It has been a long time but hopefully I am now back online and blogging. Personally I don’t go in for new years resolutions but the new year did seem a good time to start a new blogging adventure. Sadly life got in the way and the return has been somewhat delayed.
At the moment I am working on a couple of new show quilts, whcih I want to have finished in time for the quilt show in Trondheim next month. I would love to have 3 new pieces there fingers crossed things work out.
This month I have a couple of workshops coming up at Patchwork Corner. Machine Quilting 1 which is a day class to get you started quilting on your domestic machine. The second class is Modern Bargello. This is the first of 2 days where we will be making a bargello styled quilt. Every student will make a unique piece using basic piecing techniques. I will try and get a photo posted which might give you an idea but be sure each will be totally different.
Rather than my usual policy of being a tease, l thought l would start with the quilt I have had the most questions about. Seneca. This is the quilt I was working on at the beginning of the year that I had hoped to enter in the Veldhoven show. Sadly things happened and it wasn’t finished in time. l did however get it done for Sandown, where it was in the large wallhanging category.
The quilt is raw edge applique with a lot of thread painting. The background fabric is another piece by Heide Stoll-Webber. I think it was one of my pot luck pieces. By which l mean the pieces l buy part way through the Festival Of QuiIts when l am not really thinking too well. I tend to get some very pretty fabric that way but l usually have no idea what l am going to do with them. The fabrics in the wolf were bought in Houston last year. Again I had no idea what I wanted them for but they were too good to miss. l ended up having to order more to be sure I could finish this quilt. Of course l now have loads left over.
l struggled to find a quilting design that l liked for the background So in the end l used a combination a several patterns. I like the result so I expect l will do this again.
Ok that seems to work. Guess l had better try to get some photos then. If anyone has any pictures of my quilts at Look Lomond could you send me them please then can write about the show. I forgot to take my camera with me. Sandown l do have pictures of l just have to work out how to get them on here.
Well here is anther way for me to try and get back into blogging. l am hoping a new google approved device will help but only time will tell. I know a lot of you hone missed my ramblings and to be honest I have missed you too. Unfortunately the new improved blogger has been horrible for me to work with . Since my last post a lot has been going on . l hone exhibited in Scotland and at Sandown , taught many classes and done several talks. Fixing my blog has been fairly low priority. If this works that may be a thing of the past.
I heard somewhere that it takes 100 hours to train you first machin and something like 80 to train your second. I guess that the time I've spent on other peoples machines had helped as this on is shaping up much quickker than that, though I do wonder who is training who. My tension still wasn't great but I have that sussed now, I needed to relearn how to adjust tensions. My principles were right but my technique sucked. Oddly these machines seem to actively like metalic thread, I wasn't just being mean.
I've truied to include the machine is some of the pictures so you can admire the blackness of it. I think it looks fantastic. The really observant will spot that the machine has a stitch regulator. No it wasn't something I wanted, but I did want the better motor that comes along with it. The speed with which the machine starts and stops is just amazing.
It's taken me a while to post these but this is my first play piece on my new machine. Don't look too closely, I hadn't got the tension figured out or the wheels set right yet, but I had to play. It's so much fun having a new toy and the ABM Innova family is amazingly welcoming.
Sunday I spent the day in Worthing teachin impressionist art quilts. The class is based on my quilt 'In full bloom'. I supply a pattern to get people started and during the day teach them how to make their own patterns from photographs. As with all my art quilts there is no drawing skill required just the ability to not take yourself too seriously. It's a great venue and I hope everyone had fun, certainly there is a lot of very promising work going on.
I really hoped I was going to get back into the swing of regular blogging but it seems the universe has other ideas. I've not had much I could blog about until the last week, and then being ill took up most of my free time. The picture is from last Saturdays class for Rickmond and Kew quilters. It had to be postponed in the summer when I managed a concussion the day before, so there was no way I was missing it again. We were making faux trapunto roses and a lot of fun was had. This group came up with a lot of new variations to the class which was great and we came up with some interesting ideas for other ways to use the technique. One of which I think will become a new workshop. I just wish I had thought to take morew pictures. I'll get back into the swing of this if it kills me and with more bookings coming up hopefully it won't take too long