Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Friday, 8 May 2015
Back before I knew anything about quilting, I decided that I would make a design on one of the Disney characters I had always loved. I was very young, probably about nineteen or twenty.
I didn’t know about fusible webbing like steam a seam or vliesofix. I didn’t now about much really. But I figured ‘this can’t be too hard’.
And it was SUPER hard. I can’t believe I finished it. I appliqued it all with pins and a good bit of cursing onto calico, with no sticking products at all, then I stitched it on with machine applique (which again, I had no idea how to do) but I think perhaps I was young and naive, and didn’t know how much easier it would have been with the right product. And it just worked out.
It sat for so long as a cut out finished tiger, with no background. I didn’t have a clue how to finish it off, but then the water colour quilt came into vogue and I thought ‘hmmm, that might do’. So about fifteen years after I finished the tiger portion I finished the background section and now he is done.
Well, he’s a flimsy. But that’s done enough.
What do you think? Yes, I’m well aware I broke about 397 copyright rules, but I figure I’m not selling it for money – I can’t see how Disney would have any sort of issues. But don’t tell them, just in case.
Hope your day is a good one!
Monday, 27 April 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
It is school holidays. I’ve packed off my children for three nights with their grandmother. The house is quiet and still. I’ve all the time in the world to quilt.
And I have a head cold.
I thought I’d give you some show and tell today. This quilt is a really old one that has been languishing in the cupboard for years, just waiting for ‘something’ to finish it off.
It’s a disappearing nine patch, and it was finished to the red outer border. But it wasn’t ‘finished’. On my last visit to a fabric shop I brought some black and whites and in half an hour had stitched an outer border. I think all it needs now is that red as a binding and it’s done.
It was a shop sample (so many shop samples) and we sold metre after metre of black and whites once people had realised what they could do with them. I must admit that black and white prints can look very daunting, but this worked a treat. Don’t you think?
I hope you’ve had a good day sewing, or quilting, or knitting, or whatevering!
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
I had a lovely weekend at our quilting group. We were lucky enough to secure Gloria Loughman as our tutor. Gloria has been to our group before and we asked her to come back again.
I’m so far out of my comfort zone with any sort of art quilts, and I’ll show you my attempts tomorrow, but for now I thought I would show you some of the tutor’s work. My work is rather insipid compared to what some of the other ladies were doing, but I’m doing my best.
But for now, enjoy…(excuse my feet in most of the shots!)
I’ll post my things tomorrow…..