Tuesday, 26 November 2013

more strippy pieces

stitched landscape

This is a piece I started as a sample in the workshop I taught last week. I took as my inspiration this ripped paper collage by Grace Breyley.

Sometimes I have something in mind to guide me, sometimes they come from my own head. The fabric does the work, like with this below.

stitched landscape

These are both raw edged. Sometimes it is nice to just let the fabric be fabric without worrying about tidying up those edges don't you think?


Monday, 25 November 2013

Stitched Landscape Workshop


landscape quilts

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking and teaching at Hexagon Quilters in Reading.
I had a great time and was made to feel very welcome.
Here I share the wonderful pieces that were produced in the Striped Pieced Landscape workshop.

landscape quilts

Thank you Ladies!
Back with some of my own pieces tomorrow.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Balkan Puzzle Block ...stitched.

quilt block

I decided to use this test out the Madeira Lana Wool that I purchased a while ago.. I have used it for hand stitching, but not in the machine, so I thought I would give it a try.

quilting lines

Here is a close up of the centre square. Quite liking the texture this gives but you need to stitch slowly to stop any shredding and there were some messy bits on the back, but I probably need a different  needle and bobbin thread.

quilt block

Took the time to finish this off with a proper binding.

**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Balkan Puzzle Block

quilt block

 Also known as Windblown Star.
If I had done the centre pieces in pink I think it would look like a flower, which gives me an idea as to how I want to stitch it.

quilt block

In doing this I have learnt a new way of doing half square triangles which I like.

quilt block

I took my time and was pleased with how many corners I matched up.
However, I have enough self knowledge to know that I probably wouldn't have enough staying power to do a full quilt with this block.
On to the stitching!
**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

the day...

...has run away from me again...
That seems to be happening a lot lately.

fabric squares

Hopefully by tomorrow these squares will be a Balkan Puzzle Block.

In the meantime I will leave you with an image of one of the distractions of my day.

sea view


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