Quilt update


Although I’m still painting and all – this quilt is obsession de jour. There’s a real autumnal feel in the air the last couple of days – so stitching away!

Having trimmed, washed, de-fluffed and thoroughly considered my stacks of velvet patches I deceid the best way forward would be to take the smallest length and cut all the other patches to this size.

(First use of the rotary cutter – it you use fabric a lot and don’t have one I highly recommend trying it out.) I’ve now got a good size pile of offcuts which I can see are just waiting for a project of their own…!

Experimental layouts, fluff induced sneezing. You’ll see there’s quite a bit of fluff and threads on the fabric – I battled with it a while, but it keeps coming back while there are unfinished edges!

The patches are 9cm (3 and a bit inches) square, in 5 x 5 squares. Each of these squares takes about 30 mins to machine together (inc time for fiddling about. The pile of 2 velvets together makes the patches ‘walk’ a bit. Some of them take a bit of battling with!)

I’ve machined 8 of these squares now, and begun hand embroidering over the machine stitching in places. Relieved to report the fluff levels are subsiding too!

bring me sunshine!


Beginning in my usual fashion: enthusiastic tearing and shredding of the scraps from which latest textile project will be made!

Early days, but it’s taking shape

Not sure yet if it’s going lampshade or window hanging/blind kinda thing, but what I do know is it needs to be backlit!

Y’see? Get those yellows glowing!!

More soon! 🙂

textile adventures


I’m always striving to find new directions of creativity to explore (given that I can’t settle on any preference, might as well try as much as I can find).

Last weekend I spent learning the art of machine embroidery from the very inspirational Gina Ferrari. I’d only ever dabbled with this sort of machining before but by the end of the weekend course I’d produced a few samples and things, including this.

Not to mention full-to-the-brim with new ideas! 😀