Since in Perth we have enjoyed relative freedom during the pandemic, I have not ventured into the world of zoom workshops to learn new skills. But on the recommendation of a friend in the UK, a signed up for a workshop with Jenny Haynes https://pappersaxsten.com. Although it challenged my patience to work with the necessary accuracy, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (thank you Jenny) and this is the result. I am delighted with it.
I have been experimenting with making abstract wallhangings from fabric and mounting the mini-quilts on a frame so they can be hung like a picture. I am a great fan of Marcia Derse fabrics and this dominates this series of pieces. They are machine quilting, hand stitched and beaded to create interesting texture. Each item is 42cm x 32 cm and for sale for $75 each or $200 for the set (plus P&P).
I seem to be suffering from a bit of RSI in my elbow from rotary cutting! So I thought I’d give the Amanda Murphy circular rulers a go and make my first whole cloth quilt. I started with a piece of white sandwiched fabric and a circle of tiny circles. Then a was faced with the rest of the empty quilt to fill up. I am not a good planner, so I just worked my way around the piece and filled it up. A couple of appliqué blobs and a trimmed binding and it was done. Took ages but I enjoyed doing something different although frustrated at times! The quilt is now sold!
I thought I’d share with you some of my personal work. This is a photograph of Morecombe Bay in the UK, taken on a stormy morning which I had printed on fabric at Spoonflower. I then added layers of fabric and organza underneath and on top and quilted it in a manner which extenuated the falling of the light.
Bojagi are traditional Korean wrapping cloths which date back to the early 11th century. Typically they are pieced together using geometric designs and form a single layer of cloth. The narrow seams when they are combined with transparency in the fabric creates a further linear dimension. One member of the Perth Contemporary Quilt Group makes beautiful bojagi and I thought I would give it a go.
Having finished 4 recent commissions, I thought I’d take a break and do some of my own work. I decided to create 3 Bojagi hangings to replace the sheer curtains on the bay window in the front bedroom. I used silk organza with French seams stitched using silk thread. This project took a lot longer and was much tricky than I though it would be. The flimsy nature of the organza made keeping things square almost impossible plus I realised that I was going to run out of the cream fabric so had to plan accordingly. I am very pleased with the result.
A playmat for baby Austin born on 15th March. Soft flannel on the back for him to lie on now with a front to explore during tummy time a bit later on. He can learn his letters and numbers and spot fish, animals and cars during his roaming.
I had lots of fun making this playmat for a new baby in the family.
Remember that it is my quilt sale on Friday. Lots of quilts, wallhangings and gifts will be available for purchase. Meg Cowey of Our House Quilts will be joining me for this sale – her quilts are very different from mine! You’ll have to come along to see what I mean. The weather is set fine and the sale will be at 23 Riley Road, Claremont, WA on Friday, 4th December 10am-3pm.
Myself and my good friend Meg Cowey ( http://ourhousequilts.wordpress.com ) are having a sale of handmade quilts, wallhangings and small fabric gifts on 4th December. There will be many more quilts than those advertised for sale on this site. Please come along and bring your friends. Between now and the event, I will post pictures of some of the small gifts that you will be able to buy.
Following the success of my circular ruler for my Drunkards Path quilts, I treated myself to an equilateral triangle cutting ruler. This little quilt was made from strips of a jelly roll joined together and then cut using the ruler. As always, accuracy is key to a good result. Rather pretty I thought.