Month: March 2011

Ooooooh Sigh

Life is hectic and full of surprises. It's self inflicted – I'm just having a whine…..but I will be able to put business aside for a short time next week. Today we've been working on our hotel, trust me folks… the events there will be very exciting. It's taking longer than we thought but well worth the wait. It's a 5 star spa (come Quilt Retreat) To be able to design my own conference room and class room is a dream come true. I had to baby sit my daughters dog who had the snip yesterday… I had him in the kitchen in the warmth while we had our meeting. We left him quietly for an hour while we talked over lunch and he absconded through a window… We just hope someone kind has found him and will notify the council soon. Gees louise !!! Ooooooooh, sigh. On the practical side I've labeled many of my quilts with the new Qr labels … and I think it's the thing I dislike the most about making …

QR Code identification and information

  Recently on another list there was a wonderful idea posted.  It was also mentinoned on a few other Quilt lists today. The image below is the  identification of my quilt, Woven watercolors  Fish No 3 and for the first time will serve as the label.   Its a QR code and  you can go on line, create your own code and put  the details you need into it… The information in this litte square covers much more than I could normally put onto a label. It covers the idea for design, the fabric, and all my information etc. OK. I will go out of date sometime and maybe in 50 years or more it may be considered an oddity… however. right now whilst I'm around it's and interesting concept. I have a record in my computer, in my file and on my quilt. The written information covers the basics. I just need to zap it with my Iphone app and it tells me all the information.  In fact, I can create this code with …

Arty Artichoke – No 3.

    I've had a lot of questions on how the quilt was made. It's thread painted and Illustrated with thread. This quilt is a little different to some of the other thread painting quilt genres. It's unlike a whole cloth quilt,. It's unlike an applique quilt. It's unlike a pieced quilt. But I have used elements of most of the above in the quilt. I don't think you would expect me to give away all my secrets, but I've stitched the entire quilt free motion with the feed dogs up and using a Janome Horizon machine which has a tensioned free motion foot that allows me to do this without the use of an embroidery hoop or stabilizer. The outer edge of the quilt (shown in the last photo) is quilted with the accufeed open toed foot. The thread is Superior Masterpiece 100% cotton and I match the threads on the top  of the quilt with a matching bobbin thread. In the photo above… you can see a small degree of puckering… in fact …

The Arty Artichoke.

Woow, I just had heart failure… I spent most of the day cleaning up my computer today….. When I went into my blog it was jumbled…. but restarting the computer helped. I had two days studying film editing over the weekendand and I learnt a lot of valuable information…There were a few things I didn't want to learn, like the special effects…. but "By Jove, I think I've got it" In the past few hours I've been finishing off the artichoke. Friend Gwen came up on Friday and looked at it…. her suggestion was to add quilting around the edge of the artichoke to make it a whole thing. I thought about it… I was going to do it in orange before her suggestion but I had to stop and think  – and now this is the result so far. I love it.   The back of the quilt. It's late…time to turn on the alarms and retire…….I will share more tomorrow…

Studying hard

I've got a weekend of film study. It's just wonderful, I'm learning a lot and enjoying the break from the studio. Stepping away from my every day work leaves me a little lost at times. Artist Michelle Cassou states "To be creative means becoming more familiar with being a little lost. If we are always full of what we want to do, there is no room for the new." Hibernating for days in my studio is an exquisite place for me but in all honesty not terribly realistic. These four months home have been a revalation in creativity I've moved more into a spontaneous box.

A quilt Journey

A photo at a market in Brisbane captures the imagination…. the color, the shape, the composition. Which inspires me to do a journal sketch. Which, in turn gets converted to a painting in my Ipad. It gets printed on fabric because I'm testing a new type of fabric. I select the colors, and sandwich the quilt. And I begin a new quilt. This time it will be done differently…. free motion zig Zag. I'm using the open toed free motion foot and feed dogs up. and begin. OK, the fabric is working well…. Test results  (not bad) I'll finish it tomorrow…..  

Erasable pens.

    This is a post from Charlotte Warr Anderson this morning and I am sharing her post with you.   I thought I'd give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens. A student showed me hers at Road to California in January. She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line totally disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever! So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples. I bought the pack that has three colors in it – black, red and blue. Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says: "Do not expose to extreme temperatures (14degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color." Aha! I said to myself. …