Cushions of colour

My part of the world has been awash with rain. The sky has been grey and heavy for weeks. So to brighten it all up, I have been making rainbows. These have an added bonus of freeing me from part of my all encompassing mound of scraps

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More experiments with randomness

I’ve been playing with some new techniques again today. I love the randomness of randomness so I have been randomly stitching strips of fabrics together then randomly stitching and cutting  those strips. I wanted to try to get the hang of curves in the fabric as well as inserts so my randomness included both of these.

I have used just about every blue fabric in my stash, from vintage sheets to bits of upcycled clothing to canvas and quilting cotton. The red strips are satin that has been folded and inserted, so that it stands out from the cloth. It’s a great way to use up some of my vast stash of fabrics.

At the moment it is nothing more than a piece of fabric, I wanted to sample these techniques for an idea I had for the next competition that I want to enter..I have a few lined up this year!

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Excuse the stray threads, I haven’t really finished with it yet. This is just a small section, I got a bit carried away so it is quite a large piece. I may well quilt it up and see what happens….

My new Finished Journal

Well, it’s finished!. This is the journal made from all the bits of fabric that I have been playing with, as well as some of my aged shibori. This one has been hand and free motion machine quilted onto cotton batting with a vintage fabric lining. The flaps to hold the book in are navy cotton as is the binding. I also added some strips of 100% wool variegated slub yarn.

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I decided that It needed the cord and button tie to suit the aged look of the fabric. Unfortunately the buttons aren’t real bone, but we can’t have everything!

A fabulous discovery and Stitching texture

I had a thought the other day, so went to seek out my grandmothers old suitcase, buried deep in the back of the garage. In it, as I had thought, I discovered most of the samples I had made during my time studying textiles in 1989-90. These included lots of hand weaving and a mound of hand sewn and dyed Shibori samples. Some of these are now beautifully aged having spent 20 years in an old 50’s suitcase! I had dragged that suitcase around with me from house to house and literally forgot what was inside..until my brilliant thought….

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This shows the mound but not the gorgeousness of this find! So much fabulous fabric to work with..

I recently borrowed a book called ” Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint” by Angie Hughes from my local library. I am a huge book borrower, especially art and textiles books….always a bookworm at heart. I still can’t help but get upset when my sun uses Google for homework and doesn’t look it up at the library lol.. Anyway, this book has some great techniques in it, so I decided to use some of my new sun printed fabric to try one.

It’s very simple really and I’m sure plenty of you out there already do it, but I have always been nervous about doing too much with the tension dial on my machine. This technique involves turning the tension really high then stitching circles or spirals.. The high tension distorts the fabric beautifully without misforming the stitches, so it adds a lovely texture to the spirals.

Here is my pebble printed fabric before..

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And after stitching.. normal tension in the bottom corner so it’s flat.. then the highest towards the top.

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I have stitched it with some of my new rusted fabric and some of my gorgeous old shibori.. Not finished yet, but you get the idea.

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Holidays and cushions

I’ve been on holidays..yippeee

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A bit of this

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Saw some of these..as well as some other lovely creatures..turtles, stingrays…

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Climbed lots of these

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And looked out at lots of this

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Then we came home and I made these

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New Journals are appearing

Ah how the silly season saps your internet energy!. I have been incredibly neglectful of all my  pages. I haven’t had much sewing time either, with little boys always around. I have managed to make a couple of new journals however. One was a Chrissy gift for my niece, the other just a throw together. If you are interested they are available here.

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A failure reborn..

I made another Journal yesterday. This one was made from a part of an art quilt that was a MASSIVE failure.I cut it up and decided to use this section as the cover of the journal. Waste not ,want not……

 

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Art Journals and more

I’m still going through a busy patch with my “bread and Butter” work..nothing wrong with that LOL, definitely not complaining!. It just means I haven’t had time for any Art Quilts lately. I will fill you in on some of the things I Have been making..

I had a big order from a woman fixing up her children’s bedrooms, so I needed to make several runners and name quilts..

 

 

Ive also made a bunch of Christmas runners, Stockings and bunting! and a few of these.. (shocking photo sorry)

And this week have finished this ..a custom Art Journal

I have also nearly finished a very girly baby quilt, which I will show you when it’s done.

I have a couple of Art Quilts in my head bursting to come out..may still have to wait a while, all in good time. I am also searching for Competitions to enter in the new year. I have a couple to work towards already 🙂 …

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Amy’s Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival pt 3

Wow, I just woke up to an amazing email!. I won in the Art Quilt category!! This is such a huge surprise, huge thankyou’s go out to all who voted for me and in particular to Amy for hosting such an amazing festival. There really are some incredibly talented people out there, it is such a joy to look through everyone’s work and read the stories attached to them.

This is the first time that I’ve won anything like this, so I’m just a little excited  :-))