Monday, August 30, 2010
We had a chat about possible quilting patterns and ideas, but as I said, she is looking for variations so isn't giving too much guidance. I did say I would pick threads close to the fabrics but a shade or two off. That's fine until you get to the border fabric. The first two threads I picked a possibilities are the two to the right. The quilt is fairly subdued tones so I thought a slightly greyed colour might work. I tried the brown(ish) one because the quilt had a lot of brown in it and the green because Susan had mentioned the green in the border when we were talking. I don't like either of them on the quilt they both look too bright to me. I was still thinking about green, the pattern I am putting in the border is of plants they are green, and the border fabric has bright greens in it. The second from the left was the best green I came up with. Darker greens tended to look very blue on this fabric and that was right out. I quite like the lime green varigated but it is loud. It woulkd make for some real 'look at me' quilting. That's fine in the right place. Is a pattern I've just invented on a subtle quilt it? No, I didn't think so either.
I actually gave up on the border thread for a while and selected the threads for the rest of the quilt. In the process I spotted the leftmost thread. For me it is the perfect combination of bright visable and subtle. It will show enough but not overwhelm the quilt and it picks up the autumnal feel of the quilt. I have my winner. This process is pretty much what I go through for every quilt. I often end up with a long row of possible threads and spend quite a while picking the right balance for th quilt. Sometimes I get lucky and there is either an obvious choice or it's not too critical, but more often it's a matter of trying out lots. The worst part is even having laid the thread on the quilt like this you sometimes get surprises. I had one where two of us had done this and come to, what we thought, was a good answer. I started quilting and after about 5 minutes was certain we were wrong, the thread looked horrible. I had to unpick and try again. Fortunately I did better the second time. Yes, I have started the quilting, and this time the thread does work.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The dress was designed by a new designer, Sarah Poulter who has just started her own bridal business based in Leicester. It is actually a rag rug, yes really, that has been very cleverly crafted to make this wonderful dress. She has liked it in duchess satin so you can't feel the hessian backing to the rug work. It's a good article with lovely pictures (there is a hat to go with the dress) but for me the instructions for making the dress are really the icing on the cake. Am I likely to make one? No, but I love knowing how it's done and it's given me some ideas for using the stiffness of quilting effectively in garments. Usually I would say quilting detracts from a garment but Sarah had taken something even more stiff and made something wonderful from it. Very inspiring work and I hope she will have a lot of success in the future.
The models in these pictures are Bex(dress) and Lucy(jacket) also with the same school. They kindly trained us in how to walk on the catwalk before the show, but still put us to shame with their performance. You really can tell how at home they were even from the still photographs. They were great to work with and kindly didn't point out our lack of skill.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Yesterday I spent chasing down entires for other quilt shows and trying to get everything ready. I have been quite bad at putting lables on quilts recently and for US show I have to do it and do it right. 'Nude with Rope' Does already have her label but 'Greek Fossils' wich is heading to Innovatuions with her doesn't so I need to sort that out ASAP. My dress is also up for consideration for a juried show, so I figure I will put it's labels on while I am doing labels on the off chance it manages to get in somewhere. I also printed out the forms for Veldhoven, it must be a good show as it has now been recommended to me several times. I missed entering this year because of the amount of work I was doing. I won't make the same mistake again (I don't want to incur the wrath of certain parties).
If you do know of any good quilt shows I should be looking to enter please do let me know. I've heard a rumour of one in Norway, which I would love to be true. I belive there are a few in Europe, although one of the French ones had terms I can't sign to and I can't remember which it is. Are there any open shows in Canada or Australia? I am determined this is my year to push out to other countries, so feel free to give me a kick up the backside to enter your favourite shows.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was just saying to Tet that I thougth I had found my quilt of the show (an art quilt of buildings in blacks and greys) when I came round a corner and saw this one. It stopped me dead and I knew this really was the quilt for me. I didn't have a show guide so I couldn't look it up, but I had to know more. Fortunately there was a lady very close by who had a guide, so I asked her to look it up. She declined, it was her quilt. How cool is that. The quilt is called "A future and a hope" by Lynne Quinn. I love it. I like the movement and I like the quilting on it. We took a lot of pictures of this one.
This is the quilt I had thought was going to be my quilt of the show, and I still love it. I was unsurprised to find it was made by a Russian, I do like Russian quilts. This one is by Irina Voronina and is called 'White Night'
Monday, August 23, 2010
I'd also like to thank all the people who have helped me get through the show. Those who have provided practical help and moral support. I don't think I could have done it without you.
I did very well with my spending this year. I only made one unplanned purchase, Helen Deighans braiding book and braid plate. I love making cords and some of her flat braids were lovely and I think will be more useful than the cords. Certainly I've had fun with it so far.
In the planned shopping I visited Heide Stoll Weber. She dyed the fabric I used for Greek Fossils. I am now looking for bigger pieces of cloth to make bigger but similar quilts. She is a star and it taking on the task. I can't wait to see what she comes up with.
I also went to see Starr Designs. This is the company who sold me the kit for Holiday Starrfire last year. I have a plan to make a double wedding ring quilt with their fabrics so again I needed to special order yardage. It is a lot easier to select fabrics when oyou are face to face, but now I understand how they refer to the different colours I think it will be easier in the future. My next simple quilt project will be another of their kits, the new one, Wild goose chase. Being me, I don't want a small quilt, so I had to buy more than one kit, but I think it will also mean I can make myself more quilting space. I'm really looking forward to having a play with the design. I think it will come out looking very similar but with a bit more quilting area and a lot larger. I enjoy their klits because they let me relax. The kits wortk and the fabric is lovely.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I've had to call it quits for tonight because all my hammers have gone into hiding again. I swear one day I am going to buy a crate each of claw hammers and club hammers, there can only be so many a house can eat. Anyway I will go and enjoy an abnormally large amount of sleep, night night.
Monday, August 16, 2010
After a quick trip into town for dinner we got set up for the evening talk. That should have been pretty simple but the hall had overbooked and someone else was using it during our set up time. We had been assured this wouldn't be an issue, they would only be using one half of the hall....wrong! So already running late we finally decided to ask if we could set up while they finished what they were doing. It did bring in some new features of setting up a talk. Communication with hand signals doe swork when you are dealing with people on the same wavelength but having to have a spotter was a new one on me. You see the group who were in the hall were sparing martial artists. Not ideal for putting up quilt stands but they were careful, we were careful and it all worked.
The talk went down well. I managed to borrow not one but two men to help hold up my quilts and the audience seemed pleased. I got a surprising number of new and sensible questions. Also several people could see Dawn and Dusk as looking quite Macintosh, I had thought I was the only one who saw it that way and it was nice to be proved wrong.
From there we moved on to the pub. One of the shop owners lives right next door to a lovely old pub complete with cats (her's but they like the putb too). After showing the regulars my postcards I went and fetched Nude with Rope, and we displayed her. Wow! What a response. I couldn't believe how enthusiastic people were. Bear in mind these weren't quilters just ordinary people out for a drink on a Friday night, but they got it, and loved it. It has inspired me to try and find a way to get my quilts in front of more people. I don't know how but I really want to do it.
Saturday I was back at the shop for another workshop, Autumn Leaves. I had one of my beginners from the Friday an experienced art quilter and a teacher looking for ideas for her students. This wide range of requirements lead to me changing the format a bit but I think it worked well. I came up with a new smaller design for the beginner who demonstrated the leaves for the others, and tried decorative machine stitches for her quilting. The teacher left with a variation on the class which I think will work well with children or any group, and the experienced quilter nailed my technique for binding. I hope they will have all found the day really useful.
|Fabrications Issue 67|
When I got home I found my copy of Fabrications Magazine had arrived. Cool, something to read. However even cooler is the little picture of Phoenix Rising on the cover. Better still there are two more pictures of it inside along with Herd Mentality (currently in the US at the World Quilt Shows) Bad Rain and Daughter. Isn't that just a great way to round out the weekend? Well no, I finished the parts for my daywear for the International Evening and got it together as well. I think that counts as a productive couple of days right?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Take a look at their video, see if you think you might like to give these guys a hand. It's a great idea, and if some good can come out of the mess the creators find themselves in that would be great.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Linzi, the APQS rep sent my problem to the US and got a very prompt reply. I didn't have much hope for their solution, as it was to do something that normally my machine wouldn't want but I tried it. It worked. So thanks all round to APQS support as right now I am way to stressed to think straight. Now if my machine could just make up it's mind about anything......
Monday, August 09, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
The items for the fantasy category and coming along well too. I've got a base layer that works and a lot og the quilting done. There is going to be a lot of binding to do though, and I srtill need to test the fastenings. I'm sure I have some buckles somewhere which I need to find too.
I've got everything ready for the other categories I just have to get the work done. I feel so much more inclined to work on this now I've got at least one thing I can thing I can really see. I hope I will be able to find other shows to put this stuff in and in some cases other places to wear them.