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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sewing with Skopelos fabrics


Looks like I have a plan�� #Skopelosfabrics #artgalleryfabrics  #katarinaroccella

In a few days Skopelos fabric collection will hit shelves of the quilt stores and I am trying my best to make a few quilt and garment samples out of my strike offs. Beside that, I am also trying to make 2 new PDF patterns. One will be for the "Lola drawstring bag" (on the following pictures)...

Adding the cords and ready to shoot☺️ #Loladrawstringbag #katarinaroccella #artgalleryfabrics #Skopelosfabrics #skopelosfabric

I might be overgramming but I had to post this last picture of the #Loladrawstringbag with a peekaboo appletini ( #PureElementsolids ) lining �� #Skopelosfabrics #katarinaroccella #artgalleryfabrics #skopelosfabric #bag #patchwork

...and one for the new Quilt pattern that will probably be called Greeka (like four of the geometric prints).

Tagged by @lilysquilts here is my #widrn - my improvisational #quilt with #Skopelosfabrics is pieced and I will work on adding the borders today. I am tagging @sharonhollanddesigns @jessica_alex and @mvquilts �� #katarinaroccella #artgalleryfabrics #

When I say I am trying, I really mean that, because life sometimes get too crazy and trying is the best I can do.

On the other exciting side, I will have some sneak peaks of my upcoming lines, very soon.
I hope that you are following me on IG, because I am more active over there :)
Happy spring!!!
Katarina

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Skopelos fabrics strike offs!!!

@artgalleryfabrics created this beautiful hexi composition with prints from my spring collection - Skopelos, available in April 2015 You can see better preview on theirs website, link in @artgalleryfabrics profile #skopelosfabric #artgalleryfabrics #agfco

I was so excited when I finally received some strike offs of my third collection for Art Gallery fabrics- Skopelos.

  Skopelos strike offs

If you are reading my blog, you would know that we are choosing Skopelos island as our summer Vacation spot, over and over again. We are so in love with that beautiful Greek island and that's why I had to use that inspiration for my newest fabric collection.
Later today, you will be able to see the full preview of my 3rd fabric collection, Skopelos. It's inspired by this gorgeous Greek island, it's gorgeous architecture, rich florals, sand and the sea. ❤️ #skopelosfabric #skopelos #agfcomingsoon #inspiration
I hope that you will be able to feel that magnetism that Skopelos has for me and that you will enjoy using the Skopelos prints for your creations!!!

Here are some more Strike offs pics...more of that soon :)

#skopelosfabric all prints�� #artgalleryfabrics #KatarinaRoccella #fabrics

The sea palette of #Skopelosfabric, all ten prints #KatarinaRoccella #artgalleryfabrics

The land palette of my #Skopelosfabric, available next month�� #KatarinaRoccella #artgalleryfabrics

Good morning!!! Are you ready for the #skopelosfabric overgramming? Let's start with my favourite print- poppies on watercolor stripe ( called paparounes Crimson ) and Greeka blenders �� #KatarinaRoccella #artgalleryfabrics

Here are the same prints in second more subtle colorway �� #skopelosfabric #KatarinaRoccella #artgalleryfabrics

xx, Katarina

Monday, 23 February 2015

Birchen quilt - AGF stitched

Birchen quilt top

I had a pleasure of being part of an amazing group of people creating the Birchen quilt, which is a new and exciting collaboration between Fat Quarter shop and Art Gallery Fabrics, called AGF Stitched.
You can find out a bit more about that collaboration HERE.

You can watch the entire clip here:



and get the pattern HERE
 
Of course, I wanted to do something, mixing both of my lines:
Indelible and Recollection.

Finally into something new and exciting!!! #RecollectionFabrics #indeliblefabrics #artgalleryfabrics  #quilt #fabrics


Birchen quilt top

You can see my top finished.....and a few WIP pics....

Birchen quilt top

Birchen quilt top




I really loved the pattern, and appreciated very much Kimberly's suggestions and methods (like doing HSTs with triangles on a roll ) and I highly recommend it.
You can see many variations of this pattern, in combinations of beautiful AGF fabrics, just go to this post, to discover them all.
There is also an Aurifil giveaway included, so be sure to enter it!

Birchen quilt top

Can't wait to quilt and bind it! :)
xo, Katarina

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Cross stitched rose hoop

The progress made on my #pixelrose #cross-stitch #hoop. Hopefully it will be finished soon☺️ #aurifil #floss #embroidery #craft

During this Xmas period, we were visiting my husband's family in Italy.
It was the great opportunity for me to enjoy some spare time and do some stitchery.
I used my Pixel rose quilt pattern as guide to create this stitched piece.

pixel rose front cover

Here is the finished piece:


And all the gorgeous floss, the numbers:

2410
2425
2435
2225
2530
4030
2830
2370
2845
4644

Aurifil floss matching Recollection

Aurifil floss matching Recollection

I am not sure if I ever shared the stitched banner I did for my Recollection wall (for the Quilt Market in Houston), as that was the opportunity to get all the beautiful matching Aurifil floss.

This #cross #stitching piece is one that took most of my time ( more than quilt making!) and it was left unfinished , just partly done...but I was able to use all of the gorgeous shades of #aurifil #floss and it made me so happy

Here is the corner of the banner, unfinished (it took so much time to stitch and I had to send it over to US), that was the great excuse to attach the gorgeous wooden Aurifloss spools to it.

2014 Fall Quilt Market

The image was previously printed on the cloth, and it gave me a good base for the cross stitching.
Hope that you feel inspired:)
Katarina

Friday, 30 January 2015

Meet Noa!



Hello!!!

This has been as far my longest absence from blogging and I apologize for that.
Sometimes, I can hardly find the time to do the bare necessities and I can just hope that it may somehow be changed.
I have some very important exams to do regarding my PhD studies + finalizing new fabric collection, so it's taking a lot of my time, lately.

Other new thing in my life is that we have a puppy!
His name is Noa(h) and he is the cutest Golden retriever. The kids are so happy!!!The strangest coincidence was to discover that we share the same day of birth.
So, I will have a BD buddy ;)

Happy circle!!!�� #RecollectionFabrics #AGF #ArtGalleryFabrics #KatarinaRoccella



My latest fabric collection Recollection is available everywhere and seeing all the amazing creations by other people, makes me very happy. If you are using flickr, please share yours in the Recollection fabrics Flickr group pool, as I would love to see them :)

xx, Katarina

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy Holidays!!!!




I wish you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and very Happy, joyous and creative New Year!!
xo,
Katarina

Friday, 19 December 2014

Fringe poncho tutorial -2 styles


Fringe ponchos

If you are on of those people willing to try knits , but have fear of this stretchy fabric, then this is the perfect project for you. It's suitable for kids and adults as well. It comes in 2 different versions :)


4 years ago, I wrote about THIS great project with knits (it would make a perfect gift), so maybe you can try that one as well? So easy!!!

Anyway, back to the fringe poncho and sewing with knits: the most important thing is to use ball point needle (for stretchy jersey and knit fabrics) and to be sure, that according to your needle size and thread that you will use, to adjust the thread tension on your machine. For the parts of your clothes that will need some stretching, use the zig zag stitch or the twin needle. That's basically all you need to know for the begging, the rest is all about practice and experience ;)


Once I started using a serger I fell in love with sewing knits! It's something else!!! But, luckily, this tutorial has barely 2-3 straight stitches, and you will not need a serger for that. What I love about knits is that the hem is easy-rolling (the fabric edge gets rolled up), this means that for some projects you don't need hem finishing (which for some people can be very nerve wracking).

So let's get started!  

Fringe ponchos

You will need: 

- 1 - 1. 5 yard of jersey knit fabric (depending on the size)
- scissors  
- rotary cutter (with sharp blade)
- sewing machine  
- stretch needle 70/10 
- thread
- pins 
- paper adhesive tape

It is very important to determine the measurements for the poncho:
1. for the width  <--->
2. for the length  ^

You can maybe understand it better if looking at this picture (that's from my kaftan tutorial )



Take those measurements from your child (or you) or from the person that you are sewing this for, using the tape measure. According to that buy/cut the knit.

You should know that knit comes in very abundant width of 58/60", which is great for all the garment projects and sizes.

Fringe poncho toddler version

So looking at the above picture, you will notice that the 58/60" width of the fabric ( my cutting mat is 36 x 24") was cut to 44".
That way I got the square of 44x44".
I have used the same 44x44" fabric piece for both types-styles of poncho.

So let's see the STYLE #1 first, rectangle poncho fringe, great for toddlers!

RECTANGLE FRINGE PONCHO-style 1

Step 1. Cut the fabric upon your measurements.
The width of the fabric - 58/60" will be left like that for XL women size. All the smaller sizes are to be determined by the wrist to wrist measurement. My 7 yrs old daughter has the wrist to wrist measurement of 44", so that was my width cut. The length of the fabric is to be determined by the desired length of the poncho, doubled (for front+back). I wanted the poncho for my daughter to be 22" long, so I used 44" as length. That's why and how I got the 44x44" square.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 2. Place your piece of the knit fabric on the cutting surface, folded in half width wise (to find the center) and cut out the neck opening that is approx. 3 x 0.5" (once opened the fabric it will be 6 x 0.5") like shown on the picture. If you are cutting in smaller sizes cut it to be full opening 4-5" x 0.5". If cutting it in bigger sizes, cut it to be full opening 7" x 0.5"

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Step 3. Fold the fabric lengthwise (be precise with finding the center), so that the cut hole can be further cut in order to obtain the round shaped neckline. You can use some round shape to help you with cutting it perfectly. I have cut it at 2.5".

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 4. This is the neckline we got. As many people have problem with making nice, round shape hemmed neckline, we will make the turtle neck. To create that, we need the additional wide fabric strip - rectangle.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 5. You can determine yourself how long you wish the turtle neck to be. As I've cut my fabric width from 58" to 44", I had the leftover strip of 14", so I used that as the length.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 6. To obtain the other, bigger measure of the rectangle, measure the circumference of the neckline opening. In my case it was 19". To that measure add 1/2" for the seam allowance(1/4"+1/4").

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 7. So, my rectangle was measuring 14 x 19. 5". Be sure to match the fabric print direction.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 8. Sew the rectangle on the shorter sides, right sides inside.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 9. You can decide if you want to leave the final hem rolled (like I did) or you can fold the edge and hem it using the zig zag stitch or double straight stitch (with twin needle).

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 10. Pin and sew the other side of the turtle neck "tube" to the neckline, right sides together. Start pinning and sewing from the center of the back side where you will position the seam.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 11. Your turtle neck is done.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 12. Now the fringes.

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Step 12. You have to determine the side seams (in my picture it's shown with pink ribbon). The best way to do that is to place any regular tee-shirt and add approx. 2" all way around, as shown in the picture.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 13. Using the paper adhesive tape, define the cutting edges. Start cutting the narrow strips, about 0.5" wide.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 14. Fold the poncho in half width wise, to transfer the defined shape to the other side.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 15. With the sewing machine, sew a stitch along the inside side of the adhesive tape.

Fringe poncho toddler version

Step 16. Remove the adhesive tape and you are done!!!!

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Again, if you don't like unfinished sleeve hems, just fold the edge and hem it using the zig zag stitch or double straight stitch (with twin needle).

Fringe poncho toddler version

Fringe ponchos

Fringe ponchos

 RECTANGLE FRINGE PONCHO-style2

Step 1. Cut the fabric upon your measurements.
The width of the fabric - 58/60" will be left like that for XL women size. All the smaller sizes are to be determined by the wrist to wrist measurement. My teenage daughter has the wrist to wrist measurement of 50", so that was my width cut. The length of the fabric is to be determined by that same measurement, as it has to be the square. That's why and how I got the 50x50" square for this style. This is equivalent to an S adult size.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 2.  Fold the fabric square on the diagonal square line in order to obtain triangular shape. Place your piece of the knit fabric on the cutting surface, folded in half width wise (to find the center) and cut out the neck opening that is approx. 3 x 0.5" (once opened the fabric it will be 6 x 0.5") like shown on the picture. If you are cutting in smaller sizes cut it to be full opening 4-5" x 0.5". If cutting it in bigger sizes, cut it to be full opening 7" x 0.5"
Fringe poncho triangle version

I made this style as an example of 0 sewing involved, for people that can't sew.
That's why on the following pictures, I have left the neckline just as it is, round-shaped.
To make the round shaped neckline, repeat the step 3. from the first rectangle style #1.
For the turtle neck, repeat the steps 4-11 from the first rectangle style #1.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 12. You now only need to determine the fringe length using the adhesive paper tape.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 13. You can make to yourself (like I did) some cutting marks on the mat, that will help you with the cutting direction of the fringes, as you are changing angle, going toward the center line.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 14. Using the paper adhesive tape, define the cutting edges. Start cutting the narrow strips, about 0.5" wide.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 15. Fold the poncho in half width wise, to transfer the defined shape to the other side. Cut the fringes all way around.

Fringe poncho triangle version

Step 16. Remove the adhesive tape and you are done!!!!

The second version of #fringeponcho ( more adult ) is done as well. Tutorial writing to follow.... Have a great day!!!!�� #recollectionfabrics #wearefabrics #katarinaroccella #knits #artgalleryfabrics

Happy sewing!
Katarina