Monday, December 30, 2013

From under the tree

Well Christmas has been and gone for another year.  A lovely sunny day with a Christmas lunch picnic at the Botanic Gardens.


One of my presents ...

 Fabric Manipulation by Ruth Singer.

I've followed her blog for awhile and enjoyed her work. Now to try some of her techniques.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mostly ready ...

The last Christmas decoration has been created and in place, we're ready for the big day.

Although I suspect the DD creator will need to update some of the reds and greens before then.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Last minute Christmas decorations

My friend Suzy gave me this lovely decoration.

She found the pattern here.

It looks lovely hanging on the tree and at first glance looks really easy to make (and they are), so I might just have to make some.  

I can see that I'll be varying the instructions a little ... and using my trusty Janome felting machine.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Trunk Show

I've created a small quilt for SAQA's 2104 Anniversary Trunk Show, this will be a travelling exhibition.  The quilts are to be 10" x 7" and will be mounted on a 12 x 9" black backing board.

Here is a glimpse of my, still un-named, entry.  

I've used my favourite freezer paper stencils, paintsticks, some Trapunto padding and dense quilting.  I've been using Sennelier oil sticks, their colours tend to be much more vibrant than Markal/Shiva but can be muckier to use.  Definitely for using outside!

A similar SAQA trunk show even made it to NZ earlier this year and showed in Taupo and Hamilton (picture below).

Monday, December 2, 2013

Botanic Gardens

In my previous post here I showed photos of the quilted garden planting at the Wellington Botanic Gardens. 

I wandered further and came to the rose garden which had taken a bit of a battering with the rain and wind.  The scent seemed to be accentuated by the misty rain.
Oranges and Lemons
The Pilgrim
More pictures ...

Rose Gardens