Month: August 2012

My fusible is unfused.

I've been working on my program all week and finally its finished. I'm confident about doing a program with quilting content, but this is a little more so I've taken a lot longer to get it just right. Music is synced, and it all runs smoothly. I have a back up in case the computer has a hiccup. Mr Kaiden was my assistant this morning so that was very helpful !!!! We both ate 2 chocolate teddy bear biscuits each and sang Twinkle twinkle little star with our hats on… But, the program is ready, the food organized… the car packed and I now have an hour to relax and write the blog. I admit to having a heart melt down yesterday when I opened my last 50 ft roll of fusible web… and it's separating. An email to the company in the US tells me that they are having a problem with the paper…. eek. I did find that if I very gently unroll it, it doesn't seem to pull the fusible glue up… …

Bayeux Discipline

I've been in the studio since 4.00am, so now it's time to retire for the night. I've been working on my presentation for Friday night…. (hope to see some Locals there) It takes almost a week to prepare it and do the timing and add content to music. Its very different and you will see some amazing things….!!! I mention my 4.00 am start and after  a few hiccups with health and other things… I'm back on track with the Bayeux. I dreamed about it while I was away… I just wanted to be working on it, its my passion. Its not the same each day… Yesterday and today I assembled 4 horses and their riders. Today, I prepared the applique for tomorrow, its an intricate castle with lots of shapes. I have to illustrate the pattern on a lot of the pieces tomorrow morning. If I work 7 days a week for 6 hours a day I can get 10 feet of applique down.. (then I have to applique, illustrate and quilt it) which …

The Houston Project is finished

  I finished the quilt a few days ago, but I've been too busy to photograph it. The red label… says. "determination" I made it by tracing an image in red ink and coloring it. It's appliqued onto the quilt with a small zig zag. You might see a line about 5" down from the top of the quilt… it's just the base of the sleeve at the back. Next project is this one….  "Ripped from reality" Ripped from reality. I wasn't sure how to achieve this… but I think I will have the photo printed large on canvas. I'll print the colored part to match, but I will do it on fabric. The piece I print will be thread painted separately and then appliqued to the canvas…. (I think) not too sure yet. The thing is I need to print it on canvas first so I get the size right.

Got everything stitched up.

Got everything all stitched up right now. (including the the body) I'm doing the annual review of my class notes and after a lot of requests I'm finally getting organised to create patterns for those who are unable to come to class. How much are patterns these days…. I never buy one so I don't know. This is the cover of the pattern and I've added 3 other images in there as well. For those of you in Adelaide. I'm doing an interview with Peter Goers on the ABC after 9.00 pm tonight.   No rain today and a good sprinkle  of sunshine…

Finished the apple tree.

Its been an interesting day. I worked on the little quilt till about 2.00, I had basically finished it… then I had an appointment at the skin specialist and came home at 5.00 with 20 stitches in my back and shoulder…. So I'm working fast before the anesthetic wears off. !!!!! Well I mentioned I was going to quilt it differently… and yes, I began to… but I didn't like it and pulled it out. In the other quilt, I quilted diversions around the outside bows… it always annoyed me so this one is just square. I originally thought I would put an interesting back on the quilt. I was going to quilt the farm scene from the back and it would show in the border on the front…. but it wasn't detailed enough. I tried it… didn't like it. I colored part of the back with pen. So this new little quilt is a little different to the first one because the border quilting is fine 1/6th inch wide. I quilted the quilt below …

Updating projects.

I designed this small quilt  a couple of years ago under the name of Illustrative Quilting. Of course I change my techniques at times and as I mentioned in the previous post I shared the ideas with my friends yesterday. Some of the ladies decided to create their piece in pencil and I loved the effect. It is more subtle that the pen. So early this morning I made this piece. I've used Prisma pencils because I like the softness… Many quilters are using Derwent Ink Tense… and indeed I have too, but I like the softness of Prisma or Derwent color Soft. I feel I can blend the colors a little more effectively.   Prisma Pencils. This illustration of Minnesota is done using Ink Tense pencils.   Ink Tense is a harder pencil. You tend to see the lines. The quilting on this small quilt will be different too. I'm going to quilt it from the back…Why? Its a surprise…. I'm just about to see if it works…..so stay tuned. I've almost finished the …

Baby on the light box.

I started a blog this morning, well, last night really and lost it all because I was doing 3 things at once.!!! Grr. So the day is over and we've  had a great day. I encouraged my friends to take up quilting some 20 years ago…These are ladies who have been my friends for the past 35 years… Of course I was home more in those days and we met monthly, now they still meet but, without me… so today we were all able to get together and do a little class. Its a great event. We have a wonderful lunch, we quilted and talked and my kids come to meet their 'aunts'. They also finished their projects. The grandies were in and out… and we quilted with the baby on the light box. 2 weeks old and he's introduced to quilting already. The machines whirred, the conversation was great and he is carrying on the tradition of all my grandchildren. Quilting from the cradle. He's lying on my new orange fabric.

The students reward.

 A student who took my threadpainting class in Birmingham England last year sent this photo this morning…   I just love it and its so rewarding to see how students progress and interpret the classes. Go to her website to see how she did it… "Maybe you remember I took your threadpainting class there last year. I thought you might like to see what I’ve done since, I really love the technique. I made a quilt for a challenge in our church (not a quilting challenge, I’m the only quilter, but an ‘art’ challenge), the theme was ‘Space for God’ and my interpretation was doors, closed, open, etc. I got my mother to take pictures of doors in Mexico (our Dutch doors are all so neat and pretty) and then I threadpainted nine of them. At first I joined all the sections together and put a ribbon over the seams but the quilt went all wobbly on me so I cut it apart again and finished the panels separately and then joined them with beads. …

Almost finished the Houston Project.

Up early working and there is yet another storm raging outside the studio. It's not going to get above 13 degrees today so the warmth of the studio is comforting even though its still dark outside. There was a promise of spring yesterday it was sunny and almost warm. I did a radio interview for the Eliminate program and we hope a lot of folk turn up for our event next week. After our close call with an electrical fire on the Summer House studio last week, work is proceeding and I think the painters are coming in today. I, have a most important function to attend – Grandparents day at school, Miss Tilly has been anxious for me to attend. I will also finish the Houston Project. I've almost completed the quilting on the border. I'm saying a big thank to someone up there for letting me get over the lurgy I had this week. I haven't felt that ill for a long time…  and I imagined I would be sick for a week …

The Houston Project.

The Fisherman's Wife. She's finished… I didn't know if I could do it to my satisfaction, but I got a lump in my throat when I saw the scanned image. I'm pretty darned happy. Now I have to do the border but that's easy after this exercise. I'm a bit sad to be giving her away really. Hope she goes to a good home. The interesting thing is that I had minimum puckering of the background… and I've worked out why… No, I didn't use a hoop…so I guess you need to come to a class to learn the secret.!!!!