Sunday, December 06, 2009

My tree is up ... but there are still more decorations in storage




Normally the Christmas spirit takes me by storm and I'm decorating for the entire last week of November. This year the storm was the flu instead, and it totally wiped my energy levels. I finally got a tree up this weeken in the colour theme of pink and gold (a new combination for me) ...must make a quilt in that colour scheme sometime. Apologies for the quality of the photo's.
I'm wishing for joy and peace this Christmas - I've had a traumatic year again. Bring on 2010 and may it bring everyone Joy and Peace.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Retreat, Inspiration, Challenge, New Skills, Friendship







I spent the weekend on a retreat with my sewing mates. We all came up with a small project to teach the others. These were: Fabric Weaving, Creating a Cuff, Quilts from photo's our own photo's. The results were amazing, the weekend inspiring and at times challenging with numerous changes outs of colours (in my case) or pieces to get the photo quilt realistic. We had loads of fun and have two new projects to finish off. Cuffs were completed, with the exception of mine which I want to bead embellish.












The photo's say it all I think.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Observation of how different quilting changes a look








I've been making the same small (A4 size) quilts for Christmas gifts, with slight variations like different coloured embroidery thread, positioning the border fabrics differently, but most of all using different quilting designs. Here's the results drafted on paper and some of the quilts.


























Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rubbish Quilts 9

Some more of my 5" quilts made from rubbish from a Patchwork shops class rubbish bins
































Monday, August 17, 2009

Christmas Quilt 2009







I resolved to take a row off my Christmas Quilt then split it in half to be quilted in two pieces. This weekend I worked on a sample piece to decide on the quilting pattern. It was a good exercise as it threw up an unexpected combination of quilting. I have always liked using contrasting coloured thread to quilt as it adds another dimension, but you can see from the stippling below it was just too much on this quilt. So the combo I reached (with the help of really good mates Mary-Anne and Sarah) was stipple in cream and stars in variegated thread. Check out the pictures.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Rubbish Quilts 8





















A few more rubbish quilts to look at.




Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Zealand Men's Health Trust


I recently started a job as the Office Manager for the New Zealand Men's Health Trust. Check us out! The picture is of me at my desk. http://www.ok.menshealth.org.nz/

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Creating in the Moment vs Planning Ahead

I've been stitching together a new Christmas Quilt over the past few weeks. Finally I have a top together which is 2.4m wide by 2.7m long. I have an uneven number of rows down the lenght of the quilt. I pieced all the rows from top to bottom, rather than across the width of the quilt. Not planning ahead with the style of quilt has created these problems:

Block quilting designs are based on even numbers, and geometry lends itself to an all over block design I think.

I can't easily just wip off the extra row - because I pieced the rows vertically. I have almost decided that I am going to do the unpicking and take it off.

The quilt is very large for quilting on a domestic machine, so I need to unpick either one or two more seams and quilt it in two or three pieces. If I choose a block quilting design over the large diamond shaped by four squares of four blocks, it still leaves me with a large middle section to quilt at the end - and I'll still have manouverability issues getting the quilt under the harp of the machine.

I have considered all over designs, but none that I can think of are particularly spectacular and I think with a quilt like this that an all over design will get lost to a large degree - so why quilt anything spectacular anyway?

So ... still thinking this one through. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

Of course - no pressure on myself - I want the quilt for Christmas 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Layers of thoughts & memories


Here's another page from my sketchbook. This one will become part of a quilt I think. I liked the way the layers of this overlap each other, like memories or thoughts that come and fade from our minds. I've been thinking about ways to achieve these layers in textile form and have come up with a few different possibilities using sheers and interfacings.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Rubbish Quilts 6

























I've missed a few days blogging - new job and a head cold being the reason. The seasons are changing here and we are having lots of log fires and woollen jersey days, along with rain. Always rain in our temperate climate. At least there is quilting to cheer us up.





Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two days off!


I've accepted a part-time job working 3 days a week. This will give me two days to quilt! I've begun with two days off and today, got down to the next step on a Christmas Quilt that I began in 2008 - laying out the pieces to see what's next - more peicing is the answer. I have the diagonal strips sewn in - now for the sides.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hand Quilting


In 2008 I went to a hand quilting class where we were practising on a 60cm square of calico with wool batting. I liked the organic flower shape so much that I continued the piece, then used shiva paintstiks to colour and finished it off as a round table centrepiece.