Thursday, 31 December 2015

Head done...

Spent most of the day cutting and fusing small pieces of fabric. It's a slow process but I've done the hardest bit and can move on to bigger sections next. Difficult to see the face close up but when the body, background and other elements are added it will make sense!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

'Fair Trade' gets underway...

Now that Christmas is over I decided to make a start on my next QuiltWest project. I'd already prepared my image and patterns but needed to make final fabric choices and get my work areas set up for the appliqué process. Its all too easy to get fabrics and pattern pieces confused when making portrait quilts so I need to organise everything very efficiently. Having said that I usually end up with a complete mess at the end of the day...

Now I'm all set to get the iron hot and the fabric cut and fixed in place...

Friday, 11 December 2015

Challenge Win!

I'm happy to announce that I won the WA Quilters' annual challenge with my quilt 'Half Light'. The theme was Illumination.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Just Peachy

I seem to flit from one thing to another in my quilting life - one minute I'm machine sewing everything in sight, another making portraits or hand quilting tiny pieces. I've always admired quilters who have a style or 'look' but I realise that I am a 'jack of all trades but master of none' type of person...there seems to be so many things I want to do that I can't concentrate on one thing.
Now I've started working on a small wholecloth quilt that is coming along nicely. I'm stippling with a peach thread which is very subtle but effective.

'Life's A Beach' finished!

My group's shoe-box challenge has to be ready to show next week at our Christmas Lunch and my quilt just needed a few finishing touches. All the appliques were added by my friends onto my background sky, sea and sand, except for a few extras that I couldn't resist adding. I free motioned most of the quilt but the border was my first attempt at quilting circles using the Westalee circle rulers. They are fantastic and work with my Janome ruler foot perfectly. It does take a bit of practice to get neat lines but I got better as I went along.