Sunday, March 29, 2015

"Lots of Lace" RR- My work on Linda's block

So, another traditional RR and  another lovely block to play with.  As I always say so there are some RR blocks that I decide what to do when I opened the envelope, Linda's block was one of them, it was full of my favorite colors, I selected all necessary items from my stashies and started to stitch. Of course, I added lace at first, I added another thin lace  on to it with blue shades as well. I did bullion sttiches as petals of the flowers, I made 16 and 20 wraps with dark-blue cotton perle and completed them with beads.

 That hankie is so lovely with my favorite colors, I added stiff oyas that they are almost same color tones, they made a nice combination with main focus of the block. Of course I did a chain stitch using metallic thread, I don't like to leave assembly lines empty!

My dark blue color ric-rac was another perfect match with the other side of the block. I did a different stitch form on the ric-rac, used contrast colors of the seed beads.

This photo shows block which is going to dear Nicki, tomorrow. I hope Linda likes what I did on her block. Now, waiting another block to play. Last year, I joined DYB RRs, I almost forgot to work on the traditional RR. Happy stitching.....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Diva's Elegance DYB RR - My work on Nicki's block

I really had an unlucky situation with my infected finger, that little thing bothered me too long. I hate excuses but  it was so painful for several weeks and afterwords it sore badly, I couldn't even hold a needle...So, I had to cancel some projects and some commitments delayed. Unfortunately, I'm behind the schedule for the Diva's Elegance RR. But, I so grateful for my dear friend Nicki's understanding. Because, her block suppose to at home two weeks ago:((

Nicki's block is a pretty I started to add a lace and vintage blue trim...I love blue color and I was keeping that old trim for a special project...This lovely block was perfect piece to use it.

I wanted to write "baby" with those letter buttons but I didn't have latter of "A" . Therefor, I only did this medley on top of the lovely baby print. I loved that teddy bear charm, I used it on the lovely fabric which has wonderful blue tones.

I did seam treatments using bugles, sequins as I almost do...I like lovely glaze of the sequins, they always give another beauty, I believe.

I used some other little charms as well on this block to reflect baby, child related items:)

I tried to do my best with this sore finger, right hand index finger!!!! I hope she likes what I did on her wonderful block.  I enjoyed so much to work on this pretty block, I wish I couldn't have that unlucky finger problem, I could perform better. 
So, we came to end of the another RR, it was so nice, friendly group. 
By the way, my blocks came back home, I'll get them together to  make a wall-hanger. I would like to thank all participants once again for their efforts on my blocks.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Worst case for a quilter!

What is the worst case for a quilter? An infected index finger!!! My index finger infected, the healing period took almost two weeks of that little thing. It is pretty dangerous things for me because I don't have glands, therefor I have to be careful for any possibility of lymphedeme! I've had to use antibiotics, finally it is fine but I lost nearly two weeks of time to complete my commitments...One of them was CQJP2015. My January block was ready, I just added a few things on it, I'll complete it in February. 

I really hate when unexpected, unlucky occurrences  ruin my original plans, but, so sad that, there is nothing to do other than stay calm and wait the result!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015

My first block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015 is ready.
It is going to a nice beginning for this year...
In this group we all share our individual experiences, new trials...It is a wonderful sharing platform in our endless CQ learning journey....
I would like to embellish my block this time differently,  I want to use lots of laces to have a more classical block...Let me see what it is going to be.....

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

We came to end of another year, 

We, love to give gifts to each others for the New Year, as well. 
I love to have snowy New Year Eve since my childhood, I love to see the world under the white blanket.

It is another waiting period for the kids, counting days to open up their gifts. Who doesn't like to hear their kids' chirping voices? They always ask how many more days to open up their goodies. Sometimes they sit and wait with a sour face:))

 I hope that 2015 brings us a year full of health and happiness. Wishing the very best for 2015!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Silent Night!

Our homes decorated, our furry friends feels the wonderful spirit, too. Feeling warmth of our cozy homes during the special time.

 As being mother of  a  princess like this in the photo, I know her curiosity to open all those gift boxes. I miss my daughter's those days so much....
A snowy, silent night!!!
Wishing you and all your loved ones have a blessed Christmas Day.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Special time of year!

As I always say so I'm a winter person, in addition I love this time of year so much since my childhood.
Who doesn't like Christmas carols when a quiet and snowy night?
Who doesn't like specially decorated cozy homes' special atmosphere?
I do hope that everyone's plans turn out just as expected and you all get to be with loved ones. My love to all my followers at this special time.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crazy Quilthing-Christmas Heart

I work on cotton fabrics rarely but when it comes to Christmas project I love to play with them. One of my friend created this cute heart shape block for me and I embellished it for another friend:) 
I started from SRE part, completed poinsettias and wreath. I also did seam treatments.
Used flat type pine tree form oyas on this block, added white seeds beads as snow:)) 
I'll complete its back side now, I want use solid color fabric as back side, it shows embellishments better. My current back and neck pains bother me so badly but I don't want to give up at this special time of the year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tour notes from Görlizt, Germany.

Today, I've recognized that I didn't share some important points from recent Germany trip. My followers knows that I love ornaments, cherubs etc...I love to visit all stores that run those kind of goodies.
Görlitz was one special destination for us in our long tour, we especially chose that lovely place to see the original location of the Grand Budapest Hotel film.
Before our trips, I always try to review interesting places for me. One of them was Görlitzer Weihnachtshaus. My followers should remember I've shared Kathe Wohlfahrt  Christmas shops in Germany a few times. I love to visit Kathe's stores in different cities in Germany, I spend long time there reviewing all those amazing items. To be able find a special Weihnachshaus in Görlitz made me so happy before our trip.
Görlitzer Weihnachtshaus is another lovely place with its two storey building. Especially its wonderful smell was amazing, reminding special scents of Christmas time.
 These are my new hand-made small goodies from Görlitz. I love this German craft, they do wonderful job, indeed.
To find candles with angel Raffaello print was another surprise there. Also handmade nice candle holders came to their new home in Istanbul:))  Now I use them with blue color candles, their vintage look is so nice with my other blue color accessories..
Another nice place I've found in Görlitz was Art Glas Else. I fall in love those little angels but so sad that store was closed. The weather was cold and rainy, I went to dinner with a big disappointment:((
Next day in the morning miraculously sun was shining.  We had a long breakfast at the hotel to wait store openings. I went to mentioned stores, enter the inside with a big grin my my chin. The owner lady was speaking English, we started to catch, she got impressed my interest to her lovely goodies.
To meet with Ms.Else was so nice, indeed. As far as I understood from our short conversation they run a family business. She creates lovely objects. But, she said that  some items such as flute playing angel had been created by her uncle. 
As you see, she uses very nice little boxes to pack items, adds suede cordons if I buyer would like  to use little angels as pendants. By the way, she also accepts custom orders as well. I'm so glad that I visited that stores in the morning, It was really worth to wait till its opening time. Those lovely angels are in my home now. Who knows, maybe I arrange another trip Görlitz to visit Ms Else's store once again. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Diva's Elegance DYB RR - My work on Annette's block

I’ve  completed my work on Annette’s colorful block.
When I’ve selected this  pretty block among the others, I’ve decided to work with contrast colors...with my neat color embellishments, to catch a harmony wasn’t hard. I’ve started adding a turquoise rig-rag at right side. It was sent me at a swap by a dear quilter friend Lydia. Its place was perfect, with same color sparky beads. Same color flat oya addition was good coverage on the contrast fushia color as well.
At the opposite side, I added beaded oya lace which is almost same color with the other patches, added small charms at the bottom. I sewed them in the middle of three seeds beads of the laces. They looked liked as a part of the beaded lace.

I added stiff type  fuchia color oya flowers, they looked so neat with the trim and the base fabric colors.
I kept continue with pleaded organdy trim, I like the color of that trim, I used it before at different projects and RRs as well..  
When I was thinking about what to do on the yellow patch, I thought  wisterias should be nice. I did several wisterias with seed beads, completed their leaves with silk ribbons. A few years ago, I attended Nancy Eha’s online Beading Class, it was a very fruitful  class to learn all tricks of making lots of interesting things other than just flowers, leaves with beads.
At the bottom of the silk print I added a vintage lace. At left side, I made a seam treatment with doubled Chevron stitch and with many additions of pearls, charms, seed beads.

As a final I put a  fairy, key, heart and bow charms. 
I hope Annette likes what I’ve done her colorful, lovely block.  
I have some UFPs, I hope I can complete them soon and share soon. Happy stitching:))

Monday, October 20, 2014


I  have been nominated by  Jenny Clouston,   to participate in The Round the World Blog Hop. She is very talented quilter from Australia, I would like to thank her.

There are a few questions that we have to answer so people can find out a more about us.

1. What Quilting/Sewing things am I working on?

I do like sane quilting but crazy quilting is my passionate interest, I love to create different blocks heavily embellished with pearls, beads, sequins, charms... I like to join Round Robins with my favorite themes such as Victorian, Vintage, Winter, etc. I really forgot how many RR or different activities  such as charity projects I’ve joined  since 2004.  
To win a contest with my first big project was a great motivation, the influence of the Victorian style and Victorian colors are so obvious on my quilts.

2. How does my work differ from those of it's genre?

I believe that every crazy quilt is unique and has special reflections of its creator. In a decade,  I did so many projects, some of them were  heavily embellished  memory quilts with  the 40x40” dimension,  charity blocks etc....I must admit that I have just a purse and a few small things for myself at the moment.
To join RRs keeps me busy, in addition to review different blocks is always a learning period for the endless journey of the crazy quilting.
My weak point was to create CQ blocks...however, I improved in the past years, I assemble pieces more easily now a days:))...I think, my painting experience helps a lot to play with colors to make nice combos.
I love to use fancy solid fabrics to create blocks that they show  crazy seam treatments more apparently. I rarely use trims, I love to create my own seam treatments using lots of beads, sequins, bugles, charms and of course oyas! Oyas are our traditional Turkish needle art samples. It has a long story for me how I've introduced them to the CQ world. Some stitcher friends calls me as "Queen of the Oyas" and they can recognize my work among the others easily.
 Crazy Quilt Gatherings is a wonderful quarterly magazine of the CQ world, it was a great honor for me to take  a place on its cover of  2012 spring issue. I spent long time to create it, but I enjoyed so much.

I always love to collect small charms, objects to use on my blocks, I’m a real keeper and my extensive travels helps me to find interesting items...But, I must admit that they are mostly for the important, future projects, like this one!!! I hope those important future projects will be realized soon to use some of all those collected goodies.

To play with all those beads, lovely threads, laces, buttons....covering all those assemble lines gives me a great joy, I may work for long hours...

3. Why do I create what I do?

Crazy quilting is a special love of mine, the answer to many interests. What other handcraft combines embroidery, sewing, beading, applique, laces, ribbons, buttons, painting, color designs, self expression so many things?  To top it off, its a little self indulgent with no function at all, other than to be beautiful and a little intriguing!
I love the outcome of a heavily embellished block with a theme...I love to create memory blocks to give presents and love to join RRs.

4. How does my creating process work?

To be honest, I mostly work on charity works and RRs....I must also admit that if I like a RR block at first sight I really don’t know where to stop, I keep continue to fill my part crazily...

In my CQ journey I’ve met lovely Ladies that they share same passionate interest,  so many wonderful friendships established from all over the world, their inspiring work influenced me to create my own style. I  love to share lovely ideas,  trading goodies from all over the world.  It is another wonderful part of the CQ’ing is different swaps. I joined so many different swaps, they helped me to build my extensive stash.

I try to see my projects’s final stage in my brain before the  beginning.  I mostly work on the different project in the same time. I spend long time my at my studio. 

But what I love most to do is to teach, share my experiences. There are so many CQ'er Ladies that  I have met over the years and the work they create is truly inspiring.

I think I told a lot about myself now I would like to introduce my nominatees;

Barbara Nicki Seavey, She has incredible imagination to create wonderful blocks, and she uses amazing laces dyed by herself. 

Wilma van Wagensveld, She is talented quilter from the Netherlands, I like her style so much.

I would like to thank Jenny once again for her kind invitation:)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Diva's Elegance DYD RR - My work on Fitzy's block

This time I've worked on a special block with a different concept. My RR partner lives in the Sonoran Desert, close to Tucson, Arizona. She likes keys, coins, tiny charms etc. and she would like to have retro style. Her explanations are so clear in her  RR note but I must admit that it is totally a different concept for me to create something with desert, cowboy town theme.
I 've picked one of block with a lovely print with Tucson cactus motif. I  did one of my favorite stitch with variegated color thread at the right side, added green color seed beads.
I did a Chevron stitch at left side using desert color thread, I added neat color beads as well
I used brass like small charms on the Fitzy's nice lace.  I added different keys to catch a different contrast, also did chain with neat metallic treads. 
I tried to remember all those cowboys films that I've watched, John Wayne, Lee Van Cleff were our childhood heros....A cowboy town without bar!!! I stitched a label, afterwords, remembered my small letter beads. I had a cowboy boot and small dollar baggie  charms in my stash, they were all perfect accessories...At last I added another small charms to create a sun according to my fantasy, my metallic Gutterman thread did good job for the sun shines. Due to very hot climate, everyone must wear a hat there, so I added a cap.  At last put a small heart shape charm, too.
I hope Fitzy likes what I did for her big wall hanger. I've never worked on a block with desert, cowboy theme before. I was so hesitant at the beginning, I didn't know what to do...But, after starting first seam treatment everything went so smoothly, I enjoyed to work on that block. I must create something for me too:))

Friday, September 12, 2014

Diva's Elegance DYB RR - My work on Claudia's block

Our "Diva's Elegance DYB-RR" runs smoothly. When I've received Claudia's blocks, I loved all of them, and decided to work on a block with mostly blue tones. I've started to make a Chevron stitch and adding sequin, bugles and seed beads to have an elegant look. Afterwords, I did my new type flower with bullion stitches, I added golden bugles and made other contrasts with beads.

 I added one of my favorite beaded  oya trim on the blue patch. I did a oya spray using contrast color tones of "Cimcime" models to catch a nice harmony on the main colors of the block. As I always say so, I like chain stitches on the assembly lines

 At the final, I've added one of my new oya, pear flower model at the bottom which made a nice appearance  with the fushia color patch at opposite side. 
A spray would be so lonely without butterflies, I added several charms, and beads as well. 
There are some RR blocks, you decide what to do at first sight, this block was one of them, I worked so easily and enjoyed so much while working on it.  I hope Claudia also likes what I did on her block. Now, waiting the arrival of another set.  
Happy stitching!

Friday, August 29, 2014

International Flags Project

I would like to give a brief info about Turkish flag before explaining the details of my own work which I’ve made it for the Crazy Quilting International groups’ international flags project.Turkey’s flag  is red color including  with white colors of crescent and a star moving centrally in front of the sun with reference to the meeting of the Turkic solar deity Gün Ana (Mother Sun) and the moon god Ay Ata (Father Moon) brought by the space god Khan Erklig . The event technically constitutes a solar eclipse when the moon partially occults the sun at times of syzygy. The flag is often called “Al bayrak “(the red flag) and referred to as “Al sancak”  (the red banner) in the  Turkish national anthem.
The current design of the Turkish flag is directly derived from the late Ottoman flag, which had acquired its final form in 1844. With 1923's Treaty of Lausanne, the Republic of Turkey was officially recognized throughout the world, and the flag of the Ottoman Empire became the flag of the Republic of Turkey.  Its measures have passed by a law during the Republic period on May 29, 1936 which formed the shapes and measures of the current flag of the Republic of Turkey.
In my 12x12” block I put red color patch in the middle of the block.  I used a silk print of our flag to have proper proportions for the star and crescent. I precisely appliqued them and covered with a chain stitch. 
 When I received  an invitation to join this project, I got so excited....I created a special thing in my mind at first moment... I should use only read&white colors...I should make long seam treatments, so, I prepared my block accordingly. I had fancy fabrics in my stash, both red and white colors, I combined them easily. Also I used various white laces....I selected a red&white beaded lace trim, it is totally handmade beaded form of our traditional oya laces.

After sewing silver star&crescent charms I decided to use only silver tones of metallic threads and other embellishments as well to catch an elegant look. I kept continued to make long seam treatments mostly using Herringbone and Chevron stitches....I like both stitches, they give wonderful alternatives to use sequins, beads, charms, etc.
had a miniature Maidens Tower charm in my stash. Maiden’s Tower is a symbol of Istanbul. The name `Maiden`s Tower` has its roots in the more popular story relating a maiden`s misfortune. According to this tale, a beautiful Byzantine princess was once quartered in this tower. It is said that soothsayers had predicted her early death by snakebite. Her father, Emperor Constantine who loved her dearly, built an extended castle  and placed her there to avert the fatal end. Eventually the girl died of snakebite, which entered the castle in a grape basket. The other story doing the rounds links it to the Leander-Hero romance and gives it the name Leander Tower. This tale tells that a castle was built on the present site by a Byzantine Emperor for his daughter Hero. When the Emperor learnt that his daughter had a love affair with a commoner named Leander, he imprisoned Hero in the castle. This could not dispirit Leander who, being of athletic-make, would cross Hellespont to see Hero. One stormy night he had no light to guide him and drowned. Hero, hearing of the mishap, flung herself into the sea.
I put this mentioned tower’s charm and did  waves using white seed beads and silver metallic thread. Added stars on the sky...Crazy quilters’ imagination is endless. 
In the Ottoman Empire, tulips played such an important role that the reign of Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730) has been labeled the "Tulip Era". Ever since tulips are so important in our art world.  I created a special tulip like flower form with my own imagination. I used ellips, flat type pearls and made petals with silk ribbons. Ribbonsmyth’s un-dyed sheer silks helped me a lot to create them, thanks Vic, I love to use your ribbons and highly recommend them for new stash builders.
I believe that birds and butterflies are the symbols of freedom, I added them on my block as a symbol of our independence as well.

I used an old silver metallic thread to stitch my name and country name.  I like to use this thread because it gives an old, antique look. 
I made bullion stitches to make little flower flower form on the  red color buggles...Each of them has 18 and 20 wraps with cotton perle.  
This is the last photo that shows final stage of my block. It is already on its long way to reach Cathy Kizerian. It will take a place on a big wall hanger of the international flags project. I hope I'll be able to see it in person on next years retreat. 
Wishing a peaceful world  to you all....