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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Teepee log cabin block + quilt tutorial

During my spring Quilt market preparations, and with all the last minute sewing, I decided I should have a log cabin quilt. Because I really love making log cabin blocks.
They are very easy to make, beginner friendly and they can give very beautiful blocks and amazing pillows, bags and quilts.

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the Pandalicious fabrics to make an entire quilt with them, so I complimented the prints I had with the prints from my other collections and of course, some AGF blenders.

Anyway, here is the main block:

And here is the mock-up of the quilt I wanted to make, if I had enough fabrics....

My idea was to combine some of the low value fabrics for one corner (diagonal) of the block and some colorful-aqua tones for the other one.

The teepee print (Gansu Village) is ideal for fussy cutting and I started with cutting it in ideal 5" squares as centers. As this is one directional print, the only attention in piecing would be to make sure it is directed-pieced in a good way so that you can obtain the central "windmill" looking shapes. So in case if you want to obtain this look, just be sure to look carefully at the final quilt picture/diagram.

Here is the block order piecing:

Apart from the central square that measures 5x5", all the other are stripes and here are the measures for cutting fabrics:

1: 5" x 5"
2: 5" x 2.5"
3: 7" x 2.5"
4: 7" x 2.5"
5: 9" x 2.5"
6: 9" x 2.5"
7: 11" x 2.5"
8: 11" x 2.5"
9: 13" x 2.5"
10: 13" x 2.5"
11: 15" x 2.5"
12: 15" x 2.5"
13: 17" x 2.5"

As there are 16 blocks total, you will need to piece the square #1 - in 4 blocks in one direction, 4 blocks rotated 90 degrees, 4 blocks 180 degrees and 4 blocks rotated in 270 degrees from the first position.

The final block measures 17 x 17". (43 x 43 cm)
And the above proposed quilt measures: 66.5" x 66.5". (167 x 167 cm)

You can use it for these cute drawstring bags as well ;)

Here are some pics of the process of making the actual quilt

and some pics of the finished pillow and quilt.

Hope these may inspire you ;)

Happy sewing,

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City

2016 Spring Quilt Market was held in Salt Lake City (Utah) from 20-22 May. This was my 3rd Quilt Market and wonderful opportunity to introduce my next fabric collection - Pandalicious fabrics.

My preparations for the show started around mid. April, when I got my first set of strike offs and the preps weren't over until only a few hours before the show started... ( I was binding the quilts in the airplane and during the set up days).

It's funny and crazy to understand how many things in my life are organized just according to the show preps and to the show attendance. I am so grateful to my family that can understand this craziness and these better-sweet moments. Here are some set -up pics...

Despite the jet lag and feeling exhausted prior to show, I pretty much enjoyed everything about it: organization of the show, the city and above all the people. It's always such a joy to hug my AGF family and also some good friends from the industry.

It was such a joy to meet for the first time in real life my "partner in crime", Laura Scaramella that was so kind to help me with some garment sewing for my booth and made these beautiful dresses. Thank you so much Laura!!!

The rest of the things were made by me, and I was so pleased with how much I achieved with those small fabric pieces.

Trying to enjoy every bit of it, I always forget to take more pics, but here are some I have...(and will add some more later)..

I also had the amazing opportunity to chat with the amazing Pat Sloan and you can hear our conversation by visiting her creative talk network or by clicking HERE or HERE

Hope you enjoyed, xx

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Lavish look book

As promised while back, here is the look book of my Lavish collection

You can see many beautiful projects and see the pattern sources.  ;)

xx, Katarina

Saturday, 9 April 2016


Let me tell you a bit more about my freshly released fabric collection: Lavish.
The official AGF description describes it as: Watercolor brushstrokes and an appreciation of the nearby flora, come together in beautiful colors inspired by the subject itself. Opulent, overflowing petals, stems, buds, and hidden berries make up this flower scented collection and release a fresh and fragrant aroma to delight the eye.

If you happen to follow me here for a longer time (can't believe that I started this blog more than 8 years ago), you might know that we have a weekend house in the nearby mountains of Fruska gora.
It's our little getaway place where my parents almost decided to completely move to and where the nature can be enjoyed and explored in full. It's the place where I am planning to make my studio one day, hopefully soon.

Indelible from Katarina Roccella on Vimeo.

NORDIKA Fabric Collection by Jeni Baker from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

My Indelible video was filmed there, and also the video that I filmed for Jeni's Nordika collection.
So, all the flowers, berries and grass from this collection is seen, photographed and painted there.

Let me show you more of my photos that served me to put this collection of mainly floral prints together.

This is my mom's garden. It's a beautiful mix of wild flowers and those planted. My mom loves to plant flowers and her garden always looks amazing, especially in summer when it’s full of chamomiles, daffodils, cosmos, lush poppies and other small wild flowers. The garden's look changes from spring to late summer, but it is always full of colours and shapes to be admired and to be inspired with.
Hens, the print: MOTHER'S GARDEN.

It took a lot of time to put this print together, but I think it's as far the favourite print of mine.

It has a sentimental and artistic value to me. It somehow gathers the feelings, the colors, the shapes. I can hardly wait to see it in use.

Another cute ditsy print in work ;) I think it can work as a nice coordinate print.
I hope that you got the idea. Can't wait for the look book to be out next week with many beautiful creations featuring this line.

Have a great weekend,
xx, Katarina