Day one!Posted: December 6, 2010
My idea was to create a blog to share, search and find and maybe even be found, by other people with similar interests.
I have been quilting now for about 9 years and I am ready to move on to do my own thing in a more arty fashion. Also I have enough big quilts and not much on my walls! I came to quilting after living in Canada and dabbling in some decorative art/tole painting. I got to the decorative painting after living in Sydney and playing with ceramics and then a bit of warm glass. A few things have been catalysts to get me ready for the stage I am at now. Firstly a couple of workshops, one with Helen Godden and then another with Sue Spargo. Secondly a day at the Knitting and Stitches Show at the Alexandra Palace in London where I was lucky enough to meet and chat with Linda Kemshall ( She won’t remember me!), and finally a friendship with Laraine Lord who has a great wealth of knowledge and understanding and yet is still happy to play with me!
I chose the name for this blog from a quote by Hillel who was a philosopher around the time of King Herod. I have loved the quote for about 20 years, it gives me permission to Just Do It!
This first picture is a sample I did playing with my friend’s embellishing machine. It is wool prefelts and dyed cheesecloth onto fine linen on cotton batting. Since this picture was taken I have added some stitching by hand and then pasted it into my” experiment” journal. I quite like it . It looks like a bit of water with some hills and sky. My inspiration was from Val Holmes who I also met and chatted to at the show in London.
This is the last large quilt I completed. It was made using “Cherish” fabrics by Moda. Machine quilted by Cathy Davies. I used templates by ‘Elisa’s Backporch’ and arranged the blocks in some sort of symmetrical pleasing fashion. It is now in the Uk to be used as a summer quilt for my daughter.
This is the beginning of a needle-book I am making for a challenge with The Gold Coast Quilters Guild. We were all given a fat quarter of blue velvet fabric at the last meeting to make a needle-book or pin cushion. We are to use at least half of the fabric! I like to use Silk, linen, cotton, so the grey background is silk tussah suiting.