Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Enjoy your day!
Friday, 26 August 2016
Thursday, 18 August 2016
We are lucky to have a pretty vibrant quilting group, and one of our ‘charters’ for want of a better word is to try and get top level tutors to come and teach us. Our guild is really proactive in supplying grants to cover these tutors and it turns what would be an expensive exercise into something very achievable.
The biggest killer is paying someone’s travel costs. We live in country SA, and Australia is a pretty big space. So having someone travel from Sydney or Melbourne or the like can be cost prohibitive.
But sometimes we are lucky enough to have a very good tutor living in our own back yard, and that is the case with Rachel Denneny. She’s an award winning quilter, and if you haven’t heard her name before, I’m sure you’ve seen her Houston winning quilt Royal Amethyst
and it was Rachel who came to visit us this weekend.
We were making a design called Water Lilies, which is based on her Reflections class. In a nutshell, we were taught the technique to make a quilt that had a main design reflected in the lower part. This is Rachel’s quilt sample:
which is turned edge appliqued onto the top and bottom which some extra twists in the bottom part to make it look all reflecty. And I won’t share that technique with you because that would be wrong. But it was clever.
And here are mine:
And that’s as far as I got. I didn’t end up using my background fabrics because I really didn’t like them in the end, so I have to have a shopping expedition to find more. What a shame.
The big angels singing, beam of light shining on me moment that I spoke about last entry was the way Rachel does her turned edge applique. She uses a wooden tool, and Stitch A Fuse, and again I won’t share it with you because it’s her technique, not mine – but I think it has changed my quilting world. So many of my projects look terrible with the way I do my needleturn applique, because I can’t do it nicely. My petals this workshop looked so amazing, I nearly cried. I tell you, it’s a life changing quilting moment for me that occurred this weekend.
Rachel’s technique is one that seems to be out there in a similar vein everywhere on the net and it involves using a glue stick, stitch and fuse and a small turning tool – do a search and I’m sure you’ll find something similar. It’s so amazing, I was thrilled to bits.
So that’s my incredibly long update. I’ll leave you with some of Rachel’s amazing quilts – all the quilting is done on her domestic machine. Fantastic.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Monday, 1 August 2016
Hi Lovely Readers
I’ve been plodding away at my Lucy Boston quilt and I have another block to show you!
The other two are quite pink/blue so I knew I had to totally change it up, so this is my Christmas block!
Did you have a great weekend? Mine was wet and rainy and fabulous!
Thursday, 28 July 2016
I do love getting emails from people out there who take the time to read my blog. One email I received overnight was from Carol (hi Carol!) asking if I’d ever done a Double Wedding Ring from Aunt Grace fabrics.
Of course I have. I have 3039049658 flimsies in the cupboard, why wouldn’t there be a double wedding ring? And you know me and thirties prints!
I realised when I was thinking about this quilt that I had no photos of all of it. It’s probably THE quilt I’m most proud of, the one that I would rescue if the house was on fire, and yet there would be no photographic proof of it if something did happen.
So I’ve fixed that problem.
Bear in mind it’s been folded in a cupboard for years and years, and I didn’t press it yet. But I think it comes up fairly well. It needs a really good press, I think. But I don’t have time for that today.
I always surprise myself when I dig out the old quilts. I did a really good job on this one. And then I start thinking about the quilts I make now, and I don’t think I am getting better. You’re supposed to get better as you get older, but I feel my skills are worse now than they have ever been. I’m trying to sort that out in my head – trying to work out what it is that is making me be a crappier quilter technically now than I was before. I think it’s the same old thing I’ve mentioned before – I start too many things and I rush them when I do it. I need to slow down and enjoy the moment, the process rather than race through them when I have a minute here or there spare to sew.
Something I need to work at, I think.
Anyway. I’ll take a better photo later on, but for now, at least there’s proof I made the thing!
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Hi lovely readers.
I’ve been sorting through the photo files on my laptop and found a flimsy that I hadn’t showed you.
You know how one thing leads to another? I had a clean out of my UFO’s, trying to sort the ‘already started’ from the ‘Kits ready to go but not yet begun’. I figure if I get all the ‘already started’ things finished, I could always sell the ‘Kits ready to go but not yet begun’ on Ebay or something if the need arose.
By the way, have you seen this meme?
So….back to the story.
While I was sorting my UFO’s into two piles, I came across a stack of two inch squares. Some had been pieced into pairs – perhaps I was doing leaders and enders? I don’t know, I can’t recall. So right there and then, I stitched those suckers into groups of five, and before I knew it, I had another flimsy!
I would have thrown those bits out, but instead I have now got another flimsy. And I don’t mind it at all. It’ll be on the pile of ‘quilts to be donated’ or something, but I that’s okay. It might brighten someone’s day.
How’s your day been? Bright and scrappy?
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Hello lovely readers.
I had the glorious luxury on Tuesday of spending the whole day at our quilting group, and I managed to put a great big full stop at the end of this quilt:
I came home and yesterday, while the kids were
playing minecraft all day happily playing outside in the fresh air all day, I managed to finish it!
Oh my points don’t line up too well there.
Do you want to see a big picture?
Not big enough? Have I teased you enough?
Here you go.
I’m very pleased with it, and the little person who will end up with the quilt is also very pleased with it. You can’t ask for more than that.
Now I have to wait for my long arm quilter to return from her jaunting around the planet so she can stitch it for me.
The weather is marginally (bee’s whisker) warmer today, and the children are at their grandparent’s house, and the housework is done enough (it’s never totally done) so I will slip away back into my sewing room and push on with it.
I hope your day is going well!