Monday, August 3, 2015

Exhibit "The 5th Element" at 2015 Mega Artesanal

Still at the Mega Artesanal 2015 in SãoPaulo, Brazil. 
This great exhibition is a collection of quilts curated by Ciça Mora. I had a chance to meet Ciça and she told me that she has a Facebook group that works on a yearly theme and than she shows the quilts on large shows like this one. I was very impressed by the beauty and quality of the work. I am very temped to joint her group. The 2015 project is due soon, so maybe I will  be able to participate in 2016. 
Below is a small sample of the art work for "The Fifth Element."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mega Artesanal 2015

From July 1-5 2015, The Mega Artesanal happened in São Paulo, Brazil. I was there this time of the year and took advantage to see it for myself. I went on Friday and it was very busy with loads of people. If you go next year, do buy your ticket on line to avoid major lines every where. Also, take the FREE van (please note the high light on FREE), from the Jabaquara subway station there, they will leave you at the door and you take that back again to the subway. It is a fair for all kinds of crafts.
Nice store for quilt patterns

Early morning, I could still walk around there.

I see my home town featured on the banner for trips

My favorite new magazine in Brazil (it is in Portuguese, only the name is in English)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Inspirations from Leuven

Leuven City Hall
Leuven is a small college town just  30 minutes train ride east of Brussels, Belgium. It is absolutely gorgeous and worth a visit. It is easy to be inspired here. 
Some of the beautiful manholes around town

Church window at St. Damian's Church
There is a beautiful quilt and yarn store at "Paris Street". Just in the center of town. Since it is a small town, it is hard to miss.
The name is : 't Wolwinketje - Parijstraat 25, B-3000 - Leuven.
If you stay around, you will also find other yarn stores and fabric stores. But this is the one I ended up buying some yarns and Danish fabrics.

't Wolwinkeltje

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Plus Blocks

6 inches "Plus Block"
My quilting Bee, "The Cotton Pickin Bee" is making this block as an exchange. For this one, we are making the blocks 6 inches finished "(so they are 6.5" unfinished.) Each person can make up to 40 blocks and we will exchange them on our next meeting.
The construction of this block is very simple. It uses 2.5 inches strips, so if you have some pre-cuts that size, you can sew them in no time at all.
What you need for 1 block:
2 fabrics, one main color fabric and one background. We have decided that the background should be light.
Cut: Background fabric: 4 - 2.5 inches squares

Main color: 2 - 2.5 inches squares
                                 1 - 2.5 by 6.5 inches rectangle

Sewing the blocks is very easy. Use the 1/4 inch seam. Sew a background piece to each side of the main color squares. Press the seams to the main color.
Add the main color rectangle in between the 2 new 3 pieces rectangle you just sewn, press, trim to size if needed and you are done and done.
Enjoy, this is an easy and beautiful block.
I am linking this to Esther's quilt blog WIP's

I did modify construction a little, I cut these 2.5 by 5 inches, sew them together and than cut the new strip into 2.5 inches which gave the 2 pieces I need for the top and bottom of the main color rectangle. Don't let this confuse you. All I did is to cut the fabrics into rectangles and sew and cut.  I did not cut any squares as above.
trimming the unit into 2 top and bottom rectangles

Sewing the last seam. The purple thang shows how I mach the seams to make sure it all is lined up. The main color rectangle is underneath.

Some of the finished blocks

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yarn stores in Granada and Seville, Spain

Just back from a trip to Seville and Granada in Spain where I had a chance to visit some nice yarn stores among site seeing.
I did buy some nice yarn and almost finished a scarf on the way home. Long trip due to weather.
In Granada, I visited:

"Home suit home"
Calle San Anton 10 Bajo
18012 Granada
 phone: 958521995
Granada, Spain

The store has some nice yarns AND fabrics. There is an area for classes and it is very close to the historic center, so if you are around the center area, it is just a few steps away.
I did buy some cotton yarn  "Katia Arte" which is MADE in Spain. How cool is that!
There is a yarn store at "Gran Vie de Colon" near "porta de Elvira;" but I did not manage to get there when the store was opened. I did buy yarn there in the past.

The address:
Lanas Ricardo
Pie de la Torre, 4
Zona Centro, Granada

Next, it was Seville. There I went to "Lanas Esther" where the ladies that own the place make you feel very welcome and are very helpful. I did buy more cotton yarn, this time "Katia Thahiti Beach" in 2 different colors (this is a variegated thread), and another ribbon type thread that is acrylic but looks like cotton.  I bought "Katia Jedi" to make a cool top that the ladies where kind enough to write down the directions for me. I can't wait to make this one. But it has to wait a little longer so I can finish some other projects.

The address:
Lanas Esther
Calle Madre Ràfols, 3
41011 Sevilla, Spain
+34 954 45 56 94
Plaza de Spain in Seville

Barrio Remedios in Seville
Lanas Esther as photographed by DH.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler block I-10

I am a member of a Yahoo group that is making the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt.
I have been part of this group for a long time. I have stopped making blocks for quite a few months and recently have started working on this 6.5 inches blocks. There are 140 blocks. 
Linda is the moderator and she is awesome. She helps with all kinds of problems including posting blocks for us when we run into trouble. Thanks Linda.
Linda picks a block for the members to make each week; and if you post your block by Saturday of that week on the Yahoo site, your name is entered on a lottery to win a pretty pin at the end of the month. (I have not won, yet !!!). 
The instructions to make the block are on the book by the same name. 
This week it is a block that I had cut the pieces for it about 3 years ago; and had not sewn it together. But today, I took the challenge and finished it.
It is block I-10 called "Rocky Road to Dublin" found on page 62 of the book.
I had made a couple of the green and white units; but they were not turning well. So, I had to go to a better plan. This is how I solved my problem with the small curve. 
I started with a bigger curve.
pinning the 2 pieces together

sewing using 1.5 stitch length and going slow
units sewn but not trimmed or pressed, so the little pleats are shown around the seam.

I had sewn this one 3 years ago with regular stitch length (not so good)

Made a paper template to trim down to size and used a ruler to trim to size as almost seen on the left

Block conquered and I feel so much better
I have not remade the older green/white units. Just to show how much better it got after 3 years.

***Oh happy dance*** I just found out that I won the pin this month. I can't wait to see it.
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Life of Plenty from Jeni's blog

A Life of  Plenty quilt
This gorgeous quilt was a quilt along from this blog linked here:

Jeni has posted the patterns for the blocks on her website: 

and the directions to make the blocks on her blog.
 So do go to both to figure out the block size and so on.
 Her quilt pictured above, is a really pretty quilt made with cotton and wool. 
I am not near close to make all the blocks; but I have all the patterns. I am using only cottons in spring colors for my blocks.
The photo above is from her March 19th, 2015 post if you want to see it there.