Sunday, January 31, 2016

Word for the year

My word for the year is 
  Something new
That is try something new, new foods, experiences, life choices, quilting ideas etc
I know that its 2 words, but it is time I did something different and new!

This week Peter and I have tried a new restaurant with different foods- and beer and wine to match,  at Villa Maria, Norman Park.

We went to Roma Street Parkland today, we have lived here 10 years and this was the first time we have ventured into the park, it was really hot! my lovely friend Jan drives the little train, so we had a train ride, which was fun, there is a profusion of colour and texture in the garden, so much to see, we will be back when the weather is cooler. Peter  enjoyed taking lots of photos with his camera.

I have tried a new quilting template- well one I have had for several years but never used for its real purpose, its a baptist fan set. Now that I have a ruler foot for my Bernina- I am able to use it easily,  The frog quilt pictured below is nearly finished. A little more border, some stitching in the middle and the binding and its done!
Loving the Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton batting- 80% cotton/ 20% polyester- its handling so beautifully. Those are 10 inch blocks.

 Some class samples for my next quilting class- funky feathers.
So much fun making samples, and it is nice to find myself making up new designs each time.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Raw stitching

 This is my style of Boro- Japanese mending stitching, some found small pieces of fabric purchased years ago in Aeldaide, a little sashiko thread, and some restful mindless stitching. Great fun, so relaxing. it is about 40 cm square. I sent it to my mother for a belated Christmas gift, she loves it, it is 'raw', and very tactile, and is at the moment being prepared to hang with its raw edges in her hallway - unbound, just raw, calling out to be fondled.

 I loved the way the stitching pulled a little and made some gentle ripples.

This year brings me to some new and exciting challenges- some teaching, mostly machine quilting, with a little machine piecing thrown in at the end of the year. These classes are with Queensland Quilters  and BVAC.
 These are samples of free from machine piecing that I have made, I am teaching this class at BVAC in Brisbane this year, Brisbane Visual Arts Community.

Hopefully this link will work!!

Planning to blog more frequently this year and get some more images up on my website soon!
Well its good in theory, will see how it goes in practice!