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Friday, 18 April 2014

fabric friday

handpainted fabric


The sun is shining today so I got all these done this morning :D


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Have a lovely weekend.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Hexi block (kinda!)

quilt block

Like my Hexi Block?
Want to know how I did it?
I painted it of course, but then you already knew that didn't you :D

quilt block

The back view shows how I stitched around each shape. Added some embroidery...

quilt block

...and flipped the edges of the backing to the front to do the binding.

quilt block

One day I am going to a hexagon quilt the correct way. Maybe like this one.

quilt block

**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.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Striped Pieced Landscapes

striped pieced landscapes workshop

Last week I traveled Up North, and Down South to teach my Striped Pieced Landscape class.

striped pieced landscapes workshop

First I visited the North Cheshire Embroiderers and then it I went to the Shirley Quilters, Croydon, which for non U.K. readers is just outside London. 

striped pieced landscapes workshop

I love doing this class as it is always a pleasure to see what gets created. These two groups did not disappoint and as usual I have come away with more ideas than I went with.

striped pieced landscapes workshop

Having not taught this class to an embroidery group before I was interested to see what fabrics they would arrive with. Velvet, lace and cork made an appearance and I am now desperate to get my hand on some sari silk!
striped pieced landscapes workshop

The quilters weren't afraid to to try something different either, a few working with upholstery fabrics and felt.

striped pieced landscapes workshop

...and no I haven't repeated some photos. Those that look like repeats are same piece done in a different way. These ladies were prepared to play and experiment.
Not all of the pieces are completed here and I look forward to seeing the finished results1
A big Thank You to both groups for inviting me.

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