Janet Bolton, who produces fabulous hand sewn applique pictures. My head wasn't in quite the right space when I arrived - and I'd forgotten to think about a subject or taken any 'starter' images with me, so rather than producing a completed piece of work I worked on two 'canvases' instead, using 'rules' and suggestions from Janet.
This first one is all about Dartmoor with uncertain weather, and will be finished with Hounds Tor and perhaps, if I'm feeling brave, my attempt at representations of my family climbing it, as they did at half term.
I really like the idea of carrying another fabric from this one into another 'canvas' too - but I need to think about what the subject will be.
It was interesting to find that even though I'd started with different proportions / dimensions, both these pieces ended up at almost identical sizes. Obviously that was the size that I fancied on Saturday!
A 'new home' card for a friend.
I might even show the bunting next week, once it's been hung for the event!
I'm still making (slow) progress on the monster quilt too - but I got quite stiff so have had a few days break from it!
This week will be more about cake baking and decorating than sewing, but I'm still hoping to make more progress on the quilt!
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
local ploughing match. First furrows made perpendicular to last year's maize crop and judged before the competitors got back to work ploughing their sections with care (and sometimes careful measurements). Fascinating to watch, whether it was tractor, rotavator or horse ploughing.
I hope that you are getting inspiration from life around you too!
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Here it is shown with the second dark border.
I have to confess that I didn't quite get the block count right the first time, so I thought that I was going to have more blocks left over than I actually did. Luckily I still had enough to make the top that I wanted!
You can also see that the scale of the middle medallion is slightly at odds with the rest of the top.
I pondered what action to take to give it more oomph whilst I was basting it over the kitchen table.
Can you see here (from the back!) that I've completed a block of 'graffiti quilting'? The added bonus is that I've quilted the centre of the quilt, so I will have an ever decreasing amount of quilt to squeeze under the arm of the sewing machine for the rest of the quilting!
I've got a plan of what quilting patterns I want to use on each of the next four borders. Nothing else quite as time consuming as the graffiti section!
Although I've started the quilting, I haven't fully basted the quilt yet, as I didn't have quite enough wadding - I'm about 8" short at one end! Although I have other bits of wadding, none of them are the same type as the main piece that I've used, so I need to order some more.
Hope that you are enjoying some stitching or crafting this week too.