Tuesday, 29 April 2008
For sometime now I have been wanting to do something spiral using the techniques within this book. Fusing Fabric by Margaret Beal
BUT before I begin I need to have a respirator/breathing apparatus device for Health and Safety purposes as the fabric will give off fumes. I will also need to be in a well ventilated room!
It's not pretty and I apologise for the hideous model, but if it keeps me safe I don't care what I look like! Off now to meet up with some girlfriends for a coffee at the local family run coffee shop.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
I needed to make buttons made with cores. I used "Funky Foam" shapes and for the triangles I used foam board.
"Funky Foam" Shapes
Machine Stitchery to add interest to the fabric
Square and Rectangle Foam Shapes covered with the Machine Stitched Fabric
Square and Rectangle Buttons with embellishments of beads and ribbon
Circular Foan Foams covered with Fabric Ink Pen Drawn Spirals
Circular Buttons with Fabric Embellishments
Foam Board Cut into Triangles
Covered with Shop Bought Fabric
Wrapped with Threads and Embellished with Beads
I coloured a piece of Vilene with silk paints, probably not the correct thing to use but they coloured it and that was all I needed as the toggle shape was more important to me and all the colour had to do was be in the colour scheme! I added fabric and thread to some of them.
So there you have it, what I did this afternoon - I think the Button Chapter is well and truely put to bed.
I did however get some things done on the course work front!
I need to add to the button collection as I have bought the "Covered" button kits but hadn't used them. So I took some fabric that I had printed on and embroidered into it following the shapes of the printed pattern
Fabric with the circles drawn on showing the area I need to embroider
And here are the finished buttons I completed on Monday evening at the Quilting Groups AGM!
We had a Sewing B while the official business was going on. I did take some hand quilting to do as well!
I had some tassel ideas as well...
I hadn't made an example of tassels with embroidered heads, so I did...
And while I was making the Bead Sampler I remembered I had bought some large beeds to make some tassels with bead heads, so I made them as well...
I still have some more buttons and toggles to make to complete the chapter, so that's what I'll now be doing this afternoon.
Sunday, 20 April 2008
The "Green Cone" rots down ALL food waste and that includes meat and bones! And if installed correctly should not smell or attract vermin! So says the leaflet and the website.
So here we are this afternoon installing our "Green Cone". DH was instructed to dig a deep hole, and make it a little deeper...and a little deeper until the bits of the cone that are supposed to be underground were!
This is the hole having it's drainage checked
This is DH checking on the drainage!
Putting in the first load
I have been putting in the organic waste throughout the week and sprinkling it with the "accellerator" as instructed. We decided not to put any meat waste in until we see that the plant waste is rotting down nicely. As only a week has gone by I can't say that how well it is working but I'll keep you all posted!
Saturday, 19 April 2008
I, on the other hand, dislike football and tolerate it were necessary. So inbetween being mine host to my mother-in-law and Daughter, and cooking four course meals, I have been trying to create the images for the Wales Quilt which hopefully will be in the Challenge Quilt section of the Quilt Show in June.
Now who can tell me the rules as to the showing of quilts that are bound for quilt shows before the actual date of the show? If a quilt is posted on the blog, or shown at a show and tell, does that mean it's not allowed to be accepted? Please clarify as I would like you to follow the development of this Trapunto/Boudis quilt as it is made, but won't if it means I will be disqualified!
Here's a teaser - I'm off to gather images of daffodils and feathers...
Friday, 18 April 2008
All the jobs I would usually do on the Monday, once the Darlings have returned to school, are to be rolled into one half day. Yes, I could have done most of it yesterday but a quilting idea got the better of me and I spent most of the afternoon creating a pattern for a Trapunto/Boudis(?) type quilt - you all know the one where you sew a pattern and then pad out the shapes you have created with stuffing and string/thick cotton thread. Well I know what I would rather be doing at the moment, but tidying needs to be done.
And why I am I sitting here blogging?
Monday, 14 April 2008
Lester Piglet, Grease Lightening, Delroy Trotter and Bullet Babe, to name a few, raced up the track to a big bowl of treats - Delroy Trotter won!
Not to feel out done this duck decided to show us his shepherding skills.
Now goining to put my feet up before the evening festivities begin...
Sunday, 13 April 2008
So I shall have a think and will nominated my 10 Inspirational blogs soon.
Thank-you so much for thinking about me. I loved the bit about "a great mix of 300 different art projects underway at anyone time". Yes, that's me and you were only able to count 300? I must have forgotten to mention the other 200 projects!!!
We were able to catch up with Son's Godfather, who lives just outside Southend and spent a lovely evening reminising about our past lives before the Darlings, of University and the stuff life throws at you.
Today we toured Hadleigh, Leigh on sea, Westcliffe on Sea and back to eat at Southend before travelling a part of the M25 we don't usually use and crossed the QE2 bridge, seeing some of the ships we had watched going passed Southend earlier - well they might not have been, but it made Son happy!
I took loads of photos, lots of clouds as they were amazing and some interesting walls - I could see quilts and other textile creative stuff where "normal" people see bricks and mortar! Unfortunately Blogger seems to be having second thoughts about allowing me to show you these. Maybe tomorrow...
Friday, 11 April 2008
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
I did enjoy working with the beads and I intend to put beading onto the accessory I will be making in Chapter 10.
Spring Holidays has just begun and my big Darlings are now home from school. Son has a Theatre Group Performance tonight were he plays a Photographer/Bank Robber. It's all a big secret so we can expect a surprise! Holidays are a double edged sword as we don't have to rush in the mornings and have lovely lie-ins but I have to be "Red Coat" Entertainments Manager and keep them busy during waking hours! Unfortunately for them, SATS are next month so revision is expected from a number of days. Son has come home with past papers to do, Year 6, and Daughter, Year 9, has a revision list as long as her arm for her subjects! I personally think it's ridiculous but what can a parent do but support the child and the school while the Government expects too much from both, leaving a regimented education with hardly any scope for expression and fun. Rant over now to relax and have fun...
Thursday, 3 April 2008
It has taken a week to complete the sampler, but I feel it has been worth the time because I have enjoyed myself and I like the result. I enjoy buying beads, abit like a child in a sweet shop! Although once home I wonder what I will do with them so, similar to the Fat Quarter stash, I occassionally take them out and enjoy looking at them! It has been fun to spread out the bead stash and wander if this bead will go with that bead etc, and I now know - should I need to use beads in the future - what sort I would put together. One of my favourite sections is the pale green seed beads and the moulded shell shapes. Go and have a good look at the completed sampler and tell me which section you like...
So here is what I did...
I wanted to have the beads forming a spiral so I made some drawings.
I collected together all the pink and green beads I have bought over the last year.
I machine stitched the design on to the fabric and layed out the beads to see how they would look together.
Sewing down the beads...
Completed! Can you see the section I changed?
The final piece is very heavy and has been put on an embroidery hoop to keep it taught. I intend to tidy up the edging fabric - similar to Suffolk Puffs, (Yo-Yos) - by gathering the fabric with stitching and then back the hoop with the bead edging sampler to hide the fabric. Leaving me with a double sided sampler for chapter 8.