July 24, 2015

Summer flowers : painting and materials

I have been very happy with the colors of the Golden Acrylic paints 
that I have been painting with lately. 
I get more familiar and comfortable with the mediums 
and don't feel intimidated by them as much. 
Acrylic plays great with watercolor, pencils, ink. 
I add some matte medium and when the layer is dry, I can draw with color pencils on top.
Paints could be watered down to be fluid or applied thick to have an opaque effect. 
The best part for me is their saturation that I love so much.
If you scroll down you find the little inventory 
I made of the materials I used for these paintings.  

summer flowers

sketchbook cover

summer flowers

summer flowers

summer flowers

July 3, 2015

So good : to be home

Coming back is always the best part of any travel for me, I make this conclusion every time. 
So good to be home! 
I am going through my photos and notes, some sketches I have done and 
all the things I am putting in the "Memories" department in my head. 
My other mental department "Plans and Ideas" is full and demanding immediate action!
Back to everyday reality now which you can follow on my Instagram and see for yourself.)

filed notes

field notes


wild flowers



May 26, 2015

May 17, 2015

Getting cozy

My house is in the middle of remodeling (we are changing floors in major areas and on the staircase) but I still have (as well as my two cats that are hiding underneath the bed) my bedroom 
as cozy escape from the mess and noise. I took my quilts with me, too for a construction period of time to keep them from dust, but usually the bedroom stays neutral in color (but of many shades of beige and brown) and the only pattern is that busy wallpaper. 
So, what am I reading here? 
Wonderful reading for a Sunday!




March 28, 2015

House quilt rocks

I was so happy this week to open my mail and find this wonderful image!
Donna, one of me readers, sent me an email with the photograph of her adorable quilt top that she 
sewed using the pattern I wrote last year. 
 Donna literally test drove it for me, giving me valuable feedback on the pattern.
This was my first pattern I ever wrote and published and I am very inspired to design more and share them with you. 
Donna, your quilt is awesome! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!


Here is the pattern to download (click on the image)
   PDF tutorial on the house block

February 14, 2015

From sketches to patterns

 Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day
I have started a new Tumblr blog for patterns only with an idea to make 300 patterns in 2015.
To see more, follow http://paisleyfarm.tumblr.com

February 5, 2015

Illustration Friday #1

This is my first Illustration Friday this year. I am getting used to the acrylic paint that I start liking more for its bright colors.


acrylic and pencils illustration

February 1, 2015

February calendar

My February calendar is here and don't forget to celebrate the Valentine day!
February 2015

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January 4, 2015

2015 : Introduction

The new 2015 year has just begun and I thought it was appropriate to write an introductory post for my new visitors and followers. 
My name is Sofia, I am a Ukrainian-American living in Las Vegas, Nevada for the last 15 years. 
Before that I lived in Ukraine where I was born and raised. 
I love the two countries very much and the experience of living in both worlds gives me the chance to see a bigger picture. 
My background is a mix of art, science and crafts. 
Having degree in Civil Engineering allows a nerd in me to love lines, details and proportions. 
The creative side of me loves colors, textures and textiles. 
I am a self-taught artist and a quilter.
My inspiration comes from world cultures, artists' sketchbooks, modern art, music, movies and what I can see in the window. 
I am amazed by creativity of the world wide artistic community. 
This blog is my informal portfolio on 
-pattern design


Last year I fell in love with the world of pattern design, which is closely 
related to my all time passion for fabric and everything made with fabric. 
This year I will continue my exploration of the 
endless and exciting possibilities of patterns and I will be blogging 
about it among all my usual topics. 
And of course, I will make more quilts! 







Quilts in 2014 - year review

Sunday sewing

Time to recap my quilting of the 2014. 
Totally I have sewn 7 quilts, 3 of which are big and 4 smaller ones.
It is a mystery to me how some blogger-quilters produce up to 20 quilts a year! 
(I follow a lot of quilting blogs and am amazed by the productivity out there!)
I will share some pictures today here, but all my quilting life is fully recorded and catalogued in Flickr albums.
All my finished quilt on Flickr

2014 quilting recap

Read more after the jump break

December 31, 2014

Happy 2015!

My greetings to you in the New Year!
I made a calendar for January,
fingers crossed it will become monthly thing!:)

January 2015

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December 20, 2014

Cookie time : my favorite recipe

It is time of the year for the house to smell like chocolate cookies, hot cocoa and burning fire place!
I have been making these cookies every year for looong time and sharing my secret recipe now on the blog so you can bake them, too. They will make you happy.


Chocolate cookies

Chocolate cookies