I was given a couple of needlepoint projects that needed to be re-purposed.
I don't know how long they languished in my Tante Gundi's closet. She had many lovely pieces framed and hung in
her home, and used as cushions. Short version of the story follows with a couple of pictures.
I then gifted this bag to my cuz, Moe.
Ha she said the straps were too functional...she's going to come up with something funkier..me thinks...good girl.
Anything to give
this piece 15 minutes of fame.
I hope I didn't nail those straps down too hard. There is lots of quilting thru batting, needlepoint canvas and backing...quilting was like slogging thru mud in flipflops. :))
I quilted at home and built the the bag while visiting my Mom. I wasn't able to do this on my sewing machine. As I thought about that I realized that I haven't done any sewing/piecing this year except when visiting my Mom. It's because my sewing machine sucks. It won't hold the tension, no longer repairable (well it is but it is constantly requiring repairs....like old cars when do you stop feeding it money and get a
different one) Stay tuned....
Happy Wednesday, gudrun
I have a friend who moved at the end of September, lots of things came my way. It didn't look like this when it was rescued but I saw potential.
Among the various things was a Christmas cactus or an Easter cactus depending (I think) on when it decides to bloom. Well I have a Christmas cactus....should be in full riotous bloom by the appointed time. It sure gives off a lot of happy :))
Happy Sunday. gudrun
I had a vacation, visiting with my Mom, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. This is a picture of how the days looked. This is a coloured picture....
There was one sunny moment, that I went for a short walk, it is in the 'country' making for hazardous walking...especially for this gal who has an iffy ankle.
Oh well...as Mom says what can you do?!
On my return I had the pleasure of quilting a really sweet little quilt. Pictures were taken outside, so that plus the busy pattern does not show the quilting from the front. However.....
I did a version of the floral and a squiggle through the chain.
It is a William Morris print done in Kaffe Fassett colours....yummy. gudrun
I have a few pictures of work finished since my last post. Pictures don't do this one justice, lovely colours and piecing. The client wanted 'simple and old fashion', so SID with a
floral treatment in the border was what was decided.
I should probably check if the auto focus is on (grin)....but you get the picture (no pun here). gudrun
I believe this is a shadow box quilt, it is to be a gift for a young grandson. It was just a charm to quilt.
Yes, I do believe I have taken the photo sideways, but I didn't want it dragging on the deck, and then I forgot to rotate the picture. Hopefully you'll get the picture.(grin)
Oh boy, these are my least favourite quilts to quilt....but I do think applique is a wonderful thing. I do find all that open space intimidating. How to do the applique justice, as well as fill those big spaces... this quilt has a lot of empty space/canvas.
I had the pleasure of quilting an original design using William Morris prints. This was very enjoyable to quilt.... though doing a pantograph, keeps me at the back of the machine. Long armers know this means one doesn't have as intimate a relationship with the fabrics :( When I work from the front I can really look at the fabric (So know you know my secret !) Who likes Wm. Morris prints.....me!
I am also looking forward to quilting a little Kaffee Fassett does W. Morris number hanging on my to do wall. It too is a yummy piece.
Happy Monday and Happy Quilting, gudrun
The Cowichan sweater is finished. I added an inside pocket to it, then I stuffed it into a box and mailed it...today. Whew! It should make it to Calgary before the 20th....unless it ends up going by stage coach across the prairies, eh!
While your here, take a look at the front door decor.......
I get to work on this lovely number next. I was going to say lovely little number but that it isn't. It will take a few hours....other than outlining the applique I have no other instructions from the piecer. Check back soon to see the finished product.
So it must be getting colder eh! Here I am on the computer again! instead of being outside. Not only is it cold, it has been raining hammerheads and pitchforks. A few weeks from now it will be coming down as snow. Snow is more work....but I sure do like snow more, unless I have to go some where, you know drive.....ick.
And of course like everyone else that dislikes winter driving I'll blame my dislike on all the other drivers who don't know what they are doing :))
Okay so here's a sweet little quilt to show you on this icky day.
I sometimes quilt for the Georgian Quilters 'Guild Outreach program I enjoy doing this as I get to practice patterns that I like, & that I need to practice.....
and someone gets a quilt. This pineapple piece was made using the Exploding pineapple pattern, by Karen Hellaby.
These two quilts, have a lovely non quilting cotton in the centre, that one of our Guild members rescued. She did a lovely job, I snatched them up and got them quilted with freehand flowers and leaves. I thought I had pictures of the quilting, apparently not ....
Michael's Grandmother knit him a beautiful Cowichan style buffalo wool sweater, and gave it to me to sew
together. I have been unable to get assistance with putting in the zipper, so I have left it in the bag...left it 'around' so to speak, hoping the sweater elves would show up. However, a reminder from Michael's grandmother has me pulling it out of the bag and leaving it about. Lulu gives it full approval and doesn't care that it isn't sewn up.
Guess what I am doing this evening :)) gudrun
I completed this a few days ago. It was not a favourite of the piecer, once quilted, she liked it again. This is what usually happens, it's a good thing that happens. I enjoy the smiles that come when the quilting pulls the 'flimsy ' into a usable lovable quilt.
I had an opportunity to
work with an Alpaca & sheep wool blend batting on this quilt...a strippy quilt with great colour contrast.
I used large leaf panto, and I checked tension often.
It quilted up nicely, though the varied thickness of the batt contributed to some small tension issues in a couple of places, also contributing to tension issues was the use of selvage in the piecing. I use to leave them on as well, until someone explained how tough and different the selvage edge is to the rest of the fabric, and
how this causes problems, for machines and hands.
Well that's today's lesson.
I wonder how it will wash, when the time comes. I am of the 'don't wash them until really needed' school.
Spot cleaning and airing come first. This is a heavy quilt, it will no doubt be lovely and warm. It will be even heavier when wet, washing maybe a cumbersome job. If anyone has had experience with this type of batting do let me know.
This is called "Plackets & Pockets". I found I was doing a lot of 'membering' while quilting this Memory quilt. I did a right angle meander, and was
able to avoid the odd bumpy bit created by a pocket or a placket. It was well constructed and sewed up nicely.
And another trip down memory lane, I entered our local Fall Fair
Here it is finished, spring of 2010.
This one is for Irene's Birthday, It was finished in time for the Fall Fair, and she hasn't had her next birthday so all is good.
Both of these quilts received prizes.
I also entered a wall hanging and table runner...more winners! I ROCK :))