Friday, 29 February 2008
The first two photos are of the pencil roll I have made for DS1's birthday on Tues. He will be 16 and is studying graphics and art. The next photo shows the back which I hope will be trendy enough for him! I have used elastic and a button as a fastener.
The next two photos show a finished afghan which took approx 1 year to complete. It is approx 6 x 4 feet and is made with 100% wool yarn which is spacedyed. It will be going into our VW camper to keep me warm on our camping trips.
And finally here is Gizmo, the third of my four cats. Gizmo is brother to Misty and Patches and a very handsome tom cat.
It will just be a two colourway alternating pattern.
Monday, 25 February 2008
This then led to the quilt design based on triangles with the yellow fish scattered around. I think that it would be fun to piece even though it is all triangles! I would use lots of different patterned background fabrics to give the effect of the undersea landscape.
I am now working on Module 3 which is texture and hope to share some of those samples with you soon. I suppose the only frustrating thing at this stage of my course is that I don't have time to dwell on techniques that I have enjoyed and do more but there will be time for that next year.
In the meantime I have signed up for the Dear Baby Jane Challenge
which is something I have wanted to do for a while and I think that working out some of the more complicated blocks will be a good learning experience.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
On the subject of crochet I have been to Hobbycraft today and this wool is on sale at £1.35 for 50g. It is my favourite type of yarn - 100% cotton. I had to limit myself to just these two balls of black as I already have loads! They also had the 4ply version - really lovely stuff - get down to your local store and buy some!!The final picture shows the other thing have have made recently - it is a fabric roll for my crochet hooks. The idea came from www.katesquilting.blogspot.com as she has been making pencil rolls for gifts. Thanks Kate for the inspiration!
Monday, 18 February 2008
I was very pleased with this piece, firstly because it is so colourful but also as it made me work in ways that I never would have done before. It was done in a rush to meet the deadline but it is something I would like to revisit.
Sunday, 17 February 2008
The following two photos show the two intercut blocks. The joins have been zigzagged with a space dyed thread and then the whole block has been quilted with a wavy line design.
I can see how this technique could be used to great effect in quilts but I am not sure that I like my blocks - especially the one where the fish has no head!
Saturday, 16 February 2008
This first photo shows Patches making sure the mice do not escape! There are 5 mice on one side and 4 on the other. All the tails are crocheted and then stitched onto the bag along with the mice. I then randomly quilted the bag in a swirly pattern.
So what a great day it has been! The photo below shows fabric I received from Brenda this morning, in a black and white swap.
I also attended Doughty's roadshow in Huddersfield this morning and bought 11 metres of Rowan fabric for £3 a metre. I have a very large collection of Rowan fabric following an irresistible sale on equilter.com at Christmas!
And last but not least my sewing this afternoon has been accompanied by DH shouting as he watched the football on the internet - Barnsley has beaten Liverpool in the FA cup!
Friday, 15 February 2008
Anyway I had already decided I wanted to use this orange and black cat fabric for my bag. I also decided to adapt the hearts and make them into mice, this I managed without much problem. Last night it was the tails that I was working on. I tried the bobbin method as suggested with a thick gold thread and then a thick black thread - both were not heavy enough for the mouse tails - hence all the unpicking.
When I woke this morning the solution came to me - and it seems to have worked very well. I took the thick gold thread and crocheted a tail by combining it with black cotton knitting yarn. I am really pleased with this result. I am going to use gold sequins for eyes and then I am going to stitch the mice onto the bag with either orange or black top stitching. Can't decide which looks best so if anyone is reading this out in blogland - what do you think? - outline mice in black or orange?
Thursday, 14 February 2008
I have already introduced you to Patches, my tabby tortoiseshell cat. Here she is with her sister, Misty enjoying some sisterly love in their favourite spot on the back of the sofa. They were 2 years old in October. I also have their brother, Gizmo and their Mum, Maisy.
Some of our members are also patchworkers and here are three of their sampler quilts. We have worked on these over the last couple of years - and yes mine isn't finished yet!
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
The clamshell sample is not as big as it was going to be - it wasn't just that I ran out of time but I did find it rather tedious. The yellow and pale green fabrics are my own hand dyed fabrics.
The sample was made using rectangles with a curved top. The rectangles were machined pieced partially up the sides and then the tops were tacked onto a curved paper piece. Each row was then appliqued on to the row above. The whole thing was started with a row of rectangles.
Monday, 4 February 2008
This first photo shows my artwork. My painting is a bit childish or should we say naive(?) but I was working to a very tight deadline at the time. I chose the mallard as the block is called flying duck ( although I suppose it should have been swimming duck!) I worked to a complementary colour scheme and although green and brown are not direct complementary colours it does work if you check it on the colour wheel.
The block is actually made up of 4 mini blocks which are surrounded by a black border. I will probably bind it when we 'do binding' later in the course. The blue/green fabric is actually a feather print which I thought would be fun to represent the birds. I made 4 circle blocks, two with a small brown circle in the centre, one with a small green circle and one with a larger green circle. Each circle was cut into 4 and then reassembled to make the finished block.
This photo shows a close up so you can see the quilting. It is machine quilted about quarter of an inch from the seam - I quilted around each of the 4 ducks to give them more definition.
I know that not everyone approves of cats but 'Patches' always likes to help with the samples. She is my constant companion and was named because of her markings and my love of patchwork. It is a coincidence that she finds patchwork and quilting so enjoyable. I will introduce my other cats another time - Gizmo my tom cat prefers crocheting!
Sunday, 3 February 2008
They are to be taken to Belarus at Easter by a charity which is based in Leicestershire.
The photo below is a fantastic example of a scrap quilt - one of our members saves all the little pieces as long as they are one and a half inches wide and creates these really colourful quilts.
Saturday, 2 February 2008
Artwork was a difficult choice for this one. I wanted to show the triangular pattern in both the birds themselves and in their flying formation so I chose the photo shown below.
The triangular formation of the wings in flight is shown by the picture of the weather vane. The other picture shows the Wild Goose Chase block which is seen on many vintage quilts.
This first block shown in the photo below, is sometimes called Wild Goose chase but it can also be called Dutchman's puzzle. It is done by the Lynne Edwards method of using two sizes of squares to make the triangular unit. It is one of the blocks that I made last year as part of a sampler quilt. This quilt is of course a UFO needing one more block before I can embark on Lynne's fabulous 'quilt as you go' method.