Sunday, 15 September 2019

BLOG 461

Blog 461
 
I have put in a lot of work in my studio but, as you can see from the pics below, we are not there yet! I have filled bag after bag of ‘stuff’ and I gave them to my husband to burn immediately. If there had been any delay, I was afraid that I would want to go through the bags again and reclaim some’ stuff’!! I had hoarded about 10 years of course material from art classes which I have rarely looked at, so out went the portfolios without a backward glance. I had hoarded teaching files, workshop hand-outs, multiple patterns and pictures; all have gone now apart from some favourites that I couldn’t release. I feel cleansed! The final push will be to sort through my archive material and find some way of filing it for posterity!!! This I will do when I sit in front of the fire of an evening.
 
            Studio view 1
 
 

                  
              Studio view 2
 
SERVIETTE BOX continued



 
Here is the sequence for a simple decorative design for the top of the serviette box. I glued the pre-cut square of wadding to the top of the box. I then cut out a piece of the lining fabric (1” larger all round than the top of the box) to work on.
 
              Box top
 

 
I looked at the motifs on the outer fabric to decide what was worth cutting out and I ironed Bondaweb onto the back of a strip. (NB I have a box of fusible bit and so I used these smaller off-cuts to cover the WS of the fabric, over-lapping where necessary. Over-lapping still works the same because whatever touches the fusible sticks to it) I cut out motifs which I thought would work on the red background.
 

           Fabric
 
 


           Fusible bits
 
 
 


             Fused fabric
 
 


             Motif 1
 
 


              Motif 2
 
 


           Design pieces
 
 

            Wreath
 
 
 


              Extras
 
I drew round the top of the box with a pencil to give me a guide line for size and I played with the cut outs until I was happy with the design. Once I had removed the backing paper, I was able to iron the motifs in place. After adding another square of wadding behind the red fabric for ‘body’, I used a wandering leaf quilting design to cover the edges of the motifs to prevent fraying, making sure that I didn’t go beyond the marked line. I trimmed away the excess wadding to the size of the top by folding back the red fabric. I stuck it in place with spray glue. Follow the process outlined for the lid of the coaster box to complete the box. Another Xmas gift completed, just requiring the selection of appropriate serviettes to go inside.  


               
           Thread work
 
 


            Trim wadding
 
 

               Attach to the lid
 
 


           Sew the strip
 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

BLOG 460

Blog 460
My wonderful daughters have just cycled from London to Paris in 3 days as part of the Women against Cancer campaign. Many people have taken part from club cyclists, to regular cyclists, to those who have trained up for the event. Along the way there have been trials and tantrums and tears but they have done it! As a group they have raised £23,000+ and I am bursting with pride for them; what an achievement! This is especially poignant for us and remarkable for Tess as it was exactly 2 years ago that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

           Tam and Tess
 
 
 

            Tess
 
These are the trophies that I won at Harrogate for my quilts. I wasn’t able to attend the presentation on Sunday myself, having already been at the show on the Friday, but one of my friends collected them on my behalf.

 
 

                Trophies
 
PROJECT

Here is the first part of the instructions for the serviette box, another Xmas idea for you following on from the coaster box. The procedure is the just the same as for the coaster box which was featured in Blogs 457 and 458; it’s just on a larger scale. With this box I am going to pad the inside of the base and base sides too and I intend to make a decorative top.
Here is one I made earlier, in true Blue Peter style! The sides on this box are deeper at 3” and 3 packets of serviettes will fit in it. Although it is really faded now, it is a sentimental piece as my mother did the beautiful crossed stitched butterfly on the lid.


             Serviette box
 
 

THE SERVIETTE BOX
Cardboard Requirements: Cut the following accurately from strong card
Base: 7” x 7”
4 Base sides: 7” x 2”
Top: 7 3/8” x 7 3/8”
4 Top sides: 7 3/8” x 1”

                Cardboard
 
Other requirements: fat ¼ metre of lining fabric and ½ metre of outer fabric, a small amount of wadding, Pritt stick, masking tape and threads to match the fabrics.




            Fabric
 
 
Cut out wadding to fit the base of the box and the 4 base sides. Also cut out 2 pieces of wadding to fit the lid but not the lid sides.
 
 

 


        Wadding
 

 
Cover all the pieces of card with the lining fabric as detailed in Blog 457, placing the wadded sides onto the fabric.
 
 



          Lining
 

 


         Sticking
 

Construct the top and bottom of the box in the same way as the coaster box. Part 2 next week.

            Construction
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sunday, 1 September 2019

BLOG 459

Blog 459
 I’m sure you know Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’; well that’s just how I feel this week! Not because I am depressed or bothered or at the end of my tether, but simply because my studio is being revamped. I feel displaced and upheaved … if there is such a word!
 

         The Scream
 
 

            Studio 1
 

              Studio 2
 

 
I need to throw out a filing cabinet that is all but empty and taking up space. I have a small cutting table which is a bit on the high side so that needs to go too. I am sorting through my vast library of quilting books and discarding the ones I don’t need any more.  There are quilting supplies that I haven’t used for years and fabric that I am never going to use. Everything really needs sorting out and it is a job to know where to start!  Instead of piling all my fabric baskets high, they will be in a long line and Himself is going to build a two-tier storage/working surface over the top. Watch this space as they say.
Last week we were staying in Easingwold in Yorkshire with my daughter and husband. We had a lovely time exploring the area; it’s such a lovely county with big skies, rolling moors and plenty of space. In Thirsk we were delighted to see knitted characters mounted on bollards around the town square. These are such fun and make people laugh and smile as they are going about their business. What’s not to like eh? You will see Red Ted on some of the pictures. He is beloved by my Granddaughters and he goes off on adventures and reports back to them.
            Peter Rabbit
 

         Wallace 
 

 
          Rapunzel
 

           Stickman
 

          Princess and the Pea
 

On Friday I attended the Great Northern Quilt Show. It must be 14 years since I have been there and I really enjoyed the experience. I went because I had entered quilts, again for the first time in 14 years and I was glad that I did! I won Best Sampler quilt for ‘Logs in the Sampler’ and Best Art quilt and a Judge’s merit for ‘Cat with Flower Pots’ and I am delighted. My Dolphins caused a lot of interest as well which is always good to see. The Group Quilt also won a Judge’s Merit and there was a lot of laughter from the ladies surrounding it; a quilt making fun of the menopause always has a captive audience at a quilt show!!
 
            A Sampler in the Cabin
 
 

          Cat with Flower pots
 

 
             Dolphins
 

 
Here are some other quilts from the show for your interest. The serviette box will start next week.
 
             13 Elaborate hexagons
 
 



 
          14 Bargello
 

 
              15 Double wedding ring plus
 

                16 Tessellations
 

                17 Sampler quilt
 

               18 Painted surface
 

             19 Log Cabin
 

 
           20 Fabric collage
 
 

             21 A year in houses
 

              22 Dynamic Flying Geese
 

              23 Painted surface
 

             24 Kaffe Fassett fabrics
 
 

              25 Clarice Cliff inspired
 

 
         26 Christmas Sampler
 

 
           27 Optical illusions
 

               28 Child’s quilt
 

            29 Hexagons
 

             30 Machine quilting