To share the creative spark so it might one day see the light.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

August Challenge Piece

          I have started my August Challenge piece and I decided to try and crochet a panel in Freeform Style. I bought this kit at the Craft fair in Hobart in June and thought that because I can't knit well. Problems with tension and me being a control freak I just can't stop unravelling and redoing it.  But with this it doesn't matter, its all part of the design. And also I hate doing repetitive items -  2 sleeves really painfully. I was told once to knit two sleeves at the same time but one would be fine and the other not. Gave it up as a bad joke.
        Any way back to why I'm posting, I intend for this to be A4 in size and I began this in August so enough said, here are a couple of photos of it so far
So far its about half way done. I will post it again when finished.

Have a great week and enjoy your craft :-)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Family Year Challenge

        Well so far I am up to June and totally forgot about April.... Not good and I can't for the life of me remember much about April except going to Agfest so it might just have to be about that.
The next photo is my May challenge piece. I did this while on retreat with Tangled Web Quilters. I was luckily to go for two days and two nights, some of the other girls went for five days they certainly accomplished heaps and had a great time.  This was shown to me by Sherry and Suzanne who I think saw it on craftsy. It is stitch and slash - brilliant idea... but I think I need to select more fabrics that are a little less bright. This might not come over in the photo but it could glow in the dark...Hehehe....not really but for me this is bright.

           You start by having 4 fabrics all face up on the back of the fourth fabric draw a design, leaving about 1 inch on either side of this line. You then stitch in a small stitch this design. Sewing finished. Next you slash the top fabric, leaving a 1/4 in on either side on stitching line. The same again leaving a 1/4 in of the second fabric and so on until you reach the fourth fabric do not cut this.  Depending on what you like I left a few solid number 2 fabrics and number 3 fabrics for a bit of contrast. But that is entirely up to you . (Maybe take a class on Craftsy, it has some great classes and tutors and better instructions on how I did this).
         My first Fabric was Dark purple and black batik, Next was a chrysanthemum in pinks and pale orange, then a mid range pink and then a pink, purple and maroon large floral pattern on the bottom. To try and tone it down I placed 3  random black pieces here and there, so as to flatten the brightness abit.
I decided that I am going to use this as the backing as well as the front for May to remember a great weekend with some lovely ladies.
Now for next month......I hope this will get easier....:-)

Have a great month


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

March Challenge

Well here is March Challenge piece, a little Easter egg. I have hand buttonholed seven sections of the egg on to calico and then continuous picture quilted rabbits, grass and the sky in a variegated thread. Quite a simple design but I enjoyed doing it.
It needs to be cropped but I am hoping it will look good when I bind it.

February Challenge

   Well it's been an eventful month but nothing more than Richard breaking his collar bone in 2 places OUCH!!!. Apart from the collarbone he was fine so I made him some colourful slings to wear so he could heal properly. I think he enjoyed wearing them, I know he got a few questions about them LOL.
The first one was just plain blue, the next was Dr Seuss and finally the last one was Black with silver skeletons that look like they are falling to pieces. So for my February challenge, I only had a small amount of fabric so I stripped what was left and sewed them together. The blue cross on top was what I used to bind and use for straps, this was an old ratchet strap, very handy and strong. I will end up quilting it but unsure what just as yet.
Not very  exciting but it was something that happened in February............

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Monthly Challenge

Mum, Suzanne( sister ), Kate( niece ) and myself  have a year long family challenge that will produce some interesting pieces ... we hope. The challenge is to create an A4 size piece of art work using anything and any technique you like to depict what has been memorable for that month, it can be something that happened briefly or over the entire month ie what the cat did was extremely funny or maybe a holiday/family event etc. It is only limited by any happenings in that particular month. So in February you create one for January and so on. So in January next year you will have completed 12 blocks of your year, that could become a book or a quilt as you go quilt.

Well here is my January challenge piece. I have used trapunto, free motion quilting, applique and added a small amount of angelena for smoke effect. This was to depict what Richard made for Mona Foma in January ( see previous posts ).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I haven't blogged for a little while as life as been a bit hectic.

I have started a new job, Bookkeeping, which now takes me up to full time employment ( 2 Jobs).

So I really have to manage my time well to give me any time to sew, as I don't  think I told you out there in blog world I am also Southern Rep for the Tasmanian Quilting Guild for this year.

 So this year is going to be busy, and just cap things off my dear Husband broke his collar bone in two places.  Squashed between 2 vehicles but he's fine except for the breaks.This all coincides with our busiest time of the year with all the festivals all at full steam (as my husband works for a sound company ).

I have also been learning to do trapunto from a very skilled quilter, and learning all that I know re Fabric and thread has changed so much I have to be a little rebel and try to break all those rules that were drummed into one so long ago. I'm also a bit of a control freak.....I hear laughing.......so it's going to take a while but I'm told it could be fun.....So what the heck.....   I haven't any photos as yet to post but I will very shortly of our Family challenge, which is a Monthly Highlight Challenge. We have to depict something that happened say in January and create a A4 quilt block or page in February. So I have done one for what My hubby did for Mona Foma in January ( see last blog). When I'm finished I will show you the results.

Have a lovely week and enjoy your time with family.


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Performance....

               Here are some final photos of Tunni's & Cliffe's Art Exhibit for  Mona Foma at PW1. All the guys did a brilliant job to get it ready in time....So here they are..
After the sun set