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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Practise Designs, FMQ and lots of playing

I have been working thngs ouyt quietly - not a lot, but I am getting there.

Here is what I have been up to.
WARNING - lots of photos.

I was trying out thread colors

They are all yli 100 silk top and bottom...

Except this one... I actually sewed this from the other side.. as per the backing fabric.
with the yli 100 silk on top and the multicoloured thread was in the bobbin, and was King Tut
from Superior Threads.

Practising with  a ruler  

I was so feather deprived I just had to do some..
Wow - have I got rusty..so all in all this practice was well worth it for me.

 This is showing the back of my feathers on the backing fabric.

Bit more ruler work - and feathers.... trying to the designs a bit bigger.
Not easy when the mind is set for small :)

More feathers and ruler work - not too crash hot.. but fun

Here of course is a lady bug in amongst the gum leaves.. the circles and the bananas :)

 And another feather :)

This one is very wonky!

Feathers again just for fun..

 And below are some different angle shots.

Yes there is more ruler work here.

So all in all I think I will be OK to sew the quilt. 

This is what I am ,making from the little squares. Lots of hand sewing here, but that's OK as I am still waiting for my black silk thread to arrive... I so hope it gets here next week!!

Thats it for now.

See you again soon.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Designs, FMQ

FMQ and Designs

Its been some time since I posted. 

Difficult times at home...however I have managed to get some practice in for a quilt I am making as a gift.
Not a feather in sight... unusual for me!
Its a big learning curve.  

There are Boab trees and Black boys ...sorry native grass they are called now.  
The lower one was brown silk with Invisafil in the bobbin.. The top one was Guttamans in the top 
but it left such a lot of fluff in the machine, I don't want to use it again.

There is also a lizard in there too.

Not sure what this one is, but it is pretty small
Actual quilt.

This was a practice piece

Lizard one.. actual quilt

Lizard 2 ... actual quilt.

Kangaroo of course.. actual quilt.

Turtle/tortoise.. and you can see some of the things I was trying to work out.


and this is today's effort..All in Invisafil in the bobbin
with a grayish silk thread in the left hand corner.
I am waiting for some black silk to arrive, and I think this will be the one...not sure yet.

 I have had a huge problem with my Invisafil thread, its been shredding after sewing for a while. 
Still, I am persevering.

I had some very helpful advice a little earlier, and I am hoping this will correct my failings.

I am hoping to get a bit further on this very soon... unfortunately I can't show more than this. 

Till later