Friday, December 21, 2012


Monday, December 10, 2012

Evening silk bags

For Christmas Fairs I made some silk clutches. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last year's project

One less unfinished project in my cupboard!  I have to go to celebrate!  A year ago, while surfing on the net I found a great project to add to my patchwork collection.  This was twister quilts.  Here you are! Binded and labelled! Made by Javhlan Byamba.

On 8 November I will teach this wonderful quilt which looks so complicated but easy to make with special twisting tool.  If you want to make for Christmas you can bring your Christmas fabric collection. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A pencil case, estojo

Schools started and they ask things that our children should have during the academic year.  Here is a pencil case that I made for my DD2.  Her name is emroidered on my super duper machine. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Creche bags

In two weeks time I am going to visit my sister in Rome. Of course, I need some preparation for the visit, shopping - a big excuse. However, my sister asked me to make for her a year old daughter creche bag. She needed two of them and after two weeks of deciding what to make here are my results.
I used motives from Tone Finnanger Crafting Springtime Gifts.

Sorry about photos. Some times it is strange when I take photos by my mobile. You can have some neck exercises.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

IWP Activity Fair

Annual International Women in Portugal Activity Fair will be held on 27 September from 1030 to 1230 Quinta da Fonte. Details below

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Embellised collars have been very trendy recently.  This what you can do with some sequences and beeds.  Firstly, mark where you would like to have sequences and beads.  Otherwise you might end up redoing it again like me.

This is one of the collars that I made this summer.  More photos later.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A new bag with an old frame

I made this bag couple of years ago and it has been my favourite bag. I think, bought fabric in France.
However, in one of my workshops a lady came with a big with same metal frame.  I asked her to give me some measurements and here is the result. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Elmer - patchwork elephant

Some years ago a friend gave me David McKee's book Elmer.  It was one of the favourite books of my children.  Recently, I bought a book Sew It, Stuff It by Rob Merrett and there was a patchwork elephant.  I did not like the actual size of the book (it seemed too big) and just reduced a little bit.  I took the pattern to a copy shop to make it even smaller sized elephant.  I cannot promise when I will make a patchwork elephant family.  Here is the first patchwork elephant is standing proudly on my table. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A pencil case

A quick little project was done in a little time.  I do like these quick projects.  Actually, there were not as quick as I would say because I needed to go to shop to get a right sized zip.  The result was adorable.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Heart shaped oven gloves

In May when I was at the Arlanda airport in Sweden I saw a heart shaped oven gloves for sale. I did not buy it because I thought that I can make it. After almost two months I made two different colours.

On Saturday 7 July and Thursday, 12 July I will teach these two hearts.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Free motion quilt

I do think this is a very good site for people who wants to learn or get some ideas about free motion quilts.  You are even could see how Leah does free motion on her video.

These designs will be enough for a year long projects or more. Enjoy your stitching!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ipad case No 1

Since last summer I wanted to make Ipad case.  Only last night I made my first Ipad case.  I have another one on my head to make and hopefully, I will make it soon. And another project has to me realised to - laptop case.

This is my mouse trap purse to tidy my computer mouse and earphones.  While taking the photo I realised that my mouse trap is very colour coordinated wity my mouse.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ann's Spiral quilt

Yesterday Portuguese celebrated 25 April's revolution or carnation revolution.  In 1974 on that day Portuguese Salazar regime was overthrown with a military and students help.  Salazar was on head of the state since 1933.  This morning I had my Portuguese lesson before quilting and I learnt more about the revolution.  With this day song called Depois de Adeus sung by Paulo Carvalho is very famous.  Very nice words. I have to admit a bit of Portuguese fado words are there.  Another song Grandola Vila Morena is famous too.

Anyway, a bit of history.  Compared to yesterday the weather was much better, no rain, no cold.  Ann brought her spiral quilt to sandwich.  Irene, her Dutch friend was here to help us to sandwich.  Now she has to start quilting.

Having two little girls makes me to try new crafts.  After two weeks of youtubing and buying books I managed to make this little amigurumi - a little cute crochet toy.  Amigurumi originated from Japan and they are soo kawaii. It looks like a pig but supposed to be a little chic.

I made more bags and still making new ones.  Last night I was until midnight in my little room trying to make a new bag. Unfortunately, all measurements went wrong and I have to start over again.  Photo of a new bag later but for now these ones.  Tried not to have shadows but could not manage.  I have to improve my photography skills - sooner or later.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter and Happy Patchwork Weekender Bag

My amazon basket was full of books for several months. Finally, I decided to start buying them and after a week they were at my post box. I liked Patchwork Weekender Bag from The Perfect Handmade Bag by Claire Youngs. Here is the finished bag. I had a bit of problem with measurements but it is done. This morning I went to my local shop to enlarge side triangles. On the pattern it said enlarge twice?! It was not really clear. However, with a shop assistant we managed to enlarge for 200% and it worked. Luckily, I took my last night's creation to measure. A photographer is my DD1, who is now six. She kept saying that I have a giant bag. She is right, it is my the biggest bag I ever made.

This is my last night's work. I went to bed at 1am, after hours of trying making decision how to arrange my fabrics. This afternoon I needed cut base of the bag again. The book measurements did not match with my bag.

This is decision making process. I liked this arrangement but did want to make this way last night. Maybe next time.

This is another try as well. Looked good but not perfect for my eyes.

This is you know and it is the final decision.

I am really sorry that my photos are blured. I think it was the bad lighting at my studio.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Bag making workshops in April

On April 7 from 3pm learn to make this beautiful bag with metal frame. It is chic and will be one ofthe best bags that you ever had!

A very roomy bag with pleats and will be one of the best to carry your books, ipads, laptops and many of your other important things.

For details contact me at threeoldempires(at)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Quiet March

Our patchwork group members already started receiving their annual guests and we have been little occupied with quilting or sewing. It has been very warm year and people from Northen Europe already booking their friends and family for B&B or better t say for lunch, dinner and sightseeing in Portugal.

I had two false alarms about visiters too. None of them turned up, although one arrived and changed her mind after seeing my dog and went to stay in a hotel in Lisbon. I spent two hours cleaning and preparing bedroom but it is now clean.

Last Thursday Ann came with her Australian quilt and we sandwiched them together. We little discussed about how to quilt. It will be an amazing quilt and her memories about Australia.

I bought Asian style fabric from patch-mania and started making table mats. I cut ten little mats, sandwiched them and now I am trying to quilt. So far I have done three mats and seven to go.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Made hearts and a dog

Today Ursula brought her last week's creation. She made a 3D quilt. It is still in process but already looking great. It was nice opening of the morning. Sorry about the photo. Last week my DD2 dropped the camera and broke and now I am taking photos with my phone but when I download to the blog it looks like this. Still has not digged my phone to solve the problem. Just carefully turn your laptop or ipad left and you will see nice image :) Do not repeat this with your PC :) Good neck exercise!

Therese came today after long time being absent with her new preoject. She is making for her friend a bag like Regina. We do have many friends to make bags. Nice!

These are Ann and Therese's heart purses. Ann already knows what to do with her's. She will put her earphones with she goes to gym. I think, it is a very handy.

This is a my little doggy that I made for my two girls. We do have real one but he is not available for lifting or carrying around. He is 35 kg and this one has a palm size.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's purse

This is for Valentine's day little heart purse. We will make them tomorrow, 9 February. Appx size is 10cm x 15 cm

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Australian lines

Last Thursday and today Ann worked hard, making a bath cover. Today she joined all pieces and ready to sandwich it.

These are Ann's Australian bought ready cut jellies. Lovely colours and all Australian symbols in these fabrics. I asked Ann if she goes back to Asutralia to bring me one, please! I might make bath covers too :)

Today Ursula gave lift to Regina. Thank you Ursula and she hand quilted her little quilt. This little bag was quilted with scraps of fabric. A very useful and easy work to finish in an hour, if someone is looking for something quick and easy.

Regina is making a patchwork bag for her friend. All little pieces hand sewn. As you look a photo carefully, you will find a little plactic tea cup. This is because my younger daughter was serving my ladies with cup of teas. This week was my DD2's turn to stay at home. She happily played with her toys and went to have her nap. When she woke up asked about ladies and to serve them tea again. She was a bit sad after learning that they went home.

I took this photo at the end of our today's meeting. Lovely work Ann and thank you ladies for coming and having tea with my daughter.


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