Saturday, 26 March 2011

Paper Play

This is why I spent an evening colouring in paper. I have been wanting to make a quilt in purple and lime for some time now but who wants a quilt in those colours? Log Cabin is my favourite block so I'm going to combine the two and make a Liberated or Wonky log cabin hanging.

This has been a very useful exercise to do. It has given me a clear indication of how the colours work together and I've already decided I don't like the pale green inner border the brighter green is much better and the block has come out far too square. So it's back to paper play today.

This is the book that I'm following/using for guidance. It's a lovely book and Janice is a very nice lady who produces beautiful work.

On Wednesday Steph had her hospital appointment. She has been diagnosed with chronic migraine and prescribed some tablets that so far seem to be making things worse. It's odd really, she says her head hurts more and she looks very pale and is being sick. She has to take one tablet every evening for two weeks and then increase to two tablets every evening so she has got to stick with them for a while before any conclusion can be drawn.

We are going to Wales on Monday for a few days so she is coming to stay with Anthony-not sure who will be looking after who but at least they will have each other and I won't worry quite so much.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Progress In All Things

What did you do yesterday evening? I spent some time colouring in paper (well there wasn't anything on telly) I do have a reason for this it wasn't just boredom! I'm going to make a purple and lime quilted hanging and as I hate drawing but like making I thought I could make a paper block first to make sure it's going to work. I'm sure I've said before that there's method in my madness or is it madness in my method? It all seems logical to me. More on this soon.

I have made good progress with the necklace and bracelet. I'm very pleased with these. 

Here's a sneak peek at the new shop. More work in progress and so much more to do, but exciting.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Big News

Art and Stitch is moving. Not very far (just 15 yards or so!) only to Unit  33 but to much much bigger premises. This mean a bigger work room (and in the near future a second workroom), a quilting frame that will be available to hire and more importantly much more fabric.

The new shop will open on Tuesday 12 th April and there will be goody bags for the first 50 customers!

Yesterday I went to the monthly meeting of the group that I belong to, the group name was Tension but nobody really liked the name so we have changed it to Spectrum, much nicer. We are going to be an exhibiting group and our first exhibtion has been arranged for February next year at Art Van Go. A big thank you goes to Gina  our mentor for arranging this for us.

I had intended to work on my necklace yesterday but instead I made a bracelet to match and so now I have to make some more flowers for the necklace. The bracelet isn't finished yet I need to add some beads but it is looking very nice.

This is the back of the bracelet and you can see the grid that the flowers are stitched onto. The grid was worked onto water soluble fabric using flat braids. 

For those of you that have been asking about Gina's class in May here are a couple of pictures of some of the things that Gina will be going through on the day.

A very pretty bag with a gorgeous flower. The flower has lots of possibilities, imagine it on a fancy cushion or as a brooch.

These Ivy leaves are just as beautiful and would make a great picture or wall hanging. Once you learn the technique all you need to do is follow your creative spirit and you will be creating textile treasures in no time.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Quilt Festival

I didn't get much time to sew last week. I had hoped to have the necklace finished by now but best laid plans and all that mean it isn't. I'm going to try and get all the flowers done today.

They do look very pretty on the blue background.

On Sunday I went to Chilford for the quilt festival. I went with Pam and Steph, we had a great day, a lovely lunch and spent lots of money. I came away with five books - not sure how that happened but it's Pams fault!. Steph bought quite a lot of fabric, she obviously thinks she hasn't got enough but I know different and so will Nick when he gets home. 

 I will leave you with some photos of some of the quilts. The quilts were lovely it was a great exhibiton.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Last Project

This is my last project for my City and Guilds. It's going to be a necklace made from sheer fabric. It has taken a long time to get the right flower shape and in the end it all came down to a 50p piece.

Here you can see the relevance of the 50p. I ended up with a very nice shape and size I was a little worried how the flower would look as the flower shape had no detail on it. The detail was stitched in and it's worked very well I can already see other uses for these flowers.

Here's a close up of the stitched flowers.

Now all I need to do is decide on the shape of the necklace, how many flowers I will need and how to join it all together and of course make the flowers.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A Busy Time

We have had a very busy couple of weeks in the shop, culminating in a stand at the Textiles In Focus Show at Cottenham. The show is organised by Pauline Verrinder; it went off very smoothly and was a real credit to her. The textile exhibition was fantastic, unfortunately I didn't take any photos but all those that took part in it are very talented.

Ladies from the Fibrefusion group were selling these little Jute bags in a wide range of colours and I just couldn't resist them, buying five in total. The bags were plain and I have added the decoration. Nothing complicated, a few suffolk puffs, buttons, beads and twill tape. They make nice little gifts.

The pink one for myself.

The orange one for Barbara with bells so we can hear her coming because there's no harm in a little warning!

Blue for Sam, who had a birthday today.

Pam's was yellow.

And last but not least a purple one for Stephanie.

A group photo of five old bags!

Stephanie had another visit to the doctor today for the results of last weeks blood test which showed a slight improvement in what the doctor was looking for but not enough. She now has a hospital  appointment on 23rd March in London. She is still suffering with very bad headaches but seems to be coping fairly well. Another 6-8 weeks and Nick should be home, I'm sure that will go a long way to making her feel better.