Sunday, December 27, 2015

Home again

My mini Anzac quilt 'Places of Anzac' is back home after tripping around Australia and New Zealand as part of the 'Lest We Forget' quilt challenge.

Places of Anzac

All the quilts can be seen in this slideshow along with the description for each quilt.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fabric twine placemats

My playing with fabric twine progressed to an actual project.  I had a metre or so of a darkish batik that had been bought as a backing fabric, yet it had never found the right quilt.

It was ripped it into ~1inch wide strips along with three lighter batiks.  An easy project to pick up and quickly a reasonable amount of cord has been produced.  

The idea was to create placemats as a Christmas present, after working out how much fabric and effort was required to make 8-10 placements - the intended recipient has a large table, I settled on placemats that could be used in the centre of the table.  

As I wanted an oval shape I started with two longer strips before starting to go round and round.  

The peg held the pieces together until the stitching had started and prevented the twine unravelling.

Going round and round ...

 ... almost done.  

It would have been easier to have the mat on the left of the needle!

Three completed placemats that are mostly the same size and shape.

Either side can be used, I had black in the bobbin and a variegated polyester on the top.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas decorations

Our Christmas tree has a rather eclectic collection of decorations from handmade to purchased. 


Felted balls with added beads, see here for instructions by Judy Coates Perez.

These are super easy and fun to make.


Hand crafted decorations from stitching friends

Felted hearts

Two pieces of acrylic felt decorated then blanket-stitched together with a small amount of stuffing.  

Some have had other fibres, including sparkly angelina fibres, needlefelted onto the felt before stitching.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Plodding along

Not alot of quilting is happening at the moment.  

I have finished the handstitching on a project that I've been taking along to my evening  stitching groups.  Now what to do with it?


Machine quilted wide spaced curving lines, also some bobbin work.   

Then 'coloured in' with hand stitching using a range of threads and stitches.  

Inspired by the work of Carol Ann Waugh.

 a closer look

 a few threads

The reason why there hasn't been any quilting is that I've been sewing a formal dress for my daughter. 

It has taken some time as I've been over cautious, with good reason as there have been expensive sewing failures in my past.  I've been so tempted to work on other things but have persevered. The deadline is Friday, just the hem and a button to sew on plus a bit of thread trimming.