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Wednesday 1 November 2023

Duomo quilt pattern

 



It's the Duomo quilt pattern release day and I can't be more excited!!!




Ever since I visited the enchanting Duomo in Florence, I knew I had to translate that beauty and all the inspiration into something...and one year later, my Florence fabric collection is almost here as well as the quilt pattern that was inspired with that beautiful marble facade.

 


Here's the mock-up I did in Twin 1, using only 4 prints from the Florence fabric collection, that looks like a meadow garden to me! My plan is to fussy cut the central squares from the Florence (city) print.


And here's the THROW II in same fabrics:


As my Florence fabrics aren't here just yet, I had to use my Wintertale fabric collection, which turned out great, as now I have a beautiful quilt ready to be gifted, just in time for the Holidays. I used flannel backing and can't be more thrilled about this choice!

And I hope that you will join me in my Quilt-along during the month of November by subscribing here, (the subscription box is on the right of my blog) or by visiting my website where you can get the subscription box with a pop-up window or there's the area reserved for that at the bottom of my website's landing page.

Here are the requirements:




QAL schedule:

·       Week One, November 2 - Prep: Choose + Cut Fabrics

·       Week Two, November - Make units and sub-blocks

·       Week Three, November 16 - Make blocks

·       Week Four, November 23 - Quilt top assembly

·       Week Five, November 30 - Finishing



Some more mock-ups:


THROW II in Seedling


And here are some of the beautiful testers versions:


Alicia Jones of Wild Blooms Quilt Co. made the BABY I version in Juniper fabrics:





Sue Vinyard of Vineyard Quilts made the THROW I version in AGF pure solids:



 Debbie Grosskopf made the THROW II version in Mindscape fabrics:

 



Aurora of Atelier Calvet made the scrappy version in BABY size:





Also regarding the FABRIC KITS, here are some of the stores to be kitting this quilt pattern:


Wild Blooms QuiltCo - THROW II in Wintertale



The Grey Finch Company - THROW I in True Blue



Fieldstone fabric - THROW II in Wintertale




Hope to see you joining me during this sew-along!


Happy November!

Katarina

xoxo 

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Duomo quilt sew-along

After a great experience that I had with my first ever organised Winterflake quilt sew along, I thought to offer another sew-along, with the only change that it will be organized via email subscription (totally free) and you will be able to get the videos and other information that way!
You can simply subscribe here, finding the subscription box on the right of my blog or by visiting my website where you can get the subscription box with a pop-up window or there's the area reserved for that at the bottom of my website's landing page.


As with Winterflake and my other tested quilt patterns, I can't thank enough to my amazing pattern testers who helped me so much during this journey. It's been so helpful to share the experience, the opinions and feedback in order to bring the better pattern and sewing results.   
There are so many possibilities to play with only 2 blocks, or just one, upon your liking and preferences. 
This pattern was quite challenging and is absolutely the most extensive pattern I ever wrote, because it has several layouts and sizes, so there was a lot going on behind the scenes, I will not lie. I almost quit with writing it, as I felt exhausted at one point. 

 There is also the BONUS-fat quarter variation for all those pre-cuts lovers.

"Duomo" quilt pattern was inspired with beautiful old tiles from the facade of The Duomo - Catedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - in Florence.

I am so happy to show you some of the versions that will be available.

The pattern will be available on November 1, and the sew-along will commence on November 2, the very next day. 

And November is not just another month; it's my birthday month, and this year, I'm celebrating it with all of you in the most creative way possible! Welcome to the "November Quilt Sew-Along Party!" ๐ŸŽ‰

As the leaves turn golden and the air grows crisp, there's something magical about November that makes it the perfect time to embark on a cozy quilting adventure. 

And here's the twist: this sew-along will run through all five weeks of November, leading up to the most festive time of the year. By the end of it, you'll have a stunning quilt ready to grace your holiday parties and gatherings or maybe to have a perfect gift for that special person in your life.



Why a November Quilt Sew-Along?

 

November is more than just pumpkin spice lattes and Thanksgiving turkey (although those are pretty great too). It's a month of reflection, gratitude, and creativity. By stitching together our own unique quilt, we're not just creating a beautiful piece of art; we're crafting memories, warmth, and a sense of togetherness.


 

Here is the schedule:

·       Week One, November 2 -  Prep: Choose  + Cut Fabricspages 1, 2, 3 and 4

·       Week Two, November - Make units and sub-blocks: pages 5, 6 and 7

·       Week Three, November 16 -  Make block: page 8

·       Week Four, November 23 - Quilt top assembly: pages 9, 10,11, 12 and 13

·       Week Five, November 30 - Finishing: pages 15 and 16


 


What to Expect:

The "November Quilt Sew-Along Party" is designed for quilters of all levels, from beginners eager to learn to seasoned pros looking for a fun project. Here's what you can expect:

Week 1: Gathering Supplies and InspirationCutting and Preparing 

We kick off the party by sharing a list of supplies you'll need. Get ready to rummage through your fabric stash or head to your favorite quilt shop for some themed materials. I'll also dive into the inspiration behind my quilt design. I'll guide you through the process of cutting fabric with precision and care, sharing some tips for obtaining perfect units. But most importantly, I will try to give you some ideas and inspiration for choosing fabrics for your quilt. 

Week 2: Sewing units and Sub-Blocks!

We'll start sewing the units and sub-blocks together, exploring techniques to ensure perfect seams. Don't worry; we'll talk about that elusive scant 1/4-inch seam allowance too!

Week 3: Sewing Blocks!

 This is where the magic begins!

Week 4: Assembling the Quilt Top!

As November draws to a close, we'll assemble the quilt top, bringing all your hard work together. You'll start to see your quilt take shape, and the excitement will build!

Week 5: Quilting and Finishing (Nov 30)


In the final week, we'll delve into basting, quilting, binding and finishing touches. By the end of November, you'll have a beautiful, completed quilt to showcase proudly during the holiday season.

So, mark your calendars, set up your sewing space and prepare to celebrate my birthday month with creativity, camaraderie, and quilting joy. Let's make November unforgettable with the "November Quilt Sew-Along Party!" 

Sign-up for my newsletter to stay tuned for weekly updates, tips, and inspiration. 


Your quilt journey is about to begin, and I can't wait to sew along with you! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿงต

Katarina



Thursday 10 August 2023

Florence illustration

 

Last year, when we had the chance to visit the beautiful city of Florence, I felt so inspired with everything we saw, that I had to draw/paint the city landscape.

I used the combination of watercolor and gouache and I truly enjoyed creating this city landscape and also using it for variety of products: prints, home decor and wallpaper too.

You can find the prints& home decor-stationary products in my Redbubble shop:












The wallpaper is coming in two variations:

In earthy colours and



Original, watercolor   


Spoonflower is offering also a variety of living & decor + bedding products that are great even because the repeat scale can be easily adjusted, upon needs.


So many possibilities to choose from;)

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions,

xx

Katarina


Monday 24 July 2023

Winterflake quilt sew along - final week 6


Hello and welcome to the 6th
 week of the Winterflake quilt sew-along and thank you so much for following along!


Here are the previous posts if you are catching up only now:






- WEEK 5: quilt assembly

You can get my Winterflake quilt pattern any time and make this quilt pattern at your own pace!


This week we are finishing the quilt and I am sharing my process of quilt sandwiching and binding.







Here's the video:





Huge THANKS to everyone following and sewing along!
Till next time,
Katarina