Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New I- Pad and some finishes

A New Toy !!!

Trying out the new I-Pad I bought last week - love it for viewing blogs, surfing the web and emails but not sure how easy it will be to post so here goes!!!! (can't work out how to add pics so have had to go back to the laptop! - has anyone else worked out how to do add photos to a blog post????)

I have  finished the top of the Hearts and Gizzards quilt but I am disappointed - I am not happy with the feel of it with using bondaweb to affix the hearts -it has made them very stiff so I'm putting it to one side for a while.  Its a shame as I was so keen on it and the pattern  has  lovely appliqued borders.

 I am now busy with a new Woven Squares quilt from Carolyn Foster's new book Utility Quilting. I'm using some chinzy floral fabrics for the quilt and have added wide borders to which I am appliquing my Liberty hexagons.  I love Carolyn's patterns and books and this latest one is great for large stitch hand quilting which can be done whilst watching TV or on holiday. I think this one may make a nice Charity quilt for my Mum to raffle.

 I have also finished three small textile pics from some photos of the Yorkshire Dales which I took last summer. I intend getting them framed for the next exhibition in Easingwold. 

And finally finished the nursery rhyme wall hanging for my daughter for her room at day care nursery where she works. I  used free redwork designs from Jennie Baer at Homeberries - she is very generous and has some lovely design for free on her site.

 I started the Blogger Block of the Month from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works   but need to catch up fast - I will post next time of how far I have got with them.!!  We are hoping to get away in the caravan to the coast at Whitby over the next few days IF the weather improves - how we can be experiencing a drought when it has been so wet and miserable I don't understand. !!! May have to do some of the blocks  by hand so that I keep up.

Also must post my package for my swap partner in the Quilters Day Swap organised by Heidi.

Bye for now

Friday, 13 April 2012

Scarborough Fair!!

Just back from 4 days painting in Scarborough and the weather was really good. The course led by tutor Sue Ford was really excellant and the people were a great crowd.  But not even time to do a bit of hand sewing so felt the need to get back to the sewing straight away!!.

Just started a spiders web which is looking OK and also a "Dresden Hearts" from AQP which I have been wanting to do for a while. So lots to catch up with and still have to decide what to do for the swap I am in !!! 


Friday, 6 April 2012

Sunshine and Snow!!

Just back from a week up in the lake District where we experienced every type of weather from hot sunshine to freezing snow and a wind chill factor of minus 10C in just 7 days!!.

The snow only lasted over night and looked really wonderful the next day on the tops of the fells.  So still able to get some walking done but no painting

BUT I was able to do a felting course with  Debbie Lucas at Higham Hall.  It was brilliant- great teacher and nice group of people.  The course was Landscapes in Felt and I am now hooked!  This will be my latest obessession combining painting with wool!!!.  

 After a couple of sample pieces which will be ideal for embroidering on -we tackled a picture of our choice. I used a photo of the Langdales in autumn and I am pleased with the result.

blue sky test piece

pink test piece

The Langdale Pikes in Autumn- just needs to dry a bit more and be ironed

I am keen to do more and can see this being a new venture-  If the weather is warm enough as I will have to do it in the garage as it gets a bit  messy.  Also finished the bed runner so can get on with backing it and free motion quilting it.  It is a lovely pattern so might make another one in a different colourway as it is great to do in the evenings.  
Must try and catch up with the BOM's I have signed up for and also a swap organised by Heidi at  Handmade by Heidi.
There was a lovely notebook waiting for me when I got back from Leonie in Germany from Cheryl's Notebook swap.

So lots of ideas for new projects !!