Thursday, 31 December 2009
"Let us view with joy and mirth
All the clocks upon the earth
Holding time with busy tocking
Ticking booming clanking clocking
Through the stars and winds and tides
Who can tell where time abides?
Foolish clocks, all time was broken
When that first great Word was spoken.
Cease we now this silly fleeing
From earth's time, for time's a being
Bows before him
Who upon the throne is seated.
Time, defeated, wins, is greeted.
Clocks know not time's loving wonder
Day above as night swings under,
Turning always to the Son
Times begun, is done, does run
Singing warningof the morning
Time, mass, space, a mystery
Of eternal trinity.
Time needs make no poor apology
For bursting forth from man's chronology
Laughs in glee as human hours
Dance before the heavenly powers.
Because the Son
Swiftly calls the coming light
That will end the far-spent night."
-Madeleine L'Engle, The Irrational Season, Chapter 1
Happy New Year!
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
On Wednesday the blocks went from 36 to 4 and then to one. Then a strippy backing was pieced. So far today the backing and wadding were cut and all has been loaded on the quilt frame. It's just gone one o'clock. Will it get quilted and bound for the presentation tomorrow at 2:00? It'll take a miracle!
Saturday, 5 December 2009
You are appliqueing a leaf on a square and when we put 4 squares together we'll get this circle. I'm hoping to complete 36 circles, one for each of the years that Kathy has been the secretary at our school.
Thread your needle with the thread provided. It's a good colour match and will blend in with the leaf fabric. Make a knot and anchor your thread by making a couple of small stitches under the leaf where it won't show.
Now come up near and just catch the fold of the leaf fabric. Pull your thread through and come through the backing fabric just next to the leaf and a bit under and pull through. Your stitch should be hidden mostly under the leaf. The little bit that shows will blend in with the leaf fabric.
Click on the photos for a clearer view. I'll post some more tommorow. thanks again!
Monday, 30 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Yea! I'm finally finished Rosie's fibonacci. Rosie and Emily share a room. I finished Emily's fibonacci last summer. Rosie's is quite similar, just a little more pink! One of the best parts of starting a quilting project is choosing the threads. I love getting all the threads out that might go and auditioning them against the fabric.
Here I'm using a no mark free-motion line design which I call the 'Ripple Stipple' I like using lots of different threads which end up looking like sunlight on water.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Another method was to cover the cording like piping. In the photo below, Helen is using hand dyed yarn to wrap the seam allowance around the cording. I just love how this looks like braided rag rugs.
In this photo, Helen is showing how to shape the sides of the pot by flipping it up with one hand as she zigzags. There are some more detailed 'hints' about this on Helen's website.
Finally, here's a gorgeous bag that Helen's created using hand dyed fabrics. I can't wait to have a go! Interested? Visit Helen's website for information, tips, gallery, books and workshops.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
The girls enjoyed having their lunch in style in one of the boxes at the Theatre Royal! Quite the stunning venue. One of my favourite parts was the private tutorial from Helen Deighan. But I'll save that for tomorrow.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Click on the image to get a good close up look. You'll see that Bronwyn used a variety of fabrics; hand dyed cottons and netting, silk, organza and velvet. She wanted to find out how the various fabrics would respond to the shrinking process. Bronwyn also wanted to see how different stitching played out in various patterns and sizes. Note that the fabrics weren't even pieced just laid on top and next to each other. The result is stunning! And this is just the first piece. We'll look at some of the others in the next post.
Monday, 9 November 2009
I just loved this! Never underestimate joy. "In every job that must be done there is an element of fun..." When I was a kid we called this the Mary Poppins theory. It works. Do something fun today! If this takes too long to buffer, double click inside the box and it will take you to youtube. You'll see it bigger and quicker.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
This is how a sewing machine works. Wow! This moving image explains so much. It so clearly shows how the top and bobbin threads work together to make a stitch and how the wrong sort of top or bottom tension can make things go wrong. And why using the right needle and threads is so important. This image is a fantastic teaching tool for anyone working with sewing machines.
Monday, 2 November 2009
I've begun with 2 fat quarters of orange batik backed with Texture Magic and free-motion machine quilted with a free flowing loops and pumpkin design. It looks really cool. But I want to turn it into something useful. So I've put them right sides together and sewed around 3 of the sides. Then I've done that trick in the bottom corners where you line up the seams to make a triangle and stitch a line across. Like this:
Then I did the same thing to the lining fabric, making it just a little bit smaller. I've added a strip of yellow fabric at the top to make an edging.
And here's how it turned out. Click on this final image for a great view of the bag. I had to wait til morning so the natural-light photo could bring out the color and the texture.