Year: 2010

Today I'm working on the new Janome Horizon. Its wonderful, I trialed it in Houston and Its the best machine for the genre I work in. I think the first thing you notice are the huge bank of lights, I can count 5 halogen lights.  There is the luxury of space on this machine… Sitting in my studio, it's the " sports car of sewing machines" The 11" bed is going to make it much easier to fit a large quilt into that confined space. In my personal opinion one of the best things bought out by Janome is this freemotion foot. Based on the mechanics of  a long arm machine, this foot, with the double spring has revolutionised my quilting. It moves smoothly across the fabric instead of bouncing up and down like other freemotion feet.  I need to see my work clearly… so the open toe of this foot is a great advantage…. This foot comes standard with the machine. I'm drawing with the machine…It was easy to use, the foot glided across …

Finished the illustrations.

Done….. I've finished the illustrations for this quilt, now I can post it off…. whoopee. I'll explain again these are illustrations I found in my Mothers sketch book… she did them in 1994. I think she might have copied some of them…. (from photos or other illustrations…) but no doubt she added her own shading etc…. just as I have done…. So I've scanned mine and they will be collated for my files…. Now I start on the next project and now I have the new machine, I can actually do two projects at once…. leave one project on the first machine and then work on the other rather than have to change threads etc…. I will write more about the machine tomorrow…. I'm going to do some drawings and then unlike these illustrations I will then quilt the drawings on the fabric I bought from Ikea the other day. In the mean time, I can do a bit on the aggy quilt…..  

Illustrating fabric and an absolute bargain…

I have 6 more buildings to finish and the job is done… Someone asked me how I was going to quilt this quilt… well, I'm not…. this is for someone else's quilt. BUT the way I would quilt is with smoke mono filament on the top and grey Superior Masterpiece thread in the bobbin. Of course you all know I use the finest needle available…. 60/8 sharp… and I would quilt as if I was drawing on the main pen lines….  I leave the feed dogs up and quilt… of course  I have  a fabulous machine, AND, I get a new one tomorrow that will do more amazing things…. Thanks Mr Janome. When I deliver this quilt, there will be a note on how to quilt it…. The quilt below is quilted in that way…..   I begin with a basic outline….. then fill in the detail. I went to Ikea today to buy some packaging and I got one heck of a bargain… Ragna fabric, 56% cotton, 44% linen. It is narrow and hemmed …

Fabric Illustration.

I've had to put the Aggy aside while I work on four important programs that need to be out in a week…. This is a small part of one of them…. I'm illustrating on fabric…. It's an Australian theme and this is one of my Mums illustrations from her sketchbook… I've decided to add them to this quilt…. I'm using a .3 black pigment ink pen.. BUT, this afternoon we're visiting our new baby…. Lily so no work for a few hours.!!!!!

Designing, eating and having a wonderful time.

I started the day by doing this drawing. I would like to complete a watercolor for each project I do this year. (2011) I think it helps me with the harmony and creation of the piece. The placement of this piece is similar to  the quilt… it's dimensional by standing in front of the very simple border. This is just a simple block taking a little poetic license. Above the small quilt, below the foundation pieced block….. It works.   Christmas has come and gone. It was a fabulous day with family and the weather was perfect.   We missed two members, Matt and Sheena who were in Hospital delivering their baby. Lilly Maree arrived late in the afternoon and we all got a text at the same time. A huge cheer went up as we all raced for our phones….   The boys discussing the protection of the back yard with their weapons of choice a water pistol… Biig ones.    

I had help today.

I sewed a little today…. early morning quilting and then I had to make tablecloths and napkins later in the day. I had help… a little bundle slept next to the sewing machine fast asleep on a vintage quilt. As I write another baby is being born into the family…. this one is two weeks early too….. how lucky are we.?

Quilting the background.

I should have achieved more today… this was done at 6.00 am this morning. But it's Christmas and there are a lot of extra curricular activities.. I began by quilting with smoke mono filament . I didn't like it. I changed threads and used a blending color cotton. I really just want to add texture and definition to the piece. It was one of the things I tried to do in the Rhino… I don't know if it was truly understood. You can see that each leaf is a little different to the other. In some instances (particularly where the darker color is) I won't quilt, I want the darker shadow to recede into the back so to speak. Surprisingly there was very little puckering on the quilt… but I decided to quilt the border almost as intensively as the centre part…. mainly for visual balance. The studio table is full of Christmas "stuff" This is a rather large green metal tree laden with oranges… it's the centre piece for the Christmas table which is …

Questions

Some of you have asked questions re- the project, so I thought I would answer for all to see. Susan asked : "What is an Aggy for those who are not knowledgeable about plants?" Agapanthus is commonly known as "Lily of the Nile", but it is not a lily and all of the species are native to South Africa from the cape to the Limpopo River.  "It is fascinating to see how your pieces evolve. Are the fern leaves on top of the fern batik?" Yes, I put fusible web on the back of some of the fabric and chose an area where it would blend. I cut out individual leaves and laid then over the top of the existing fabric blending as well as I could and it softens the bottom of the picture. I do it quite often. Take this quilt of Tilly. the little ducks coming out of the picture were appiqued on over the top of the existing fabric. The three ducks at the top,  – I added heads, the one …