Happy New Year! Let's hope 2018 is a good one

Happy New Year! I'm very hopeful for this 2018, so many things that I want to accomplish. Also in my quilting journey! I already wrote down a list of goals, which include starting to design my own patterns. It's something I've been thinking for months, so I'm eager to try it.

I am pretty sure about the first pattern I want to write. It's something simple but useful that I've already made twice as gifts. I don't even own one LOL! So next one is going to be mine. It's not something incredible or new, but I like it a lot and also I think it will help me learn to write tutorials and it will be an easy and friendly beginner pattern for everyone. No spoilers, just a sneak peek!

My Spooky Spiderweb Wall Hanging Quilt

Hi! My name is Julia and this is my way too much neglected blog. I wonder, would this be the turning point? Maybe. Or maybe not. But I love to share my love for quilting and creating with the world, so here I am.

I love Halloween. Even though I live in Italy and this is not originally part of my tradition, it's still something I feel deeply connected to. I guess it has something to do with my year as an exchange student in Vermont: I lived Halloween for real, on my own skin, even partecipating to an Halloween musical in the woods at night with a path of carved and glowing pumpkins so something sticked with me.

I've seen quite a lot Hexagon Halloween quilts all over the web and I gave a look to some tutorials. It did seem like a pretty cool project but everything was way too colorful for me this time (THIS TIME: I love colors! The brightest the better) so I fixed my mind on a black and white spiderweb look.

I love this RileyBlake fabrics :) the spiders on white background have glo…

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I love sew-alongs.
Discovered them last year (2016) and opened a whole new world of learning new techniques and meeting friends! 
My first one was the Splendid Sampler by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

Right now I'm in love with this new one, it just started, today block 6 just came out and it's so pretty!  This sew along is weekly, every Wednesday a new block is uploaded!

I am loving this sew along so much. All my online quilting friends are doing it! I challenged myself to make the blocks only with 4 fabrics of the same line from Kansas Trouble and it's absolutely amazing.

I initially started to Quilt-As-You-Go my blocks but I'm not sure I'm loving it so I've decided to stop. I will remake the first 3 blocks and probably this will become fancy mug rugs!

Happy sewing!

Happy New Year! 2017 is starting!

Happy New Year!
2017 just started and I really hope this one will be a good one.
At least I hope it will be better than 2016.

I started the day with some sewing!
This is block 2 of Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge, it's so much fun, this is a 12' block and I LOVE IT!
I think I found my fav block in the whole quilting world!

This evening I will clean my sewing machine from an intensive month of Christmas gifts sewing... she deserves it! :)

Halloween is gone, Christmas is coming!

Long time no see. I'm terrible at keeping this little blog updated. Anyway, Halloween is gone and I had fun celebrating it in my Splendid Sampler blocks!

This year I finally had the chance to buy some pretty cute Halloween fabrics so I had some cute material! The ghost and the eyes of the spiders are GLOW IN THE DARK!

Right now I'm working on Christmas gifts and Christmas stuff. Every year my family donates some money to Unicef plus my MIL makes the most adorable Christmas decorations to donate to their booth to raise money. This year I am making zipper pouches for them to sell, I really hope it helps them raise money for the children. My goal is to make at least 10 zipper pouches!

Have a lovely Monday of joy and sewing!

Can't believe I won!

I'm currently following the Splendid Sampler sew along by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

Although I'm a little behind since I have not made all the past blocks already I enjoy the journey and all it has been teaching me :)

Since we just surpassed the 50th block, during the week of turning over the half of this amazing project there was a celebration with a lot of giveaways.

Well I actually WON something! I cannot believe it!
I won the PERFECT BOX OF COLORS by Pat Sloan of AURIFIL THREAD! How sweet! Each spool contains 1300 mt and there are 12 spools inside!!! I'm so thrilled and grateful!

Meantime allow me to show some of my latest blocks of the Splendid Sampler! I'm doing mine Scrappy but I also making a Sewing themed version of some blocks for a wall hanging for my sewing corner and a Christmas version of some other blocks (so basically I should end with three quilts of different sizes :D )

Wish you a happy day of sewing!

Quilt for Pulse

Long time no see. I'm a terrible blogger who suffers the heat of summer so badly this is the second summer I lost track of my posts and become absent.

As you know in June there was a horrible act of violence and hate when a man went shooting in Pulse club in Orlando. Many lives were lost, many more were injured. 
The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild started the Quilt for Pulse initiative to make quilts for the families that lost their loved ones and for the injured and than, as quilts would be distribuited, to the people who helped  and to the LGBT community.
When there is so much hate and sorrow I would always want to do something. To give at least something to the people that were hurt. Finally I could. I made this quilt top (there was the choice to make blocks, quilt tops or complete quilts) using white on white fabric and the brightest colors of the rainbow I could find.
This is also my first try at doing something  "modern". I used polka dots, Cotton+Steel fabric, polka dots …