Year: 2009

Christmas is over.

Christmas is past. It's quiet and peaceful and the day has been glorious. It was one of those summer days that you just don't want to end. Yesterday, (Christmas Day) was full of excitement, children, emotion and the unexpected. One member of our family ended up in the emergency room and we had 6 anxious hours of waiting, emotion and anticipation. Things are better today and in a way the day has flown by because we are in a more relaxed state. The antidote to a frightening situation is to create and I came out to the studio and finished the sample quilting piece for the Rhino. I'm leaving it as it is. The final results for marking is to use the washout pen. It's faster to apply, it's easier to see when I'm quilting. My main concern is that when applied it's a thicker line than a pencil. However, I sewed down the centre of the drawn line. I had to wash the piece several times to get the purple liner out…. I thought …

Testing.

The background of the Rhino is orange,  (not the easiest color to work with) I've decided to create a test piece on the same sort of fabric. In fact. this is actually 12" X 12" it's four 6 inch block, so I figure that I can use this piece for my challenge this week…. Trust me, it's certainly been and challenge in every sense of the word. I've tried quite a few methods of putting the quilting pattern onto the fabric. Here are the results.   The Graphite pencil is adequate, it slides well across the fabric… but I can still see the wash out pen better. The white clover roll on pen…. not adequate for this purpose.   So I'm going to use the 3 different methods and see which is the easiest to quilt.

Gabriella Goodness and her Angelic friends.

It was really hot yesterday and Tilly and I took our drinks out on the balcony. "Are there monsters under the steps" she said. "No, Gabriella Goodness and her Angelic friends live there" I said…. remembering a quilt I made a long time ago. It featured Gabriella Goodness and her friends (who are all angels) They live under the balcony steps… and every night they come out and dispense goodness to everyone who happens to pass by our house… they also spend a great deal of time coloring my hydrangeas blue. I forgot I hadn't told the story to Tilly and Kodi… I wrote it for Chianne and Jordan who are now 18 and 16…!! The quilt was packed away and I decided it was time to share it with Tilly. I felt sad, those little angels who had played such a big part in my life 10 years ago were locked away in quilt storage…..So my Christmas gift to you all is to give you the pattern…. one block a month for the next …

Tilly can fly

Tilly learned to fly yesterday. Father Christmas asked Papa and Uncle Ben to erect a play gym in our backyard because he was going to be exceptionally  busy tonight, Christmas Eve. Yesterday was her first experience of the play gym and with the impulsiveness of youth, she learned to fly. I think we can all relate to that. It's pretty much taken me a bit longer.!!!!  

Moving in on the Rhinos X two

I sort of hit the wall today… The Christmas  link is too long and I need to compress it…I worked on it for days……..XXXXXXXX    (Oh well, more time on the computer)  now the pen isn't working on my sample piece for the rhino…. SO, I gave in and went to the movies with Kodi. We saw Where the Wild things are…..  It was OK, but I have seen better movies… I went shopping and then succumbed to the hot day and just rested on the chair with a headache for the past hour…. But tonight when it's cooler I will finish a small project for Mum for Christmas…. I had a problem posting yesterday, the link was slow… so…. This is yesterdays post… First I had to decide on how I wanted the background of the Rhino to look. By that I mean the quilting… it will be done in orange, the same colour as the background fabric. It's an incredibly detailed quilt, so the quilting needs to compliment it… I don't want to do …

It’s been a day of challenges today.

First I had to decide on how I wanted the background of the Rhino to look.It's an incredibly detailed quilt, so the quilting needs to compliment it…I don't want to do horizontal lines.I'm not going to do feathers.. I wonder if the person who designed that pattern so many years ago would think that millions of quilters would follow her idea.?No stippling.No swirling…. it has to be my pattern.It has to be my 15th century pattern. Does that make sense…. probably not.It needs to be a similar shape to the rhino, it has to be delicate, it has to be subtle.So I did a few sketches over breaky. The brain isn't working well, I didn't sleep much last night. I decided on a 3" repeat….. 4 repeats, to make a 6" block that could be reversed and it needs to intertwine. Tall order. I made a 3" design on velum, photocopied it and put it together… It looked OK, so I copied it into EQ6 and re-drew it roughly.That gave me an idea of how …