Saturday, 29 June 2013

...just keep painting...

hand dyed fabric

Spending my days painting, getting ready for Festival of Quilts.

hand dyed fabric

Painting fat quarters.....

hand dyed fabric

...and pieces for kits.

hand painted fabric

 ....while watching the first day of this.
Summertime is here :)

hand painted fabric

I have also been playing with blog headers and buttons and general tidying up over here.
I have added follow buttons for bloglovin and feedly so that you can follow along in your reader of choice.
I like the look of both of these, but I do like feedly on my phone, and I am also enjoying Flipboard.
What are you doing creatively this weekend?

art quilting

Saturday, 22 June 2013

and the winner is...

art quilt pattern

Nini, who has won herself the Craftsy giveaway,
Congratulations to Nini and commiserations to the rest of you. I wish I could give a class to you all.

art quilting

Friday, 21 June 2013

fabric friday with a difference

hand dyed fabric

Today I am sharing with you a beautiful piece of hand dyed silk. You might assume that I am diversifying from my usual painted fabric but I would have to tell that this was a gift from none other than Frieda Anderson. When I failed to make it to this  years Quilters Guild A.G.M. where we had arranged to meet up she sent this along for me. How sweet :)

hand dyed fabric

I hope that our paths may have the opportunity to cross again in the future but in the meantime I can console myself with my badge from the Chicago School of Fusing!

There is still a small window of time to enter my Craftsy giveaway that ends today.

And while you are there why not take a look a Frieda's class.

art quilting

Monday, 17 June 2013

Up Cycled ...Re Cycled...Book Wrappy Thingy!

book wrap tutorial

This is a piece I did a while ago. I am showing you lots of close ups so that you can see the stitching.
It is quite intense!

book wrap tutorial

I was thinking of old crumbling mosaic tiled floors when I did it, but I didn't find it that appealing once finished, and it has languished in a pile of stuff in the attic ever since.
While doing the Embellished Book Wrap it occurred to me that it could be given the book wrap treatment.

book wrap tutorial

Initially I planned to remove the hanging rod but then decided to use it as part of the wrapping mechanism.

book wrap tutorial

I added some machine wrapped elastic, (the same as machine wrapped cord) and a fancy bead.....

book wrap tutorial

...attached it to the bottom and looped it around the rod.

book wrap tutorial
Front View
book wrap tutorial
Back View

book wrap tutorial
Open View

book wrap tutorial
Inside View
Another one to add to the pile for the Quilters Guild Tombola.

book wrap tutorial

Do you have anything that you could up cycle into a book cover or wrap?

art quilting

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Craftsy Giveaway Day!!!

Well here we are, as promised, the chance to win THIS class over at Craftsy.
Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bags with Tara Rebman.

I am not going to lie to you, when I was first approached about a bag making class I was not overly keen because I didn't really think that bag making was my "thing" or something that would really reflect the kind of thing that I do here on this blog.

However, after popping over to the Craftsy website to take a look. I soon realised that this class is all about the type of quilting that I like to do. Although I don't share many of my quilts here on this blog, those of you that follow my exploits over here will know that random, liberated, free formed and is exactly the type of quilt making that I like to do for myself.

I also have to confess after the "bag making" I had to do for City and Guilds,( functional and arty) I swore I would never make another bag. Fast forward a few years and I find that I would quite like to use some of my fabrics to knock up a few bags and not so long ago purchased a book that would tell me how to do just that. The items in the book are lovely but the instructions in it have left me a bit cold, so I was thrilled when I saw that this class shared projects with the aesthetic I was after, with the help of step by step video tutorials. Win, win!

Wouldn't you like to know how to do some of  this?
If you have not explored the delights of Craftsy yet then I do recommend that you take a look at what they have to offer. There is a whole lot more than just quilting going on over there.
I have taken a couple of quilting classes myself and was glad that I did.

All of the above photos are taken from the class and are not of me trying out the techniques in case you were wondering Ha Ha!!

So what are you waiting for? Here is what you need to do.
Follow this link to register.
Sign up and join Craftsy, or if you already a member simply log in. You have to do this; simply leaving me a comment here will not suffice!
The draw which will take place on Friday 21st June.
Please make sure that I can easily contact you via email.
Don't forget to take a look at the promo video.
Good Luck Everyone!

P.S. While you are there you can take a look at my new pattern shop which is very new but I am adding to it all the time.
P.P.S. If you have followed every single link in this post then give yourself a pat on the back :))

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

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