Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Luckily enough though, I know the creator of this beautiful quilt and I know she wont mind me publishing this pic...
Dear Grace, just so you know, this is the much admired block!
In particular, the two stars and vine detail make it that extra bit special (as well as your use of pink!)
Yes, this quilt is a winner too:
Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting - Amateur
Monday, July 28, 2008
Next to Peony is the Best of Show Winner, congratulations Anthea! Both of us are proud members of the Patchworkers and Quilters Guild of Vic.
I've been Runner up to Best of Show three years in a row now! I guess I just have to keep working on it! I'd REALLY like to take home a Bernina next year.....
I've previewed the new Bernina at the Quilt Show, and it's worth waiting for.....(dream on.....)
I can proudly announce - that I have conquered quilting circles - I didnt mark a single line and my white than white pristine fabric is happy for it!
But there's more good news: I didnt only win 3 rossettes, I also won:
Highly Commended in Australian Machine Quilting Exhibition for MANOR HOUSE (how about that?)
I gave Manor House another chance and this time round, it hung obediently and shone in it's place (perfectly placed spotlight), its all the luck of the draw, although sometimes you have to wait a few shows to see your quilting hanging just right...its always worth it in the end...
Being this years guest artist with 25 quilts from over the last 8 years was a rewarding experience - I spoke to hundreds of people and even had to convince a few that my stencilled quilts were in fact stencilled and not needle turn appliqued! Now thats a compliment!
As well as my exhibit, there were another 4 of my quilts being exhibited - three in the show and one in the Flynn gallery section.
I was busy talking to visitors and enjoying myself so much that I really didnt take that many photos - it's been a busy week with plenty of early starts and late nights, but it was all worth it!
Here's a quick shot from the third day...I was fortunate enough to secure the length of an entire wall to hang my quilts, it was such a thrill to see them all hanging there! Even I cant believe that I did all these quilts in 8 years (maybe I should spend more of my time cleaning, or cooking?....)
Well, 25 quilts dont just hang themselves - I would like to thank Robyn and Val and Desley for helping me so much, it would have taken me days without you!
The 4 of us could take the world by storm if we set out to do some serious interior decorating together! It looks easy, but deciding the where and hows of so many different quilts (I've done plenty of experienting and my styles are diverse!) is no mean feat!
Thank you all so much!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
When I'm quilting, I pick up a rhythm....and if I stop for any reason (like a well earned coffee!) when I come back, I loes consistency...and I can always see where I left off and started up again. It also means I forget what I was planning to quilt!....so I like to stick it out and let my mind race ahead whilst I quilt!
ONE DAY I will NOT leave my quilting to the last minute...its a scary thought to imagine what will happen if I dont make it in time....
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I've made front cover!!! Thank you Vic. Quilter's!
I've been selected as the Guest Artist at this year's Victorian Quilter's Showcase at the Craft & Quilt Fair from 24th July 2007 at the Melb Exhibition Centre, where my quilting journey will be displayed through 24 selected quilts. I'm honored to have been chosen and I can't wait to meet as many of you there as possible!
See you at the show!
....now, back to finishing my latest piece, so you can all see it hanging finished on the day.....
Friday, July 11, 2008
If, like me, you dont like basting on the floor (my knees wont let me...and I've received several questioning emails on this topic, so I know I'm not alone...), here is how I baste at table level.
This is a technique I've seen on YouTube.
I believe in sharing quilting knowledge, so here goes!
At my local hardware store, I
purchased a 'door frame' which is two straight pieces of wood, and that was the closest
thing I could get - it was long enough and had a smooth polished surface (V. important!). It doesnt warp or distort with age.
My two pieces are 2.10m approx.
I have a high table, its a collapsible trestle table from Officeworks. And I added plumbing tubes to the legs to give it more height.
I iron my quilt top and backing. Then I wind up on each board length one front and one back so they are both wound up. The right side of the fabric is facing inside when wound. I help myself with a bit of masking tape so that it winds perfectly straight. I wind up the whole quilt top. Same with the back. Then I place the back board first on the table. I unwind from the board about half a metre. I then position the batting on top of it. Of top of this, I unwind about half a metre of the quilt top. Now I have a 3 layer sandwhich.
I secure the edge firmly with clips. I smooth out the three layers, pinning as I go, and unwinding a little more each time. The batting is loose between the two boards so I keep this in check as I unwind the boards, constantly smoothing the layers out to ensure they are mathcing. The boards are heavy enough not to more. Then I hand baste the large areas- especially on straight seams, pin some others until the whole quilt is basted, this usally takes about a day for a 80 inch quilt. I know I'm slow, bit I like to baste more than is necessary.
I continue unrolling the quilt and I can do it sitting down because everything is secure on the table.
Today while I was basting away, my dear friend Grace rang me and naturally I was complaining about pricking my fingers with the needles...and she gave me a great tip....use an old toothbrush (pluck the bristles out) sand it into a smooth surface and VOILA this tool is ideal for hand basting! THANK YOU GRACE! This is a valuable tool for me now.....everytime you dig the needle through 3 layers and come up again, you can save your finger tips and pull up the needle easily with a rocking motion.
Well, the time has finally come. I now have my own Etsy Shop.
I have big and wonderful plans for my shop, selling quilts and stencil items, but for now I'm starting with a Polar Bear family which have been living in a box. I think they deserve to be taken home and loved by someone, so they are the first (and at the moment only) items in my shop....
Visit my shop (via button on the left) for updates, I'm planning on adding to my shop frequently.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I had no fabric in my stash that was a near enough colour match.....so I made it myself!
White and red is very hard to match unless you work from exactly the same dye batch....and who can do that?
No, I havent even thought about how i'm going to quilt this piece...it's going to be a suprise. At the moment, I refuse to go there....simply because I know myself - whatever I plan, I change my mind as soon as I sit down to quilt. All I know is that it will mostr likely be traditional (well, free hand tradional anyway). I dare not even consider marking that white / white fabric!
And here is the last bit. All done. Tomorrow is assembly time.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The peeling off stage is always exciting, it's when the blob of paint above becomes the crisp and vibrant image you've planned on !
When I started this quilt, I decided to stay firmly on the 'correct' colour usage track.....before changing my mind and then changing it back again.
Now that I've stencilled the blocks, I've taken a liking to this triadic colour blend. I put the blocks up on my wall and the colours just seem to 'fit' really well....is it just me? or have I discovered the power of the triadic colour merge??
Right now, I'm having a love relationship with this quilt, we're at the honeymoon phase where it looks so new and fresh, its exciting to work on it every day....but I know full well that I may end up changing my mind again...I usually have a love / hate relationship with my quilts and it's usually over what colours or prints I've selected, I'm hoping that as I get more adept at following the rules, these relationship problems will just disappear....
Thursday, July 3, 2008
my quilting into the sunniest room
Some peonies drying
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I was happily suprised to open my latest newsletter from The Quilt Show....and notice that my quilt, PEACE, is shown on the Gallery Tour page!
I was delighted! I love The Quilt Show newsletter....now I REALLY feel like a quilter! Love it...Love it...Love it
Visit The Quilt Show via my side link on the left of this page, or just click the link below...
Pressing the fabric after the prewash.....
Positioning....positioning...positioning....until perfectly placed. It can take time!
I like to iron on the entire block, then when I stencil, it's like a jigsaw puzzle falling into place, as I remove piece by piece
A quilt I made in 2005, Not Quite Shabby Chic, is perfectly colour matched (quite randomly, but still I'm impressed)
That Red, Blue and Green is a perfect triadic colour composition. So that's the challenge I set myself for my next quilt. I was pleased to discover that actually, we quilter's have a pretty good eye for colour, so mostly, my quilts are complimentarily hued....however, there have been a few misses....and dissapointments, so it was high time to brush up on the basics.
I have had a good play with the swatch chart and next on my list is advancing to the book.....
What better time to start my new regime than with Peonie Pride, my newest stencil quilt? I had already started sketching the stencil designs a while back and I have a few ideas about colour, but this time....for once...I decided I would follow the 'rules'.
I have had a few moments of near rebellion, but I have stayed the course and this quilt will definitely be triadic.