Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Little Bit Country completed.

A Little Bit Country all started from a workshop with Kaffe and Brandon in Whakatane, New Zealand on January 2014. The quilt pattern they taught was Garden Chintz from the book Kaffe Quilts Again. This quilt is my interpretation of the pattern where I used many Nutex New Zealand prints.

You can read all about the class here

I sent the quilt to Jessie, a longarm quilter for the quilting.

I found a Philip Jacobs fabric for the backing which worked in well.

This quilt is now ticked off the Q3 Finish Along link up with On the Windy Side.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Where have you been?

Lately I have not been blogging or in my sewing room as I have travelled to opposite corners of the world. Living in Singapore makes me feel in the centre of the world. My first trip was to England. Unfortunately the main reason for the visit was to visit a friend from my youth that is terminally ill. One exciting thing about the trip was being back in London where I worked in Oxford St as a pattern cutter in my 20's. One of the places I used to frequent was the Liberty store, so it was with great excitement that I headed off to Regent St and once I came up out of the subway and saw Piccadilly Circus I knew I had arrived!

How exciting to see  
that the Liberty business has continued to grow, but still keep the need for quality. The Liberty building just oozes with character from the minute you see it. The business was started in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty and the mock-Tudor building was built in 1924. The address is Regent Street but I found the entrance on Great Marlborough St. 

As I walked in through the front entrance I was greeted by an amazing maypole made from strips of liberty fabric falling from the roof down 3 floors. I really enjoyed that I was under no time pressure as I needed lots of time to soak up all the items on each floor. I went through the fabric section many times! I do not think many companies have managed to beat Liberty for the quality they have in their cotton fabric. I had researched about the Tana Lawn and how it is made without crease resistant chemicals or irritating allergens and the use of ultra fine long staple cotton. Once you handle the silky cotton it is like nothing else. I did walk out with a length of their Tana cotton and resisted overbuying as it was so tempting once you are in the shop, but the price per metre helped!

Over the many years of living as an expat and being involved with quilting groups means you meet and make some great friends and this has been one of the bonuses in my expat life. Of course this also means that quilting friends travel too and end up in all corners of the world, and they make perfect people to stay with as you get taken to quilting shops!

Cowslips Workshops was so intriguing as it was on a farm in the country and there in the paddocks was a cafe, shop, rooms for workshops and an area that houses exhibitions. I was so engrossed with the whole place that photos did not happen so this is the web site for the photos. Janet Bolton had an exhibition when we visited. I was fascinated by her work and spent a lot of time intrigued by the effects from work that appears to have such simplicity. 

I had to share this photo from Plymouth, England

My next flight was to New Zealand, the other corner of the world and into the icy winter wind which was a nice change from the Singapore heat. I managed to take a weekend away from house maintenance and head to the Mahurangi coast in the upper North Island, where my childhood Christmas holidays where spent. One of my favourite places to visit is James & Morris Pottery. Anthony (Ant) Morris and Sue James started the business in 1977 and it is great to see it still going strong today. The pottery is truly unique and a nice reflection of New Zealand's craft heritage.

The New Zealand winter sun still makes a visit to the beach pleasant.

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Heathers Sewing Room - Where Bloggers Create 2015

Welcome to Heathers Sewing Room and the 7th Annual Where Bloggers Create Festival, hosted by My Desert Cottage. Come on in to my creative space. This is where I mostly make quilts, design and sew clothes, create boxes of all shapes and sizes, and design and make bags. Living as an expat means, I feel that nothing is permanent, so I work with the space that I have knowing it all needs to move when the time arises.

With children no longer living at home it enables me to have a whole room to create in :) This is the room as I enter through the door.

A trip to the Ikea store allowed me to purchase a good selection of tables to work on. With adjustable legs on the tables I was able to set the table height that worked for the situation. 

Putting the tables at arms length always means I have places to put items as I work.

 Being under a window with my standing table means I get good daylight.

I like all my tools out on my table so I gathered containers and covered them to suit my needs.

The chest of drawers is for fat quarter fabric storage

A place for displaying handmade items and inspirational hangings

I have always liked this saying and I managed to find a plaque at a market in London.

I thought this was a great piece of inspiration so I printed it out, pasted it to card stock and framed it with papers from my stash

The room has a double wardrobe that I use for storage

I removed the hanger rail and put in an extra shelf.

On one wall I made a design area. Clicking here will take you to the tutorial of how I made the design wall.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy visiting the 7th Annual Where Bloggers Create.
Click Here to go to My Desert Rose and see her amazing creative space, then scroll to the bottom to visit all the participants. 
Have fun
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Friday, 10 July 2015

Finish Along Q3 2015

It is time for me to list the items I would like to complete in the Q3 Finish Along that is being hosted by On the Windy Side.

The Ginger Jars quilt is now back on the design wall and I nearly have the top together. Just a few more boarders.

I decided to send my A Little Bit Country Quilt to a longarm quilter for quilting so I am nearly there with a finish.

I am now working on a Lynnette Anderson pattern called Scandinavian Christmas so it would be really nice if I had that one hanging on the wall at Christmas.

I am currently working on my first panel

I was bitten by the Millefiori/La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing Facebook page and also the couple of girls in the quilting group that are also attempting this pattern. I need to make a start but I have been deliberating on the best way to construct the quilt but I think I am going to go with the EPP as it will be a good hand project that will travel anywhere.

This bag needs to be constructed and documented so that I can offer a pattern.

Technically this x-stitch is finished but it is not framed so I am not totally ticking it off the list as I run the risk of it sitting in a cupboard and not hanging on a wall to be enjoyed.

I am looking forward  to posting some finishes as we go through Q3.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Making Two Boxed Gifts

Recently I came across an interesting panel of fabric full of charming ladies. The panel was called Lady in Red and was designed by Loralie Harris. You can see more of her amazing art work here.
I decided to place one of the  designs onto a lid of a box and then frame. 

Inside the box I place an embroidered tea towel that I had purchased in a craft market.

The second box I made was covered with decorative paper.

On the lid I used a glass bead and then attached small beads to a ribbon and pulled the ribbons through the bead. The bead is attached to the lid with the ribbons.

The inside of the box is lined with silk fabric.

Inside the box I placed the tea towel with the embroidered lady with all her bags.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Christmas Panel a 2015 Q2 Finish

After having this beautiful panel in my stash for many years it is very exciting to have it finished so that it can now be used and enjoyed. As I quilted the Christmas panel and became engrossed in each artful picture I started to appreciate the talent of Laurel Burch. She was an amazing artist and did so many amazing paintings and as quilters we are really lucky to have so much of her talent in fabric. Sadly Laurel passed away in 2007 at the age of 62 years. You can read more about her life here.

I used Perle Cotton in black and gold for the quilting. 

All the red berries where embroidered with french knots in red no.8 Perle Cotton

I added a gold piping into the binding.

This is my only 2015 Q2 Finish Along, that I have joined with Adrienne from On the Windy Side, that was in my last Q2 blog post that you read here.

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