Thursday, 23 January 2014

cover stitch machine

I don't really enjoy dress making.  When it comes to making my own clothes my success rate isn't great - they usually end up to small or to big.  Starting a frock before the Christmas break and expecting it to fit now - I should have known better!!  However this is an area I intend to work on over the next year or so.  Maybe one garment per 20 quilts  HA!

I bought a book by Nancy Bednar & Anne van der Kley called Creative Serging .  My intention is to explore creative stitch work using my over locker and cover stitch machine.  Here's my first sample - made into a cushion (recycled woollen Japanese Kimono).

Happy stitching Shirls

Thursday, 2 January 2014

NZ New Years Honours list for 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to June Nixey and Janet Forbes who have received Queens Service medals in this years Honours list for Shut In Stitches (teaching prisoners at Aroahata Prison to quilt).

Just fantastic.

4 Sided Kaleidsoscope

In my previous post (15th December 2013), I talk about my exploration of working with one fabric quilts - in this case 4 sided kaleidoscope quilts.  I posted a picture of my next fabric challenge.
I started cutting yesterday and I'm very excited about how this quilt is progressing - so I thought I would give you a sneak peek.
Love it when new projects start coming together.
Happy stitching 

First quilt for 2014 finished

Happy New Year to you all.
July last year I attended Jenny Bowker's Simmering Triangle class at NZ Quilting Symposium in Taupo.  I donated the blocks I made in the class towards a charity quilt and started again.  My quilt is a slight variation to Jenny's as she alternate her four patch blocks with one large piece of fabric. 
I definitely had to use a design board and layout colour ways before sewing them together therefore taking quite a long time to make.  Here's the result.