Tuesday, 14 January 2014

This 'n' That

I have decided that this year I am going to learn more about quilting.  I've been wanting to have a go for a long while but not known where to start and whaddya know, I have a quilting shop about 2 miles from my house hidden in a back street.  So last Thursday I went to my first class and made my first item.  Because it's a beginners class, we have started with a small item to get an idea of what's coming later.  I think one of my main reasons for needing a class is that I cannot cut a straight or accurate line to save my life and I'm hoping that this will teach me.  

Anyway, finished result below.  I'm so pleased with it and thoroughly enjoyed making it. It may not look like much but a lot of careful stitching went into it!   This week, we start on a cushion.  Watch this space! lol



It was my mate Pen's birthday at the end of last week. As many of  you know, she is an obsessed Alice Cooper fan. My inspiration and starting point was Leandra over on the PaperArtsy Blog here.  I won't repeat the instructions as they are available on the blog if you want to have a go.  I thought it was going to be just awful at one point......


The pink coloured Grunge Paste looked just disgusting in my view.  You can see the skeleton/bat/skull influence. Once I'd started adding more paint in different colours and finally finished off with a brushing of Treasure Gold it looked completely different. The wings are a Tim Holtz die.  Apologies for the pic not being the best  - only had time to take it at night with a bright light over it.  If you click to enlarge it's much more detailed


12 comments:

sam21ski said...

Well done on stepping out of your comfort zone and heading over to the quilting side, your little cushion looks fab.

I'm sure Pen loved your Alice creation, although I did think it would be black - lol

Sam xxx

Chris said...

I'd like to learn quilting,too, Carol. Your cushion is beautiful - love the fabrics. I made a quilt for my daughter's doll crib about 20 years ago - all hand stitched as I didn't have a machine then.

I've got to agree with the 'disgusting' pink lol Love the finished artwork though.

Chris xx

Penibear said...

I absolutely LOVE it - beautiful colours and so many extra bits an pieces to look at - where did you get the little handle thingys? love 'em! Thank you so much xxxxxxxx

herminesplace said...

They all look gorgeous, really looking forward to your first cushion!

Heather said...

I love the fabrics you chose for your pincushion and your stitching is excellent. Patchwork has too much maths for me to enjoy completely! Love your friend's heart - I bet she does too.

butterfly said...

Enjoy your quilting journey - it's certainly started off beautifully.

And I love your rusty heart - what a brilliantly designed gift for an Alice Cooper lover!
Alison x

craftimamma said...

Your first effort at quilting doesn't look like a first! It's lovely and can't wait to see what else you make.

Brilliant gift for your friend. I can see the Alice Cooper influence .... thank the Lord you didn't leave it pink, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sid said...

Love your cushion, I think quilting is so satisfying..... enjoy ! The heart certainly looks great too !

Fandhmum said...

I love your quilting, enjoy your classes
Rosie x

Alison said...

Your first attempt at quilting looks great Carol. I'd love to try my hand at that someday.
I bet Penny loved her 'Alice' heart, it's fabulous!
Alison xx

Karin said...

Carol your pin cushion looks great. I love the Alice creation that you made for Pen.

karen said...

your little pillow is divine....I struggle with straight lines too, it's a curse.