Tutorial from Pink Penguin to make a small wrist bag

26 08 2010

This looks fun and great instructions!

Patchwork Wristlet



Noriko Endo Masterclass

23 08 2010

On Thursday, we did a masterclass with Noriko called Confetti Naturescapes.  It was a truly inspiring day where we went from a postcard to an almost finished piece in less than 6 hours.  The technique involved cutting up fabric into very small pieces (hard on the wrists and the cutting mat!) and then laying the colours on to backing and wadding, covering in black tulle and machine quilting everything down using invisible thread.  The next stage is to add more fabric, then a bit of  ‘Noriko magic’ involving black, pink and turquoise fabric so fine it was almost dust and a second piece of tulle. Noriko was very inspired by Van Gogh who did the same with paint.  Then we did some  serious machine quilting to hold everything together and add detail, shading and interest.  Before it is quilted, it is quite vulnerable to movement and at one point I realised that one of my trees had slipped into the sky without me noticing.  It’s back in place now but I don’t recommend unpicking on tulle under the lights in the Crowne Plaza bedrooms!

Liz and I were both very pleased with what we produced and the pictures below show the creation of my piece.  Now I just need to add the detail and finish it!

Festival of Quilts at NEC Birmingham 2010

23 08 2010

I’ve enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Festival of Quilts with my sister and there were no cross words despite us being together 24 hours a day for 4 days!

I have quilt images and ideas whizzing round my brain and I can’t wait to get going on some of them.  Looking at the photos I took, I now know that I am always attracted to contemporary, sometimes abstract and often geometric quilts.  And as in other years, I most enjoyed some of the special exhibitions by professional quilters.  It looks as though  I like green, grey and more green with a hint of pink! These were a few of my favourites: