Thursday, April 20, 2017

Farmers Wife week 15!

I have had a busy few weeks at my paid employment!, however I found time this week to cut 4 blocks one night and stitch them the next night. 
This process seemed to work quite well.
Sometimes I favour one particular red print, but sometimes I dig to the bottom of the bin and find a new one!
Sometimes as with the flower basket, I use the same fabric! then stitch the block the wrong way! I am not unhappy with it so it will stay as is for now.
It is a challenge often to find a fabric that is OK for what is obviously the basket!




Simple, but fun. Sadly as a bit of a paper waste, the pattern prints only one pattern piece per A4 page, right in the centre. I am not keen to try to move them  a few to a page as I do not want to lose or distort the size. I am working out the obvious pieces, but some need to be just right of the pattern to work.
I now have a lovely pile of drawing paper.

This was a fun block to make, interestingly the light stripy fabric was only a very small piece and I didn't have enough, but made do with another light fabric.

Loving the spots!

I am off to Bundaberg tomorrow to teach a few classes of Improvisational machine piecing!
We did get washed out by Hurricane Debbie a few weeks ago, but tomorrow it is!
I am looking forward to a weekend full of fun and stitching and discovery.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Farmers Wife week 14- pressing the seam open!

One block this week, I had grand intentions of making 4, however work has been so busy I have no energy left- must have been a power failure nine months ago- so many babies due! and being born!

This block (which is block 36 of 111) required some accurate templates and sewing, I can see where I restitched the centre seam again, will need to do some repair work!
This is one occasion where I have pressed the centre seam open, usually I strive to press all seams in the one direction - I do a lot of quilting in the ditch for stabilisation and block definition, sometimes the intersections where lots of small pointy triangles meet can be tricky to press flat... no matter how much spray starch I use!



Moving on with my plan of finishing things this year! I have finished one block into a cushion.
I used a specialty template and a paint colour chip for a challenge a few years ago, sadly this hand stitched cushion top has been waiting to be finished for ages!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Farmers Wife, week 13

Its not often that I can stick to something over a number of weeks, so I am quite pleased with myself that I have managed to get this far. I am about a third of the way through the 111 blocks in the book. Also more pleasing is that I am working my way through the book, am not discarding any blocks that I don't favour! which is quite a feat!

 Interestingly the two baskets I have made have the same small print fabric in them, I only have a very small piece, so its not something that I can use a lot of, a snippet in the baskets seems fitting.
The lady bird fabric is fun!
 I washed all the red fabrics and this is one that had some bleeding onto it from another, despite  lots of colour catchers!
A solid favourite block


Oops, I transposed the lights and darks, oh well,

The images below are some of the ruler work I am doing on my Bernina Q20. The fabric is still the slubby silk I have been working on. I am up to the filler stitches between the motifs.
I am using a mustard 50 weight So Fine, Superior Threads. I have had to make several passes to allow the thread to show on the dense silk, holding the ruler steady over the curves has been an interesting feature of this work. I am using the Bernina rulers.






Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cactus


Following the class with Sophie Standing a few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand at a small cactus textile embroidery. My daughter is a Landscape Architect, and is fond of succulents, so it was an easy choice.
The canvas is left over from my starfish. I found a free picture on line and then started playing.

The colours are what I had on hand, some fabric is better than others for this kind of work, the printed florals are good to work with. 

I spent a lot of today stitching, its surprising how much thread it used up, I worked this out by having to wind another bobbin, then another!
 The first stitching started.

The back, as always interesting,  I wonder should I use the back instead of the front?


 Partly stitched, it is looking better with the shading and colour.

The finished product.


 Stapled to a canvas frame. Wrapping around the edges is meant to be for this project. A bit of a steep learning curve, but I am improving with the shading.. 
Perhaps I should have gone to art school and not nursing school?? 
So much more art to make......

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stitching in the rain

Sent home from work early due to ex tropical cyclone Debbie!
Whats a girl to do?
Make more Farmers Wife blocks of course!
Today I excelled and made 4!
Life sometimes sends us an opportunity, and we should grab it with both hands. If the power goes, I have the treadle to fall back on!
 This is week 12, and I am happy with the progress
 Often I think my fabric choices are interesting, it is fun to use the different prints and have some unexpected results.
 This one I accidentally reversed the lights and darks, oh well, it looks nice
I love the prints here!
I am up to block 31. Almost a third of the way there. There are 111 blocks in total.

My planned trip to Bundaberg this weekend for 2 workshops has been postponed, I have the bag packed, but that will have to wait for another time. 
A bonus weekend of sewing and quilting for me.

Continuing on my plan to finish projects and not to start anything new......

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fiddly pieces!

The Farmers Wife, week 11 is one block this week.
Such fiddly pieces....

Lots of starch required, and some almost accurate sewing.


The week has flown by so fast, I am on a mission this year to finish more projects than I start!
This also is the year of stitching red.

Many new projects are rolling around in my head, however this week I am really trying hard to finish projects- I am in a strange way winning this battle.

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!