Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Nephew's Wedding Quilt - Off the frame

My intentions were to twice quilt this. The second pass was to be with the quilt turned 90 degrees and remounted for a second pass of lines.
The idea was to give a plaid look.

Now I'm not so sure.
Granted I'm tired, so its good to wait. I have the time.

Th last pic finally got a better view of the line work and the contrast between the vines and the lines.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Nephew's Wedding Quilt - Quilting Design

While this is a simple quilt in keeping with their choices I decided to give the quilting a kick.
After all, anything from Aunt Mary is never ordinary.

Over the whole of the quilt is a loose twisting design. I could choose between feathers or leaves and in the end have settled on an "oak leaf" feather, a compromise.

This was very effective on a neutral quilt I did last fall.

I spent some time this afternoon transferring only the main "vine rib" to the flimsy. A line of red thread with the ends and junctions marked with safety pins is all that's needed to mark it.

This can now be mounted on the frame as usual.

After the "design" " is in place the filler will be applied, in this case a loose "plaid" of lines in both directions. Yes this will require remounting the quilt but that's not an issue.
But is is important to maintain an even tension throughout sewing of the vine so there will be no buckling or tucks on the back.

IPM - Day 5

Today I pushed and I finally have this where I want it.
The macro construction is "done". But I'll think on this now for a few days before I start with the micro pieces and the thread painting.

Friday, 27 May 2016

IPM - Day 4

It was a struggle to clear my plate long enough to work on this piece.
The "Autumn" is finished and ready to go.
I've decided how to quilt my nephew's Wedding quilt. I'll mount that on the machine this week.

Garden is in reasonable shape and the birds are fed.
So back to MY work.

I have been thinking about the transition from organza to fibre and was uncertain where and how, so I decided to jump to the bottom and lay out the featured topography of this piece, the path and the slope.

I used 4 different fabrics for the ground and then some brown upholstery fabric for the path and the undercut of the hill. I decided I needed to place the trees on a temporary basis. They are necessary to help maintain the perspective. These are only pinned in place and the fabric is glued. So everything can be removed or moved.

I played with the tree trunks for this one. Using a piece of cotton furniture wrap I felted in some roving in browns, tans and black. The wrap itself is a pale blue so I'm hoping it will read grey. This is a sunny scene so even though the major trees are in the shade they don't need to be dark.
Still lots to add. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hurrah - I think I can bring my purchasing home to Canada

On a whim I accompanied a couple of friends from my guild to a home where the owner sells materials and all the notions you could possible want.
I had expected to find another shop selling with impossible markups.
I expected to go home with nothing.
Boy was I wrong!
From this home business I could purchase a large range of fabrics and batting at a price that was very close to matching the prices I had been paying for goods from the USA, (exchange, taxes and shipping). I thought I had a good sources there. It IS a good source. But I wasn't buying Canadian, I wasn't supporting Canadian quilt shops. But I may have found one here, about half an hour from my home that I can support.


So if you live with in an hour's drive of Kitchener/Waterloo if might be worth a small road trip.

Note: by appointment only

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

"Autumn" - Final Appliques

This one is almost done.
J came over this morning with the REDS.
We decided they were what was necessary to kick this a little more.
To my surprise the lime green leaves she also assembled added a lift as well.
In all we probably added about 100 more leaves.
A day of stitching, binding and sleeve and this will be done!

Ailse Craig Show - Quilts of Latvia

This is picture heavy put they speak for themselves.
Quilting in Latvia is a real challenge as they have difficulty sourcing fabric.