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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

working wednesday

 This is what I am working on at the moment.

This is almost done. Just need to put the backing on as I quilted it without one.

When I am taking photographs I am never sure if I need flash on or off so I usually take one without and one with. The difference today was quite interesting.... maybe..... or perhaps I need to get out more?

Without flash...

With flash........

 I like what it has done to the grey feathers.

I could show you more pebbling from my Festival of Quilts piece but I need a break from that and the fact that I have run out of thread has allowed me to take one.

Instead I will show you how far I have got with the Turkish Delight piece.

Can you see where I am going with this? Does the colour remind you of a certain chocolate bar? Maybe only U.K. readers will know what I am referring to. I used to love them as a kid although these days I find them just a tad too sickly for my taste.
I know this is a bit obvious but hopefully by the time it is complete the pink won't be so in your face.
I am trying to do it all my hand, taking my time. Now that my machine is in the shed it is nice to have some hand sewing to do in the house. No close ups of this though, not until I have covered up my hand applique stitches!!

Friday, 20 May 2011

News Flash- Starch Works

I had to bite the bullet and get on with the pebbling on the last background piece but as I started to stitch, it just didn't feel right. I know it is a much bigger piece but it wasn't moving around very smoothly.

Then I realised that I had neglected to starch the backing fabric as I had done previously. Out with the spray starch and job done....well some of it done anyway.

So starch your backings so that they glide with ease around your sewing plate. It really does make a difference.

Here is a progress photo of "Floating" or "In the Air" or "On the Wind" or whatever I decide to call this.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Colour Wheel Quilt (or Mr Chocolate's Companion)

I have finished the quilting on this quilt.

Why Mr Chocolate's Companion you ask?

Well, a few years ago whilst staying with my friend Jennie in London, my daughter was very taken with a chocolate brown faux fur throw that she had bought from John Lewis (named Mr Chocolate!)
Being the wonderfully generous godmother that she is, next birthday my daughter was given a Mr Chocolate of her own. She loves it so much she would probably wear it outdoors if she could get away with it, which is all very well, but is a bit disheartening for a mother who has made her the odd quilt!

I don't think I was aware of it at the time but I think that subconsciously I had some plan to try and usurp Mr Chocolate from my daughters affections when I chose the main colour for this quilt.

I deliberately haven't shown you a full shot of it. To see it you will have to go here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Working Wednesday

Remember this......?

 I thought it was about time that I quilted it.

I have finished pebble quilting this panel for my FOQ piece.
Now and I am at the " WHAT WAS I THINKING ????" phase, as next I have to do exactly the same to another piece, which is about three times as big as this!

I have been looking at this. It is for a challenge that has been set for my Art Quilt group Serge Ahead.
The challenge title is Turkish Delight and the piece has to include this fabric.

That is what I have been doing on this Working Wednesday.
Hope you are having a good Wednesday

Monday, 9 May 2011

First(ish) Quilt

Whilst staying at my Mum and Dad's place during the Easter hols, I snapped some shots of this quilt I made for Mum quite a few years ago now.

I can't remember if it is the exact first that I made; but it is definitely one of the first.

My Mum came with me to Malvern Spring quilt show and chose all the fabrics herself.

Her garden always looks wonderful at this time of year, something I will never be able to achieve because even though I attempt to grow some of the same things as her, the sea breezes (okay, strong ocean winds on some days) and salt air usually ruin things.
I am not complaining, but over the years I have learnt the hard way what will and won't grow near the coast.

I hand quilted this in the ditch!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

working wednesday

Now that everyone, (husband included) is back at school, it is time to crack on with the Festival of Quilts piece, especially as I had a phone call from our Regional Co-Ordinater at the weekend to see how I was doing (Hi Jackie!).
So I have started on this section....

......And I have completed this section.

This is now officially my work space!!!
It is so exciting. For those of you that don't know, before Christmas the sheds that stood here burnt to the ground. We were so lucky that the quick actions of our lovely neighbours stopped our whole house going up in flames. The back of the house did sustain some damage but has now been rectified.
I do have a shot of the burnt out wreck but it is so depressing I just don't want to add it to my nice clean blog, so the before and after shots can be of the inside.

I am already in and using the space, but until I have finished putting up shelving etc I am going to keep things under wraps and you will have to come back later to see it in all it's glory.

I still have my view of the sea which you can just make out past the washing line, and looking at this I realise that I must drag myself away from stitching and blogging to prune the fire damage from that bush. To be honest I have only just realised that it has damage now that the green shoots are poking out from underneath.
After trying to work in practically every room in the house I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have this space. I'll end on a big THANK YOU to my husband who has downsized to a smaller shed so that I could have this (although I think I heard cheering as I carried the last of my stuff out!!)