Tuesday, 25 February 2014
I finished my 'grand spiral' on it - the first time I'd tried it.
I'm pretty pleased with how the quilting worked.
I'm quite pleased with how the different fabrics work - I actually got the values right on them for a change!
Binding finished, label on - I have finished it!
I also managed to finish my Mod 11 of my C&G too - with these photos and a few more.
Module 12 here I come, and if I can finish it before mid May I will complete it in time for the external moderators visit to the School of Stitched Textiles this year..... just one DDs birthday, a holiday, some school holidays and general family life stand in my way! I shall do my best, but not worry if I don't make it - there are, after all, more important things to worry about than my hobby!
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
How do you quilt? I miss Radio 4 (can't have it loud enough without feeling that it would disturb other people) which is what I usually listen to. Now I have the technology to stick an iPod down my bra (classy!) once I've downloaded some podcasts from iPlayer. I sew away happily with my audio landscape 'comfort blanket'.
I read about this idea in 'Cloth Paper Scissors' (I think). Take a square of felt, add a square of fusible, jig saw some fabric scraps over it, then cut up to the size that you fancy before adding stitches or other embellishments. Six little hand sewing projects, perfectly portable!
These are cut into 4 1/2" x 3" pieces, ideal for card toppers. I just hope that everyone I want to send cards to likes purple too!
In fact I made another one (not shown here!) and kits for another half a dozen or so. Some of my friends came round for some kitchen table crafting last week but some of those who couldn't come wanted kits. Quick to make, fun to finish.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
This one doesn't show up that well - sorry - I was photographing it to try and show the background stitching, but it was at the expense of clarity of the stitched motifs!
Anyway, it's a chain stitched bird with a little back stitched heart. The background stitching echoes the shape of the motifs
Both cards need more in the way of a border, but they are a good start ahead of Valentine's day next week.
This one is printed with the basic motifs that I wanted to use, and then stitched around with lively colours. I might go back and stitch over some of the purple ink, particularly on the ladybirds.
I need to add all the background stitching now. Plenty to keep my hands busy this week.