Friday, October 19, 2007

Latest Work

This is a small section of what I've been busy doing lately. I am teaching a dyeing,using dyed fabrics, and free motion quilting workshop in Jan so have been organising some class samples. I have always liked Japanese quilts so I decided to use their cherry blossom as a raw edge applique. I have free motioned a leaf motif to make the flowers float. I use small motifs to escape the "death by stippling" routine. I used a 50wt variegated valdani thread . I am currently finishing off the stamens in the rest of the blossoms. For the first time I have used iron on pellon and have used some of the embroidery as quilting. Trying to use time saving techniques as the workshop is not long.
I also used free motion satin stitch as I felt the wider feed dogs up satin stitch too chunky and straight looking.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Drought Quilt 05

Australia has been suffering a drought in most places that are prone to drought for years now so I named this Quilt "Drought has come to the Coast"
I attended another dyeing workshop in Bundaberg and somehow chose turquoise as my blue colour . I ended up with an electric combination of colours. I continued experimenting with format etc for this quilt . I wanted some of the connector strips to stand out in places with others blending.
This quilt reminded me of the red soil areas around Gayndah where I spent quilte a few holidays as a child on my relatives peanut/ grain farm getting very dirty.
I entered this quilt in the Australian Quilt Show in 2006. It is a lot smaller than the previous connector quilts I have shown.
A good size for a one day workshop. You only need a fat eighth for most fabrics and a skinny quarter for the border pieces.