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"life is meant to be colourful"


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Sunday Stash: Lots of new Fabrics!

Hello dear friends! Oh I love fabrics, gorgeus fabrics, fabric bundles, half yards, fat quarters, yards, fat eights, delicious colours and beautiful prints!  So much awesome fabric has arrived to my sewing studio! and this is not all …

new fabrics

I’m so happy to start the butterfly quilt and for that I had to find colourful fabrics and blue fabrics. The basket full is from “Fat Quarter Shop”.

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Lets start from the most colourful! ‘Early Bird’ is amazing collection by Kate Spain. I adore her fabrics; always so beautiful!

Early Bird by Kate Spain

This is a fat eight bundle and that’s why there are so many pieces. It includes also few solids. So Beautiful! I love bundles to be able to get lots of prints and colours and they are perfect for my scrappy designs!

Early Bird by Kate Spain

When searching for blue fabrics I finally decided to buy these …

fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop

They are: Nature Walk Cloud Marguerite (pink / in sale!), Grand Canal by Kate Spain (leaves), Neighborhood light blue (dogs and cats), True Blue Circles in Admiral’s blue and Glasier, Modern Minis Blue Circles (down left / in sale!) and Storybook Vacation Blue Fancy Flower (small flowers).

All these and the ‘Early Bird’ fat eight bundle are from “Fat Quarter Shop”. I was happy with the prices and very quick delivery!

Few weeks ago arrived lots of frabrics, too! Fabrics down on the back are from IKEA. One on the front left is linen from Ikea and it’s very interesting! Most likely will become bags. All these Ikea fabrics are heavier that quilting cottons so they will be bags, pouches etc.

Low volumes and those two up fabrics are from the “Needle and Foot”. Great fabric shop in etsy, which I saw in Instagram. Friendly service, good prices and beautiful fabrics! Shipping took more time but I’m used to that so I’m never in hurry with my orders. The fabric with bees is Bumbble Buzz by Maureen Cracknell (we all love her fabrics, right!). Flowers next to that is Remnant – Tossed Floral by Alice Kennedy.

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I really missed (and still do) low volumes! I had hardly any and wanted so much to create with them. So when I saw a fat quarter bundle with letters and text in low volumes, I had to get it! It’s Basically Low by Helen Stubbings. Low volume flowers on down left is Lily Flowering Rows by Alice Kennedy and the far left grey/blue is Color Weave Textured (my new favourite basic! it has gorgeus feeling). So these were all from ‘Needle and Foot‘. Just add this on my wishlist!

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As I now finally have low volumes, I made already last weekend mini quilt. This weekend I have continued and here is a small sneaky peaky!

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An other low volume fat quarter bundle I have, is with sewing items and it’s from “Fluffy Sheep Quilting”. The ‘fish’ in the corner is from ‘Tik Tok’ charm pack (bought long time ago).

Early Bird by Kate Spain

I could have played with these beautiful, folded fabrics all day long, but today was laundry day!

washing fabrics

pink

One day someone asked me on the street if I have seen their cat. Unfortunately not, but I asked where they live if I see the cat. In the pink house, was the answer!

fabric laundry

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit here and perhaps found inspiration and info for your fabric shopping!

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TEJE


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Low volume mini quilt

Hi dear friends! I have and don’t have finished quilt to show! Yes, it is finished but there will be more!

low volume mini quilt by teje

Hmmm, I am a little bit tempted to keep it like this, but I shall continue because I have some cute ideas.

low volume fabrics

I had just a while purchased one low volume, fat quarter bundle (with letters and tekst) and had one other (with beige sewing things). Finding few others from my stash, I was able to gather this collection.

When everything was ironed after prewashing, I cut out the selvages, 3 1/2″ squares for my ‘fabric sampler’ project (not started yet) and 4 3/4″ squares for this low volume mini quilt. Why that size? Because I had two 5″ charm squares and picked some low volumes from one Jolly Bar (that is a selection with 5″ x 10″ retangles). After showering these I was able to cut 4 3/4″ squares. Fat Quarter Shop carries these Jolly Bars.

quilt project with low volumes

Then was time to decide about the layout. I found some ‘left over’ triangle blocks and looked like they could fit here. It was nice like this but I felt there was too much red. So had to find few other fabrics.

low volume patchwork

Triangle with black honey comb popped strangely so I turned some of the triangles horizontal and decided to stay with this. Often I use just too much time for the arranging.

low volume squares

I sew the pieces quickly and the top was done. Then basted it, quilted some lines and binded. For the binding I almost used one black with white teksts. Then fortunately still had a quick look to my stash and saw this ‘purple’ fabric which I hadn’t concidered at all low volume until I saw it with this quilt! For me this was a perfect match. I didn’t want the binding to separate very much, didn’t want to use any fabric from the quilt or any solid. This I really like because it has good connections: black on white and purple.

binding quilt

I cut the binding slightly less than my usual 2 1/5″ binding strips. Double folded and machine sewn on both sides. On the backside I sew two triangles, folded from 4″ square (under the binding with same seam) on the up corners for hanging.

quilt binding

One evening, too tired to sew, I took the hexagons out and tried to remember what was my plan for them. Ah, yes, I had ripped several of them to make few separate pillows by colour (red/orange and blue/turquoise). But, pillows? Not so interested. So I started to arrange those few bigger pieces I had and to fill with lonely hexagons, adding some flowers outside … and really like this view.

hexagons

But that was before low volumes got all my attention!

strawberries

Have eaten really sweet strawberries! Soon their time is over here but I know many of you will enjoy them soon.

flowers

This funny bubble flower was picked from the road side on a puppy walk. I didn’t think it would last on the vase but it is growing! The little one on the right is ‘night flower’ and tiny flowers open in late evening and smell amazing!

flowers

Fabric bundles are so beautiful! I like fat quarter bundles because with few of them you get easily lovely variety to your stash and project.

low volumes

Have you seen the quilts for the “2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge” {Greenery}? Voting is open until 2nd of June. There are so many fantastic quilts! I didn’t have time to enter even had an idea but I really enjoyed following what quilts were made. For me voting was difficult and I decided to vote those quilts (one in every category) that inspired me mostly this moment. Can you guess which quilt inspired me to make my extempore low volume quilt?

mini quilt

Thank you for stopping by and reading about my quilt and other projects! Special fabric purchase arrived yesterday so the big project can begin soon. Bags and pouches are on the list, too … and I’m hoping to find time to sew summer blouses and pillows!

I shall join the link parties: ‘Lets Be Social’ and ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’.

TEJE


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Selvages, envelope block, paper piecing tips

Hello, hello hello! Weekend sewing was this time more about organizing all my selvages but also making one more block for The Honey Pot Bee by Molli Sparkles.

For March we got fantastic paper piecing pattern: Envelope block from ‘Tweety Loves Quilting’!

Here is my version in all it’s glory! I like this a lot! I thought the red may pop too much but perhaps it’s time to accept  that I do like red.

envelope and letter quilt block by teje

This block is generally easy to make and Alida’s pattern is very good. My headache was to find fabrics. I don’t have many with tekst and first I thought to create a card. But the space for letter is not very big and then I saw this red fabric on my self and decision was made (I had already cut one other fabric). You could add borders for your letter paper but I though I shall have enough challenge to make the envelope. For that I shall show you few of my tips.

This cute duck fabric has been just waiting on the self and from my fabrics, I think it was a good choise for the envelope. Here is how I feel easier to sew the diagonal pieces when paper piecing. Explination is always under the photo. This may look complicated but when you do this, you’ll see that it’s easy and quick.

Because I wanted to fussy cut (use certain parts of the fabric) pieces for the envelope, I had to place them exactly. Triangle on the left is sewn. You can see on the right triangle how I first pressed the seam allowance. On the right photo you see how I folded the paper pattern on the sewing line.

Then turn the paper so that you can fold the fabric on the same line as the paper. On the right you see the lines on the red fabric and on the duck-fabric.

Now you can put the triangle on the red fabric so that the lines match. Open the triangle and put few pins. Don’t sew yet.

Now turn your piece to see it from the paper side and add pins for sewing. Take away the pins from the fabric’s side and sew.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. As you can see the balloon cords didn’t match as hard I tried. My mistake was that the triangle wasn’t exactly straight. We talk about 1 millimetre here! I went to eat and knew I have to fix it. I ripped only some stitches, sew 1 mm lower, pressed and voila, fixed! I sew the stamp with sik sak twice around.

paper piecing tips

My #saturdaynightcraftalong with Lucy from ‘Charm About You’ went with organizing all my selvages. I saw that if I want to use any of them, only way to find something is to empty all the box and arrange them somehow. On the left you see the 3.5″ squares I save from all the fabrics for my project: fabric sampler quilt (haven’t started yet).

selvages

Everything is out and in order. Those in the basket I have been already using! Yes, I took the brave step and thought they have been preserved long enough! Started to worry about the expiring date!

selvages by Nero's Post

To find something or looking what to use, there has to be some kind of order (for me). And they can’t stay on the table even how cute they look.

selvages by teje

On the left by colour, from blue, turquoise, green,yellow, red, brown, low volumes and black (2).

In the middle some collections still together and most favourites with few specials.

On the right solids and selvages from the side where is no text (yes I save those too).

*********  !!!  If you don’t use/save selvages, I’m interested !!!  *************

Nero's Post selvages

I use ‘BeFunky’ to make photo mosaics and for editing photos. I don’t edit my photos often but sometimes even the strong light of Greece is not enough or makes too strong shadows.

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Colourful Days

Hello Dear Friends! My days have been very colourful with 4 puppies around, one cat (hiding) and colourful quilt plans! Today is my birthday and I think great way to celebrate is to enjoy colours!

Kona color panel

When you are surrouded by four puppies, it’s better to do something you don’t need to concentrate too much and what doesn’t need too much space. When puppies were sleeping a while today, I made some stitches to this Kona color panel. By the way, I have learnt at school to say ‘colour’ but I’m not sure should I use ‘color’? What you think: does it matter what word I use when writing in internet?

fabrics

My main subject today is the new mosaic challenge by Rachel at ‘Stitched in Color’.  I love her idea and her posts are beautifully written and filled with most colourful, inspiring photos! This time the theme is Cathedral Windows – how exciting! Fabric shop is wonderful The Loopy Ewe! They have fantastic collection of fabrics and well organized shop. It was easy to search the fabrics. They have also good way to find fabrics by colour (by lots of shades of colours).

You may think that it was easy to make these mosaics because I picked many fabrics from Kaffe Fassett. I can say that this time I felt quite easy to find what I want but still it took hours to decide. I wanted to choose more ‘un common’ fabrics but with the theme Cathedral Windows, Kaffe’s colours are perfect (for my opinion) and that’s why I ended up picking many of them.

I wish we could make mosaic with 12 fabrics because I have always 2-3 that I just don’t want to leave out. Rachel, what about bigger mosaic?! or would it be then too easy?

In my 1. mosaic the blue prints are moda – Shibori and the others are Kaffe Fassett.

In my 2. mosaic the blue prints are moda -Shibori, turquoise circles are Kaffe Fassett, yellow circles are ‘Summer Song from Riley Blake and the rest of three are ‘Slow & Steady by Tula Pink.

stained-glass-windows-2-the-loopy-ewe

One evening I started to add colour to one of my ’30 Days of Quilt Design’ (also challenge by Rachel). In my illustration the curved ‘leaves’ create interesting repeating pattern. It doesn’t show here yet but you will see it when I finish this.

water colours to quilt design

I can imagine so well those gorgeus Cathedral Windows colours for this design … bright colours for curves and the Shibori blues for filling. Water colours are perfect for this kind of relaxing colouring. Other wise I feel they are quite difficult even so so beautiful!

dogs

Can you guess how hectic our days are with four big dogs and one of them, Paris is 7 months! Paris is gorgeus and sweet Labrador girl! She has grown up a lot (body and mind) and she learns easily many things. Walking with her is every day easier. But, wow, does she has energy and strength! London, sweet Golden Retriewer has been our friend for several years and she is very much like Hanna, calm and easy. Had to stop my lunch to pick camera …dogs

As it’s my Birthday, I continue to have fun (=play with puppies) and as it’s Saturday, I shall continue to stitch the Kona panel. Lucy from ‘Charm about You’ is hosting in IG ‘Saturday Night Craft Along’ and I try to join her every Saturday.

water colours

Thank you for joining my Colourful Birthday! What colours you have in you days this time? What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour changes often but today it’s for sure Pink!

TEJE

 


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Snow, Stash and Bee Blocks

Vof vof friends! Nero here and I’m very happy to see you! I have today many things to show but I just have to start with the coolest thing …

Snow on Nero's head

For you this may be normal stuff but I have never before had snow flake on my head! Look what happens in my garden!

snow in crete

You can imagine that the weather is really cold and it has been raining every day. I went for a short walk and tried to catch the snow flakes – that was fun! But then it turned to water again and the girls had just a small sniff in the garden but were not quick enough for a walk on snow. Rain made the snow disappear soon. Hb went to our village and there it was all white! I hope we can play with the snow later!

Hanna and snow

As it’s Sunday it’s good time to show the latest add to our stash. Santa and dear friends sent to us many goodies!

presents

My dear “american cousin” Sonja sent to me Quilting & Patchwork Coloring book wrapped in this house fabric! I’m excited because I haven’t tried the ‘coloring’ yet! She sent something else too what I’ll show you an other time. Thank you Sonja!

Little suitcase is from my dear Finnish friend Leena! It’s filled with chocolate! We have a nice story with these suitcases. I happened to find one red from one of my trips to Finland. Leena saw that in my blog and got the same! Last year when we met, she gave me little brown suitcase and now sent this for the Christmas! We have a super fun collection! They are designs of  ‘Maileg’. Leena sent also one other most cute thing and that you will also see an other time. Thank you Leena!

presents

Mia, my dear Finnish friend, sent to me dog fabric! How she knew?! She knows and adds always Finnish candies! Hopea toffee is a memory from my youth and I love the strong taste candies! Always packed with cutest details … Thank you Mia! Have a look also Mia’s shop which is filled with most beautiful things!

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My dear Finnish friend, quilter who lives also in Greece, Anneli, sent to me happy fabrics! There are charm squares, birdies and berries – all my favourites! Thank you Anneli!

fabrics

You may remember that I’m very much affraid of the fireworks. In the Nea Year’s Eve we sat all together until late night and sew this little dog by hand. Pattern is by Kumiko Fujita. It was nice to make but more difficult than paper piecing.

dog block

I haven’t been sewing last days because …

Hanna and Paris

… if I’m in the sewing room, there are two friends waiting for me with ‘crying faces’. ‘Paris’ can’t come to the sewing room because it’s Nelli’s safe-place; Nelli has barely used to me and Hanna but is terrified about other dogs. So the only thing I did, was to finish quickly the star block I had started.

star block

The beginning wasn’t quick because I needed one evening to choose the fabrics! I would have chosen a little bit different if there just were possibilities in my stash. From the colour ‘points’ I like mostly the turquoise and did my best to make similar points with other colours. I had yellow bicycles but I guess I have used the last scrap because couldn’t find any. This is the second block of the new bee …

Molli Sparkles is hosting ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ and I’m so excited to join that! First blocks are out and I love them!

First block is strawberry, which I have done already once for my ‘Strawberry Cake’ wall quilt.

strawberry wall quilt

You may know that when ever you think something is easy piecy, it is not. I had ready cut little squares and the wall quilt front of me and thought this will go so easily. I guess I didn’t see clearly enough without my glasses and ended up with very looooong strawberry …

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‘Let every strawberry grow and be unique’. Perhaps I shall make one more,  a round one.

my strawberry

I shall use low volumes for these bee blocks.

quilt blocks

There will be also some ‘wild cards’ in this bee, like these trees. Can’t wait to see what other blocks we shall make!

So I guess it’s time to get back to puppies. They have been so good all together! At the moment 3 girls are snoring and me, Nero I’m sleeping on my feathur duvet. Now you think how I write and sleep …  I have of course secretary do do the writing! Not the easiest job to take photo of 4 dogs together. We are all looking for the goodies next to the photographer!

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Thank you so much for visiting and reading my little stories! Thank you also again for the sweet comments you write!

I’m linking at Sunday Stash, Oh Scrap.

Furry hugs from NERO!


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Sunday Stash and lots of Stuff

Hi Dear Friends! I can’t believe that I’m joining again the ‘Sunday Stash’ at ‘Molli Sparkles’! And even better, I can show you the fabrics I won from his Celebration Give Away! It’s a beautiful bundle of low volumes from ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’! Thank you!!!

low volume fabrics

These are really beautiful and soft fabrics! I don’t have many low volumes in my stash so this is fantastic add to my collection. I had thought to use these for my diamond quilt but I shall save them for an other project.

Buttons from my trip to Finland. There was a big box in the fabric shop and the price was by weight. I was happy to pick some wooden buttons and some simple ones for pillows.

buttons

My zippers needed to be organized because they didn’t fit anymore in their small storage box. Now they can stay outside so I can see and pick them easily. Metal zippers are from my friend ‘Tilkkutie’, thank You! and most of the others are from hb:s trip to Athens! Few last poor zippers were living in my drawer but now they are happy with many colourful friends!

zippers

You may know that we have been collecting sea glass for many years and make jewelries and decorations with them. Hb made an other trip and look with what he returned! I could spend hours (and I did) organizing them …

sea glass by Trikimia

He found some really good and special pieces. Not all of them are for jewelries … like this huge blue piece …

huge blue sea glass

Except that I love the sea glass and their colours, I love the mystery hidden in every piece! Many sea glass pieces are like our privite secret. Also it’s very exciting to think about stories that those pieces many carry. Where have they lived, from where they have travelled, what items they have been and who have holded them. For me one of the most nice things were, when one little boy said to my friend (who was wearing sea glass pendant) that it could be from Pirate’s ship! Her pendant was white and first the children were wondering if it’s piece of ice and how it doesn’t melt!

big blue sea glass by Trikimia

Then to totally other thing. I have got this old suitcase from friends and it was really nice for decoration in our shop, but it’s not suitable to store anything. So finally I started to fix it.

old suitecase

I tried to take the inside paper away, but often that’s not possible. I cleaned it as much as possible and then put the first layer of paint. Hope to continue this next week. When it’s painted, I shall cover the inside with wadding and fabric.

painting old suitcase

And then also totally something else, say cheese! This is the best cheese from friends in Ioannina Greece!  It’s smoked and so so good! Also it brings to us wonderful memories from our trips. We used to go to Ioannina every winter and had the best time with our friends! That area is so worth of visiting. There are lots of beautiful villages and special places to visit and to make short trips.

Metsovone Greek cheese

I have finally finished ‘one thing’. Here is a sneaky peaky until I shall show it. You could never guess what this is! … but you can try!

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Thank you for reading my blog! My warmest thanks also for your always lovely and supportive comments!

I shall link at ‘Sunday Stash’

TEJE


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Diamonds with Jelly Roll

Hi dear friends! I feel that I haven’t started new quilt for a very long time! Now when I have received my first ever Jelly Roll: Grand Canal by Kate Spain and can start to make diamonds!

diamond quilt project

You can imagine my excitment to open the Jelly Roll and to see the colours and prints in live! They have so beautiful colours and the fabric is soft! Those 3 strips on the right down corner are from my shoppings in Finland (green/yellow is by Kate Spain but the other two are something else). I used those three for test blocks .

jelly roll diamonds

When I decided to order jelly roll, I started to think about the pattern, too. This time it was easy to decide because for a very long time I wanted to make these diamonds. I was quite sure that I saw some where tutorial but couldn’t find it now. That’s why I shall put here easy tutorial for you and also for me. If this will be long term project it’s sure I forget how to place my ruler!

2,5" diamond

First I cut 45 degree angle from the end of the 2,5″ strip. Then I place the ruler as showed in photo above to cut the diamond.

diamond tutorial

To make the big diamond I need one diamond for the centre. From the ‘outside’ fabric I cut two diamonds (same size as the centre) and two pieces with the same 45 degree angle where the long edge is 9″ (width is 2,5″).

2,5" strip diamond

When you make test blocks, take care of the angles and measurements. At least for me it’s easy to get mixed so I check few times until I get used to the new block.

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As you see in my test blocks I used matching prints for the centres. But I think the centre should pop out more and that’s why I go for Kona solids.

I’m planning to use low volumes around the Grand Canal strips. Beyond that I haven’t decide yet. I may add something ‘darker’ but I have to see first how the diamonds look.

At the moment this is my side project because these days I’m playing with bracelets, adding them to my second etsy shop: ‘TRIKIMIA’. 

beaded leather bracelets

gemstone bracelets

sea glass bracelets

And before starting some custom orders, finished one more pouch with elephants …

elephant pouch

How are your days now? Do you have time for quilting or perhaps you are decorating your home with Christmas lights etc. Do you have new decoration ideas? I hope to clean tomorrow and then start to put something seasonal … ‘North Star’ quilt and ‘Reindeer pillow’ (tutorial) from last winter … or perhaps I find myself making diamonds …

I wish you happy weekend! Thank you for reading my blog and for your sweet comments! Hope to see you soon!

TEJE

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