Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Free motion machine quilting May

This is the May project- as lead by Leah Day, I have been following her blog for some time and have tried a few of her filler designs, she has some good ideas, some old with a revamp and some new ones to inspire. Her quilting is lovely, her energy inspiring!
I wish I could stay home a few more days a week- even one, to get some real work done.  Maybe next year.
This is a black background fabric with a soft pink embroidery thread- what was on the machine at the time, I have varied the lentgh of the meandering lines to fill the spaces- which gives it some more interest . This would be a good alternative to boring stipple, and a good art quilt filler.

Off to the gym then to work...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Almost got my mojo back

Have been a  bit on the busy side with work and kids etc and not with what I really want to be doing - sewing. Well, I did do a bit of sewing while my husband was away but that turned into a very tiring week- ( my hats off to single parents who manage to get on top of the laundry) culminating with the school fair- I never want to see another sausage again- and I only served them not cooked them!

I am doing a few projects, none of which can be shown in their entirety, but they will be revealed soon. I have been busy painting fabric, here are some scraps- not giving too much away.
I have now got some enthusiasm to do some quilting that is fun and exciting, some funky green stuff with fun flowers, not ready to be shown yet as it is for an exhibition.
Will get on and do the Sew Cal Gal May piece tonight as it is almost the end of the month. Almost time for 2 weeks holiday form work- then its head down, bum up and into the sewing room for some serious work - stuff the laundry!

painting scraps

painting gear- and hand cream just for fun!

gorgeous little red bag


I did bag a bargain at the school fair- this bag and then this book- never seen before and never to be seen again at such a bargain price, let me know if you want a read!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Best seat in the house

Yes its the seat at my beloved Bernina, this is the best seat in my house!
Its where I am at home, it is comfy, and I can automatically do what I want there without really thinking about it.
I did discover this week that if I moved the knee lift over a bit closer to my leg it was much easier to use! You never know till you try.

I have also just found the perfect self threading needles, the ones on the right, I have tried several brands and these seem not to shred the thread as it is threaded.
Worth persisting if you are having trouble.The others are OK but not as good.
This is my parcel that has been hanging amongst the beans for several weeks, the coloured paper is oozing colour through the rest of the parcel, should be interesting when it is opened.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Goals and inspiration

OK, now to some serious work! My goals is to get something finished, actually several somethings finished for this show, its nearly October in my head, and I am queen of the last minute usually, so I am determined to get work done early- or not.
 My raw ingredients (looking a bit bland without the zinger fabric thrown in) are on the wall- begging to be cut and stitched back together, I have dreamt about this quilt for several weeks now, and occasionally have a brilliant idea, it is all coming together nicely, I did treat myself to some new fabric yesterday after a particularly busy week at work. Ready to get the borders done -after picking up a few things about the house in preparation for the cleaning lady today.
Raw ingredients
 I am inspired by these ladies and their work- bright and colourful.
Its all about shape and colour for me.