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June 14, 2019
Morning star from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It's been a while. It's been such a while that it's actually time to give back the trophy I wrote about two posts ago...
Our little lady has finished her wonderful Daisy Chain quilt and is starting a new one, called Morning Star.

It measures about 8'' and is all machine pieced and quilted (in fact, I think I quilted it too much for the size, I like the effect, but it's now very stiff). The main thing here was playing with colour to make it shine.

So, it's all ready to go to this ...

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March 29, 2019
Inspiration all around from Sew Sunshine

It was a really snowy day but I wanted the chance to take a photo of my newly finished "Chihuly Inspired" quilt outside of the Josleyn Musuem. The snow was still everywhere so I got the courage to go in and ask if I could take a quick pic onthe rails.  Afterall, it was inside that I first saw the large installation of the Chihuly Glowing Gemstone Polyvito Chandelier. (blown plastic) 

Up close you can see the fun quilting design. I worked with Marsha from Dog Ear Creek Quilts to come up with something that would enhance but not take ...

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September 4, 2018
Mother and Baby from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

A quick (and sweet) little finish, another horse portrait that didn't make it into workshop samples, as I thought it was a bit too difficult:

When I was piecing my horse portrait samples, I experimented with different types and colours of fabrics to see how they changed the mood of the finished piece. I intended to try florals as well, but I don't have a lot of this kind of fabric, so I couldn't find enough that would work together. I finally made it after I found the yellow gingham with the little daisies that seemed "related ...

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August 10, 2018
Pink Beauty from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It's August and it means it's time for the cutest quilt show of the year - the Pets on Quilts show over at  Lily Pad Quilting. I still don't have a pet to show, so I'm taking part in the Pet-Themed Quilt category.

It's a horse, and she's called Pink Beauty - all lovely and romantic and even with a little bobbin in her hair to mark the occasion.

She's one of my curved piecing workshop samples that I decided to finish and quilt, because I had some triangles meant for a different quilt (which ...

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May 30, 2018
Easier, Cleaner, and Faster Curves! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my quilting friends! I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Who doesn’t love new tools to create? I am always looking for new gadgets to make and experiment. When I found out that the curvy Flowers Crown quilt from the beautiful Flower Child collection was made with the Classic Curves Ruler, I knew I had to give it a try! My compliments to Color Girl, the creator of this amazing ruler, and the mind and hands behind this feminine quilt.



I love how my unfinished block came out, the curves are perfect and I had zero ...

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April 7, 2018
Indian Elephant Has Arrived from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It's been a long journey for such a small elephant, but along the way he's not only found some temple arches to walk through, but also some bling to adorn himself (that's the exuberant Orient, after all).  And finally, here he is.

You can read more about his journey here and here, I'll just tell about the quilting in this post. I usually prefer some sort of overall quilting pattern for the whole of the quilt or at least for the whole of the background. Here it was evident that each part needed its own quilting ...

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April 3, 2018
Portraits from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Again, an idea I've lived with for some time, since I made my horse quilt, actually, which only came to fruition now, in a couple of days of frantic drawing, tracing, cutting, pinning and stitching in between taking the kids out here, there and everywhere.

This is a series of little horse portraits - curve-piecing samples for a workshop, which incorporate 3d manes to make them come to life.

They are just flimsies at the moment, because this is how I prefer them for the workshops, quilting will add some texture, and the eyes will be brought to life by ...

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February 23, 2018
Neon Quilt Finished from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

My, it's been a long time...
The quilt was actually finished long ago, I just didn't get around to photographing and posting it. Here it is:

Has anybody else noticed that the faster the quilt is to make, the longer it takes to post it, or is it just me?

The previous post tells everything about making the top (not much to tell - improv curve stack-and-whack). The quilting is curves and spirals, not too dense to keep it soft, in a beautiful variegated YLI thread in shades of blue, going into green and purple.

The binding is pieced ...

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January 17, 2018
Splashes of Neon from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Another productive day in my sewing group, and another improv curve piecing top.

The Eastern branch if the Irish Patchwork Society received a call for charity quilts for an orphanage in Russia, and I thought I'd try more improv piecing for that, because the time is limited, and this technique works really fast for me.

As I saw, a lot of our members are making quilts for smaller kids, so I decided to do something that's  more suitable for a teenager or a pre-teen (at least I hope this would appeal to them). The top finished about 45 ...

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January 10, 2018
Elephant Walking On (and Mass Production Curve Piecing) from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

This is a story full of adventures and discoveries, errors and disappointments - it's the story of how I made the borders for my elephant block.

I had several cuts of the "Spice Trail" collection by Freedom Fabrics, which have really nice tasty colours, and I had in mind some kind of Indian carpet that they often depict on elephants' backs with arc like patterns in the border. I thought they would work nice for curve piecing. I started with a simple border with paisley patterned fabric:

Then I started making my arcs, and I had to modify my curve ...

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January 5, 2018
Indian Elephant from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

As it often happens to me, I made a sketch for this long time ago, and it's only now that I managed to bring it to life - please meet the Elephant block:

The fabrics were purchased specifically for it and have been waiting all this time - over a year - in a separate bag, so that they didn't get involved with any other projects going on :))) I think the fabrics really make it - the contrast and the patterns are very eye-catching. It now needs a suitably Indian border, which I'm still considering, and I plan to add some ...

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December 29, 2017
Airwaves Completed from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I'm glad to report the completion of the free-style aviation-themed lap quilt that I showed started not so long ago.

I really like how fast it came together, even the quilting took just a couple of days. I don't like my "practical" quilts to be densely quilted, I prefer them to have more drape, so I tried to imitate the pieced pattern in the quilting - kind of loose free-form spirals and waves:

And because I had four blocks left over from my 6 by 6 layout, I decided to make it a quillow and used the four blocks ...

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December 28, 2017
Christmas Mini Pouch from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Speaking about last-minute Christmas gifts:

I've wanted to make a curve-pieced cup pattern for a long time, but never got round to it. Then, a couple of days ago, I though a cup would be nice to put on a mug rug (cup rug?) for a little Christmas gift, so I drew the pattern in Illustrator and printed it out. The handle bit is rather fiddly, but I managed it more of less OK:

Then I suddenly decided against a mug rug, and made it into a little pouch.

Some snowflake ornaments agreed to take part in the photoshoot ...

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December 12, 2017
Airways or Airwaves? from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

This Saturday I went to my sewing group meeting. Despite the intense chatting and no less than three tea breaks, it was quite a productive day :)) I managed to cut and stitch all these blocks:

This is intended for my pilot brother, but I suspect it's going to be contested by his little son who is just as crazy about airplanes.  It all started with five fat quarters of aviation themed fabrics and a Shibori layer cake by Moda which were a match made if not in heaven than definitely in the sky.

So, I started with forty 10 ...

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November 3, 2017
Falling Leaves... Finally from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Now that most of the autumn leaves outside have already fallen, I finally have this inside:

I chose to quilt the background of each block separately, in almost matchstick quilting style, but slightly more irregular, varying the direction of the lines.

The leaves have just a few quilting lines to keep them flat, but they are supposed to pop up from the background.

It turned out to be quite a lengthy process, because making parallel lines with the FMQ foot was very tedious and I couldn't do a lot in one sitting.

Anyway I like how it turned out ...

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October 13, 2017
Falling Leaves from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Every autumn I feel a strong urge to make a seasonal quilt because I love the gorgeous colour. So, this year's autumn project is taking shape on my design wall:

 ... and falling...
  ... and falling...
  ... and falling...
  ... and falling...
  ... and falling...
  ... and falling...

...and ready to put the blocks together now!

It took me about two weeks to piece the blocks, with a little break as I ran out of teals by the end of road and had to replenish supplies. The blocks are machine curve piecing, the same technique as I showed in these tutorials: one and two ...

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