Thursday, 23 July 2015

Colour!

Some new fabric lines just call to us more than others. Imprint by Art Gallery Fabrics was one of those for me. I totally fell in love with it the first time I saw it. 

So you know I had to have it. 


The colours! Honest to God, I wish I knew how to design fabric and had a mind that worked like this. I'd be a genius! 


I've added in a few of the Oval Elements prints because I wanted slightly more of the warm colours. Other than that, this is a quilt in the making soon. Can not wait. 

Susan 


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

It's Been A While...

... Since I did an embroidery for whoop. 


Sarcastic quotes are my go to favourite subject. Silly to change that now.

Susan 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A Small Finish

A couple of days ago I finished something, and I forgot to tell you. Oh the mind, it is slipping. 

I have come to the distinct conclusion that the smaller the quilt the longer it takes me to finish it. But Sunday I set aside as the day to finally get my hexie mini done. I finished the hand stitching. Did some simple machine quilting on the low volume. Bound it and therefore this is my little ta-dah moment. 


The colour hexies rather remind me of a river winding its way across the monochrome background. I like the way this one turned out considering I had neither a plan or a direction to head in when I started piecing the rainbow hexies. It just sort of developed on its own. 

The little bits of embroidery were fun to do too. I tried to use as many different stitches as possible to keep it interesting. And it has rather made me want to start a hoop again. 


Maybe I'm due to stitch another sarcasm hoop. I'll have to go have a look at the quotes I've got put aside for future use. I'm sure there is something suitably sarcastic amongst them. 

Susan 



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

My Mojo Might Be Back

I started cutting for my next commission project today. I'm using this big old stack of Essex linen.


Oh my lord, I am loving these linens. The pure joy of starting to piece such fun colours with such a tactile texture is what might have flicked the switch to get me sewing again. Because today I was smiling at my machine, happy as Larry. It felt good. 

Susan

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Saturday

I think many of you know as many us of Brit Bees who could possibly attend Terri's memorial service on Saturday did so. Terri was the glue that brought us all together. If you never had the privilege of meeting her then it's hard to describe the incredibly magnetic, unique person she was. While tears were shed it was not a sad day. Most memories of Terri fill people with smiles and laughter. She was remembered the way she would want to be. 

It felt good to attend and share in the service. 

But, despite the service being the reason for our Brit Bee gathering, we took the time to exchange the medallion quilt tops that we have been doing a round robin on for the best part of two years it seems. Those who could not be in Sevenoaks had their quilt tops sent to them and opened them at the same time as we did.

I love how these quilts are made to the same pattern, with some permutations. We all made our own centres so those are unique to each of our quilt tops. Then, depending on the small variances in pattern and the fabric choices, the individualty of each quilt grew. 

So without further ado here are the other ten quilt tops. (You've seen mine and one bee member has failed to post photos of hers.) 

Hadley's -


Trudi's -


Jo's -


Ceri's - (my personal favourite; I love them all but the impact of this one does it for me)


Sarah's - 


Fiona's - 


Di's -


Katy's - 


Jude's -


Laura Jane's -


I would call that one very successful round in our bee. We are currently dreaming up what to do next time. Stay tuned to see if we've figured it out by the end of the summer. 

Oops, Sarah just pointed out I didn't put a big photo of mine up. Silly me. Sorry! 



Susan