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Monday, February 27, 2012

Whole cloth quilt

A close up sneak peek at my WCQ.

The edge oif the photo on the right will be the edges of the actual quilt -
It doesnt look much to do, but its a long way round and I have to make sure I can get the quilt squared. before I do the next lot of quilting.
Its a slow work, but I am really enjoying it.

I can see the end in sight...I think :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sketchbook Challenge -Up Close

Playing with my Up Close theme today ...
for the Sketch Book Challenge...and FMQ some of the leaves I drew yesterday.

Varigated Aurifil 50 on the top and Auriful 50 in the bobbin.

This is the first one painted - it really is a mess!
Its done some with Intense pencils and the leaf on the right ...
is done with Art Spectrum paints.
I like to plain quilting so much better.

Green silk thread in the top and Aurifil in the bobbin.

Wasnt going to show the painted one, but I just finished playing with it, and decided to put it up anyway.

Now I am back to my WCQ soon... I am hand sewing some of my Patchwork Of The Crosses...one more block to attach to the fifth row - YAY

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sketchbook Challenge -Up Close

A very brief moment of sketching some Wisteria leaves up close...

As I put this photo up, my thoughts were - Maybe I should sew this - and quilt it :)

Light bulb moment !!

Maybe I shall later today.

Health in the family is now great - fingers crossed for next week !!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Home and Family

Still not getting sewing done 
But in a few quiet moments Andrea
wrote this on the new whiteboard I
bought to practice more feathers on. 
I thought it was really good, lots of hidden meanings.
Too good to just wipe off.
She did the drawings too.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

Havn't done a great deal of anything foe a while - for the Free Motion Quilt Challenge... due to issues of health with Andrea ... 

Did manage to get 2 small pieces sewn...and I was really a bit rusty.  I was using sik thread and playing with colours - not something I will keep.

Then I stared to play with a 3" square... then a feather and some filler.
Was happier with the feather... and worked well when I changed the needle and the thread stopped breaking.
I like the red on black too.

Andrea's health continues to be a problem.
Yesterday we went to Perth to see a specialist... away for the day so I took
my sketch book with me. This is what a
drew while we were travelling in the car :)

So .... I hope to get some sewing done  .... of something ....tonight as its Friday here in Oz...and its FNSI :)
We will see.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

Plumed feather  -  learning from the February tutorial by Diane Gaudynski.  There is also great info on her blog This photo didn't come out blue - obviously the exposure was wrong..

This is sewn on satin fabric - a piece that was left over from making a Tutu for Andrea for her ballet.
I have never sewn on satin for quilting before - I really enjoyed it...
I must admit that this small piece - approximately 6" x 12"took me All day to sew - but I did have a few breaks between. 
My concentration left me a few times...hence some lines that were a bit skewd ..

There is one of my trademark ladybugs in amongst the stippling.

This was my practise piece :)

A close up of the top corner cection

and a close up of the lower corner.

This was my Practise Practise piece where I tried out some of what I wanted to do.

This lovely satin fabric was a different blue and is from the very first Tutu I made Andrea.

My Sample is sewn with a very pale greenish YLI #100 silk thread on the top, Aurifil 50 in the bobbin. 
I used a 70/10 Superior Topstitch Titanium needle and had no problems with it.
I used my 820 Bernina DSM,   (Nessie), quilting stitch  #1324,   the tension was set at 2.0 and the presser foot was at 15.
I do love my sewing machine!

Andrea is going well - and I hope to get back to my WCQ tomorrow.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

February- Free Motion Quilt Challenge  with Diane Gaudynski's great tutorial.

Diane has also got some wonderful information on her blog that is really helpful.

First I did some drawings...

And then I did some quilting.

It didn't quite happen as I meant it to - but hey !! ....  it happened :)

I have been away from sewing for just over a week, as we had some health problems with Andrea, however she is on the mend... and I have been to school with her for 3 days  - the first days of the 2012  school term-  to make sure she was OK.  Next week it is just taking her to school and picking her up - so hopefully I will get back to the sewing then.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

This is my sample for Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

I forgot to put my Challenge sample up on my blog - so here it is
a day late as I got muddled and put it on my facebook page only  :)

This has been a wonderful tutorial from Frances Moore, and has been very inspirational for all those taking part I know - and a HUGE thankyou to
SewCalGal and Frances Moore. The Challenge site can be found on the link above.
A big thank you to Frances for her help and instructions.
Our next monthlyfree Challenge tutorial for the month of February is from Diane Gaudynski ...  who happens to be one of my favorite quilters, ...  I have both her books, and they are fantastic.
I have had a very quilt look at the tutorial and it looks wonderful - cant wait to get to it!