My journey to Europe

I was lucky enough to spent a wonderful  2 weeks this summer visiting some beautiful countries in Europe .  
I'd like to show some pictures expressing some great views 

From Chamonix - France

Ice does amazing sculptures

Clouds and ice with green mountains in the middle 

Back to the reality
down ..... back home 

Down i also saw some nice ideas which will stick in my vision like here, in one clothing shop,they 

Recycle in a very good way using old water pipes 

And this one was at a pizza restaurant


Is that a forgettable chair ?


Weekend project ( cutlery holder )

A dear friend reminded me that I made a holder for her cutlery  but she took it to her home away, and today she misses it very much 

Well I found it a good project to do in the weekend 

I started with used handkerchief as a background and the top fabric. 

I thought this  burgundy wine color with white swirls and light purple flowers will be nice.
I fixed it over the the handkerchief making folds as much as it can hold.

I divided it every 3 inches more or less

 To use the whole background I added another fabric and I added some details  

For hanging over the wall I open 5 buttonholes

I tried it to show how much it can be useful, and to show what can u do  in small places that can accommodate many things 


Paint box finish

Finally, I finished my Paint box , actually the picture of the original block is not there anymore after the update.  

 I did this project with Rawya who finished her quilt on time, and you can see her  beautiful quilt here .

Ok, I was late about month or so  for some reasons, everybody has reasons so you don't need to know about it.

Then time came to find that the measure of the quilt is not enough for my bed , so I add 20 blocks more , and I add white sashing with cornerstones 2.5 " each .

Next problem is the quilting procedure  itself is not easy to me with large quilt, and I need it to cover king size bed .
So I found this tute regarding a technique  called quilt as you go . I divided my quilt into five sections ( maybe two was enough).

I used the" bondaweb" here to glue the three layers together, I added small pieces here and there especially at the edges and used iron to fix it in place, and it was great idea. 

 I added  the patting , bondaweb and then ironing . I added a lot of safety pins, too.

I quilted each section with one inch away from the edges where I should section.

When all section are quilted free motion as you see,

I gathered the faces together without catching the patting or the backing .

I cut all the axes patting just to join each other not overlapping, and run over them with  ladder stitches by hand.

Then, I cut the backing, so one side will overlap the next one and bigger about one inch, then I closed all the wounds 

finally I added my name, starting, ending dates and the name of the quilt on an extra block.

 No No not finished yet

I added another border, YES after all this quilting, I am crazy making large enough to cover the sides of the bed .

my quilt measures 99" * 83"


My neighbour loved the back too much !!!!


Paint box

Week Eight

My blocks were ready many days before now cause I found good time since my computer was under maintenance and I was away from diving through the net. 

So I began to think about adding the sashing in between blocks of my paint box .

I would add whites with prints and not plain color ( I love colors ).

 And I add to the left columns of some blocks .
 by the way I cut them  2.5"
 What about horizontal sashing. Do I make it one print or  scrappy as well? lets see 

No I need more scrapes and some corner stones which I chose light green with polka dots for them .

Ok me and Rawya are working at the same project so follow her here and add your comments please.



Visualizing contrast

When I mention " Tomorrow I will start to fix sashing in between" in the previous post I was totally wrong. 
Still I have to collect the background fabric, measure, cut and then add to the block . It's long way than tomorrow .

I spent the whole morning check the colors value whether dark, medium or light which is what the book call it  visualizing contrast .

One way is to look through red cellophane or use a reducing tool like door peephole .
Or making black and white photocopy which I did 

This is the last version of dark, medium and lights blocks of my paint box   


Paint box / Week Five

For two weeks I haven't uploaded any pictures of my Paint Box blocks , well here I am back with the news of finishing all the 80 blocks .

Yes Rawya did it a few days before me and started a farther  step. 

Here are the last 8 blocks finished today.

Tomorrow I will start to fix sashing in between 


Paint box / Week four

Here is my blocks for this week, although I did not finish all 10 blocks, but I am not too far.  

I'll be going to the desert today, so I took an early shot for the ready 8 blocks of paint box in advance . 

"A" for Apple that I ate 3 of them beside other fruits and vegetables as d toxic plan day two. 

Let's see my friend Rawya did this week .


What a mess!!!   especially I am wearing dark blue trousers 

That's why many ladies you see on the net wear an apron to prevent all the mess . 

After squaring look at the mat 

So I brought a piece of tape and taped here and there and ta DA

Happy, clean ending ,very easy right ? 


To clean any carpet full of threads, hair or just to give it a fresh look use the same tape tip and it will turn to a new one.


Paint box / week 3

Week three 

 My colors for paint box this week ranged between browns, beige , yellow and skin colors this week and I added some flowers here and there so I feel fresh and keep them happy block .


I hope Rawya will show hers today so lets check here 


Tips for cutting

Today I would  like to share with you the way I cut the stripes of Paint Box which I do with Rawya  in the easiest way as possible in my vision. 

since I cut every two blocks in the same time, same sizes , multicolored, it takes too much time,I admitted I was confused at   the beginning with my first four blocks .  

then I came up with an idea when I displayed paper stripes in order of the way the pattern had to be 

I cut the fabrics according to the color and size I want,  and I cover the paper of that stripe 

This way I finished and began to sew the first row around the middle square 

I found also if I make  no 7 and stripe no 8 bigger than the original size , will give me more space to square my block in the correct size 

So I cut no 7 to the long of 6" and to the width of 1 1/2"
and no 8 to the long of 7" and width of 1 1/2"


In the end a happy block with no extra fabric and exact size is ready to wait patiently to be a part of Paint box