October 21, 2009
This, my second quilt, was completed at home, following the Quiltaway workshop Stanwell Tops by Beth and Trevor Reid. Looking for inspiration my eyes spotted this beautiful tree which was full of life and housed this space within its lower trunk.
My quilt was achieved by drawing with a special fabric pen, and particularly good crayons that suit fabric, and then machine stitching for enhancement and drawing together all the essential elements.
The technique is quite a different direction to my norm. However it has much attraction and I am “drawn” to put my skills to work and create two more, at least, as this contemporary style will suit our lounge room exceedingly well.
I welcome your comments – please tell me what you think of this new style (for me).
October 20, 2009
My wild woman
Wobbly trio art quilt.
Having just returned home from Stanwell Tops where the air is as fresh as you can get – it blows straight off the sea into the treetops – the body is tired but the spirit is strengthened! I went with my friend Dorothy – we are both new members of the Illawarra Quilters Group. Diana and her committee put on a great “show” – the venue and accommodation was fantastic, and I had 2 days with Beth Miller, and 2 days with Beth and Trevor Reid, our tutors from Canberra.
There was some quiet time built into the program which suited me fine. I practiced some new beading techniques from instructions that my friend Kaite mailed to me. The limitations of my beads meant that my practice piece looks just like a practice piece so I cant show this to you. Doing this helped my confidence in beading and I am raring to go forward now.
After class one night, all students were encouraged to make a little “wild woman” brooch – Dorothy and I were exhausted so we made ours at 6.15am the next morning, appearing at the breakfast table all decked out wearing our sparkly creations. This is what I made, almost with my eyes half shut!
Here is the first of the three quilts I started at Quiltaway. Two more need to be finished.
Quiltaway by Illawarra Quilters was a fantastic and lovely time – held annually, so why not consider checking it out for next year. Google Illawarra Quilters to find out more.
October 12, 2009
Reflections surrounding Arkaroola
Following a recent workshop tutored by the lovely Caroline Sharkey, I decided that it was time for “bum down – head up” at home – forget the dishes, shopping, housework (well as much as I could get away with) – and…… I am pretty pleased with the result that came from my sewing room. Using one of my photographs taken at Arkaroola during last year’s visit, I cut lots of my hand-dyed fabrics into tiny snippets and after some playing around with fabrics and water, this is what I produced.
It’s not perfect I know – but at least I am working towards achieving the impressionistic perspective that I so much love.
More practice is needed….so watch this space, and see how my talents grow. I hope to not disappoint you (or myself).
October 12, 2009
Pizazzy Postcard No.1 by Lin
Making postcards is an enlightening way to practice techniques, consider design elements, whilst making a small art-quilt to hang or mail to someone important in your life.
A few weeks ago my “Postcards with Pizazz class” at the Chatswood Sewing Centre, one of my student’s Lin produced this wonderful postcard. After finishing it off at home, I received a photo of it last night and having Lin’s permission to show you her work from class, here it is! The colours selection combines well with the textures created by stitch, choice of fabrics and …..even the fringe works so well. Lin’s beading work compliments the spotty sparkly fabric too – can you see that?
I am surprized about how much I am enjoying teaching classes. The ladies are so eager to learn and they inspire me too. There is lots of preparation to be ready to teach – all the organisation pays off by being ready to pass on lots of knowledge and inspiration at class.
This is Lin’s outcome from the workshop……her No.1 postcard.
October 9, 2009
Embellished & stitched poppy quilt for the wall
Discover the simplicity and absolute pure joy of using the Embellisher.
No threading, just needles punching through fabric, yarns, and other fun stuff to create one of a kind … well anything really.
This class teaches techniques of how to use this wonderful machine and create a small wallhanging to take home.
Embellisher Class is Thursday 26 November; 10 – 4pm at the Chatswood Sewing Centre.Please note that an embellisher machine is required do this class.
On Tuesday 24 November; 10 – 4pm I will be teaching “Art quilts for walls using amazing Angelina Fibres“.
Further details of my workshops can be obtained from http://www.chatswoodsewingcentre.com.au