Friday, October 16, 2015

Winners of Bring the Basics Bag pattern!

I'm very happy to announce the winners of the Bring the Basics Bag pattern! Thanks to all who entered!

Our winners are:

 I will email you all your patterns shortly.

If you want your own pattern, you can purchase the PDF pattern it in English here and Swedish here. =)

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Flamingo Quilt

My love absolutely loves Flamingos, and therefor of course he had to have his own Flamingo Quilt! So before his birthday this summer I went to quilt camp and I made him my to date by far most difficult quilt! I even had to bring in my mother for help with the satin stitch for the applique! Thank you mom! <3

 (for some reason all images are very badly compressed by blogger, please click them to see the proper photo)

But it was totally worth it, he was so happy when he got it! =D He turned 36, so it was exactly 36 different hues of pink and red used. I started out by making and taking my 5" squares and adding vliesofix to them.

I then drew out the bird on the fabric and started placing my cut triangles, let me tell you, fitting and placing these triangles took me 6 days of work from sunup to sundown at quilt camp! And sun doesn't set in these parts of Sweden until 23 at night. ^^

I kept adding and adding triangles until I dreamed of them =) I used wash away glue to hold them in place while I was trying out colors, before ironing down the vliesofix. I had no idea getting the triangles to fit perfectly would be so time consuming, if I had, I might have rethought the idea as I only had 2 weeks to finish this baby.

Here she's really starting to take shape =)

Had to redesign my original sketch for her face as the triangles just got too small!

The disaster struck! The darn iron decided to shoot out a gush of rust coloured goo all over her feet! I cried a little and then I washed and washed and manage to get most of it out. Here's the drying photo but you can still see the stains! However, luckily a little change of pose for her leg solved the issue and the stains where hidden away.

I freemotion quilted it all on my mothers machine, calm waves for the water and clouds for the sky, came out really nice once we'd sorted out the issues with the FMQ foot and settings on the machine.

It's such a pretty quilt and I'm so proud of it! I even hand stitched the binding (which we all know in my eyes is just a killer), that's how much I love him and the quilt ;)

The back is of course also Flamingos =)

Happy recipient! =)

Her pretty head finished.

There are even little circles around her foot where she's standing =)

If you're looking for the Bring the Basics Bag pattern GIVEAWAY, it's just one post down, here =)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bring the Basics Bag!

I'm very excited to introduce the very first pattern of my new line! The Bring the Basics Bag is just that, a small shoulder bag, clutch or wristlet, that will hold just the stuff you need to be able to leave the house. It has two cellphone pockets (holds up to 2 cellphones, 6" long), card slots, money slot and a zipper pocket for coins and keys.

It's a very handy design, and it's quick and really fun to make. It came to be as really all my bags where to heavy and warm to lug around in +40 C temperatures here in Malta. The pattern has 28 color photos, one for each step - so it's really more of a tutorial then a pattern - which will make it easy to follow even for a bag making novice with just basic sewing skills! 

It is available for purchase on Craftsy here, or if you'd prefer the pattern in Swedish, you can purchase the Swedish PDF pattern from my mothers webshop here. If you are a store owner and wish to purchase the paper version of this pattern for wholesale, please drop me an email. =)

As you can see you have two separate pockets for phones, one on each side of the zipper pocket. The zippered pocket is of course fully lined. 

Three separate card slots and a separate bill pocket. 

I hope you will love this pattern as much as I do! I've made several versions already, and I had so much fun making them. =) And a special shoutout goes out to my friend Sulan for her invaluable input during the creation of the final version of this pattern <3

If you make a Bring the Basics Bag, please hashtag your Instagram photos with #bringthebasicsbag and #pinkponydesign so I and everyone else get to see them! =D

Pattern Giveaway - Closed!

You have a chance to win 1 of 5 Bring The Basics Bag PDF patterns I'm giving away for free!
For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post. You can comment with what you think of the pattern, my new logo or name, or any other input you might have. Make sure you're not a no-reply comment blogger or if you are or are unsure if you are, please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win. And don't forget to let me know if you prefer the Swedish or English version. =)

If you want a second chance to win, please share this contest on your blog, your Facebook, Instagram or any other social media, and leave a second comment saying you've done so with a link.

You have until 13:00 on the 16th of October to enter.

Best of Luck! =D

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Introducing: Pink Pony Design!

 I'm very proud and happy to introduce to you all today, the new me: PINK PONY DESIGN!

Time for a change and an exciting update! This is the start of my very own line of real patterns! I've with this also decided to update my "brand" name a little to represent me more, and to be a little more easily recognisable. I'm changing name from Not Only Quilts to Pink Pony Design.

Those of you who know me, or have followed me for a while, know how much I love designing bags and quilts and other things, and I'd love to do it for a living. This is a major, exciting step in that direction! I've made a number of free patterns in the past, and I will of course continue doing free patterns and tutorials. I will however also be releasing high quality patterns for purchase!

I've had precious little time for sewing the past few years due to my work. However, my work situation has changed and I'm left with a bit more free time and I'm therefor able to pursue this dream of mine =)

My new patterns will be released in Swedish and English and available as both PDF versions and paper patterns.

Follow the new me on Instagram!

To see what I'm currently working on or thinking about, follow me at: PINK_PONY_DESIGN or click the image below. =)


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Progress @ Borlänge Sycentrum!

So we've been working away all day Borlänge Sycentrum, carrying, building, ordering a ton of beautiful fabrics, and we're slowly getting closer to the big day!

We started out with getting this loaded and unloaded today, and it's just a little of it, you'll get to see on Thursday what we ended up with =)

Trust me when I say, trying to get these into nice and manageable rolls, is not all that fun! :-P

But it's is sort of doable *beams with pride*

And most importantly, we laugh and laugh! It's so much fun!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Building a Quilt Fabric and Sewing Machine Store!

Despite the best intentions of getting back in the swing of things here with sewing and blogging, life has recently shown that it doesn't always let everything go according to plan. However, I'm happy to say: Stuff is happening now! Pink things! =D

My mother and her husband is opening up a brick and mortar quilt fabric and sewing machine store this very week! Borlänge Sycentrum (situated in Borlänge Centrum in Sweden) will open it's doors on the 1st of October! So I'm currently in Sweden helping out and having a blast, despite the hard work and late hours =)

It's slowly taking shape now, sorry for the poor quality images, it's from my phone.

I've been folding a ton of adorable FQ bundles! =)

And we've been having so much fun! Major changes are coming and I've actually been sewing a lot lately, so much exciting news to come soon <3

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Necessary Clutch Wallet - Fancy Version

I just love this wallet/clutch! Such a pretty and easy to follow pattern from Emmaline Bags. This is the first one I made and my fancy clutch for when I go out ^^

You can read a bit more about it here from my first post about this pattern: Everyday Necessary Clutch

Love the interior! All the little card slots and pockets, it's perfect! Choose the fabric so I'd always get a little happy chock from the pink and the silver stars, which contrasts quite a  bit from the classy outside =)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Free Motion Quilting Practice - Borders

I've had to practice some more FMQ before I dared to start quilting the borders of my quilt.  It was so much fun to be doing feathers again! =D

Here I'm starting to be happy with the results, please excuse the "ugly fabric", I tend to try use up the non pretty ones for these things ^^

It was quite difficult to get back in the swing of things and it was more then a little wonky to start with ^^

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Back to Quilting!

First I got my little stash in order and got my Ikea Benno DVD shelves up. I'm so happy to have my little rainbow back up! =D

Secondly I realised that I was terribly out of practice when it came to FMQing, so I brought out a test piece and played a little. It was embarrassing at first but I quickly got somewhat back in the swing of things. Sorry for the bad photo, it's late ^^

And I actually have been nibbling away at my totally psyched project! I love this new pattern I have in the works so much and I can't wait to share it with you all! =D

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Brand New Life!

My personal life has undergone some major changes this past year and due to these among other things, not much sewing has been possible for me sadly. Which has resulted in me banking a million and one ideas for new patterns and things I want to create, which is fantastic now that my life finally permits it!

My sewing machine is finally with me again and the sewing table arrived a few days ago now, it's an Ikea Malm. The lovely flowers are from my new love with whom I just celebrated 5 months with! <3 It's a really tiny (but adorable) one bedroom flat we live in now so the table is squeezed in between the kitchen counter and the sofa ^^

And yesterday I retrieved my Ikea Benno shelfs and I could finally unpack my fabrics! I'm so happy!! They will very soon been filled with a rainbow these FQ's and half yards that I now have refolded and sorted, I was so ridiculously happy to finally be playing with my fabrics again!

I just can't wait to start creating again! =D