Friday, 20 December 2013

Fabric Friday -doodling


This hand painted fabric that I decided to doodle on wasn't planned to be particularly Christmassy but somehow turned out that way.


I think so anyway. Do you agree?


Merry Christmas to you all.

art quilting

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Painted Fabric.

hand dyed fabric

To prove that the teacher learns from the pupil.
I have painted a lot of sunset fabrics but it took a student to show me that these could also be a snow covered landscape as the sun goes down.

landscape quilting


Plus: Just in case you don't follow my other blog :D

Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio

I am thrilled :)

art quilting



Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Desert Moon


When I teach my Striped Pieced Landscape class I usually create my sample piece from my head, but I came across this postcard bought on a holiday in France years ago (pre teaching workshop days) and I could see what a great  striped piece it would make.


This is one of my samples completed.


Here is another. Note the addition of a bit of hand stitching in this one. Was that my idea?
Sadly not! I copied it from one of the ladies at the workshop I taught in Reading a couple of weeks ago.

Textile Art

This is her piece. Isn't it great?
That is why I like teaching this class, because I come away with new ideas too :D



Here is a close up of the stitching.
Why do I only see those loose threads once I have uploaded a photo?!!!


Thursday, 5 December 2013

feeling blue...




...because I thought I knew what I was doing with this one because I know this method for HST's so I didn't bother to watch the video and simply copied the picture on the instruction sheet.
This meant that I missed the bit telling me to trim each HST square down to 3 1/2 inches and so have ended up with a block much bigger than the 12 1/2 inches it is meant to be.
One day I will follow my own advice and read ALL the instructions first.

quilt blocks 

Just as well I am not putting this altogether into a quilt eh?
It doesn't really matter for that reason and I do think that with the varying amount of stitching that I plan to do in these blocks, they are all going to come out different sizes anyway.

**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide


...another reason for feeling blue is the lack of light around here making it hard to get decent photos.
Never mind. Only twenty more days to go until the Winter Solstice :D

I am not really feeling blue....just the block.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

more strippy pieces

stitched landscape

This is a piece I started as a sample in the workshop I taught last week. I took as my inspiration this ripped paper collage by Grace Breyley.

Sometimes I have something in mind to guide me, sometimes they come from my own head. The fabric does the work, like with this below.

stitched landscape

These are both raw edged. Sometimes it is nice to just let the fabric be fabric without worrying about tidying up those edges don't you think?


Monday, 25 November 2013

Stitched Landscape Workshop


landscape quilts

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking and teaching at Hexagon Quilters in Reading.
I had a great time and was made to feel very welcome.
Here I share the wonderful pieces that were produced in the Striped Pieced Landscape workshop.

landscape quilts

Thank you Ladies!
Back with some of my own pieces tomorrow.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Balkan Puzzle Block ...stitched.

quilt block

I decided to use this test out the Madeira Lana Wool that I purchased a while ago.. I have used it for hand stitching, but not in the machine, so I thought I would give it a try.

quilting lines

Here is a close up of the centre square. Quite liking the texture this gives but you need to stitch slowly to stop any shredding and there were some messy bits on the back, but I probably need a different  needle and bobbin thread.

quilt block

Took the time to finish this off with a proper binding.

**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Balkan Puzzle Block

quilt block

 Also known as Windblown Star.
If I had done the centre pieces in pink I think it would look like a flower, which gives me an idea as to how I want to stitch it.

quilt block

In doing this I have learnt a new way of doing half square triangles which I like.

quilt block

I took my time and was pleased with how many corners I matched up.
However, I have enough self knowledge to know that I probably wouldn't have enough staying power to do a full quilt with this block.
On to the stitching!
**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

the day...

...has run away from me again...
That seems to be happening a lot lately.

fabric squares

Hopefully by tomorrow these squares will be a Balkan Puzzle Block.

In the meantime I will leave you with an image of one of the distractions of my day.

sea view


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