Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we forget...

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
Letter to Anzac Morthers
Ataturk, 1934

Lest we forget...

Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday Makers!#35

Hi all!
Hope you had a wonderful week.
The weather has been horrible here; crazily rainy, stormy windy, ice cold...I envy you who live in the Northern hemisphere. I already miss spring even the winter hasn't showed its real face yet. For now, I am dreaming of the Turkey and Europe trip we will be going in early July. It will be for a month and I am pretty sure I will get enough sun to soak up into my bones!
Now to Monday Makers!
Have you seen my scattered colours table runner yet? It turned out really nice and for today's new project, I am planning to start a pair of place mats to match with the table runner. I don't have any left overs from the colours I have used in the runner but there are plenty of other nice colours which I can match. In the end, who doesn't like lots of bright colours anyway?
So, here is my finish from Monday Makers!#33
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Scattered colours table runner

I will shock you with this post because I will actually blog about a finished project- hurray!!

Couple of weeks ago, I started this table runner as a quick and easy project. As usual, it took me a while to finish it but a late finish is still a finish and I am happy about it.
I want to share some details about this project with you.
Some of you might already know and follow Alex of Teaginny Designs. I came up with Alex on Flickr first and immediately I started following her blog too. Alex is creating beautiful quilts and other home decor items made with improvisation technique. There are so many photos of her beautiful and inspiring projects both on Flickr and on her blog. When I was going through her Flickr photos, I saw the picture of her book called Improvising Tradition. It immediately grabbed my attention with its title and cover photo and I didn't hesitate to buy my own copy.
In her book, Alex is teaching you how to combine some traditional patterns with strip piecing, strata piecing and slice and insert techniques and make 18 beautiful, modern projects. For someone like me who feels nervous when it comes to applying improvisation techniques, this books takes the pressure of you by taking you through the projects step by step with great photos and illustrations and explanation.
So, to get started, I chose the scattered colours table runner project.
I fell in love with this table runner when I first saw it on Flickr and since then, had been thinking about making one.
I had some Kona charcoal and lots of 10 inch Kona precuts in beautiful colours. After some playing with the colours, I chose a nice mustard yellow like in the photo, a pink and a neon green. And, made this.
To be honest, I was a little nervous when I was slicing my strips for the coloured inserts. As much as I tried to let it go, I think I (unconsciously) chose to be on the safer side and most of the time centred my inserts. As a result, my inserts look quite organised and grouped rather than scattered LOL.
 I love the neon effect of pink and green and also love how yellow creates the balance between the colours.
For quilting, I chose to do straight stitching because I wanted the quilting to have the least effect on the overall look of the runner. I chose to bind it with the charcoal, as Alex says in her book too, to take the attention to the coloured inserts.
You can find the Jewel Box Coasters projects from her book as a free download at Sew Mama Sew's blog. 
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Thank you!