Friday, May 29, 2015

Knit One, Paint One, Repeat

My quilt 'Knit One, Paint One, Repeat' has been hanging at Nancy's Stitch Studio for a few weeks now.  It is mostly the same as 'Knit One, Paint One (see here) except the colour is less blue and slightly lighter to fit the colour scheme for their new shop.

Kint One, Paint One, Repeat

In March I posted about my initial progress with the quilt (see here).  

A couple of detail pictures ...

finished quilting
back view

It takes a bit of getting used to seeing the quilt when I enter the shop.  A nice feeling and now to remember to enjoy seeing it as it is and not thinking about what I could have done differently or better. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

More Ruler Work

I've continued playing with my Westalee rulers.  See here and here for previous posts.  

Note I've been using the Westalee ruler foot and not the freemotion foot that comes with my sewing machine.

Trying the set of 4 feathers rulers ranging from 2" to 5".

While you could just pick up these rulers and use them I found watching (and sometimes rewatching) the Westalee video sped up the learning process quite a bit.  

No marking of the individual feathers is required however having a basting line or marking straight lines on either side of the feathers helps to keep the feathers uniform and straight.

Straight line of feathers using one sized ruler.


Wavy line with different sized feathers using a combination of rulers


Attempting curved cross-hatching using the Westalee straight and curved ruler.

I'm getting used to the edge of the ruler not being where the stitching line will be but 1/4" in from that.  This catches me out when I'm getting to the end of a shape and need to line the ruler up - it is too easy to line the edge of the ruler up with the point, start sewing then realise you're not going to end in the right place! 

Still working on getting the stitch length even and better start/stops ...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Palm Beach

During our recent holiday to Australia we spent a couple of hours at Palm Beach, north Sydney.  

Palm Beach is one of the locations where the Australian TV programme 'Home and Away' is filmed.  Nothing happening the day we were there.


 Walked up to Barrenjoey lighthouse to enjoy the 360 degree views. 

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Head

view towards Sydney

a local fishing

sunset at Palm Beach

We had tea at a nearby beach and then drove back into Sydney in torrential rain!