December News

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Elegant in its simplicity


I saved Pauline’s Geisha for the very last, giving me time to think about all the patterns I wanted to add.

When Pauline brought me the panel I asked if I could add the two borders to it.
A thin black border to match the black print and a lighter one on the outside to draw you eye into the picture.

A technique they use in framing art and photos to compliment the piece.
Keeping the thread the same colour as the background also keeps the focus on the picture, until you look close.

Then a wonderful world of eye candy comes out giving the panel definition and texture.


It is so unfortunate that the pictures do not do it justice on line.  It is a very beautiful wall hanging and one Pauline is sure to enjoy for years to come. 
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apologise for the miss colouring of the photos, I had a heck of a time getting rid of the shadows.  I really have to do something about my lighting.  One thing at a time.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

SOHO's Uninterrupted View of the Sun


I have always loved Astronomy and a few years ago on the 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html) I ran across the SOHO’s Uninterrupted View of the Sun mosaic  (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap051201.html) thinking; can you imagine the quilt it would make?

Putting the photo into a drawing program, I created a line drawing and scaled it to a wall size hanging. Printed it out, taped all the pages together to made a pattern scaling up the original. 

 



My friend Tracy and I then started to look for the perfect batiks to match the photo.  Thanks goodness for her stash.  Turning the solar flares into stitched lines was interesting as it became a personal interpretation of the original photos.
Two years later, SOHO was completed.  The final was photographed and the photo sent to NASA with wonderful results.  It was thrilling to read their returned emails and comments. 

SOHO has graced a wall in my home for many years and for the past 4 years, in the shop in Nakusp.  I am so happy that it is now hanging in the IT room at the Crofton House School for the next year.  Crofton House News Letter
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Beautiful things should be shared and hopefully inspire.  The textile room is just across the hall and I hope SOHO will lend inspiration to those interested in fibre arts.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Smaller Quilts


Smaller quilts are always fun to do.
You have the time to be a little creative on a smaller scale.

This 23” square table topper was no exception.

Pulling out my older stencils and finding this medallion style flower pattern added a bit of additional flair to Pauline’s well made quilt.
Pauline has also asked that I make sure and sew around the edges of her quilts and trim them.

This makes it so much easier for her to add the binding.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Just a little Buggy


It was time to get back to Pauline’s wonderful bag of goodies and what a way to start.

This is a delightful smaller, drag around, hard to get washed (I remember my son standing beside the washer waiting for his to finish) quilt.

Not needing to get to carried away with children’s quilts an old favourite standby works great.

Loop de loops are fun to do and kids love to follow them with their fingers, just to see where they go.


Makes you smile, doesn't it.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Old World Charm


Florence’s strip quilt is full of old world charm.
The dust rose is a reminder of warmth and loving memories.

A lovely quilt that once again I used a bit of the fabric pattern to chose the topstitch pattern.
Spiky flowers; although you do have to be careful of muscle memory when going from one similar design to another.

Terry’s fav flowers are rounded and soft.  Transforming them into spiky tipped flowers takes a solid thought with no wandering.
But a real pleasure to see the final matching design.

Florence also had me sew on the binding and miter (and pin) the corners to make hand sewing them on the back a little easier for her.

 
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Hearts to Heart


Jan’s second quilt is a lovely bright quilt of hearts.

Wanting to keep this quilt bright and simple we decided to do Terry’s fav flowers.

Always a great choice for a bright fun flower filled quilt.


Using a candy floss thread added a bit of shimmer to this wonderful, sure to be loved, quilt.
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Poinsettia Christmas table runner


This Christmas table topper called out to me, make a flower, make a flower.

Not being one to deny my intuition, I said ok and made quite a few of them.

With blocks this size it is easy to get out the circle ruler and make Poinsettias.

Pauline’s Christmas quilt has a more traditional feel for it so a repetitive pattern is always a good plan.

Isn’t the back lovely?