Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
As I mentioned, I wanted to get the top together today; I did. I will put the border on it at some point later this week (I hope) or early in the Easter Holidays. I want to get it quilted during the holidays - shouldn't be a problem really, as it's not that big and we don't have a huge number of things planned. Yet. Yesterday someone commented that they liked the red in the quilt - the photo doesn't show it well, but it's actually a strong pink rather than a red. I think this photo shows the colour a bit truer than yesterday's.
Another thing I did was to put some binding on quilts in order to be able to do them this week in the evening watching telly. I also put some binding on Olivia's little bear quilt, but she had taken that away somewhere, so it didn't get into the photo. I'll try to do that one first - it's only about A4 size, so it won't take long.
And I finished up the recycled postcards - they will go out in the post later this week. The background is made from a Brownie's t-shirt which I had used to demonstrate free motion quilting and let Olivia practice; the black lace is from an old bra; the metal is from a diet coke can; the red ribbon is from a bag of chocolates we got for Christmas (two, actually); the stamps are self-explanatory and the buttons came from clothing. For the backings, I have used paper which is not recycled, but which was leftover from another project, so that's close, at least!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I didn't spend much time today sewing, as there were lots of other things going on, but I did finish putting together all the Contrary Wife blocks. This is now in 9 pieces, and tomorrow I hope to get it joined together, and possibly get the border on - we'll see how the time goes. I have a few other things I want to do as well in March (what's left of it) so I may not put the borders on tomorrow...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Finished. There are some threads to trim, but essentially, it's done. Oh, and I have about 20 more labels to sew onto the back - everyone who made a block for me for this quilt also sent a label. Some people made more than one block. I've sewed 4 labels on so far - I can see the label sewing taking some time... But it's done, it's usable - and it's very good looking, if I do say so myself. Thanks once again to everyone who made a block for this quilt and double (or more) thanks again to Sophie, who organised it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
More progress today on the commissioned quilt - here are some of the blocks laid out as they will appear - you can fill in the rest mentally, as it will be square and symmetrical. Hopefully I will get the rest of the blocks finished tomorrow (all the ones with light blue are done - it's just the yellows to finish).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Well, today I made some blocks for the commissioned quilt - I have quite a few more to make, but you can get a fair idea from this photo - they are all the same block, but in different colourways - once I have more of them made, I'll lay them out properly to give an idea of the overall design. (The group of four is only laid out, not sewn together yet, so any lost points, etc are really not as bad as they might look...
I decided on this block partly because I like it, partly because it's not too complicated and therefore won't take too long - although I'm charging an hourly rate, I also know her general budget, and partly because of the name of the block, which makes a nice inside joke. It's called (one of its names, anyway - it probably has half a dozen, as do most traditional quilt blocks) Contrary Wife. As Angela has commissioned the quilt as a birthday present for her future DIL, I couldn't resist.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
More fabric today, but most of it doesn't really count as I don't get to keep it, and don't have to pay for it! My commissioner (so to speak) got back to me about the quilt and has decided to go with the fabric with the gold touches, so I have been out to buy some more bits and pieces for that project - in fact, I got everything I need including the batting - the yellow stripe in this photo (above) is what I got for backing, from the sale bin - hoorah. The fabric is all washed now and will be tomorrow's main project - I did do some cutting today of the pieces I bought Sunday (which were already washed) and even pieced a few HST units, but trust me, it's not interesting enough for a photo just yet. Maybe tomorrow. I also got a little treat for myself - this package of FQs and box of ribbons in brown & pink - one of my favourite colour combos.
Amidst the ironing and cutting, I also finished up the Victorian house front - doesn't look much different in this photo, but I have added a backing and done the edges, etc. The colour is fairly good here, as well. Hopefully, my partner will like it!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As promised, photos of the cross-stitch - not a lot of progress made on the birds, though I did finish the Rhode Island Red. After that, I worked on this little orange tree, which is slightly (though not much) more colourful in real life. I have started another little (Easter-themed) sampler, but as I have only stitched about 3 rows, all one colour, I shall spare you!
And on the right, a house front for the swap on Textile Challenges. This isn't quite finished yet, as I have to edge it and put a back on, but you can get the general idea. In the photo it looks a bit washed out and samey - it does look better in person, at least I think so. The theme was Victorian, so I have used a civil war repro as a background, a photograph (though they may be slightly more Edwardian than Victorian) and lots of lace & buttons. I'm happy with it on the whole, just wish it photographed better.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Well, as I can't show what I worked on today (round two of the Exquisite Corpse, finished - I wish I could show it, I'm really having a good time with it!), it's a good thing I have things received and things bought to show...
First, things received. The first is a very belated postcard from winning the December pc lottery on Arts in the Mail - I don't mind it being late, though, as I really like the card and am glad to get it. Cardinals are one of the things I miss from when I lived in the DC area - we don't have them here. The second is my March house front, this one from Pam, who has done "House from the Land of the Rising Sun", a clever interpretation of my theme (House of the Rising Sun). It's a great house, made mostly from stitch - the three large red panels are actually only stitched to the house at top and bottom, so they add a lot of texture. It's a lovely bit of thread painting, and I'm delighted to have it.
And now, things bought. Two sets of possible colourways for the commissioned piece - I have a feeling she will go with the one on the left, but you never know. I like both sets of fabric, so will be happy to have whichever bits aren't needed added to general stash. Once I know which fabrics I'll be using (and who knows, she might dislike both of these options) I'll work out what sort of pattern I want to go with.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Well, I did finally get a chance to work today, though as I am still feeling a bit run down with this cold, I didn't want to do anything which was too challenging, so once again I reached for the boxes of miscellaneous blocks which needed putting together. First order of business, 20 8" batik stretched stars, which I've had knocking around for far too long. Despite being swap blocks, I only lost points on one of these, which was nice. As it will no doubt be another baby quilt, I don't suppose the lost points will be all that serious, though it does annoy me slightly. The other thing I did was to use the 4 12" Batik Jacob's Ladder blocks which I saved from a large stack of swapped blocks. I put these together to form a central panel and then added some borders from batik scrap blocks. I decided that with the strong diagonal of the centre, this piece really needed mitred borders, and although the batik rectangles don't meet in the corners, it definitely looks better mitred than not. So, two more for the pile of baby quilt tops. I don't think I'll be caught out unawares for a while! (None of them are quilted, of course, but I can quilt a baby quilt in a few hours, no problem.)
Looks like a trip to the fabric store might be in order tomorrow (one of my locals is open on Sundays, the other - bigger one, unfortunately - isn't) as I have a new commission to work on. This piece is being commissioned by the woman I made the diamond quilt for as a birthday gift for her future DIL and is going to be a large lap-size quilt. Not sure quite what fabrics I will choose, though Angela has given me some idea of the DIL's taste. I'm going to go hunting for a few different palette options and work from there. Should be fun - and hopefully it will fit easily into my schedule. If I have enough energy tomorrow I shall work on the main thing on my schedule - the Exquisite Corpse piece - I haven't wanted to tackle it yet as I haven't really felt like my brain has been working 100 per cent. Better today, though, so perhaps tomorrow is the day. Oh, and I must remember to look for binding fabric for my pineapple quilt if I'm actually in the fabric store - it would be nice to tick that off the list.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
OK, something to show after all. I forgot about this. The wonderful Lucy Locket is organising a Bloggery Picnic Party which we hope to be able to attend during the Easter Break. It's over near Abingdon (Oxfordish). Check out her blog for more details!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Something fun today - I started playing with a fabric manipulation technique which was discussed on Fibre Art Traders - with this technique you put together squares of different sizes into a grid, which creates textures in the larger squares. Once I had the basic grid, I bordered it and then started adding to it - first thing I did was quilt it heavily (surprise, surprise) with some feathery fronds in a sage green, then gold and finally a blue metallic thread. Touch wood, neither of my metallic threads broke once during this process. I then added lots of buttons (see below for first stage), then other various sorts of embellishments. Technically, I suppose, I added the buttons before I added the blue metallic, but who's getting picky...
I think this piece will be for a swap I am doing on Creative Swaps - a 12"x12" (which is the size of this piece) Technique quilt swap - though you never know, I might change my mind. It does suit some of the suggestions of the swap - the size, of course, which is a requirement rather than a suggestion - to try a new technique, use mixed media and either recycle, use "found" objects or work from stash (which I did). Everything used is from my stash - few are true "found objects", but I didn't buy anything new. The pink and silver butterfly is a true found object - it came from some or other item of children's clothing that one of the girls was discarding - I of course grabbed it up. The square metal tag with the leaf on it came from a tag on a piece of clothing - they make really elaborate tags these days - this item, whatever it was, had several paper tags with this sort of charm attached at the top.
The other thing I did today was to work on the first lesson from an online (private) class I am doing on fabric stamping & painting. The lesson covered some stamping methods and transfer embossing, which is something I'd never done before. The class project was a pillow cover, but I didn't want to do that, so I just used some fabric and made a nice background. The piece on the left is a couple of trials where I wasn't partiuclarly happy with the results , but which I'm sure will be good for something. The piece on the right I like better, though I'm not crazy about it. Still, I can see it will make a nice background for ATCs, etc.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Didn't get a chance to do any sewing yesterday (not surprising for a Friday, where I am at school all day), but I did receive my triptych in the post from the Flickr swap. These three pieces are actually the same size, despite the appearances of the photo, and are about 10" square. My partner for this swap was Kay - hasn't she produced a nice set of scrappy quilties? Thanks, Kay.