Sunday, April 13, 2014

Did you check it out??

...my blog post on the Quilty Pleasures blog?

My butterfly garden quilt turned out fantastic!  I love the bright butterflies set against the softer background fabrics.

I freehand quilted this quilt using Superior So Fine! thread in a matching colour.  


It sure was fun making this quilt.  I'm already working on my second assignment...I'll reveal some of those details in the coming days.

Happy Quilting!
Nadia

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Suspense is Getting to Me.....

OMG! I love how my Scrap Squad version of Summer Love quilt for Quiltmaker Magazine looks!  It will be revealed soon!  Stay tuned for the blog post at Quilty Pleasures blog!  I wish I could show you now..the suspense is getting the best of me!!

In the meantime...check out my SS sister's first post...her version is awesome!

How about a little teaser??  Here are some of the fabrics included in my quilt....
some fabrics...

...and I can't resist showing you a picture of my baby...my 6 month old standard poodle puppy 'Sunny'...she is so adorable...look at those eyes!  If you look close you can see how her eyelashes curl back...


Look at those dreamy eyes!

 
Happy Quilting!
Nadia

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Binding...by Hand or Machine?

I love attaching binding by hand to my quilts.  I feel it finishes my quilts so nicely. I machine stitch the binding to the front of the quilt, almost matching the cut edge, flip the binding to the back and hand stitch it in place using a fine thread to hide the stitches.  I find the process very calming and a great opportunity to reflect upon the quilt I am making.  I enjoy my time hand stitching the binding to the back of my quilts.  (I know, I know...I must be crazy or something).

I'm not a complete hand stitching snob....I have tried machine stitching the binding to wall hangings and smaller throws, but I never really felt the connection to finishing my quilt.  I could never get the machine seam line to fall where it should.  I agree, it is a faster process finishing the binding by machine, but it never really has caught on with me.

This morning I was reading through some blogs (I love surfing through quilty related blogs and seeing what everyone is up to) and I came across the latest post on the Quiltmaker Magazine blog..."Quilty Pleasures".  I was reading the post from a fellow Scrap Squadder (2013), and a line caught my eye.  Christa (Hi Christa!), wrote that she "still is in love with Susie's Magic Binding Technique".   Well, I thought who is Susie and what is this technique she is writing about??  I clicked on the link and read the tutorial.  Wow.... as I was reading all I could think of was I could do this and I can see how accurate my stitching line may be.  So here you have it....this technique, found here, sounds rather interesting!  I will try this out on a smaller wall hanging to see if I really do like it.  Thanks Christa for sharing yet another lesson with us!


I'd love to hear your experiences...Have you tried using this technique to finish projects?  If so, how do you like it?  Any recommendations for someone who is about to try it?

Happy Sewing!
Nadia

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Guess What??! Guess What??!

........drum roll.........

I've made the cut for Quiltmaker Magazine's 2014 Scrap Squad!!  I applied for this opportunity back in December, and was offered a spot just the other day...of course I enthusiastically accepted!!  Have a look here to see the 2013 Scrap Squad.  I am looking forward to this exciting new adventure, meeting my fellow SS cohort and blogging about my journey as it unfolds in the year to come.

What is a Scrap Squad you ask?? 
http://www.quiltmaker.com/articles/QM_Scrap_Squad?idx=8480
Short description:  FUN!

Long description:  it is a group of readers/quilters who love to make scrap quilts.  They get one pattern from each issue of Quiltmaker Magazine ahead of time and they make a scrappy version of the quilt and blog about it on 'Quilty Pleasures', the blog at Quiltmaker Magazine!  They blog about their journey.....what worked [or what didn't work] for them, their colour choices, their decisions, techniques used and whatever else comes up....and of course....taking and posting pictures of their work as it progresses through the quilt making process. 

http://www.quiltmaker.com/index.html
 
Now...isn't this just the BESTEST way EVER to start a new year???  Leave me a comment and let me know if you'll be following me on the blog as I begin this new journey! 

Happy Sewing!
Nadia
Scrap Squad 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I have some exciting news....


 
...but I'm not going to say anything yet! 

EEEEK!  I am so excited!!!

Stay tuned for details that will soon follow....

Happy Sewing,
Nadia

Friday, January 3, 2014

Alterations!


Yes, it's true...

I'm starting to take in alteration work again!  I took a break from doing alteration work to pursue finishing my Master's degree...

If you need any alterations done to your ready to wear clothing, send me a note and we will set up a time for you to come on over.  ***By appointment only***

Looking for someone to sew your project for you?  I can do that too...contact me and let's talk about what you need done. 

Happy Sewing!
Nadia

A New Year...A New Project...or Two!

Hello 2014! 


www.nadiawilsondesigns.com
check out my website!
This is going to be the year of more quilting and sewing time!  I have a number of new projects I've been thinking about starting, ordered a few more kits and fabrics and have been thoroughly inspired with planning and designing a new series of quilt hangings that have been on the back burner for far too long. I'm pretty excited and focusing more energy into my adventures!  I have my website up and running again...check it out at www.nadiawilsondesigns.com and let me know what you think!  I would love to hear your comments and/or suggestions. 

Happy Sewing!
Nadia