Monday, 24 July 2017

A busy weekend!

Well as the title says it's been a busy weekend. On Saturday I joined my quilting friend Imelda at a workshop in Folkestone, at Kathys Patch where we worked on the second part of a three part wall hanging. Each week is a different example of appliqué and this week it was cut back appliqué. We layered up batik fabrics and using a design of a nautilus cut back to reveal lovely colours and designs, then we free motioned quilted around this.  I didn't go last week so I have some catching up to do on my seahorse and next week we complete the sea panel with a jelly fish. So watch out for my finished panel!!

On Sunday I was in my sewing room nice and early and in time for the omnibus episode of "The Archers". This is my idea of heaven, stitching away to radio 4 especially on a Sunday ...... Anyhow I have finally finished all the blocks for my Jen Kingwell quilt a "Bakers Dozen" and I even managed to get the first 24 blocks in place and stitched together. I'm loving this quilt as every block has different fabrics and all from my scraps and stash, so apart from the thread I haven't bought anything new. There are still a number of blocks to arrange and I will need a big space so this will be coming into work with me tomorrow, I might just find some time to lay it out!! What do you think so far?? 

It looks a bit wavy but that's just my design wall!!
Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching.........Jacky O

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Quick update

II'm not sure why the name of the magazine didn't appear in my last post but it was "Today's Quilter".

And I've been busy this morning with my four corner blocks for the quilt so just 4 more blocks to go before I can assemble it. 

Happy stitching
Jacky O

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Is there anyone there!!

Is there anyone reading this?? It's been 18 months since I last blogged.  But I'm back. A lot has happened, my day job has got busier, I've finished my City and Guilds embroidery course and I've just returned from a wonderful week with my sister in Lucon with the very inspirational Val Holmes.

So, let me catch you up.  I've been working on a Jen Kingwell quilt (only seven blocks to go, so watch this space) it's the Bakers Dozen pattern and I've made it entirely from my stash so that has pleased me. It's a great pattern and thanks to Sam who had all the back copies of ...,,,,,,......  I've been working away at this whilst too tired to be truly creative with my own designs. pushing forward with something started with Val looking at a fossil I've been busy on the soluable Romeo fabric and worked on another 3D piece. I'm happier with this one as I had some time to consider what threads to use and what I wanted it to look like.  Hope you like it!! 

Happy stitching.........Jacky O 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

City and Guilds Machine Embroidery

Our small group of embroiderers have now finished the first term. Our time has been spent on a design for craft module and also applying these elements to lots of new sewing and embroidery techniques.  I have thoroughly enjoyed dabbling with dyes, painting fabric and practising my appliqué !!  We have all been working hard at completing our books which evidence that we have all diligently practised everything we've been shown -  I have seriously edited mine as some of my practice samples are real shockers!  It's a bit like in school where you aren't just supposed to come up with the answer but have to show the working out.  Well my working out mainly went in the bin!!

This term we now have to produce ten samples which demonstrate different embroidery techniques. The samples are to based on architecture and we need to show that we have considered the design element of the course.  I have been busy with my camera and sketch book in and around Broadstairs. It's amazing what you notice when you really start to look.  Next week I'm off to Brighton for a mini break and I'm hoping to get some good pictures of the West Pier and the Pavillion.  These I hope will inspire some of my samples.

Luckily our work does not have to be a direct representation of what we see just an interpretation - so I'm thinking quite a bit of artistic licence here then.

Until I have some photos to post here's a pic of some stitching I did on soluable fabric.

And after it had been dissolved -

That's it for today.  Happy stitching  - Jacky O

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy new year!

Wishing you all a very happy new year.  Looking back to 2015 in my sewing room I can see that it was a very productive year but there were some major shifts in the direction my stitching took me.  I made six traditional quilts and a number of bags. But I also made three "modern" quilts.  These did not incorporate traditional blocks and appeared rather random but I loved making them and decided I wanted to explore different aspects of quilting and stitching.  That said I signed up for a city and guilds course in machine embroidery.

That alas is where it all went wrong for my blogging!! The course has been pretty full on with "home work" each fortnight, trying out lots of different processes and techniques. There is also a design element which has had me playing with paint, dyes and lots of other play school stuff!! So although I have been kept very busy since September there has not really been anything to show on my blog which I why I stopped.

However, the new term starts next Friday and with architecture as our theme we will be making a sample each week to demonstrate what we are learning and I will be posting pictures of these regardless of how they turn out!! So keep watching this space, it will be different I promise.

This is one little piece I made - a bit scrappy - as a sample of bonding fibres, fabric, thread and stitching.

Happy stitching .......Jacky O

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Log cabin quilt finish!!

Its been a long time since my last blog but then there has been a lot going on one way or another.  As mentioned in my last post, I've been to India and what a fantastic experience that was!!! Never have I been treated so well and practically enjoyed celebrity status!! 

I promised lots of pics of fabulous fabric but although I bought loads the weather has been so poor since I've been back that I'm still yet to take pics........but I will soon I promise.

In the meantime I have finished up my log cabin quilt and took it in for show and tell today and would you believe it the sun actually peeked out whilst we quickly took some snaps.

I really struggled in deciding how to quilt this and in the end as it's such a busy design anyway opted for the cowards way out and quilted in the ditch.  Each block has six rounds so I quilted after three rounds and then again around the whole block.  I think I made the right decision and am very pleased with the end result.  

I'm taking my India fabric to work tomorrow so hopefully if the sun shows itself by tomorrow evening there may be some long promised pics.

Happy stitching......... Jacky O

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Bad blogger!!

Yes that's me, and I'm so sorry. I have neglected my blog seriously this month and it's not as if there hasn't been anything to blog about.

First off there was the Thanet Quilters exhibition, I showed my "Stacked Squares" quilt and was very pleased to see a couple of people actually taking pictures of MY quilt!! This is the first time I have ever showed a quilt to people other than family and friends or on my blog so I was a bit nervous about putting it in amongst so many other beautiful quilts. But I'm glad that I did. There was a visitors choice vote and I took Simon along, afterwards he told me that he'd voted for my quilt but actually he preferred the one with peacocks on it!!

I spray basted my log cabin quilt ready for quilting but can't settle on a design.  I tried a small stipple pattern but it was far to busy for the quilt so that got ripped out. I've put in some "in the ditch" lines but this only works in one direction due to the colour ways of the fabrics so that might have to come out. In exasperation I've put that one aside and started (and almost finished)  a star quilt in lovely spicy colours.  This will be a gift for an Indian lady that I will be staying with when I go to India next week.

Oh yes that's another reason I've been away from my blog....... I had to get this star quilt completed and get a visa for India.  

I can't believe the sun went in just as we had a few spare minutes for photos!

I'm not sure which was more stressful!! But my passport has come back, at last all stamped up so I'm nearly ready to go.  I shall be staying with the family of one of my nurses and can't wait although I'm super nervous as I'll be travelling there alone. Ah well I know my big sister travelled all over the place alone and with small babies so I'm sure I'll cope!!

Last weekend Sam, Sharon and I all joined the Thanet Quilters on a coach trip  to Lady Sew and Sew, a huge warehouse of fabric in Henley.  We had a fabulous time, they stock the whole range of Kaffe Fassett fabric, Zandra Rhodes, Amy Butler......, oh it was heaven!! We all spent well, Sam spent the most as she bought some expensive voile for dressmaking. I bought some gorgeous Kaffe Fassett for a bag (because I don't have enough bags!!) and the fabric for the star quilt.  Sharon bought fabric for a log cabin quilt, we all came away exhausted but happy,

I finished this little lap quilt "What a Liberty" a couple of weeks ago but have only just got round to taking some photos.

Well that's about it for now. I promise lots of pics and hopefully lots of fabric when I get back.

Happy stitching............Jacky