Monday, 10 November 2014

Bordered Diamonds Sample

I'm slowly collecting the fabrics to make Kaffe Fassett's Bordered Diamonds quilt but in the meantime, I thought I would make up a sample with some sale fabric that I'd bought just to make sure I understood what I was doing before I ploughed into the full size thing. Each diamond shape has it's own contrasting border


.. and they get stitched together in strips across the diagonal once the border goes on.  I decided to add my own stitching detail across the diamonds for added interest.


It's ended up as an unexpected present for my parents as it looks really good on their dining room table!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

eeek two months since I blogged!

Yes I am still here but work has taken over my life at the moment. I'm finding it difficult to get my head round crafting but one of my workmates asked if I would make a bag for her so having chosen a pattern (which was a freebie I had from the internet), she went and bought some gorgeous fabric from Liberty and off I went.


The fabric pack came in 5-7 inch strips so in order to get a piece to fit my pattern template, I stitched the strips together.



 The bag has a really interesting top edge shape as well as an outside pocket...


 ...plus a couple of nice roomy inside pockets (you can just see I did some random quilting on the inside).

And finally the finished item.  I may have to make another one for me.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Kaffe Fassett at the American Museum in Bath

I've been a lifelong fan (well since the 80s) of this man and first saw him in Covent Garden when he gave a lecture on knitting.  


Since then I've followed his career from knitting to tapestry to quilting, completed many of his kits and patterns along the way and own way too many of his books (but they are lovely to look at!). Finally today, I made it to the exhibition in Bath. I've been on holiday for the past two weeks. It's been rather an up and down two weeks, this being my third attempt to get there.  The first time, the M5 was blocked due to a 


rolled coach. It took me 2 hours to travel one junction and when I eventually managed to leave the motorway to go another route, the roads were jammed and the satnav estimated I wouldn't get there until


after the exhibition had closed.  I was planning to go again yesterday but having got home from a couple of days away, discovered our son had accidentally left the freezer door open and EVERYTHING in the 


freezer had defrosted (this was yer full sized 6ft high freezer).  It was pretty devastating so yesterday hubby and I spent the whole day cooking everything that we could rescue.  Must admit though, we've got lots of 


ready meals now.  Anyway today it was third time lucky, finally I made it and oh what a joy, it was well worth the wait.  As you can see, Kaffe is all about colour and as you can see from the top pictures and 


here, the entrance walls were painted a wonderful shade of pink (and I'm not a pink girl!).


Inside the theme was continued with one strong colour on the walls in each area of the exhibition. For me, it 


was like meeting up with old friends.  Some of these knitted items are so familiar to me (I've knitted quite a number of Kaffe's patterns over the years) and to see some of the patterns in real life for the first time was a
delight.  One room was painted in lime green and most of the textiles creations within it were vegetables


and fruit.  I've had this tapestry below on a postcard in my collection for years and again, to see the real


thing was wonderful. The tumbling blocks pattern below is actually knitted - I believe on a circular needle - imagine the weight of that on your needles! 


As you can see, there was colour everywhere


I absolutely LOVE the quilt below.  I'm going to have to have a go at making it, even though I'm not sure my quilting skills are up to it.  Since I started quilting at the beginning of this year, it's been my end game to make a Kaffe Fassett quilt.


I called this picture "the cauliflower years."  :)  I've never seen cauliflowers look so good as the ones created here.


I don't think this is Kaffe but he looks very chipper dressed up in his pink flowers. lol


Below is the green room, all decked out in textiles showing mainly vegetables


...and here is one of the display cases with one of Kaffe's many quilts on view at the end.  


You can see how beautifully the colour schemes were thought through.


The tree outside the exhibition wasn't left out either.  I have no idea how they managed to decorate it so high
up (well ladder I guess).  


Even the lamp posts were yarn bombed.


Of course, I couldn't resist coming away without a couple of souvenirs and they just happened to feature my favourite quilt.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tattered Lace

Thought I'd better see if I could remember how to make a card!  Don't know where the days are going to at the moment!

I've used a couple of TL dies here. The flower die I cut a couple of times and arranged round the edge.


 The "especially for you" die cut out from the background paper and then inserted another cut die from a different background paper so it looks as though it has a border.


I then raised the background paper on a couple of layers of mounting foam onto a layer of burgundy card for some depth


Friday, 27 June 2014

Tattered Lace

I've really become taken with the Tattered Lace dies.  I know they're not everyone's thing but I've always had an eye for detail and these certainly have it.


I'm also impressed with how easily they release from the die.  


As you can see I've started off pretty simple


They don't need much decoration with all the detail. Although I did get a bit distressed with this one.


And this one's just blinging bonkers.  Admittedly this is not just Tattered Lace but Tim Holz and a freebie stencil that I had lying around.


I think I did go a bit over the top,


And here's a glimpse of my partially completed next quilting project from my class.... another table runner.   More to follow...



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A table runner and some mats

I've got a couple more quilting projects tonight.  I finished this Japanese fabric table runner today.  I'm really pleased with it.  It's a lovely texture and the colours are so peaceful.


There was some decorative hand stitching called sashiko.


Basically it's a running stitch and the stitches must all be exactly the same size and never cross each other.
I did manage to avoid them crossing each other but they are definitely not all the same size.


And in my quilting class (the above was a side project!) I've been making table mats.


I never realised quilting took so long - especially the speed I go.


And because there was some fabric left over I made some coasters too.  Unfortunately I ran out of red, hence the cream binding on one of them lol.


Saturday, 31 May 2014

Essays written back to the important stuff....

Hooray, written work finished and I can get back to what I really want to do.  The needle case is finished.


There was quite a bit of embroidery which challenged my hand sewing skills - especially trying to be accurate with the backstitch outlining the hexies


I did wobble a bit in places


I also added some beads and some french knots.


...and this is the inside all ready to go.


I also managed to visit the Quilting Show at The Three Counties Showground .  Mind boggling  - all the talent on show.. and all the fabric to buy.. I took so many photos.  Also managed a class and made this little pincushion.  It's a technique called cathedral window.


Watch out for a wall hanging later in the year.