My Zentangle Dophins

Posted by on 23 April 2019 | 1 Comments

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I've had a wonderful time this past weekend stitching out my Zentangle Dolphins. If you missed my last post, do check back to see what it's all about: Zentangle Dolphins

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A Zentangle Block - Dolphins

Posted by on 18 April 2019 | 0 Comments

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Being Autism Awareness month, I decided to play around with the animal blocks we've created especially to represent Autism Awareness. In particular our new block for 2019, The Dolphins.

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A New Art Quilt Design with Sashiko

Posted by on 15 April 2019 | 1 Comments

I had a lot of fun with the Sashiko embroidery last week and in the short practice I did, I learned a lot so this week I decided to use it to come up with a new pattern design. I grabbed some black for the background because I wanted to stitch white Sashiko and also a brightly colored fabric that has been sitting in my stash a long time - one I love but have never found a use for.

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Still Life Online

Posted by on 8 April 2019 | 0 Comments

Have you ever made a Still Life? It is rather fun creating a Still Life picture in textiles and that's what my workshop is all about "Still Life". In the workshop you can practice with the templates I provide or you can jump straight into creating your own design. Here are some students who did just that!

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Sashiko Embroidery on my Bernina

Posted by on 8 April 2019 | 2 Comments

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Ages ago, probably 20 or more years ago, I watched a demo of how to create Sashiko on a Bernina sewing machine. Sashiko is a form of Japanese embroidery using a basic running stitch originally done by hand so you can imagine it would be difficult to create by machine. In today's world, there are special Sashiko sewing machines. It would be lovely to have one I'm sure. Anyway, I was thinking about this demo I'd seen and figured I must be able to do this so did a little research online.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Photo for Inspiration to Make a Quilt

Posted by Elizabeth on 2 April 2019 | 0 Comments

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When you're thinking about making a quilt you are often inspired by a photo... but it's actually harder than you think to pick the right one.... it's not always the prettiest one!!! Some photos are marvelous - as photos.... but not brilliant as an inspiration for a quilt. so choosing the right photo to start with is crucial!

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March Week Four

Posted by on 1 April 2019 | 0 Comments

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It's been a very hectic week with visitors and a wedding to attend so both Emma and I had little time to work on our challenge pieces but we did manage to progress. Emma used free-motion stitching to attach her applique. She started with the balloons...

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March Week Three

Posted by on 26 March 2019 | 0 Comments

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This week is all about getting the piece to come together - plans and ideas plus materials and a whole lot of fun! Here is Emma to describe what she did. I'll fill you in on my progress on the next page.... Over to Emma!

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March Week Three continued

Posted by on 26 March 2019 | 1 Comments

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If you missed reading about Emma's challenge, you can do so on the previous page.

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Hearts instead of Challenge

Posted by on 16 March 2019 | 1 Comments

Sunday is often a time I spend with my daughter Emma quilting and today is no exception however instead of working on our challenge pieces which we have postponed for this week, together we are working on making heart blocks as the nation mourns the loss of 50 lives after the mass shooting in Christchurch last week. Such a sad sad time.

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