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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bolgger's Quilt Festival

Hi everyone,

I am popping-in here to take part in wonderful Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy, of Amy's Creative Side ! It's a great quilting community that I love to visit and wanted for a while to participate in the festival too and somehow always missed the deadline...Well, this time I am right "under the buzzer" too, but made it!
My share is a wall hanging that I finished some time ago  but never really talked about - it is an easy, bargello-style quilt made using wonderful color-gradation fabrics (or ombre fabric as they call them).
Do you like and use these fabrics? I really, really LOVE them and use them in many things. Hmmm...should I show you my ombre stash? Oh, well, why not:
Yeah, a whole shelf full of them. Did I mention I like ombres? he..he...

But back to my wall hanging. Once I created the bargello, the name just popped in my head - Still Waters. Have no idea why that exactly, but that is what stuck, so that is how I call it. Once that was in place, something called for some Japanese irises...and few pictures from a garden catalog later, some tracing paper and fusible interfacing and applique was set - time to quilt!

From the stash of all the yummy Aurifil threads I have, these seemed like a good choice - agree? I wanted to quilt some water textures, but not just overall design. I didn't really have the most clear idea what exactly but I just "dove-in"...It was one of those night, when you just have to go and do it. So I did.





All in all, I was happy how it turned out!
I took some more pictures out in my backyard:






Oh, in my house, it lives in the family room for now, right above big boy Marley's favorite couch spot:
I also love teaching this easy bargello method with ombre fabric. Next time I will show you some photos from few of my classes - so many amazing creative possibilities that my students came up with!
Would you do one of these? Would a tutorial be a good idea?

Thank you for spending some time with me during the Blogger's Quilt Festival ! I am on to some more blog-visiting with other participants,
have a happy, spooky Halloween,
Marija

Monday, October 28, 2013

Today is the day...(there is a giveway in here, so read on!)


YES! Today is the day to start blogging in a different way!

You heard my whining and my apologies and my..."whatevers" about being MIA from my blog, not posting for a long time...bla, bla...
I thought long and hard about this, and here are few "earth-shattering" (NOT!) conclusions I came up with:
1. I LOVE blogs! Love reading them, love writing one!

2. I do feel ALL the time how I have lots to share, to say, to comment, to teach, to inspire...even? (I hope)

3. So - why am I not doing it?? Many reasons probably, but I think my main reason is - I over-think things. I fret about what to write and if it is worth writing and then life takes over (read: time to write is "eaten" by hose chores or silly things or...). Mostly - I over-think things.

4. What is one to do? Quit? NO, definitely NOT. Why not? Because I really, really like blogging! :)



So, you probably guessed by now, it is time to - Change! :)

Of course that is easier said than done, but I do have some ideas and I also would appreciate your input, of course. Here is what I have in mind:

- I will write blog posts as they come - some short, some longer, some silly, some actually useful...the whole shebang. (is that even a word?) There will be quilts, fabrics, dog-walks, nature photos...
- However - lets not leave everything to chaos! I would love to have some regular features here and that is where I would love your input! Here is what I have in mind so far:

- Beat the Monday blues - color/fabric/idea inspirations - giving a color-scheme, ideas about some fabric group, inspiration from nature or cyber-space, to get you going in the new week

- Tuesday Each-one-teach-one - a short tutorial or a tip about some of the basic quilting/sewing techniques (I teach beginners and other quilting classes for a long time now and love to share many good tips and basic techniques)

- Wednesday WIP (Work In Progress) - this is something going on other blogs too - reporting from my sewing room, what am I working on, etc. - mine would be with occasional tutorial for a whole project, like I did several times before

- Weekend wanderings - anything goes - from quilting tutorials and sewing to traveling logs, cooking, dogs or..who knows! :)

Now, I don't think I will be a super-woman and start ALL of these right away (although ideas are plenty, trust me - time is always my enemy!) but I will do at least one, or two soon - and if you would let me know what you think, what you would love to see or even have a new suggestion, I would be so, so, so grateful!!
Wait, not just grateful - I will have a giveaway too! How is some thread, some fabric and some inspiration (book or magazine), for a reward?

 My favorite thread - Aurifil (loved these colors so much, I have duplicate!), some fall-inspiring fabric (1 yard) and fall issue of The Quilter magazine - all for one lucky winner!

So - leave me your vote on above suggestions, or your own suggestion by the end of this week (Sunday, midnight, EST) and I will draw a winner on Monday, November 4th
THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR INPUT!

Wishing you a wonderful end of October week,
Marija
PS - in case you are wondering, photos here are of quilts I made quite some time ago and gave my mom. This summer we went back to Serbia to visit and I took some long over-due photos! Look for "Letters from Motherland" blog posts, I will tell you a lot about our trip. :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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