Monday, October 26, 2009

What is a quilt and how can we take care of it - bilingual (RO/ENG)

Ce este un quilt

Un quilt este un tip de lenjerie de pat – o patura care acoperă - compusa dintr-un strat superior, un strat de umplutura şi un strat de tesatura de suport, în general unite cu ajutorul tehnicii de matlasare. O altă tehnică pentru asigurarea coeziunii straturilor quilt-ului este legarea. Legarea se referă la tehnica ce utilizeaza fire, ata sau panglică ce trec prin toate cele trei straturi de quilt la intervale regulate. Aceste legături mentin straturile împreună în timpul utilizării şi mai ales atunci când quilt-ul este spălat. Această metodă este mai simpla atunci cand quilt-ul se face manual.
Multe quilt-uri sunt realizate cu modele decorative; unele quilt-uri nu sunt utilizate ca patura deloc, ci sunt mai degrabă facute pentru a fi agatate pe un perete sau expuse în alt mod. Mai multe informatii, aici.

Cum se intretine un quilt

In functie de gradul de complexitate si de structura quilt-ului, el poate fi spalat in masina sau numai manual. In general, se recomanda detergenti delicati, temperatura de 30-40 grade si stoarcere foarte usoara (de preferat deloc). Calcati usor, daca este nevoie.
Alegeti pentru spalare o zi calduroasa: asigurati astfel o uscare rapida a quilt-ului dvs.
Intotdeauna uscati ferit de soare, astfel prelungiti viata culorilor. Uscati pe bara rotunda, pe plasa, sau, daca nu dispuneti de asa ceva, pe franghie cu prosoape groase, pentru a evita urmele.
Informatii detaliate vor fi furnizate cu fiecare quilt in parte.

What is a quilt

A quilt is a type of bedding— a bed covering composed of a quilt top, a layer of batting, and a layer of fabric for backing, generally combined using the technique of quilting. Another technique for securing the quilt layers is tying. Tying refers to the technique of using thread, yarn or ribbon to pass through all three layers of the quilt at regular intervals. These "ties" hold the layers together during use and especially when the quilt is washed. This method is easier and more forgiving if the quilt is made by hand. Tied quilts are called, depending on the regional area, "lap", "comfort" or "comforter", among other names. Many quilts are made with decorative designs; some quilts are not used as bed covering at all, but are rather made to be hung on a wall or otherwise displayed. More info here.

How to tend to your quilt

Dependind on its complexity level and its structure, a quilt can be only hand washed, or machine washed. Use mild detergents, 30-40 degrees maximum and little (ot none at all) spin. You can iron it, if necessary.
Pick a sunny, warm day to wash your quilts: you will ensure a quick dry. Never dry in direct the sunlight: this will make the colors fade quicly. Try to let it dry on a flat surface. If you don't have one, than use thick towels on the drying rope, to avoid marks.
More detailed info will be handed out with every quilt.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

And more felting

As promised, here I come with the materials: wool and wool sheet.

And a sneak preview: the girls for the quilt made out of this selection:

It will be ready soon, then I can move on to the other projects.

A wonderful Sunday to you all!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tools of the trade

A new thing crossed my way: felting. So, as a good kid, I started gathering the tools. Here they are:

Felting moulds, felting mat and various sizes of needles. And a brush to brush the left-over wool from the felting mat.

And theese are the clearer photos of the forms that could be obtained using those moulds. I will picture next the wools to-be-used in the process.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

That "long lasted for" sewing studio


... is going to be my working space. The one and only sewing/crafting/so-long-dreamed working place.

More "scary" photo's of the whole house are to be found here. I will try to keep you up with news, if I can :)))

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Field play - fall version

It is ready.

The binding is vintage fabric from my grandmother's stash.Yeah, it sounds kind of weird, but yes,  I have stash from my grandmother.

The back is the sweet muslin fabric my darling brought home two weeks ago.

I like very much the way it came out.
Have a nice day!