Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Didn't have time for much else today, but at least I did something!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The 4 YO is demanding the computer now to play his game (they start young, I know) so I am off upstairs to finish my "open theme with charm" cards - the fans. And then they can go in the post tomorrow...
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
As I mentioned before, I'm not getting a lot of work done at the moment between having my mother visit and it being half-term holiday from school this week (the latter being more of a cause than the former). But I did receive some more cards in the post yesterday - the two above are from Myra (left) and Vicki (right) - Myra's is a part of the open-theme February swap on Quilting Forum on Delphi; Vicki's is part of the Valentine's swap with my (private) dyelist. The Valentine's ones won't stay on display much longer as they are very seasonal, but next year, I'm going to have a fantastic display around that time of year!
Today's post brought this offering, which is from Jan, for the "Fibres" swap on Fibre Artists International. In addition to lots of varied fibres, Jan has also used tyvek to create texture. I really like this card a LOT. Makes me want to run upstairs and melt tyvek...
Surprisingly enough, I did actually do a little bit of work today - I started working on the Open Theme with Charm cards for FIA - I knew what I wanted to do in principal - an oriental fan, with the Chinese Dragon Cloud charms I bought recently from The Fruit Pixie (a favourite eBay UK seller). So I decided I'd at least get the fans fused on to the background fabric - I decided to use gold metallic thread to quilt the cards and finish the edges, but unfortunately, I only had a little bit left on the reel, so I had to go out and buy more - got some more pelmet vilene at the same time - I go through that stuff pretty fast these days, with all the postcards and fabric book pages and whatnot...
Anyway, here's a nearly finished card, and the others halfway there...
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
More squishie post today - two cards for my Valentine's Day swap - these more traditional than yesterday's, but still very interesting. And heavy, especially the one on the left with the charms on. Thanks to Kelly and Kathleen for these!
I also received this card, which is not only gorgeous, but a little different from the norm in that the white is card, so the leaf & flower part (and black background) is simply mounted on card, rather than the entire card being fabric. It's a very effective card, though - it's a late arrival for the January cheer swap, from Dawn in Turkey. Thanks Dawn!
This card, from Harriett, is for an "open theme with charm" swap - she's a bit early, as the mailout date isn't until sometime in March (I had a moment of panic when I received it, I admit). I know what I intend to do, but I haven't started yet.
I also received this lovely flower card, which is actually a non-traditional example of a Valentine's card, and which I love - thanks Beth! Mine for the Valentine's swap were more traditional - red with hearts - but I love this and am delighted to have received it. No sewing Friday, and none today, but maybe tomorrow (Sunday). We'll see.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The top one, which unfortunately doesn't show as well in the photo as in person, is from the Fibres theme swap that I posted my photos for the other day. Thanks to Kathy for the great card, which looks like needlepunch felting or something like that (not my area of expertise) on the left, and simple a lovely riot of fibres on the right.
The bottom card is from Debi, in an open theme swap on Quilting Forum on Delphi (this is the swap for which I make the snowflake flowers). It's my first card from that swap and only missed Valentine's Day by one day, which is pretty good, as it came from the US. It's got great crystals on it.
And the other item for show and tell is this - the start of my cards with an International Women's Day theme. At the moment, they are "paper dolls" on fabric background - next I want to print out a thin row of flags (on cloth, I think, or maybe ribbon, if I can find something suitable) and run them across the middles of the cards (about waist high on the women). Then I will quilt them with a couple of peace symbols each. Simple, but hopefully effective. I'm very happy with the "dolls", which were done with hand-dyed fabric, with bondaweb attached - I cut them out with the paper still on (helpful, as I could draw the shape on that way too) - a bit thick to cut through, but they came out well, I think.
I did manage to do quite a bit of stitching on my Take A Stitch Tuesday Challenge crazy quilt blocks - catch them on my TAST blog...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Amazingly enough, the water technician I was waiting in for (a "morning" call of sometime between 8am and 1pm) showed up at 9am, so I actually spent less time today sewing than I thought I would - I went out for a swim and to run some errands. Still, I managed to have time to finish off the edges to these cards (nothing fancy) and finish putting together the eighty-ones quilt from yesterday (decided not to add a border). And I even started to work on another set of cards with the theme International Women's Day. Trying to get ahead a little! Photos of those later, like tomorrow, when I no doubt won't get any work done as I have to make a trip to the airport to collect my mother...
Monday, February 12, 2007
Hopefully I will get it put the rest of the way together tomorrow while waiting for the water guy to come and check out if we have a leak or not (you know how it is - they'll come in the "morning" - i.e. between 8am and 1pm - at least I have an excuse not to go anywhere!)
Last night I finished the last of the beading on my open theme postcards (the snowflake/flowers). I don't have a picture of all of them, but here's one- you can extrapolate the rest of them. Now I just have to decide what type of edge treatment to do. I don't really want to simply satin stitch all the way around, so I might have to experiment a little...
Sunday, February 11, 2007
But today I took back the sewing room and first did a number of small things that have been waiting for me to do - a couple of blocks for a block shower, a block for a cheering up project someone is organising, a label, attached some binding, and so on. While I did that, I supervised some homework (which mainly consists of spelling words for the child who is writing something). And then I worked on these blocks after lunch - I only have about 4 more to do and I'll be ready to put them together. I think it's going to look really nice. I'll keep you posted!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Today I actually did a little dye work in addition to sewing - I have a roller painting technique swap due for my dyeing group at the end of February and I wanted to give it a go. On the whole, I think it went ok - my main problem was that I ended up not really liking one of the dyes I chose to use (Jacquard Bronze, which frankly, is more brown and less golden than I imagined it would be). But that's ok, at least I had a stab at the technique. I tried rollering with regular dye (ick) and print paste with dye powder added (much better), and with the roller taped, with shapes snipped into it, rubber bands on it and using texture plates (not all at once). The photos show an example using a texture plate, with two colour of dye added. The finished piece looks very similar, except the blue is less strong. In all, a reasonable success. Not a technique I would use for large quantities of fabric, but might be nice as a step in a complex cloth, or to make a background for a small journal quilt or art quilt...
The other thing I worked on was the snowflake postcards - I wanted to do something with them to add a little texture, etc, so I decided to layer a piece of sheer fabric over the snowflake and quilt a simple 6 pointed star in them to echo the snowflake's symmetry. After that, i decided that they looked a bit like flowers, so I have emphasised this by adding another piece of sheer in the centre, like in a flower. At this point, I want to add beads. I'm not sure quite what I'm going to do, but they definitely want beads of some sort. To be continued...
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Today's offerings are a big pile of batik framed four patches (only one in the photo because it was so sunny I couldn't find a place to lay them out where I didn't get a huge shadow) and some 6" snail's trail blocks in Thimbleberries type fabrics. Both of these are for swaps - the snail's trails aren't my usual style, but I think they are very pretty and the swap blocks will make a nice scrappy lap quilt. I'm going to do 4 more sets of 6 blocks for that swap, all in slightly different fabrics. Nice to get some work done today, since it's Alex's birthday party this afternoon, so no chance of doing anything later!
Friday, February 02, 2007
A bit of a relief this time, as it was fabric I had ordered ages ago from Big Horn Quilts - luckily it was simply too much fabric and had got held up in customs. I got a notice yesterday and went to ransom it today. I don't really mind paying a customs charge or VAT on things when they go over the allowance, but what really annoys me is that the VAT on this one (no excise charge) was LESS than the processing fee they make you pay for stopping the packet in the first place. Sigh. But at least it's not lost in the post. And I have the fabric I need to work on a couple of specific things. Finally.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Didn't do any work on the machine today - Thursday generally isn't a good day for getting stuff done. Instead, I helped in the nursery in the morning, and then Alex and I went up to see Brenda in Wimbledon and have a browse through the latest book selection. Came away with one called Portraits from Nature: 35 Studies for Dimensional Quilts by Jean Wells - looks like fun and something different to add to my shelves. Got a handful of magazines as well, nothing too exciting there.
Afterwards, Allie and I went down to Wimbledon town centre to have a browse through the Early Learning Centre (toys - fairly educational, not so many branded items) as he had a birthday cheque from Grandma Lucy to spend some of - he picked out a little game involving a dragon which pops up from inside his castle tower when you jab a flag in the wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) slot in the castle wall. And I picked out these... and on sale, too. Some fake flowers, and a variety of beads in good shapes - stars, shells, etc. And two different sizes of alphabet beads. Not bad for a couple of quid...
This evening watching telly I did do a bit more work on my crazy quilt square stitch sampler - more on that on my TAST blog.