Sunday, 7 May 2017

'The Blue Quilt'
A family affair!
Fabrics hand-dyed or digitally printed by my niece Laura.
Re-arranging railfence piecing by my sister Linda.
Longarm quilted by myself.

Stars and loops pantograph quilting pattern in a 7" repeat.

Quilting-in-progress on my Gammill Longarm.

Quick and Easy Echo quilted leaf print cushion.  I've used a layer of red fine tulle to give a warm glow to the white fabric beneath and a pretty decorative machine stitch to frame the motifs.

Here I've made a leaf stencil and positioned it on black fabric then discharged the colour with a fine spray of bleach.  In this instance it's given a pleasing pale cream colour.  For the hand stitching I've used a cream Madeira Lana thread to make a bold mark against the black background.  The motif is to be echo quilted several times and then the background will be closely stitched to flatten it, making the motif stand out in relief.  The leaf shape will then probably need to have some 'veins' stitched to avoid any 'bagginess' in that area.

And the Batik Tumbling Blocks piece is growing slowly!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Another UFO completed!

Hand dyed fabric, screen printed lizard with 'beady' eyes and stitched nostrils, sprayed and stencilled text.

Hand stitching in Madeira Lana thread to accentuate some of the lettering.

Vertical machine quilting in a variegated thread.

Beady eyes and hand stitching in Madeira Lana thread along his back and for his nostrils.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Workshop at Chateau de Gudanes - update.

The cost of this residential course is 1,380 Euros to include all materials for the course, breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by international and local chefs, unlimited beverages (house wine, house spirits, house beer and non-alcoholic drinks), shared accommodation and bathroom facilities, organised activities, complimentary laundry facilities for own use and transfers to and from Toulouse.
25% deposit at time of booking.  Balance prior to 9th May 2017.

Bookings to be taken on the Chateau de Gudanes website
On the homepage click on the three bars on the top right, click on 'Restore and Stay 2017' then scroll down to the experiences.

You'll be creating your own unique version of a leaf printed cushion cover.

We'll be printing from leaves foraged in the chateau grounds.

First onto paper to see how it all works and then onto fabric.

Next we'll layer up the printed fabric with batting and a backing fabric, pin then tack through all layers to hold everything in place and then quilt around the leaf shapes.  Finally we'll sew in place an overlapping envelope back to finish off the lovely cushion cover.  Et voila!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Nearly there - the chateau workshop details are almost finalised.  Watch this space!
17th-20th July 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

I really loved Katie Pasquini Masopust's display at the Sitges Patchwork and Quilting Festival.

Sitges by night 

And by day
Cap de la Villa, centre of town.

One of many beautiful features along the narrow streets
of the old town.

Dr. Roberts

These vintage pieces were exhibited in a gorgeous old building on the sea front.