Interview – Catalina Barceló Maimó – Amarar Creacions

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Catalina of Amarar Creacions. She designs beautiful paper-pieced patterns. Her Ying-Yang Heart block normally retails for $9 but until May 12th you can get it (plus 8 other patterns) in the Quilting Medley Bundle at Pattern Chest for around $20.

Catalina Barceló Maimó of Amarar Creactions

Catalina was kind enough to tell me more about herself and her work!


I am Catalina from Spain, an enthusiast of the crafts who has found in the fabrics and threads the best way to express her creativity.

From very young I grew up among the sewing machine, needles, fabrics, threads, metric tapes, … of my grandmother, a professional dressmaker all her life. So maybe something was thrown into my blood, although I focused on another area. I studied Economics and passed an opposition to enter to the public administration. I also do music studies and give classes for some time. Even so, the desire of creating has gone along with me all my life.

After having my two children, I bought a sewing machine to get into the world of sewing and a few years later I have decided to make a radical change in my life and create Amarar Creations. So, currently, I am an autonomous entrepreneur who tries to make of her passion her work. Amarar Creations is my small business with which I can develop my creativity.

At the beginning of my sewing path, I started experimenting with different materials and creating an assortment of accessories like belts, bags, pillows, curtains, etc. However, when I discovered the world of quilting I instantly felt in love with it and I started sewing quilts and experimenting with differents techniques, specially Foundation Paper Piecing. As I always loved making my original designs I started to create my own patterns and now it has become a part important of my business.

You can follow my work by subscribing to my newsletter at my website www.amararcreacions.com and becoming part of my comunity, being the first to know my last news and reviging discounts with my pattern releases, at my Instagram (@amarar_creacions) or at my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/amarar.creacions/).

The Yin Yang Heart Pattern is a Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern that reproduces an image that combines the figure of a heart with the Yin Yang symbol. Since without black there is no white and without dark there is no light, with this pattern I wanted to reflect the duality in love and in life itself.

This pattern is intermediate, and it requires certain knowledge and practice of Foundation Paper Piecing technique. The pattern includes: Templates to elaborate the Yin Yang Heart pattern in 2 sizes (9″ (23 cm) and 16.5″ (42 cm), assembly instructions, sections diagram, scaling formula so that you can elaborate it in different sizes and cutting templates. It is also incorpores a new version system so that you can download for free future changes or updates made to this pattern.

The pattern is available in 3 languagse: English, Spanish or Catalan. The Spanish and Catalan are in A4 sheet size and for the English one you can choose between 2 sheet sizes: Letter (8.5 “x11” (21.6 x 27.9 cm)) or A4.

It is a pattern in a modern and casual style, with which you can create quilts, hanging quilts, pillows, bags and everything you can imagine. Start up your imagination and let’s go sewing!

-Catalina


Keep it Thimble!

Totes and Toys Sewing Bundle

The next bundle on Pattern Chest has launched! I had the pleasure of working with these designers – The Cloth Parcel, Sew Fun Patterns, Sweet Briar Sisters, Cozy Nest Design, and Kandou Crafts – to create a sewing bundle that includes a variety of totes, bags, organizers, and toys!

Need something to organize your sewing projects? Sew up the Kato Drawstring Bag and a few Zippered Pouches in a variety of sizes. Need something to carry your books to and from, try the Nancy Book Bag. If you’re looking for a stylish carry-all, the Boho Shoulder Bag is perfect. For something with more pizzazz, the Cozy Cake Backpack makes a statement, and there are also directions for making it into a pillow. Looking for an easy way to organize small things like legos and dice, check out Play Then Store Away, this is a clever and easy way to avoid stepping on them in the middle of the night.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a baby or child, we’ve got you covered!  The Dalton the Dragon softie is a fun toy for the dragon lover in your life. The Baby Puzzle Ball is the perfect size to keep little hands busy and makes a great baby shower gift!  Another great gift idea for babies is the Essential Diaper Clutch – and this can also double as a way to carry any hand-sewing projects with you!

This bundle is only available until May 18th, so visit https://patternchest.com/presents/TotesAndToys to get them added to your sewing library today!

Scrappy Hawaiian Quilt

Five years ago, my brother gave me a box of 3.5″ and 6″ squares cut from vintage Hawaiian shirt fabric and asked me to make a quilt.  I found the perfect pattern in the ScrapTherapy book by Joan Ford.  I’ve worked on it off and on for the past few years, and finally finished it!

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This quilt has over 1,000 separate pieces and lots of triangles.  I tried to set up somewhat of an assembly line to sew and trim the half-square triangles.  Every few months, I would pull out the project and do a few more half-square triangles.

The best part was figuring out which squares to pair with the half-square triangles in order to make the fish.  I think the fish turned out great and I really like how the blue fabric makes them pop!

What long-term project have you finally finished?  Comment below!

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Tutorial: Crafting a Mushroom Meadow

My son is crazy about mushrooms.  Last year for Christmas he wanted a book titled Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians (of course he got it!).  He came up with this fun little mushroom craft that requires very few supplies.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 1″ Wooden spools or knobs (one for each mushroom)
  • Fabric scraps to make 2 1/2″ circles
  • Thread
  • Glue
  • Markers

He rooted through my scrap basket and selected about 11 different fabrics that looked like mushroom tops.  Batiks work well for this, as do tone on tone prints.  He also found that the reverse side of the fabric would sometimes work.

Next, cut out a 2 1/2″ circle from each fabric scrap.  Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch about 1/3″ in from the edge.  Gather the circle and add a small bit of stuffing. When making the first one (pictured above) we placed the wooden spool instead the gathered circle and pulled the thread tight, and tied it off.  This was pretty awkward and too some time to get the thread tight enough.  For the other ones, we gathered up the circle, stuffed it, tied it off, and then glued the “puff” on top of the wooden spool.  That worked much better and was even cuter!

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Once the mushroom is dry, use a green marker to draw a bit of grass at the bottom.  If you like, add a smiley face!

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I cut out a piece of green felt for the meadow and gave him a plastic Crystal Light container for storage.  Viola!  A portable mushroom meadow!

Keep it thimble!

Peek-A-Boo Drawstring Pouch

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I found the tutorial for these drawstring pouches at Twinkle and Twine.  They are so cute and very easy to make.  I made six in one afternoon, I could have made more, but ran out of vinyl for the windows.  The tutorial has great directions, even for beginners.

I plan to make these with other cut-out shapes for different occasions – a baby rattle, christmas tree, cupcake, and so on.  I’m even going to make one with a thimble, of course!

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Pineapple Pinkeep

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January!  This year I am focusing on finishing projects that have been 90% finished for a few years.  So far I’ve put the binding on three quilts and have prepped three other quilts for the longarm quilter.  In between finishing projects, I am doing smaller projects that can be finished in a few days.

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This is the Pineapple Pinkeep from a pattern by Sue Spargo.  I saw this pattern years ago and always liked it, but never made it.  During one of my thrift store visits, I found this beautiful brass candle bass for 3!  When I saw the base, I knew it would be perfect for the Pineapple Pinkeep.

This project was a lot of fun to put together.  Picking out the wool and buttons to use was the best part.  I also spritzed the wool with some walnut crystal spray so it wouldn’t look too bright (especially on the leaves).  The pineapple is the perfect way to “welcome” in the New Year!

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Halloween Pillow

One more day until the candy bonanza!  My son already went trick or treating at two events this weekend, so we already have a good start.  His plan for Wednesday is to stay out until he fills an entire grocery bag with candy.

 

Halloween Pillow with Ruffle

In between all the Halloween stuff, I made this Halloween pillow from some scraps leftover from another project (to be posted in a few weeks).  I used the scraps to make the patchwork squares, and then made them into a simple nine-patch block by using an orange fat quarter.

Ruffler Foot

I was originally going to put pom-pom trim around the pillow, but I figured this was a good opportunity to teach myself how to a the ruffler foot.  As you can see from the picture, ruffler foots are kind of scary (thus, perfect for Halloween) and intimidating.  I didn’t even know how to attach it!  Thanks to the internet, I was able to find a few videos that explained the process and I was on my way.  Once the foot is attached, it really is quite easy to use.  Soon I had 3 yards of ruffled material in no time flat.

I was going to stuff it with Fiberfill but then decided to splurge and get a pillow form instead. Using it makes a huge difference in the shape and finished look of the pillow.  The back has an envelope opening so you can slip the pillow form in and out in case you need to wash it.

I see a pillow-making tutorial in the future….

Keep it Thimble!