Wednesday, 11 February 2015

thinking about Reflections

I have made my two blocks for the Modern Irish Bee and will pop them in the post tomorrow.
I think the image is slightly blurred.
Each of the squares finishes just one inch, so I'm glad it's only two blocks.

I enjoyed piecing as I haven't done any patchwork in a while.
It got me in the mood again.
Now looking forward to next month whatever it may be.
And I have an idea already for my month, which is April!

The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild have an exhibition in conjunction with The Irish Patchwork Guild in May.
The theme is Reflections.
So my head is in a spin thinking about ideas.
Size is limited to a maximum of 30 inches.
So an achievable size for two months work.
I have been pinning ideas on Pinterest and Flckr(which I am new to)

This is a picture I took on my local beach.
The light is reflecting on the wet sand.

As it is here too.

I quite like the light reflecting on the rippled sand.

I like the idea of trees reflecting on water. Bare branches and twigs.

 I took these pictures on a walk recently of trees bare of leaves.

And looking down at marks on the snow.

I am thinking dark and light.
Maybe not too literal.

Mark making.
I am looking forward to getting my sketchbook going on this one.


Monday, 2 February 2015

technophobe quilter

Quilt Finished and hanging on the line.
Sorry for the rubbish pictures. I have actually worked myself into a bad mood doing this blog because I use my son's apple mac and it was upgraded and I am useless at tech stuff and got lost every which way I turned.
I think I will buy myself my own laptop.

I feel that the quilt doesn't work particularly well as a whole, but that the different bits of it are lovely.

I bound it with fabric that I had experimented on with prints and paints.
I am really happy with the binding. It adds a bit more interest.

I might try and photograph the quilt a bit better and blog it again.

Sorry for this awful image but this is the quilt way back in the beginning stages.
Quite interesting how it evolved.

I'm still in rotten form. Blogging should be easy.

Before I got into bad form I was excited about a new adventure I'm setting off on.
Without even leaving the house.

I have joined the Modern Quilters Ireland Sewing Bee.
AKA Modern Irish Bee
I only joined this month so my first block is the February block.

I will keep you updated.
On my new computer!!!!!!!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Shallow snow.

Is there anybody there??????
It's me and my bird quilt here.
Or my bird quilt and I.
Yes we are still plodding along together ,but if there isn't completion soon I think one of us will jump out the window. And although there is snow on the ground I think the landing will be fatal.

I will bombard you with pictures now. And all I have to say is that it will be finished by the end of the week.
And then I will like it.

Before I go, thank you Pamela for the gorgeous Liberty fabric and the little bell. You are so kind and generous. One in a million really, xxx

I will be back on Friday with a picture of the finished quilt.
Or an outline of me lying face down in some shallow snow.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mission Cushion.

I was on Mission Cushion this week.
Meaning I made two cushions for two lovely little girls on the ward.
This involved zip insertion. Something I have avoided in the past.
But alas, no more will the zip frighten me!

My daughter Beth photographed Sandra's cushion so she could show her granny. Bless.
Hence the well staged ... on the radiator complete with towel and tee shirt.. shot.
But luckily she did, because I forgot to photograph it before I gave it to little Sandra.

Back of Sandra's cushion.

So Tammy then saw Sandra's cushion and said I was very clever and wow did I actually make it.
AKA a lot of praise.
So I made her one.

This is proper staging Beth.

I used up lots of lovely fabrics in these two cushions.
I am planning a bag or two in the next few weeks and then maybe a winter patchwork project.
A bed quilt for Beth.
The bird quilt is hanging on the wall of the sewing room.

A few days ago I went blackberry picking in the fields above our house.

Simple Pleasures.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Blushing Tomatoes!

I have been gone ages and have not been near anyone else's blog for absolutely ages either. No excuse available. Just got out of the swing of it.

However, a greenhouse could be an excuse.

Or going on holiday and drinking a lot of wine.

Generally flaffing maybe.

While flaffing about and getting distracted by all sorts this summer I have worked a little tiny bit on my bird quilt.

I sprayed it with procion dyes in warm colours.

I cut circles in freezer paper, then ironed this onto the fabric and rubbed markal paint sticks onto the cotton. This created the white circles. I also used the cut circles from the freezer paper, ironed these onto the cotton and rubbed coloured inktense blocks over the edge of the circle. Both these effects are shown in the pic above. I hope that makes sense.

Just a few details so far. I have machine and hand stitched into it and I am pretty happy with how it's going. It's just going a bit slow, and I am at the stage where I am thinking about what I want to do next.

Oh, and the Liberty dress that Martha gave me got shortened for summer and I wore it to the Somme this year. I thought it appropriate because of the red poppies in the print.

Selfie At Thiepval.

I have quite a bit of this print left which is fabulous.

And the greenhouse today......

The tomatoes are eventually going red after all the staring at them I have been doing!

Spot the green chilli and the yellow chilli.

I think I am pushing my luck with these melons.

But hopeful for the butternut squash.

Enough about gardening.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.