The first time I met Barbara was in my Getting Started With Quiltart class at academyofquilting.com. She had decided to join my workshop to break away from traditional quilting and I have to say, she's had a remarkable journey since. I caught up with Barbara again recently so decided this week we'll take a look at what's under her needle. But first, let's see where she began on her journey.
Do you ever get stuck for an idea to quilt a background or border? Usually, you just need a little quilting to hold the layers together, or reduce some bulkiness. Simply following the fabric lines or design often works very well.
Congratulations go to Sue for suggesting the King Protea flower block. Our pattern will be coming your way.
Last week I posted a blog for a Flower Block competition - what a lot of fun I had collecting your suggestions in both email and blog comments. I've made a selection and begun work on the new flower - but I won't tell you what it is just yet! Perhaps you can guess from my fabrics...
It's school break so what better time is there to spend with your grandchildren or children ...and of course teaching any craft is fun especially for me as I have a real passion to see others, both young and old, learn and achieve new things. So knowing my granddaughter Amy would be spending some valuable time with me this break, I decided not to wait till next April to release the next animal block but rather get her involved in creativity.
It's been rather a long time since I did any traditional patchwork and before this morning had not planned on doing any in the very near future. In fact, it wasn't until I started thinking about what I should put under my needle this week that an idea for a traditional patchwork border hit my mind as I looked at the Penguin block I made this month. One thing led to another as you can see by the end of this blog post.
April is World Autism Awareness Month. In New Zealand, autism affects one person in every 100. That's around 40,000 of us! And every year during April, I put out a new animal block to add to the collection of animals drawn by my son who is autistic.
For the longest time now I've been thinking about making a music quilt. I'm particularly fond of music which probably stems from learning to play the piano at an early age. I did make a small art quilt a few years back that did include musical notes...
This week I have been playing around with some kaleidoscope designs as I put together my newest e-book download. The designs were all generated by one image - an image with a butterfly and floral arrangement. Each design created is very different and in most, you cannot even determine there was a butterfly at all!
Hops and leaves - what am I talking about? Part of Sue's adventure to NZ included me showing her where I was raised as a young girl. Although the house I lived in from 0-11 yrs old is long gone along with the hop farm I grew up on, the Liquid Amber Maple tree Mum planted when I was born is still going strong.