Madeit Designer in the Spotlight

I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the Madeit.com.au Designer in The Spotlight spot this week. Go here to see the interview if you want to have a read. I always find it is always such a tricky thing answering questions like that about my self and my work, and even trickier putting photos out there!.

Important news Bekahdu is Moving!

I have just finished setting up my brand new wordpress.org website and blog yippee. I will be posting my blog on there from now on. I’m a bit sad however as  I lost all my likes and followers during the move..

luckily your lovely comments have all stayed with me  🙂

I know you are still out there, so if you would like to continue seeing what I’m about then I would be ever so grateful if you could pop over to www.bekahdu.com.au/blog and follow me over there.

See you there. 🙂

Art Journals

It’s been school holidays, so I’ve been out having some adventures with my little boys. We’ve been to the big smoke (Sydney) for a couple of weeks, explored our local waterfall and climbed a local mountain.. more of a hill really!!.

As well as all that, I’ve been busy making journals..Click on the photos to see more information.

Art Journal quilted textile red rose

Art Journal quilted textile vintage bouquet

Art Journal quilted textile green apple

Sunflower Textile journal

I made a slightly different journal this week. A bit more fun and a bit more bright!. I added a free motion sunflower that I made a year or so ago .. once I made it I didn’t know what to do with it so it has just sat there shining at me …..I also did some hand stitching and added some buttons to the journal to spark it up even more.

I left a few of raw edges on this one so that the gentle fraying becomes part of the design.

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower textile art journal

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Sunflower textile art journal

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Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower made by free motion stitching onto water solvable fabric. Once the stitching is complete, simply soak in water and the base fabric magically disappears leaving a lace like flower. I used three different yellows and orange to make up the flower.. and LOTS of stitching.

Sunflower textile art journal

This journal also has a ribbon bookmark with a fabric tassel.

It is available for sale here as a kit if you are interested. My Art Journal Kits include the journal and a packet of coordinating fabric scraps, ribbon and papers, to start you on your journaling journey.

Stitching random bits of fabric

One thing I really enjoy is stitching together random bits of fabric. I have some gorgeous fabrics at the moment so have been doing a bit of random stitching this week, making some bags. I was trying out some new techniques in this one. I also appliqued some shiny lime green cord down the edges of a couple of stripes to add a hit of colour. It is quilted onto cotton batting.

I love these colours!. This one has a gorgeous lime green lining and is available here.

modern patchwork bag

modern patchwork tote bag

More lovely colours, this one has a soft grey lining. and is available here.

Shows and Quilts

It has been decidedly quiet on the blog front lately, but I have been very busy in the background.

One of the first things that happens when your school finds out that you have a sewing machine is that you get organised into sewing for school!.. In my case, coordinating the costumes for the School musical for 200 odd kids!. Our school musical has every child in the school participating!. That has pretty much been the story of my life for the last month.

I did manage to enter a few competitions while all that was going on and was lucky enough to win First and second at the Noosa Show for “Noosa River Gazing” and “spotty Gum Leaf”

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I also managed to achieve third in the Berry Patchwork show “The power of Red” for my Red sunset.

the power of red

Included in the general busyness were a few quilt orders.. I have now officially finished my largest quilt to date, a King Single with a British theme for a customer. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to go any bigger on my little Janome!. I know it can be done, maybe .. one day…

british quilt

british quilt

British themed quilt

A vintage hexie quilt

I have been busily stitching this last few weeks. My first new creation was a hexie quilt made with vintage fabrics for a special order.. I quite love it and would like one for me.. not sure if I want to do all that stitching again however!.Vintage Hexagon Flowers Quilt

 

Vintage Hexagon Flowers Quilt

I have also been busy making a bunch of new small framed pieces. I have a shop to stock and a small show at the Gallery and not enough pieces!

Here are a few of the new ones.

Framed textile "silhouette"

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sea

 

seagull

I also have a couple of exciting things coming up….. (all shh secret squirrel at the moment)    🙂

Art Journal: Upcycled Showcase

I am taking part in a showcase on Facebook that has the theme “Upcycled”. I do love a bit of upcycling so was very excited to join in. My first piece was made from these: A gorgeous tablecloth, a broken bracelet and fabric swatches from a furnishing fabrics sample book (you know how I love those!)

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Of course I turned it all into an Art Journal. I pieced the fabrics then free motion quilted over the top using a variety of threads including a lovely variegated sulky. I then added buttons from the bracelet. This is the result.

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I love the bright colours in this journal, even though they are colours that I haven’t ever really used, or been attracted to before.

My second item for the showcase is a bag made from a couple of shirts, a dress a vintage tablecloth and a pair of jeans.

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I haven’t made a bag for a while so it was fun to do one again. I have since made a couple more!. It is lined with cotton batting and has been free motion quilted and appliqued onto the batting to give it some form.

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Both of these items are available at the Upcycled Showcase from Wednesday 5th of June.