August 28, 2014

Sketchbook : August review

Some of the sketchbook pages done in August.

Watercolor and pencils drawing


Favorite Prismacolor pencils

Sketchbook series

Sketchbook series

Sketchbook series

Sketchbook series

Sketchbook series

The materials I use are: 
watercolor paint (various brands), colored pencils (Prismacolor mostly),
acrylic FW ink, watercolor Faber Castell pencils,
various sketchbooks.

August 24, 2014

Hexagon Quilt : how and what

Scrappy hexagon quilt , love the look and texture

I have finished this loveliness a couple of weeks ago and posted 
most of the pictures on my Instagram feed.  
For this quilt I used various blue and red fabrics I have collected through the years 
of my fabric obsession. I machine pieced 6 1/2"  hexagons and machine quilted using Aurifil tread.
I used a plastic template to cut the pieces.

Sewing in progress

I really like the idea of using random looking scraps 
and mix them up in a salad of a quilt, there is something about it. 

Scrappy hexagon quilt , love the look and texture

Scrappy hexagon quilt , love the look and texture

For the borders I used my very precious Garden Party yardage I saved for a special occasion. This print is discontinued and a part of the Phillip Jacobs line for Westminster Fabric. 
I left the selvage strip shown with the name of the collection to remember and adore. 

Me and the quilt

Scrappy hexagon quilt , love the look and texture

For the back I used Sausalito Cottage Pink fabric by Lakehouse Dry Goods 
with the adorable shabby rose print I could not resist.
Machine quilting made it more durable (I hope) but I still like hand-quilted look better, 
I wish I had time to hand-quilt all my quilts. 
Anyway, this blanket is by far my favorite among all 5 quilts I have in my house right now.

Sausalito Cottage 13001 Pink By Lakehouse Dry Goods - Holly Holderman

August 21, 2014

Watercolor butterflies : fabric experiments

I have been working on making my own fabric using watercolors. The Spoonflower website allowed me to print the samples of the cotton voile with the butterflies I uploaded as a pattern and once I received my printed yard I went ahead and sewed the tank top to see how the fabric actually looks as a garment. I think I am hooked now and looking forward to making more!  

Watercolors and the print on the fabric

I designed the fabric using the watercolor with butterflies I painted earlier this summer

I designed the fabric using the watercolor with butterflies I painted earlier this summer

Watercolors and the print on the fabric


July 10, 2014

In progress : Hexagon Quilt

I am loving this bright and kitschy texture. 
It reminds me of the times when I was little and played with my friends with dolls and their tiny handmade doll dresses. We made a community wardrobe for all our dolls so they could exchange their clothes and mix and match different pieces.  I still remember some of the floral fabrics those dresses where made from! I think one of my friend's mom was a seamstress and provided with lots of fun little leftovers for making doll clothes. 
Such fun and pleasant memories! 
For now this quilt is all pinned and ready to be quilted.
By hand or by machine - I still have to decide.

Red and blue hexagon quilt

My cat on the quilt

July 3, 2014

Fabric love : my favorite prints and colors

The brighter the better - this was the idea for this color combination. I also decided to clean up my fabric stash and cut lots of hexis for the new quilt. 
I selected mostly blue and red - ish prints which I have plenty and more. 
Happy 4th of July!

Fabric selection

Handmade doll

Hexagon rows

Cutting hexagon

June 18, 2014

Endless book : June review

Next pages of my endless book.
Even though I slowed down a little (it's summer, you know), I add something new every week. 
So, these are two of my June pages, more to come.
The previous pages could be seen here.

Another watercolor lizard

Pencil and ballpoint drawing

Endless book community links

June 8, 2014

New {summer} dress

This week I fell in love with this blue fabric and without waiting too long I made a dress. 
I re-discovered the retro feminine cut that is very popular now - 
fitted bodice and full skirt, surprisingly flattering and easy to wear.
 I now have a nice summer dress made from the Beauty Queen quilting fabric
that I bought form Hawthorne threads website.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics and this one is from her latest creations.
The pattern I used was Simplicity 1873.

Blue dress

Blue dress

Blue dress

May 24, 2014

Quilting : house quilt

As  much as I enjoyed to hand quilt this quilt, it came to the end and it is done!
I still need to label it and add a hanging sleeve to hang it on the wall somewhere in the house.
More pictures are coming..

Blue houses quilt

Cat testing

The quilt and blueberries

May 22, 2014

Endless book : May review

For this week I finished the details on bigger illustrations, added some text and gave an "aged" effect by splashing the yellowish paint over the white edges.
I used graphite pencils, watercolor paints and ballpoint pen on Bristol paper.  

Endless book

Endless book

May 17, 2014

Color and pattern inspiration : Paisley

I am inspired by the old-fashioned darker floral and paisley patterns a lot, no matter what season it is.
It reads bohemian and folksy like this collection of Moda Fabrics called Russian Tradition.
My next quilt will be blue and red, and I am collecting the ideas for it.
I also have a Pinterest board for Blue and Red images only.






May 16, 2014

Feels good images : Hawaii

Some photographs from the trip to Hawaii in 2013.
We went there exactly this time a year ago, mid May. 
I just like to think about what I was doing a year ago sometimes 
and pull put old pictures and sketchbooks.
Keeping memories in three formats - mental, digital and on paper. 






Flowers of Hawaii




Have a great weekend, everybody!