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.