Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing day....

........... The traditional day in England (as in the Victorians) to give gifts (gift boxes).  Here are two quilted pictures that H made for her two Grandmas....
All foundation pieced and quilted in the ditch around the teapots and cups.

With the mock piped binding - which H loved as she hates hand sewing bindings!
This is a block that I made for the Calder Quilters block swap - but I arrived too late and couldn't enter it... but hey I get to use it in a quilt for me now!  I found the pattern on the internet - there are other patterns, but I like this one.  Here's the link to the free pattern....

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas Quilting

Here is what I made for Jackie's 'not red or green Christmas Wallhanging Challenge'   Jackie provided the pattern.

Sorry its on its software is not what it could be!!!!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Rydal Hall 8 November 2012

And here we are STILL at Rydal Hall........

Photo of the gardens from the dining room

My interpretation, background painted with machine detail, foreground applique with machine stitch detail.

Free machine stitching on wash away stuff.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Rydal Hall 7 November

Printing and stencilling....

Using zig zag to make impression of leaves on a branch.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Back at Rydal on 6 November

A painting day at Rydal Hall

We had to run out in the rain and collect some leaves and then mix the acrylic paints and paint a leaf the same colour!

Moved on to two leaves after one

Saw this little chap sitting in a river on the way in to Ambleside.

Then I painted the back ground of the leaves and filled in with stitching.


The finished page.....

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Long time no blog.....

... sorry about not blogging for a while..... I have a very good excuse....... my son reorganised my computer for me, and it works so much better now, but I couldn't find where my photos were being put and now after an hour or so on S k y p e - I know where they are..... so here we go....  quite a back log I'm afraid, but will take it one day at a time...

We went on a Gillian Travis course which was held at Rydal Hall in the Lake district - Rydal in fact.

We were sent out to photograph anything and everything, because the weather was lovely when we arrived on 5 November.  This is the photo I decided to use and Gillian said I should crop it and use only a part of it.

So here is the cropped bit, which I traced from the photograph and stitched on my fabric.

I then painted it with intense blocks (thanks T+J - a very useful gift!!)

and a bit more paint...

and more paint

until I was happy with the result

I wrote a poem around the edge with the sewing machine. 

So that was the first day of the course.....