Friday, 25 November 2016

70,273 project x's 31-40

More red x's for the 70,273 project.











Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Orange, green and purple

This day is finally brought to you by Orange, green and purple.
A lovely plant given to me by the TCVT group.

Trying to catch up with work or get it finished early for things like 'just in case'.

help! blogger

So, Blogger did something and I can't work out how to add photos!

Anyone have a clue? I try to insert as before or drag and drop as recently, but all it does is give me a new page showing my image on the page. No idea how to get it there.

If you can help, I would greatly appreciate it!

EDIT: Thanks KATHY for the moral support.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

bead project

As I mentioned yesterday, my mother-in-law has been ill. We have been to York and back among other things. Plus extra visits by train for my husband.

and I have strained my back badly.

So, the beading this week has been put to the side. Catching up will happen at a later date.
Sorry to disappoint.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Little Houses - 4

But before the fusing, another little touch of my own
Trying out some wind in top right to balance out the houses.

Taking photos and posting them helps with design. I was settled on the arrangement on the top, but then in comparing it with the second arrangement (which was really the first 'audition'), I realise it works best. Just a matter of a little curve on the bottom bit of wind.

And now it is fused.

But yesterday I have discovered the deadline wasn't November but December! I am glad I have already started and got this far.
There is a lot going on because my mother-in-law is very ill and may not have long. So, doing a little bit here and there brings progress. And now without the deadline rush, there is not so much stress with it and everything else.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Little Houses - 3

Cutting houses complete

And so to the layout.

Trying out ideas

Settling on this one

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Little houses - 2

Ah yes, much better. They needed a slanting roof like my other Ramshackle houses.

Doing this among too many other things this week! But it is getting there.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Little houses

Thinking about these all through the night. How to lay them out to reference Escher without looking like a traditional pieced quilt.
Also how to make them look less like identical little box houses. They don't look like my Ramshackle houses at this point.

A bit of judicious trimming needed, I think.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


This Tuesday is brought to you by purple and orange.

Monday, 14 November 2016

70,273 project x's 27-30

More red x's for the 70,273 project.





Sunday, 13 November 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on...6-12 November

Week 45 - Nov 2016








Saturday, 12 November 2016

Something on Saturday

Sky Feather seen on the way to Bristol on Thursday.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Worn threads again

Today Marion Robertson, Jane Bonney, Carol Newton, Carol's husband Bob and the Thoughtful Man helped to set up the Worn Threads exhibition at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show.
The show is on Friday 11th November 2016
Saturday 12th November 2016
Sunday 13th November 2016
10.00am - 4.30pm

My photos are a bit blurry, but here is a little idea of what our space looks like.
Because they gave us 3 battens across corners, we were able to hang some of the work so both sides could be seen. It gives a lot of movement as they gently move on the end of the fishing line from which they are suspended.
Unfortunately, we didn't have enough space for everything.
However, there was an extra return panel near the centre which we convinced them to leave. (Normally used for holding up the long walls while the space is being built.) Because it was next to a socket, we were able to plug in Kate Findlay's piece so her LED system could be seen. (See top photo) Then my Kamlaika piece was hung on the other side. We also had 1 outside wall that we were able to hang 2 pieces on.
Jane Bonney's cope would have been a great addition, but it is travelling with the Knitting and Stitching Shows at present because she won first place in the Quilts Creation section.

Thanks so much for all the helpers. Especially the Thoughtful Man who took time off work because I have hurt my back and could not face trying to drive to Bristol and then lift and shift boxes and work!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Ramshackle Tessellation-ish

I am trying out an idea for developing my Ramshackle house into a pattern that can nestle together in a tessellation kind of manner. I read a tutorial from Kay Koeper Sorensen a few years ago and have wanted to see how to develop one that is 'me'.

And then there is a challenge for the CQ suitcase collection to make a piece inspired by your favourite artist. Well, I am not sure I have a favourite artist...or at least one I feel I could do justice as an inspiration. Hans Holbein, Anthony Van Dyck, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others because of the clothing they painted. Then I remembered I do admire the draftmanship of M. C. Esher's work.
So, that decided it for me. and I realised I could go back to Kay's tutorial. Kay's is in several blog posts, but I also found a You-tube which makes it very clear. This is not a rotating tessellation, nor is Kay's or will mine be. I am going to do mine side to side. (I probably could get them to rotate, but let's do small steps and also avoid too much Maths! - actually I did pretty well in Geometry High School level.)

I also realised I could develop my Ramshackle series a bit more, so I worked with the house idea. Because the CQ suitcase is a travelling example of Contemporary Quilting, I thought it might help viewers see what you can do to make non-traditional tessellations...and at the same time redirect them to my other Ramshackle Houses.

I started with a 7x7cm square. I had sketched out a few ideas on how this would work, so this helped to have a starting point.

basic shapes drawn for cutting

trimmed and moved to the opposite sides.

stuck down - ok not exactly full of character!

so, let's make it a bit wonky. More like it. A lot of sticking together going on here.

Still the thing is, it is a bit squat. Let's toss out a few more 'rules'.

trim to be more like 6cm wide x 7cm high.

Okay this what I had in mind. see the difference?

And the final pattern.

Currently contemplating the fabric and layout!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

70,273 project x's 21-26

More red x's for the 70,273 project.







Monday, 7 November 2016

Shoebox 2016

Yesterday , at church, we gathered our collection of bits and pieces for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal. We are a small group, but look!
And they will be delivered this week to the drop off station.
A bit last minute, but on Saturday I made some puppets for the boxes our family gave.

For the boys
For the girls
The past few years our boxes have gone to Zambia. I hope the children have fun with the puppets!