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Viewing entries posted in April 2019
It's such a beautiful autumn day that I couldn't help but sit outside on the deck and enjoy the weather. I think my flower block quilt is quite fitting with the pretty colors of roses and geraniums flowering in the background. With a nip in the air, it's great to have a quilt on hand just in case I need to wrap it around my legs as I begin knitting a new cardie for my granddaughter.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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...