Monday, March 20, 2017

Farmers Wife week 10

A busy week, 2 posts in one day.
The Farmers Wife is a little late, 2 blocks made today.

 I can't actually believe its been 10 weeks so far!
These are blocks 25 and 26.

Hoping for a slow week so I can get lots done!

Class prep and samples are priority now. A primary school music teacher once told me that her job was like " putting on a one woman cabaret show each lesson! "  sometimes teaching quilting can be a bit like that, everybody at a different stage in their journey, and everybody has something to learn about something, no matter how long they have been sewing for!

A short hiatus with a starfish

I have been away in Melbourne at a workshop. Sophie Standing has been teaching all over Australia, and I was lucky to be able to have a weeks leave from work and travel with a friend to attend. 
Melbourne was hot, we thought we were escaping the Brisbane heat....however it did not dampen our enthusiasm. We met lots of lovely like minded 'textile artists' and had a very busy 4 days exploring the starfish, learning new techniques and making new friends. 
The resulting art works were all so different.
The background is a 'duck' fabric - a heavy weave, which I painted before the class.

I am very happy to be continuing my "year of sewing red".

The class was at Werribee, I have never been there before, the hotel was very comfy, the range of eateries was very multicultural. 
I am very happy with my starfish, she does need some tweaking and finishing. I do have a plan!

Learning new ideas and techniques and watching and listening to Sophie troubleshoot with both my own and others' work was really interesting. Learning all the time.

I took lots of progress pictures, and am really happy I took the time to do so, even the back of my work.
 At the end of the first day, so much more to do!

Detailed stitching, Using the hoop is a new thing for  me, however it does reduce the distortion, I must explore this more

 The left lower arm, a little fun!

The back, always interesting, and a good way to see how far I have come, and how far to go!

At the end of the fourth day, still some work to do.
I am really happy I took the time to attend, so many ideas floating around in my head, and projects awaiting to be started!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A little starch and a steady seam allowance!

The whole business of doing this project is making sure the seam allowances are accurate with such small fiddly pieces. My can of spray starch is doing well to hold the pieces firm to stop any small distortion.
The other thing is that I am working my way through the book, from 1 to 111. The easy choice of making the blocks that I like is not for me this time. I am making then whether I like them or not!
Some blocks are a pleasure to make, some not so. I am only using the red fabrics, I am finding it is interesting to see how the different reds play together. 
Who knew there were so many reds?

Week 9, some fun with the plaid and striped fabrics!

 My other project this week is a ruler work sampler using my Bernina Q20. 
This is a really thick slubby silk, it is a little heavy to move through the machine accurately, I am using the Supreme Slider and the manual mode.
So far so good!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Measure twice, cut once!- or abandon that block!

With so many deadlines approaching, I have found it difficult to continue with some projects- working 4 days a week and trying to complete projects is quite exhausting!
I have so many ideas floating around in my head, that its really hard to not start new projects.....
My piece for the AQC challenge has been accepted into the first round, which I am really happy about. 
Another challenge in progress is not so nice looking. I must keep reminding myself that I am a midwife - not a trained artist ) I have other skills!), that it takes time to make good art.

oh well- back to the Farmers Wife!
A lovely block with fun fabrics.
My weekly Art Project is moving along nicely.The Farmers Wife got a lift yesterday with 4 blocks being pieced. One of them was not right, way too many triangles and silly little pieces. Then I used Basting spray instead of spray starch! The ironing board cover is now washed, and I can start again. However some blocks need to be put aside and maybe never made again!

 This was fun too, I am not sure about my fabric choices, but that is half the fun, choosing different combinations to see how they end up! Too many prints?

 Simple, yet striking.
 This is the misfit, the triangles were small, and I should have  been a little more careful- both with cutting and stitching.- one to remake at a later date..... perhaps.

 I have been dabbling with some vintage linens, this satin is too soft and slippery and was difficult to mark, however I am continuing- note to self- buy (or scrounge from friends) heavier satin! The background stencil is from Cindy Needham- Ultimate Backgrounds- its a wavy line crosshatch. I am trying them out as class samples and as a library for my own research.
 Starting the background
 Half stitched!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A week of finishes

I am trying hard to not start any new projects!

 famous last words!

However, I have finished 3 pieces this week which I am really happy about.

1. My piece for the AQC Flora and fauna challenge has got past the first round of jurying, I have put the label and velcro hanging strips on yesterday, it is ready to be posted tomorrow.

2. I have finished a quilt for a magazine article, it took a little longer than I thought, but I am really happy with the finish and am pleased I didn't rush it.

 A sneak peek at the back.

3. I have finished quilting a small piece for Bernina. More fun than function, I really enjoyed using the Bernina rulers and some fun thread.


I have pieced 2 more Farmers Wife blocks. 
A little spray starch goes a long way with these small pieces!

While this looks odd, it is how the pattern was shown!

 I have been enjoying being a little random with my fabric selection, obviously light and darks, but putting together different combinations of prints is quite liberating.

I have also had the pleasure of teaching some machine quilting classes, its fantastic when someone who has never done any free motion before just 'gets it!'
So much fun to teach an enthusiastic crowd!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Farmers Wife week 6

The Farmers Wife is coming along nicely, I did redo one block and then made another two yesterday, now that I am back from my holidays and back into working, not travelling, I hope to make at least 2 if not 4 blocks each week!
I have a good selection of red and red with white/ cream fabrics, sometimes it is really easy to choose which fabrics, other times I have difficulty as I have so many. There is a little nostalgia as I come across a scrap of something old that was used in a previous quilt.

week 6

week 6, this was fun as these fabrics are all new!
I attended the Handi Quilter Academy on the Gold Coast last weekend, I attended classes with Birgit Schuller- ruler work- this was fun, I came away with many new ideas and can't wait to have more time at my machine! 
I also attended some classes with Kelly Cline- she is a master of Vintage Linens, I had so much fun and really absorbed some of the energy and enthusiasm around quilting vintage linens. I have quilted one tablecloth in the past that belonged to my mother in law.

Now I am going to concentrate on some smaller items. Below is one started in my class- it is still a work in progress.

This is a piece I found in my aunts belongings, I am in the process of finishing the stitching so that I can quilt it, luckily it's almost done as I am a bit slow, but am happy that it is almost as neat as Dianne's stitching!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Farmers Wife week 5- what a week!

What a week indeed, firstly a lovely romantic wedding in Adelaide, together with a fantastic gathering of old friends for a few days. Just wonderful.
Then a few days with my husband touring South Australia, some relatives and a few days on our own in the Coonawarra wine region.

Many fine glasses of wine tasted...

Then back home for a few nights before a wonderful day and night at a quilt retreat with my "people".

Then off to a very fun packed and informative weekend at Sea World on the Gold Coast at the Handi Quilter Academy convention.

I did some classes with both Birgit Schueller and Kelly Cline, long arming, even though I have a sit down machine- almost converted....

The Vintage linens is what I went for and I was not disappointed with both the fun and friendship. I met some old friends and made some new ones. I also did some ruler work, which was interesting and thought provoking, now to find time to play this week at home!
I forgot to take a picture before I rolled it on (below), maybe tomorrow I will take a better picture now I have the whole piece off the machine.

I also went to an Accuquilt class and made a block!

 My Farmers Wife Weekly Art Project took a little  back seat as I was so busy travelling, I managed to make 3 blocks at the retreat, although one needs a little refit.

 Sadly back to work this week, I hope to get lots of stitching done on my time off as it is so hot, I will have to stay inside by the aircon!