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Fabrics I may add to the Tournesol quilt.


hand pieced stars = 4.
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...my nest is best! Am returned from spending a few days at home, unexpectedly, and everything has gone well. Source is always so good to me! Am grateful for it.

My geraniums have 5 big, beautiful flower heads glowing in this morning's sun--pompoms, no?


Here are another 6 'flowers' ready for the Quilts Japan project I'm calling Tournesol b/c I have no Japanese and have no idea what they call it. :-) I spoke of it here

Oh. And a star. But that's for something else. ;-)

The quilting and design on the Free Spirit top is not forgotten, only 'percolating'. (Thanks to Be*mused for that great word--fits so well, no?) À bi!

Pushing on

Jul. 8th, 2011 10:43 am
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As you see, I decided to push on with a couple projects. On the left is the Free Spirit top basted and ready for hand quilting. Previously, I used those curved quilter's pins but disliked them. They make big holes in the fabric and you have to 'twiddle' over with a needle tip to close up, as well as holes in your finger tips trying to close the *!>?* things! Also, they snag the quilting thread leik woah. Yesterday, through blog-hopping, I had one of those Oh--helvete! moments. Why *pin* when I can thread baste the way tailors do--herringbone stitch! Why I did not remember this?! This technique should also allow me to hand quilt sans hoop. I confess, I can not get on with a hoop.

The baby quilt I spoke of was a big hit and I was asked to make a second, similar one. (And even offered money!) There it is being prepped for reverse applique. The first one (which I realise I made and sent so quickly I have no photos of it. Faen.), I made as outlined in Quilt mania Nr 66; that is to say, as square blocks. Rather than repeat that exactly, I went for a freer setting--plop the stars onto a cut of yardage marked up to size and reverse applique them in.

Ah ça, time's up--back to it. :-)
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Last eve, I found, and started reading Be*mused's blog, only, please do not ask me how I stumbled across her, b/c I could not remember! (through Flickr?? Something to do with Tokyo quilt exhibition??) I am very much enjoying her posts, and glad to see another quilter who openly admits to having projects 'off and on the back burner, percolating', as she expresses it. Percolating. I like that word. So expressive, no? :-) In future, I say my 'stuck' projects are 'percolating'! Thanks for that, Jan, (if I may call you that) So far, I'm at Oct 2009. It is so fascinating to me to read.

Also, she linked to Keiko Goke's blog and I've been looking back through that too. I say *looking* b/c, although there is Google translate, it is nonsensical. Nothing makes sense. Do you find this? It happens sometimes with Béa's blog, which is French. I have next-to-no French, as I've said before, but I try, and then fall about laughing at what Google translate occasionally makes of it. Ah ça! as manman (grannie) frequently exclaims. :-)

Finally, I finished piecing in the borders on this,

and have been thinking it needed something else. It is looking a tad spare. The more I look at it, on the floor beside me, the more I think so. What to add...? First thought was embroidery. Bees were suggested to me by S. Good thought, as the blocks remind me of icicle plant flowers.

Then, looking through my Quilts Japan magazines, I think 'dragonflies'. And then waterlily blossom--if only the ground had been blue instead of white--koi! Hmm, rein that back in. Ground is white-on-white. Work with what you have, H. So, bees. (and oblique Eddie Izzard reference. ^_^)

Or percolate some more, perhaps? :-)

Butterflies

Jul. 5th, 2011 09:59 am
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While on the train y/day, I stitched these into pairs; the hand equivalent of chain piecing. It was suggested to me that they look like butterflies.


Now they want centres, and then they look like this



This is the Quilts Japan version I emulate. (good word, that, emulate, no? *g*)
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This one. Nr 74. I mentioned it back here. Now I've had time to read it through, I come to share ideas and thoughts about it.

more, with photos of pages in the magazine )
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I treated myself to this, b/c I haven't seen a copy 'in the flesh' before, and it looked full of interest. It is.


more, with photos of things in progress )
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~b/c i forgot to upload the photo when I spoke of it the other day.


Not the best photos but you get the idea. The heart is based on the elongated ones you sometimes see in Arts & Crafts style. Made from scraps of quilter's calico. The front had red heart-shaped buttons stitched to it to create a heart-shaped centre panel. The back is hand stiched with single strand of embroidery floss. The design is the same allover hearts I quilted on 'Spring Sanctuary', only reduced in scale. I liked it stitched but thought it might look more obvious with a little colour. Out came the versacraft ink pads and a fine brush.

Stuffed with dried lavendar, a red ribbon to hang it, and a couple beads on the point to finish. Smells wonderful!
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... is hoping I do some more today.



Also, you notice I have clover ring thread cutter and ring thimble. Can not believe how much quicker hand piecing goes with these little pieces of delight. Small reasons 2b cheerful, no? :- )

And there's more

Succumbed

Jun. 21st, 2011 09:35 am
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I did, and bought some Japanese taupe FQs by Lecien. Mostly I see them around on other blogs, and it was only when I got curious and went looking in the online quilt shops I frequent, that I discovered, i) how few actually keep them, and ii) that they are more expensive than most everything else.



I'd had my eye on these, at Quilter's Cloth since I had the email from them about the 'just in' fabrics. Yoko Saito's 'Centenary' collection. I kept opening the page to see if they'd all gone yet (the way the Oasis mud FQ bundle was snapped up) and saturday, I succumbed. There was a neat pink package waiting when I got in from work last night.



The print with the little pink heart on--*points up*. That's my favourite, mostly b/c I have ideas how to use it. The others, not so much. :- ) Give me time. I'm new to this taupe thing.

Lately...

Jun. 17th, 2011 11:53 am
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...am more about the doing than the blogging of it.



Current progress on one hand piecing project.
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Because I can not work on only 1 project, apparently


The drawn plan that seemed such a good idea at the time, for sticking chips onto, the easier to work out the color gradation, turned out not to be. The pieces are too small to accurately assess color/tone/hue/ when each block will finish 4". Am back to working gradations by eye and B/W setting on camera; slow progress is s l o w.
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4 more blocks to make and hand piecing can commence.


Seeing the layout at this scale, it reminds me of icicle plant flowers. That was how I knew them as small child. Every summer, papa would plant them around our small pool. Still I remember the green smell, and how the flowers would only open in the sun.
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Actually, it has been finished a couple days, but in the excitement, :-), I forgot to share! *g* So, with temps in mid 20s, (and last thing required is scarf!) here it is.


Made mostly during train journeys, the body is a simple mesh. I felt it needed something more, and found teeny tiny hearts on Attic24's blog. Many thanks to Lucy for sharing!


Hearty goodness. Having recently had crochet *click* in my head in a way my fingers could translate, I needed pictures as well as instruction, and Lucy provided both. I made a bit of a horlicks of the first couple, but 'you won't see it off a number 3', so am contente with end result.

For the curious, my scarf is composed of 1 ball of James C Brett's 'Ripple' in shade H4. (Considering this yarn is 55% wool, and wool makes me rash leik woah, I am considerably surprised skin on hands did not react during the crochet process. Curious but contente. :- )
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Sets of 4 peaky-and-spike blocks, big and small.

more stars

May. 24th, 2011 10:33 am
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Almost complete.


I try for small stitches when I hand piece.
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... hearts trimming a scarf.



Teeny Tiny Hearts by Attic24 J'adore! Thank you, Lucy, for sharing!

More creative spaces.

Hooky

May. 14th, 2011 10:34 am
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Too much wordy posts the last couple days, so today, mostly photo updates.

I am more about the hooky at the moment.

Progress on the african flower/paperweight granny bag to Mia's pattern. Perle 5 coton. Wish I could show the colors accurately.

(there is thrush singing in a tree opposite. Beautiful.)


Easy project for train journeys. Simple mesh pattern from...

...this book.

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