I often think, I’ve finished teaching for Christmas and I’ll have a few weeks to write the new book, finish those quilts etc but I’m unrealistic and things just don’t always go as planned.
I finished this quilt that has been lying around my studio.
I used my Sizzix machine to cut out the circles, it is made using graded fabric and my interchange method
I’ve also been working on my new Interlaced Patchwork and made 2 quilts, each of the squares are 4″ square, it’s a clever way of doing things, but I really need to perfect it before I offer it as a workshop, although I am teaching it at Thimble Stitch in Honiton in June and Pauline’s Patchwork in Dorchester in June. I’m trying to say no to a lot of teaching but I love it at these 2 shops, they look after me well, always lovely students and hopefully i will have a chance to see some of the area around the shops
Here are 2 more finished Interlaced quilts
I have always said that I never use gloves for quilting but this week these gardening gloves for 99p came in very useful
The next project….
This is one that isn’t working out as well as I like…
For the cruise teaching – Hawaii 2019 World of Quilt Travel I wanted to teach amongst other workshops a one day machine skills class. Trying to come up with something unique is always difficult.
I love using Aurifil 12wt threads, and with a bit of skill you can get your machine stitching to look like hand work
I’ve taught it many times
and it always makes for a good class.
I have several quilts I have made, here is one of them
So I thought I would use a bit of modern technology and a photo I took of an hibiscus flower and design and make a new small quilt for teaching on the cruise
I used Adobe Capture to identify the colours, here is one I played with using an image from google, although I will be using my own photo, or students will use their own photos
I contacted Aurifil who kindly agreed to send me the thread for sampling
With the app and an Aurifil shade card it was easy to decide on which colours I needed When I have finally worked out a good project Aurifil will send the threads for the cruise
These arrived for me and aren’t they gorgeous. I decided to experiment first using 40wt threads as I already have some 12wt Lana and Mako 12 in the correct colours
I started to make my samples
Is it the colours or do I just not have the patience for thread painting with 40wt thread?
Back to the machine…
This time I tried 12 wt Lana, and I am not happy with this either
I think it is perhaps that the Hibiscus flower is too big.
Now back to more design work. I think I need smaller flowers, and more of them, maybe a less patterned background.
I hate working to deadlines.
Perhaps I’ll just teach how to stitch an echinacea flower on the cruise – they always work well.
PS. I am teaching the Interlaced patchwork on the cruise too.
I wanted to write a blog post to let everyone see that things don’t always work out instantly and possibly also to show that samples take ages to do.