25 August, 2005
'Beach to Country'
This is my entry to 'Down Under Quilts' magazines 1st calendar competition. I am pleased to tell you that I won the competition and my quilt is on the front cover of the 2006 calendar.
All the quilts in the calendar will be on show in Mittagong NSW Australia during 'Quilt Indulgence' from the 7th - 11th Sept 2005.
This is the first competition I've entered and I was thrilled to win. It encouraged me to enter another quilt in Dyanne Cevaal next touring exhibition 'Across Australia' and that quilt and others from the exhibition will also be on show in Mittagong in September.
23 August, 2005
A couple of small quilty bits to share.
I've made some Artist Trading Cards to swap with the Aus_NZArtquilters list. Looking forward to getting my swap to touch and look at some wonderful techniques. These were great fun to make
What I did.
I scrunched up fabric and them ironed it to a stabaliser then free motion stitched all over it with a Rayon thread.
I then ironed loose threads to fusible webbing then ironed them to the front of my pieces. I overstitched them a little just to be sure they stay on.
Some have thicker yarn on them which I've couched down. All of them have a gum leaf
made using painted tyvek which I'd painted and heat shrunk. Fun process and I'm ready for the next swap
My self portrait done after reading the article in Quilting Arts magazine.
I used some left over pieces from the last quilt I was working on.
Friends have commented that I look Sad, might have to do another one and see if I can look a bit happier. I
personally think I'm looking pensive. Who knows.
'In a Twist'
I'm enjoying working with smaller pieces, it lets me play with colour without wasting too much fabric. If I don't like the way one colour looks it's easy to change it for another.
I played with 2 threads in the bobbin. The pale pink in the lower centre was thick thread in the bobbin and sewn from the back. I wish I'd used a darker thread for that but again I played and learnt something at the same time. Don't rush in, stop and check occasionally and think about whats unfolding.