Saturday, November 20, 2010

My first quilts


This is my first quilt.

In 2005 a friend of mine took me to a shop to check out
teddy bear making classes.  This quilt was hanging on the
wall.  I walked out of the shop with the pattern as it had a Border Collie
on it.  For my birthday, hubby gave me the kitset and I started the blocks.
A work friend came over and showed me how to piece it together.  
I quilted it in the ditch with invisible thread.
After that I decided I needed to do some classes and 
went to "Ohio Stars and Courthouse Steps" with Anne Herrick
in Avondale.  It was great to learn some good techniques and my patchwork
and quilting journey began and is still going strong 5 years later.
I still love this one but I look at all the mistakes I made back then.
I decided after quilting this one that I was a piecer not a quilter.
Since then I have learnt to quilt on my Janome MC6600,  Well worth the
overtime to pay for it.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blue 'n' White Challenge

Another challenge from the Halberg Group Challenge.  The theme this time was blue & white and we were supplied with 3, 2.5 inch strips of fabric.  We could add as many fabrics as we required keeping to the blue and white theme.  The finished project could be any size or shape and any style or technique could be used.



I got a little ambitious with mine this time and used my EQ7 to design the layout.  I wanted to do some stitchery and piecing.  I found some flower stitchery patterns on the internet and started.  The ambitious part for me was this challenge was over the winter months when I  suffer from SAD (Seasonal affective disorder).  I started with great gusto but tailed off and missed the finishing deadline.  It is completed finally and I am really pleased with the finished quilt.

And it has  passed the cat quality test by Jake.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wall Hanging

One of my work mates is leaving to return to South Africa.
She has been great to work with and I am sad she is leaving.  
I wanted to make her something to remember me and NZ by 
so made this wall hanging using a Jenny Hunter design from
a workshop I attended last year.
She loved it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chloe

Chloe likes Arnie's cushion too.  Looks like I need to make another one.