each one of my works, including my last quilt top - the kaleidoscope quilt, and it all made me very happy.

I want to thank you for following my blog, reading and commenting, so I decided on a small giveaway. These are fabrics I bought lately, I really love them, and I want to share them with you.
I'm giving 6 fat quarters of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, these are beautiful fabrics with great design.



This is a friendship giveaway, for my followers. You can join by clicking "join this site" on the right.

  • To enter the giveaway leave a comment (if you are a new follower, tell me) and tell me something happy that happened to you this winter (or summer - for you in the South).

  • For a second entry blog/facebook/google+ /twitter about this giveaway, and tell me about it in a second comment.
International entries are welcome.


The giveaway will be open till Sunday 1/4/12, the winner will be picked randomly and announced in this blog and by email (make sure your email is available).

Thanks for stopping by!
Noga

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kaleidoscope quilt top - finished



This quilt took much longer than I thought. I meant to start it at June 2011 as part of Elizabeth's Kaleidoscope QAL, but started only in January 2012, more than 3 months ago... Sure, I have lots of excuses (travel, family, life) but the real reason for the delay is that I wasn't happy with the results and really got stuck. The quilt top was OK, but I could not get excited with it, which made it very hard to work on it. I kept making more blocks, added some red to make it less drab, but still was not happy. The breakthrough came when I changed the placement of the blocks to get diagonal lines of red, blue and green, which gave the quilt more movement.



This pattern was a real challenge for me. Using templates is very time consuming, and I didn't realize how hard it is matching all the points (of course most of the points don't match, but at this point I gave up)



Each block is 10.5 inch (26.5 cm) final size. The top measures 64x76 inch (163x193cm).

Now that the top is finished I have decide about quilting. I'm debating whether to quilt circles to echo the kaleidoscope circles. It looks too hard for me and I hardly did any FMQ.
I'd love to get your suggestions for quilting!



I'm linking to all these great linky parties Manic Monday at Sew Happy Geek, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. Pop over there to see the great work of the talented quilters!

Thanks for stopping by,
Noga