Monday, December 13, 2010

Finished at last!

The workshop with Brenda Miller was a great success! Our table toppers turned out beautifully and we all had a great time. Brenda is a great teacher and I would love to work with her again,very helpful.
I hadn't realized that I had posted so long ago, but computer problems have also caused havoc and I have only been able to get back on line recently. It was very hard not to be able to communicate with the World but now I am back and looking forward to writing and posting photos of my work.
I have also finished my City &Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Course and await to see what they think of the work I have done. I will write a separate entry on that subject.
I am now looking forward to getting on with other projects

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Assessment on the go!

Well, what a busy week it was! Seemed to be a lot going on and then there was a quilting retreat at the weekend. We took over a couple of Cottages on the shores of Lake Huron and had a great time! Lots of great food and work being done. It was great to see what the others were working on, there were 8 of us, and some lovely quilts being made. I took my Final assessment piece for the City and Guilds and got quite a bit done, so feel I am achieving something! Lots more to do yet, but hope to get back at it tomorrow with a clear day doing nothing but sewing.

This weekend sees  a workshop being held in Port Franks. It will be quite exciting and we are all looking forward to seeing what we will achieve through it. The pattern is Highland Fling from "Among Brenda's Quilts", and features a bias trim so should be an interesting day, looking forward to doing something a little different. I don't make much in the way of traditional Quilts, preferring to work on the Art side, just seeing where my imagination takes me, or working on painting fabric and designing.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Well, another busy week. This week saw the new year for the North Lambton Quilters Guild, with lots of new projects in the coming year for the programme. Luckily, I don't have to decide what to do! I am going to be teaching next month though. It is a teaching guild and there are always new things to learn, I am going to be doing a very short programme on Creativity, how to kick those brain cells out of the box! It should be fun and I am looking forward to it very much.
Thursday saw the start of the Embroiderers guild year, another great place to be with lots of su[[ort with my City and Guilds.
Speaking of which, I actually did manage to sit down and do some Hand quilting on it the other day, I am very pleased with the look of the piece, and am excited about being able to move forward with it. Hopefully will have some time this week to do some more, I am going away this coming weekend to a friends cottage for a mini retreat, there will be 7 of us in total, so should be a fun time!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

At last! I have been having treatment on my elbow for tendonitis and, finally, the pain is going away and I am almost able to get back to quilting full time. I have spent this week doing a bit of catching up and thoroughly enjoying myself! The hand quilting of my final assessment piece is going well and I will be doing more in the weeks to come.
Quilt Guild starts on Wednesday after summer recess and there is an exciting programme to look forward to, and, a mini retreat at a friend's cottage in October, which is a chance to stitch and relax with a bunch of friends, I have a couple of projects to take with me which I am really looking forward to getting finished.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

centre panel of assessment piece
I am doing the City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Course online. It has been put together by Linda and Laura Kemshall, it has been a very enjoyable experience and the support has been wonderful. I started the course in 2008 and am in the process of finishing my Final Assessment piece, It has been slowed down slightly by a bout of Tendonitis, but, as that has almost cleared up, I am now in the process of trying to finish it.
This is a throw for a Sofa, but will probably be hanging on a wall when I have finished as it is quite delicate. I had decided to use Silk to put this piece together, that has also been an experience! I had no idea how difficult it would be, but I am pleased that I have stuck with it and the end result will be lovely. I have used Shiva Paintstiks to paint the centre panel and am Hand Quilting it, something I have not done a lot of and is proving challenging!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Venture!

Well, here I am, on a new adventure by writing this!

I started Quilting 6 years ago, and have had a really interesting journey. Started by making traditional Quilts, and then discovered what my Husband referred to, as the "dark side", which would be Art Quilts. The path has been at first tentative, but is now in full flow and I am having fun and enjoying the process.

I will be posting photos of some of my work, but also this is about the City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting course, which I have been doing online, and have really enjoyed. I am in the process of working on my Final Assessment piece, so am almost to the end of a wonderful experience!