Tuesday, 30 September 2014

It all started with a color card

Although I have still some WIPs to finish (the last pictorial quilt needs quilting and there is Sew Sweet QAL which starts on Wednesday) I've already planned new projects for the end of this and I guess the whole next year (a series of 4 wall hangings and a pictorial quilt). 

As this post will be mostly about fabric, I need to give you some background for the story... For the flower girl quilt I used mostly Stonehenge fabrics from Northcott, the next pictorial quilt will be also made using mostly Stonehenge and I thought I could get even more Stonehenge for the walhangings. Browsing through Fat Quarter Shop, I just realised, that ther are so many similar Stonehenge shades, that it would be difficult for me to choose the exact ones looking just on the photos in the online shop. 

Probably every one of you out there had a situation, when fabric which you've ordered looked a bit different than the one shown on the picture online (I had at least few times). It's difficult to get a perfect color correct photo, and in addition, the monitors are callibrated differently, so the only way to be 100% sure about the color of the fabric would be shopping in a stationary shop of having a color card. 

And there starts a story of a color card... I thought, that it would be pretty amazing to have a color card of Stonehenge fabrics, and as I didn't find anything online, I decided to contact Northcott directly. After few days of exchanging emails with Jennifer, the Marketing Manager of Northcott Canada, I got an info, that she packed me some Stonehenge fabrics, color cards and catalogues from the Northcott fabric lines to help me with my future projects (ther is no color card for Stonehenge, but I got a color correct catalogue, which I'm very grateful for :)

As I came back from work yesterday evening I found the package, which has just arrived from Northcott. Now you can just imagine, how suprised I was by the size and weight of the box!

Zanosi sie na dlugi post, bo i historia dluga... 
Jako, ze u mnie jest zawsze kilka projektow rozpoczetych w tym samym czasie (niektore nie sa nigdy konczone, niestety), tak i teraz mam juz plany na praktycznie caly nastepny rok choc ostatni quilt nadal wisi na scianie bez pikowania. 
Czemu bedzie o materialach? Pare slow wstepu... Do szycia dziewczyny z kwiatami uzylam glownie materialow z kolekcji Stonehenge firmy Northcott. Ten quilt, ktory teraz wisi na scianie jest z mieszanych batikow, Stonehenge'ow i recznie farbowanego materialu, a nastepne, ktore planuje tez bede szyc uzywajac Stonehenge'ow. No straszliwie mi sie te materialy podobaja. Kolory, wzory, zlocenia (jesli sa), jakosc... No wiec przymierzalam sie do zamowienia kilku metrow na tlo do nastepnych quiltow i przegladajac Stonehenge w sklepie okazalo sie, ze wiele jest takich, ktore sa bardzo do siebie podobne i przez internet nie jestem w stanie ocenic, ktory by mi bardziej pasowal. Zaczelam wiec szukac karty kolorow, zeby ulatwic sobie zakupy w przyszlosci (wiadomo, jak sie zamawia przez neta w Stanach, czeka kilka tygodni na material, a potem sie okazuje, ze jednak kolor wcale nie jest taki, jak byl na zdjeciu i pewnie inny material by lepiej pasowal, to juz do smiechu nie jest... stracony czas i pieniadze... duzo czasu i duzo pieniedzy). 
Poszukiwania karty kolorow Stonehenge nie przyniosly niestety rezultatu, wiec postanowilam zapytac bezposrednio producenta (zdarza sie, ze maja probniki na potrzeby patchworkowych wystaw, czy targow). Po kilku dniach wymiany maili ustalo na tym, ze Northcott przysle mi kilka katalogow i kart kolorow materialow i troche materialow Stonehenge (karty kolorow Stonehenge niestety nie ma, dostalam za to katalog ze zdjeciami materialow, ktore kolorystycznie odpowiadaja prawdziwym materialom). 

Jakie bylo moje zdziewienie, gdy wczoraj po powrocie z pracy zobaczylam paczke od firmy Northcott. To znaczy sama paczka mnie nie zdziwila, tylko jej wielkosc i waga! No spodziewalam sie kilku katalogow i moze charm-packow z kolorami Stonehenge'ow. Otworzylam pudlo drzacymi rekami i widze papier... Mysle 'upakowali pewnie wszystko z kilogramami papieru, dlatego takie ciezkie...'. Oj, jak sie mylilam. Papieru byl tylko kawaleczek na wierzchu...

And then I opened it with shaking hands...


There was a variety of Northcott fabric's color cards and catalogues:

Pozniej byly katalogi i karty kolorow:



And yes... THAT much fabric! Three huge piles of Stonehenge! *swooning*

A potem... Tak, TYLE materialu... Cale metry Stohenenge'ow z notka od producenta, ze sa przeznaczone na moje przyszle art quilty. Piekne! Do tej pory nie chce mi sie w to wierzyc (*tu powinna byc ikonka glaszczaca sliczne materialy*)

Jeszcze jakis czas temu rozmawialam z mezem, ze nie jest mi latwo z szyciem, bo jestem troche rozerwana pomiedzy patchworkiem nowoczesnym, a szyciem art quiltow. Ciezko, bo jednak to dosc kosztowne miec dwie szafy materialow - jedna do 'modern' patchworku, druga do 'art' quiltow. Na razie wiekszosc materialow, ktore mialam to byly jednak te nowoczesne, a jesli potrzebowalam czegos innego, to kupowalam pod konkretny projekt. Dzieki firmie Northcott mam solidna baze do szycia quiltow na wystawy :)



Beautiful!



Beautiful!



And yes... beautiful! (*stroking pretty fabric*

I still can't believe it... 



I was even once telling my Hubby, that as I started as a modern quilter, I don't have much fabrics for sewing pictorial quilts. My whole stash is mostly 'modern'. Well, now I have a pretty nice stash for my 'art' projects. 
Thank you Jennifer and Northcott! This fabric will be put to good use!

If you have projects made with Northcott fabrics, you can share them in the Northcott Fabric Circle of on their FB page:

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sew Sweet QAL - details

It's time to give you a heads up for the new QAL :)

P.S. Winners of the last pattern giveaway will be posted in a moment at the end of the last post

Polska wersja bedzie niedlugo jako nowy post, do ktorego link bedzie TUTAJ :)


If you want to join me in paper piecing, Sew Sweet QAL (or better to say PPAL - paper piece along) starts on 1st of October. There will be 5 PP blocks, one every week and in addition, during those 5 weeks I will post step-by-step instructions for a mini quilt. 
Below you will find all the details about the QAL:
1. Rules for QAL and contest
2. Detailed schedule
3. Fabric requirements


1. Sew Sweet QAL rules:

* first block in Sew Sweet QAL will be posted on 01.10.2014 and the last one on 29.10.2014 (you can find the detailed schedule below)
* in addition to 5 PP blocks, there will be a tutorial for a PP writing 'Sew Sweet' and for a mini quilt (which you can see above).
* each of the 5 PP blocks will be free for download for a week after publication date through Craftsy; after that time, blocks will be available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops

* starting 29-Oct-2014, a linky will be open, so that you can link your projects made with Sew Sweet QAL blocks (one project per person). It can be anything made with the blocks, not only mini quilt, but it has to be a finished project. Photos of unfinished PP blocks will be deleted from the linky.
* linky will be closed on 15-Nov-2014, and from all submitted projects 3 winners will be chosen by the Guest Judge. 
* winners will be anounced on 20-Nov-2014
* the Guest Judge for Sew Sweetness QAL is Sara Lawson from sewsweetness.com.


I guess you all know her - she's an amazing quilter, bag pattern designer and author of the book Big-City Bags, designer of the fabric line Jungle Ave for Art Galler Fabrics, and on top of it - an amazing personality. 
Thank you Sara for being a part of this QAL! 
If you didn't hear about Sara yet, be sure to visit her website and FB page.


* there are some pretty amazing prizes to win!


#1 Prize



#2 Prize


#3 Prize

Detailed schedule:

01.10.2014 -  Cupcake PP block (+ first part of a tutorial for a mini quilt)

08.10.2014 - Donut PP block (+ second part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - word 'Sew')

15.10.2014 - Ice Cream PP block (+ third part of a tutorial for a mini quilt)

22.10.2014 - Milkshake PP block (+ fourth part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - word 'Sweet')


29.10.2014 - Hot Chocolate PP block (+ fifth part of a tutorial for a mini quilt - sewing parts together, quilting and binding)


Fabric Requirements: 

*in each QAL post I will share my fabric choices for the single blocks (including the fabric requirements) 

I will sew the mini quilt with one Cupcake block (10"x10") and two Ice Cream blocks (5"x10"). Instead of them, you can take any other two Sew Sweet QAL blocks.


For the mini quilt in the version shown above you will need: 
*Cupcake block - 1FQ background fabric + scraps for the details
*2 Ice Cream blocks - 1FQ background fabric + scraps for the details
*F8 of yellow fabric for strips
*FQ of fabric for the mini quilt's background, which matches the color of Cupcake block background fabric
*1/2y of background fabric for 'Sew Sweet' writing
*1FQ of fabric matching the background color for 'Sew Sweet' letters
*1/2y of fabric for the backing
*1/2y of fabric for binding (it's easier to cut longer strips)

Here are my fabric choices:


I will post updates on the QAL also on my FB page. I'd love to see your fabric choices and WIP photos.

I hope to see you again on Wednesday, 1st of October, ready to sew with me :)

Here's the Sew Sweet QAL button for you 
(copy and paste HTML code to your sidebar or blog post):

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Halloween PP patterns and a giveaway

I finished preparing the Tarantula PP pattern and as Halloween comes really soon, I decided to pair it with a Jack O'Lantern PP pattern which I've made last year but didn't have the chance to publish it (I was sewing the block and ran out of tangerine fabric; by the time I got one from Etsy seller (that was the only place it was still available; no chance to buy this particular in Germany), the Halloween was long gone). 

The Tarantula PP pattern is a very difficult block, I'd say for those who have their share of experience with paper piecing. There are many small part to sew together, but the effect is worth all the work put in it: 

Skonczylam przygotowywac wzor tarantuli, a skoro Halloween juz niedlugo, to do postu dolaczylam tez blok dyniowy :) Przygotowalam go juz w ubieglym roku, ale nie mialam okazji go pokazac. Chcialam go opublikowac razem z uszytym blokiem, a jak na zlosc, zabraklo mi materialu zeby go uszyc do konca. Zanim material dotarl ze Stanow, Halloween juz dawno minelo, a wzor doczekal 2014:

 *Tarantula PP pattern is available through Etsy and Craftsy*



*Jack O'Lantern PP pattern is available through Etsy and Craftsy*




I'm giving away 5 copies of the pattern. For a chance to win, write a comment under this post and tell me, which one of the patterns would you prefer to get - Tarantula or Jack O'Lantern. I will randomly choose the winners on Sunday 28.10.2014

Do rozdania jest 5 wzorow PP. Jesli chcecie dolaczyc sie do zabawy, wystarczy, ze napiszecie komentarz pod postem, ktory z dwoch wzorow chcielibyscie dostac - tarantule czy dynie. W niedziele 28.10.2014 wylosuje zwyciezcow.

Winners / Zwyciezcy:
(I will contact you in few moments)

#22 - Charlene S
 #12 - kasia ino-ino
#35 - Pam
 #10 - madziula
 #26 - Renata Walczak

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Aurifil giveaway winner and FB changes

I didn't expect such a success with Aurifil giveaway! 174 comments! That's amazing :) and seems that those who have already tried sewing with Aurifil thread have the same opinion as me - the thread is simply amazing.

As there were so many of you commenting, I've decided to choose 2 winners. 

Nie spodziewalam sie az takiego zainteresowania ostatnia rozdawajka! 174 komentarze! Tyle to jeszcze chyba nigdy pod postem nie mialam. Ze wzgledu na ilosc uczestnikow, zdecydowalam dodac mala nagrode pocieszenia dla drugiego zwyciezcy. Ponizej dwoje szczesliwcow - Paula #70 i Audrey #43. Wszystkim bardzo dziekuje za udzial!

First - color card, 2 spools of wool thread, 3 FQs and a little spool of cotton thread go to Paula (#70)




A small second prize of a mini charm pack and 2 small spools of Aurifil thread go to Audrey (#43). Thank you all for participaing and I will be contacting winners in a moment.




I have also changed from FB Profile to a Page. Profile will become more private and all the quilting connected info will now be posted on Shape Moth Page:

Zmienilam tez FB. Zamiast na moim profilu, szyciowo-patchworkowo bedzie od teraz na stronie Shape Moth:


Saturday, 20 September 2014

New sponsor - Aurifil and a quick giveaway

Recently, Aurifil joined Shape Moth as one of the sponsors. I guess you know the brand from other blogs already and some of you have probably used it for your projects.

I started using Aurifil for quilting when I encountered some problems with breaking thread in my Janome. It was especially present while quilting pictorial quilts, with few layers of fabric, very often combined with a stabiliser and batting. I guess you can understand my frustration... few inches of quilting, frying thread which finaly breaks. Starting again, same story. On and on and on. And at the end you have a piec of some pretty nasty quilting which so or so have to be unpicked. 

I tried every trick with the sewing machine, changed settings, needles and finally I've changed thread (I had some Aurifil spools which I got for a sewalong in the past). And that was it! All the frying and breaking stopped. The Aurifil thread was same thick as the other thread I was using. The quality was just way better (and no, I wasn't using a no-name brand). Since then I use Aurifil for quilting and that will probably not change :)

Do grona sponsorow dolaczyla firma Aurifil. Mysle, ze nazwa sie juz wam gdzies obila o uszy. Marka dosc czesto jest wspominana na zagranicznych blogach, bo i nici tej firmy sa duzo latwiej dostepne za granica niz w Europie (choc to powoli sie juz zmienia). Niestety, nici nie sa tanie ale jak to mowia jakosc kosztuje i w przypadku Aurifil to jest 100% prawda. Nie uzywam tylko i wylacznie nici Aurifil do szycia, bo sa po prostu za drogie ale do pikowania do tej pory nie znalazlam lepszych (sa jeszcze firmy, ktorych nici nie testowalam, wiem... jakby co to jestem otwarta na wspolprace ;) ). 

Zaczelam ich uzywac kiedy zmienilam maszyne. Janomka jakos nie chciala wspolpracowac z nicmi, ktorymi do tej pory pikowalam i co chwila zrywala nitke (zwlaszcza przy pikowaniu duzych quiltow, gdzie bylo duzo warstw materialu, ocieplina, fizelina z klejem, etc). Probowalam zmiany ustawien, naprezenia nici, igiel roznych firm, a udalo sie zapanowac nad zrywaniem wlasnie zmieniajac nitke. Akurat mialam kilka szpulek nici Aurifil, ktore kiedys dostalam z okazji blogowego wydarzenia i tak lezaly i czekaly... 

Jak sie spojrzy pod swiatlo na nici roznych firm, to widac jakiej sa jakosci. Im bardziej posiepana, tym gorszej jakosci i latwiej sie bedzie zrywac podczas pikowania (tu pisze o nitkach poliestrowych czy bawelnianych, nie jakichs specjalnych). W porownaniu z nicmi, ktorych uzywalam do tej pory (a uzywam nici dobrych, znanych firm), nitka Aurifil jest idealnie gladka. Oczywiscie nadal bede uzywac innych nici do szycia czy PP (glownie ze wzgledu na cene), ale do pikowania wybiore juz tylko te z gornej polki. Szkoda mi pracy, czasu, siepania i zrywania nitki, wypruwania tego, co przepikowalam, suplenia i niszczenia quiltu.

Dzieki Alexowi z firmy Aurifil dostalam zastaw nici 'Simply Color', pudeleczko z nicmi bawelnianymi i welnianymi oraz dwie karty kolorow:

Thanks to Alex Veronelli from Aurifil I got some goodies: 'Simply Color' collection, box of cotton and wool thread and color cards:





And I have some small treat for you - a quick giveaway open till Monday, 22.10.2014 24:00 CEST

I have 2 spools of Lana Wool thread, 3 solid FQs and a color card for Aurifil cotton thread (as I already have one from the sewalong) and some extra gift in addition :) 
Just write a comment under this post and tell me if you've already tried Aurifil thread (if not, which brand are you using). I will randomly choose the winner on Tuesday. The giveaway is of course open internationally.

Dla tych, ktorzy chcieliby wyprobowac nici Aurifil, mam szybka rozdawajke, ktora bedzie trwala do poniedzialku, do 24:00. 
Do wziecia jest karta kolorow nici bawelnianych Aurifil, 2 szpulki nici welnianych Aurifil i 3 tluste cwiartki (i cos jeszcze w gratisie sie znajdzie ;) Wystarczy napisac komentarz pod postem. Jestem ciekawa, jakich nici uzywacie do szycia i pikowania?
 

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