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Monday, 30 June 2014

More Creating New Creating Fabric

Below are some more photos from the workshop
All work is in progress 


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Creating New Fabric Workshop

Have you every wanted to create your very own orginal fabric? If so this workshop is for you! You will create new fabrics with fusing techniques to use for backgrounds and/or motifs. This is a creative approach that will enhance your art quilts. Each person will end up with a small individual piece of work.

This was the descriptor for the workshop which I tutored yesterday for the Quilters' Guild of SA. Everyone enjoyed the workshop and they had fun making teir hew fabrics. The photos below are some of work in progress - can't wait until they all finish them all.

The display board with my work as examples of "Creating New Fabric"

The girls at work preparing their backgrounds - stirps - desicion making time

Kerrie used Sari silk sstrips for her background

The sari silk strips ironed and placed ready for stitching

Stitching the background

More in the next blog post - so join me again

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Commission Work

This was the last quilt to show you. This one was interesting to create as it had lots of colours to mix and match. But it did work out very well. How about the surfing girl?

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Our Garden

Winter is here and our garden has not many flowers but still some colour as you can see in the photos below. I love our garden - it gives me joy and pleasure as well as food.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Commission Work 

Blue and gold quilt - very beautiful

Working out where the blocks will go

Quilting the blocks

The borders were free machine quilted with flower designs

The finished quilt 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Commision Work - All White

This was the all white one - they wanted a square quilt 
It was very lovely when finished.

The white log cabin blocks 

The borders with the floal stiching

The final quilt

Isn't it interesting that with each photo the "white" is a different shade?
This quilt was stunning in the real !!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Commission Work

Last year I was approached by the Quilters Guild to see if I would take on a commission for a woman who wanted quilts made from samplers from her husband's father. They were all silk samplers from Asia from the 1920's - 1950's - the grandfather being an exporter of silk fabrics who lived in Macau, China at the time. These samplers were passed down the family and had sat in a cupboard for many years. I took one look at them and said yes. After careful negiation the family decided on 4 quilts, one for each children of the family for a keep sake to be made for Xmas 2013.
We finially decided on the price, size, timeline and a random log cabin style and I began the process. I thoroughly enjoyed  creating them and I used every bit of fabric then adding silk borders to each quilt with my 'signature' flower quilting on the borders.
I made 4 quilts, one all white, one white and duck blue, one blue and gold and one with all the colours.
In the next few blog posts I will share the process and the finished pieces.

Below is the white and a little bit of duck blue.

The beginning - log cabin blocks

Joining of the blocks

This was interesting - I thought this arrangement was fine but the daughter-in-law wanted it changed to the pic below

Finished quilt - sorry not a great photo - silk is very hard to photograph especially white

Which layout do you like best??

Sunday, 8 June 2014

I am back online

I am now back online.
Since last online I have experienced what I call a "down time".
After returning from India in January my husband was very ill - for a couple of months and I lost both my brother and mother and had to deal with a father who no longer wishes to have me as his daughter but I just had to return to normal life so where did I start...???
I reorganised my studio and tidied everything from top to bottom - well I found some interested things that I had not seen for a while and the best of all I touched every bit of fabric and then started new works.
Also my work as a Art Textile teacher was my lifeline and so were my students and colleagues and the best of all was my support from my friends.
The best supportive person was my husband.
But I guess all of us go through ups and downs in our life and it is the way we handle these that counts.
Hopefully I now can communicate with my blog people.

Well today we visited Semaphore at the seaside in South Australia and of course we were naughty and had Fish & Chips for lunch by the sideside and agmost the seagulls. We visited the Semaphore Carousel - it is the largest in Australia and is 75 years old.
Enjoy the photos below as I did on our visit.