I’ve been busy playing catch up these last few days and have started designing my next quilt in EQ7. The theme for next years’ exhibition is 2 colours and I’m thinking of working in purple and hot pink!
I’ve also finished downloading and resizing the photos I took of the Esperance girls work last weekend.
I think they did some amazing work, they all learned and completed 4 techniques in 2 days.
Chris used a fabric featuring tigers to make her fancy wheel.
Corina used a rose fabric to get 2 different semi circular designs.
Deb used a Jinny Beyer board Fabric for her wheel.
Lauren used the same Jinny Beyer border Fabric as Deb but in a different colour way.
Margaret used a beautiful striped fabric.
Rhonda used a fabric featuring small zoo animals, She did each of her quarter wheels with a different design. Here are 2 of them.
Pixie made a beautiful fluted wheel in hot pink with sparkle and lime seen here as well as a quarter of her Fancy Wheel.
Yesterday I returned home after spending a fabulous weekend teaching and sightseeing around Esperance. The students were all enthusiastic and keen and produced some stunning work. I taught at the Bandy Creek Angling club which had a beautiful outlook over the harbour.
The weekends’ workshop covered several techniques that can be used with the Dresden plate rulers to give different designs. Ten ladies attended the workshop and they can all be seen below with some of the work they created during the weekend.
On Saturday the girls worked on Spinning Wheels and Daisy Wheels. Hillary is seen here stitching her strata together. This is the first stage of making the Spinning Wheel after cutting is completed.
Here is the end result.
Below are some samples of the work Lauren produced over the weekend.
Jane is seen working on one of her wheels!
Below is the Fancy Wheel Jane made on Sunday – Wedgewood Blue seems an apt name for this wheel!
Here is another amazing Fancy Wheel made by Elizabeth. All the girls did some truly stunning working so I will post more for you to see later this week.
Today has been a largely wet, windy and dreary day here in Perth. A perfect day to stay at home and sew. I didn’t get around to sewing until after lunch as I had to finish writing and printing my workbooks for the workshop on the weekend. Then I had to take them to the printers to be bound.
Once I got around to sewing I had some super fun playing with the wedges yet again. I just love these rulers, they lend themselves to so much. How do you like the dogs below? aren’t they just a hoot! I can see the potential for a scrap quilt using this design. I can also see a good use for the novelty prints in my stash.
As I’m using the Dresden Plate ruler , I thought I should make a Dresden Plate, so here it is. I really like it, it could possibly be the beginning of a table-cloth or maybe a two colour quilt for next years’ exhibition. We’ll see.
I’ve spent the weekend putting finishing touches to the wedges I showed in my posts earlier this week. So far I’ve managed to quilt all 4 of the projects. I got up early this morning and put the binding on the table runner which is now complete. Here is a close of the quilting on the table runner.
And the finished table runner!
I used Superior So Fine thread for the quilting, with the Bottom Line in the bobbin and used a size 70/10 Superior Titanium Topstich needle. It was a pleasure to quilt these mini projects
Once I finished the table runner, I took the dog out for a walk and then home to put the binding on the Daisy Wheel!
Only 2 more wheels to bind and all my samples will be ready for the workshop.
I spent yesterday stitching out another 2 wedges, I really enjoy making these they are so much fun and come together very quickly.
Below is the Daisy Wheel Wedge. This wheel is made up of 20 wedges!
Whereas the Fancy Wheel below is made up of 16 wedges. I really loved making this as the outcome is always a lovely surprise. I was going to use the Stack and Whack technique, but found it saved no time so fussy cut the wedges.
And now onto the quilting!
I have always enjoyed working with wedge rulers as there are so many design options. In the late nineties and early twenties I used to teach classes using the 9 degree wedge ruler. Move on to 2012 and I am now updating this class using the Matilda’s Own Dresden Wedge rulers. They come 2 in a pack and are good value. One ruler will give you 20 wedges per circle, while the other will give you 16.
You are not limited to making Dresden Plates alone with these rulers. I have been working on a range of different designs for the workshop I will be conducting in Esperance next week.
As I have been stitching these designs, my mind has been flooded with several more designs, so I will be playing around over the next few days and hopefully get some posted.
Below is a picture of the Spinning Wheel design
Another design is the Fluted Wheel which has to be one of my favourites and so easy and quick to sew. I am going to make a table runner from these samples below.
I have 2 more designs on the go, a Daisy Wheel and Fancy Wheel which I hope to post in the next day or so. Then it will be onto the quilting!
Oh My! How I have neglected my blog over these last few weeks, particularly in the run up to QuiltWest. Now the show is over, I’m getting back on my feet again and playing catch up. Before the exhibition I was busy working on my quilts for the show along with many QuiltWest duties. One of my entries was a medallion which should have gone in the 2011 exhibition but never did get finished on time. The other started out as a sample for my Feathers and Fillers Workshop, but as I worked on it I thought I might as well enter it in the exhibition.This quilt is a wholecloth using black fabric
Below I have outlined the steps taken to get this quilt completed.
1. The quilt design is firstly chalked on the black fabric. I love Mariners’ Compass so drew the design up first in EQ7.
2. The quilt was then layered and pinned ready for quilting. The backing fabric was the same as the top. I used black cotton poly wadding.
3. I then quilted around all the chalked areas in black thread as I knew that the chalk was likely to rub off while quilting with all the handling.
4. I started stitching from the centre outward. The first thing I did was outline the sections and then filled them. I had so much fun stitching this quilt. The thread I used was Mettler Polysheen both through the needle and in the bobbin. I used a Superior size 70 titanium topstitch needle with excellent results.
The filler I used in the centre is pebbling for the blue threads. I used alternating designs for the lemons thread, I called these fillers pathway and mini circles.
Here is the finished quilt, I’m rather pleased with my new workshop sampler. At the moment I’m putting finishing touches to some new samples for the workshop I’m teaching in Esperance later this month. Hopefully I have a post showing some of these works in progress in the next day or so!
Finally, the little dog has got caught out again…cat napping, she knows she is not allowed on the bed!