Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Burbling Along

Burble: (noun) a bubbling or gentle flow.

I think burble is a great word to show what state I'm in at the present. Things are getting done, but, as a few of them are hand work, they are just burbling slowly along!!

My Mandala has had another wee round added...I just adore this hot salmon/pink with grey dot fabric.

It's been so much fun to watch this quilt change and grow with each new round.

Photo mosaic made at BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker

I have also been working on my Linen whole quilt piece that is going to hang on the wall in my lounge room. I'm using a darning foot and free motion quilting this using the 1/4 inch quilters tape as my guide.

My Kantha-like quilt is still happening after all the unpicking here, I have now restitched one border...three to go and I'm done!

I received another beautiful stash of Liberty charm squares from Amitie this week, delicious. They were making pretty patterns on my design wall, with a few of the charms from the previous stash added in. Sweet.

I have loved liberty for a long time, and have been showing a few favourites over on instagram like these two..

This little bundle of Liberty Love also made it's way to my door from Westwood Acres. Very nice.

So that's about it, work happening, but slowly. Sometimes life is like that too. It's kind of nice. xo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another Round a Whole Quilt and a Class

My Mandala rounds are slowing down a little now as the quilt grows. It's measuring roughly 33 inches (84cms) across and I'm not sure how much further I will grow it, or even how I will finish it yet!

I think I will bring the centre greens and blues back into the design next. For more info on this quilt see this post.

The other project I'm working on now is to quilt my beautiful piece of hand printed Linen I purchased from Cloth Fabric in Sydney a few months ago.

I decided to quilt this fairly simply and quickly, so I will free motion quilt it on my domestic sewing machine (Janome 6500P). After pinning the quilt sandwich, I have laid out 1/4 inch quilters tape to mark out some unusual triangular shapes.

Next I will stitch inside each shape, beginning just inside the taped outline, then working my way in towards the centre of each shape. A little hard to describe, I hope to be able to show it soon. I don't know that this is the best way to do it, because the centres may get a little puffy, I will give it a go and let you know!

Last Saturday I taught free motion quilting to such a beautiful bunch of talented women at Treehouse Textiles. Now that Em and Sarah have opened a shop in Mornington, the Treehouse at Merricks will be used once a month or so for special VIP classes. It is always such a treat to work there, in such a gorgeous setting, with beautiful food and new friendships made.

Em will also run regular weekly classes at her new, fabulous shop and you can see upcoming classes and book in for these on their website, here. For upcoming VIP classes...Judy Newman's classes are always very popular, her next one is 26th Sept here, and don't miss out on a class with the talented Trish Harper on 18th Oct here. For more info about their new shop, see this post. See you in the shop!!! xo