Thursday, February 9, 2017

Any day spent sewing is a good day! My new carry all bag.

Made one more Ultimate carry all bag, really pleased with these colors and embroidery design.

Full description, tutorial and and pattern for the bag is on Craftsy.

More details in my video.

 I divided one long separated zipper for two: one for the top of the bag and one for the exterior pocket. All you need is remove some teeth and add the puller.
If you are planning to make this bag, you might be interested to purchase this tutorial and supply kit 2 in 1; place your order in my store. Please, leave me note or email for your color choice and I will pick up zippers for you and matching colors for vinyl clear bags:

Happy sewing!

Natalie Quiltessa

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I am so heartbroken today...

Another trip to Gatlinburg today added some sad news about our close neighbor. She was the 14-th victim of the wildfire, which we didn't know then.
May Vance, 75, of Gatlinburg. She died of a heart attack related to smoke inhalation. According to her obituary, Mrs. Vance enjoyed gardening, sewing, trips to the beach, animals, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

We saw the wreath and flowers on the rock wall when we first were allowed to come there,

but thought it was their tribute to their beloved lost house, where they lived permanently for many years... Wrong. They were married for 60 years and she passed away on her husband's birthday.
Here's her husband's talking. 

I met May in person several years ago. We talked sometimes, when were walking out our dogs. She had Peanut,  such an adorable little yorkie dog, and I was with Murphy. They loved their place, it's been always nicely decorated, pretty figurines in front of the house, lovely flower baskets... On the day of the fire my husband and me went out to see what was going on when the fire sparked on the electric pole and power went off. May also came there with Peanut, she was wearing blue T-shirt with Air Force sign on it,- that's how i remember seeing her that day. We talked a little bit and all came back home. That was the last time we saw her. So sad.
Their house was just next door to the "Angel's landing" property, I was telling the story about in one of my previous posts.

Gatlinburg fire: Ski Mountain road

Today we could see some progress in Chalet Village. A lot of machinery, excavators, trucks cleaning the mess of tremendous fire destruction.

And lots of stars for inspiration everywhere:

She was in my list of neighbors who I was going to make a memory quilt to. Now it will be also in a memory of her for the family.

Introducing our new family member: Jack. Jack Patton

Jack was born literally next day after we lost our house in a wildfire in Gatlinburg. New life replaces the loss! He is adorable puppy! Golden retriever with some lab mix.

I know, it will not last long, he is growing up fast, but I designed and made this kangaroo carrier for him; it helps me to carry him around hands free! It's also fluffy, soft and comfy! He loves it a lot!
Then I made one more...
and more....

I guess, I need to write the instructions too! I will!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Elegant DIY clutch

I just love this pattern! Made one more clutch, now with elegant dress and sewing notions fabric theme.
The size of the bag is 9 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 5".
It has three zippered pockets inside, not sewn to the bottom, so you can keep some flat items underneath, such as ruler, templates , patterns or so.
The lining of the bag is made of aluminized coating ironing pad fabric, so it can be used for small applique or piecing projects, when miniature iron is needed. When ironing, fusible web is melting and easily sticks to the regular fabric this pad has a special coating, which protects it from sticking. If it accidentally happens, you can easily remove the fused particle when hot, simply rubbing the surface with your fingers or damp cloth.

Here's a little video with a similar bag, so you can see how it's made and рщц looks like inside.

You can make your own, if you find the pattern for this bag in my Craftsy pattern store.
 Or you can order the ready bag in my store or find it in my Quiltessence Etsy store.

Happy sewing!

Natalie Quiltessa

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's been raining all day yesterday...

... andI put my first batch of leaves together.
All blocks framed in Mountain moss color are donated by 11 people, I wrote about in my previous post. Black framed leaves are made by me.
Still have enough blocks to make one more quilt, thanks to those, who sent more than one leaf! Possibly will receive some more from more than 200 people, who asked me for the pattern.
Still a lot of work ahead. I am in progress...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More leaves!

I received 6 more leaves yesterday for our project from Pam Edl!
Interesting! This lady is from the same town where our guild is, but we have never met in person! She just found out about this project on Facebook and generously made this leaves for me and sent them by mail! Thank you so very much, Pam! 

Also received 4 blocks from Kay Fuller, NM. Thank you!

And I keep working on the blocks....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Burning leaves of Gatlinburg" project in progress

As I posted earlier, I started making maple leaf blocks, which I created a pattern specially for this charity project, and shared it with those, who wanted to join it and make one or more blocks for me to make quilts for the fire victims. I also created a pattern for this quilt. I was keeping my eye on the fabrics and finally I found exactly what I wanted for it: dramatic Volcanic rock black batik and contrasting Mountain moss.
Many, many people from all over the world joined this project and I started receiving leaf blocks from all over United States: Rebecca Tucker, Dianne Swett, Virginia Smith - from TN; Carmella Anjos, MD; Dawn Brooks, NE; Leslie Mullins, FL; Mary Lou Dagnall, MA; Sharon Bentle, OH made 16 blocks! and also sent me beautiful batiks to make more leaves; Glenis Shallard from New Zealand and Jean Foglein from Canada!

Pam Johnson from CO surprised me with the whole top, mad with 12" maple leaves!
I am so very much thankful to every single person, who find some time to make these leaves, put them in the envelope, go to the post office and send them for me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Every leaf made by your hands is so much appreciated!

And I also made 61 leaves myself so far:

Finally I received my batiks and yesterday I started working on the blocks! Here's what I have at the moment.

To be continued.....