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Monday, 31 October 2011

Final Day!! Blogtoberfest Day 31!

I did it! I posted every day in October! It is arguable that there was quantity rather than quality but it has certainly helped to kickstart my creativity after what has been a difficult summer.
Hell, it has been a difficult year, all things told. Not that I am complaining . I count my blessings. But anyone creative out there will know how it doesn't take much to get in the way of the Muse and the motivation.
So a big THANK YOU to tinnie girl for putting this on.

I didn't get everything that I planned finished but I can live with that if you can.

So carrying on from yesterday, here is a prayer flag made from that cut up quilt.


This flag is for Sanctuary. My home is slowly getting back to being my sanctuary.
I pray for Sanctuary to everyone out there that needs it.

This will be going up on the Prayer Flag blog as soon as I get a couple more done.

See you Soon!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Last but one, Blogtoberfest Day 30.

Back in May 2009 I started sone 'New Work', using up some red pieces. I didn't show it because I really wasn't happy with it. This is what it looks like now.

I have overpainted it with black and chopped it up.

I have a couple of ideas for these pieces, including some prayer flags.
This post explains how I did the faces. They were inspired by some statues of Rama and Sita that I bought in Bali.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

You're my favourite.

There are only three days left of Blogtoberfest, so I am not going to stop now, but what to blog about when instead of sewing I have been oggling all the quilts over at BQF.
I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the Quilt Festival.

The first one that caught my eye was this one by Chawne Kimber of completely cauchy.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Chawne Kimber

-for the bold scale of the design
-for the subtle shading of brown and blue, one of my favourite colour combinations
-for the ethos behind it's construction .. go and have a look if you want to know what that is and it is worth it because there are also instructions on how it was made.

Another of my favs is this one by Sabine...

- for the yummy colour and texture.

And finally this one because it sums up this time of year so perfectly.

Autumn Dyes

Friday, 28 October 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

 All week I had been planning to show a completely different quilt here today for the Bloggers Quilt Festival but as I began to post I realised that I have spent a large part of the past year physically and emotionally on the quilt you see here. So with an apology to regular visitors to this blog I figured it could have another outing.

I was asked to represent my region of The Quilters Guild of the British Isles in this years 'In the Spotlight' exhibition at the Festival of Quilts. The theme was The Romance of Words, and I included a poem in the piece. The poem and the emotional aspect of this it all be found here in my Whys and Wherefores post. I hope you can take the time to have a look.

In the construction of this quilt there was a lot of painting....

...and pebbling.....


.....and pebbling.....

But I got there in the end.....Phew!
I learnt so much doing this quilt!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like what you see and will call again.
I blog here, where I share my personal artistic stitching journey and over at Quilt Routes where I share tutorials on fabric painting, landscape quilting and anything else that takes me along the quilting path.


Thanks Amy!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

A finish.

Here are some moody shots of the little fabric book that I have put together from this.

The shots are "moody" because the photos are not really mine to share, but also because I am not convinced that I can really do shabby chic that well, which is what I was going for. It just goes to show that something that looks thrown together has actually had a lot of thought put into it, and that I should have given myself more time to do this. Never mind, the recipient is not a stitcher, and hopefully won't pass too critical an eye over it.

Another of my friends Grace, is a stitcher, and after seeing my Prayer Flag post look what I got in the mail this morning. In her words, "to add to my collection to to keep us all extra safe."
Thank you Grace. I am touched by your thoughtfulness.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Things I want to get finished........ Number Three,Four and Five

Progress has been made on Number One and Two, and I hope to show that tomorrow, but by the end of October I also want to finish these and this, and do some more of these.

Another shot from yesterdays walk.

What are you hoping to get finished?

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Things I want to get finished..... Number Two.

A very dear friend of mine has a big birthday this coming Thursday. About a year and a half ago she got married, second time for both of them and I have to say that it was one of the most moving weddings I have ever been to. On the day I collected lots of little pieces knowing that somewhere down the line I would put a little something together as a souvenir. I am going to make her a quilt, but I want her to help me plan it, so I am hoping to have this ready to give her on the day.
I plan to make a small fabric book like the one demonstrated in this DVD that I downloaded from Quilting Arts. I had better go and get on with it!

Before I go I wanted to show you the monster that was on the beach this morning!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Things I want to get finished before the end of Blogtoberfest! Number One.

Number One is this quilt, in time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival  over at Amy's Creative Side.

I first bought the fabric to do this back in June but it seems to have taken an age to get it done. That was because I couldn't figure out the best way to quilt it, but now that I have got it sorted I hope to have it finished by next week.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Day 23.

Yesterday Kit put up a post titled "Through the Subway Window", showing a snapshot of her journey to work. She asked for others to do the same, whether they work at home or out in the big wide world.

I have to be honest and say that while trawling through blog land I am sometimes envious of the shots I see of other people leading exciting lives in other more interesting places than me. However I am old enough to also realise that you cannot see the whole picture from just one shot.
I have lived in busy places, including London, and while I wouldn't change that experience I think I am better suited to the quiet life at the moment.

So with that in mind this is my view on my way to "work" yesterday. The last of our home grown produce before winter sets in. We are not great gardeners but in our defense it is not easy maintaining a vegetable patch living by the sea. One day of strong winds can come in and destroy everything.
But last night we feasted on a Caesar Salad made from these leaves.

I would like to think that one day I will be able to take a subway ride in Toronto!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Blogtoberfest Day 22

On Day 11 of the Blogtoberfest I showed you this.

Today I show you this, which is a sort of companion piece.

I do apologise for more old stuff, but I have been busy shopping for kitchen tiles.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011

And Finally...

....some close ups of the stitching.

Free machine stitching, some automatic stitches, and voiles on dissolvable film.

To finish, the photos of my then 11 year old daughter modelling it for me. ( She is going to go mad when she know I have included this!)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

....And More..Day 19

I don't usually go into so much detail, but there might be some of you out there who are interested to see the extent of the work that goes into City and Guilds. ( And I am suffering from a bit of Blogtoberfest fatigue, but I am determined to see it through and post everyday this month!) 

Yesterday I displayed some of the pages in my sketchbook, and here today is the accompanying "paperwork" that I had to present with the Prayer Flag Shawl.

References to my design source, and inspiration for the design.

A description of materials used.

Exploration of available stitches.

Descriptions of the methods employed.

.....and a bit more of the same....

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Prayer Flag Project.

I am thrilled to I have been asked by Vivika Denegre to become a contributer to The Prayer Flag Project.
I followed Vivika, as she made a flag a day through the month of June, culminating in her setting up of this project, with it's own blog and flickr group, inviting others to join in and make some flags.
Today is my first post over on the blog and I hope you will take a look. 
Here, I would like to show the inspiration for my first flags.

Some time ago using some hand dyed fabric, I made my own flags and left them out in the garden to weather.
There was a reason for doing this. At the time I was taking a City and Guilds course in Machine Embroidery and I was working on a Tibetan inspired sketchbook.

I had to produce an accessory for this part of the course and this is my Prayer Flag shawl.

Looking a bit like a flag I think.

Here is a close up of the tassles, that have the yellow flag fabric in them.

Over the next days I will share some pics from the sketchbook and take a further look at the design process for the shawl and the prayer flags. I hope you will join me.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Blogtoberfest Day16

First can I say a big Thank You to everyone for your lovely comments yesterday. I really appreciate them.

But look, this is what passes for excitement around here today!

A Vintage Tractor Rally!

I think this one was one of the oldest.

And this one was my favourite.

No, I think it's this one.

Hope you are having a good weekend where ever you are.