Monday, January 22, 2018

Gary the golfer

Fox turned one at the end of the year so I made him a doll.

Gary has a garish golfer jumper, plus-fours, Argyle socks, a Titleist cap and a pair of classic golf shoes; two tone brouges with the flappy bit and spikes.

Pattern by Abby Glassenberg 

My Mum made him a little set of golf clubs, not for playing with, just to amuse the adults! They are made from thin dowel, fimo clay and insulating tape for the handles. 
And yes, that is zombie fabric in the background. My daughter ordered it from Spoonflower along with a pink brain pattern. She reupholstered an ottoman with it. It looks really pretty until you get up close. She also quilted the brain pattern so it's really nice to touch. Hmmm, brains...

Friday, January 27, 2017

I'm a granny

My lovely grandson was born on the 30th December.

This is a quilt that I've been planning to make since my daughter was 11. She designed this tessellating pattern at an after-school maths class. I have held on to her picture for all these years; moved countries, moved house several times, put all my belongings in storage twice and I lost it in the last move! So this is my version of her design as I remembered it.

His name is Fox so I had to use this fabric on the back.

Detail of the free motion quilting.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day 13 and 14, two views of a log cabin

Day 14

Day 15
Day 14, Inktense blocks and then quilted with a little applique house.
Day 15. Ok, this is a cheat but a very creative one. It's the same house but viewed for above. At last I'm getting the hang of doing these quickly!

Here is day 14 before quilting. Not a lot of planning went into this. Just quick scribbles.

Day 11, 12 and 13

I've decided that I'm going to make mini-series to speed up the process. These were all made with the same stencil.

Day 11
Day 12

Day 13
My stencil was a die-cut greeting card. Day 11 was made with glue and foil paper. Day 12 was made with an oil pastel. And then on day 13 I decided to go back to the glue idea since I liked that one and use gold leaf instead. My leaf is all different colours which looks like an explosion of fireworks, don't you think?

Stencil and metal leaf

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Playing catch up - Day 6, 7, 8 ,9 and 10

Day 6 Birdcage
 This day was a cheat. I thought using a commercial fabric and a very loose interpretation of "house" would give me an easy day. All I had to do was embroider the birdcage! It still took me ages.
Day 7 - Farmyard
 Another cheat. I stuck to machine embroidery this time and it was quicker.
Day 8 - Tiny house
 Tiny house because there's not mushroom inside. Haha. This was a rubbing of a drawing I made on cardboard using hot glue. Imagine a whole village of them!
Day 9 - Foamy house
 This is made by stitching thin foam sheets on to the quilt. I had to handcrank most of it!
Day 10 - Tea bag house
At last, a nice simple house. Took a couple of tea bags and did rubbings of wax crayon on floral net and sequin waste and stitched to the background.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Day 5

Quilting with black thread seems to have become a theme. It wasn't intentional but I'll go with it for now.

I decided to use some fabric I created in a surface design class I ran. The roofs are made from a commercial fabric but all the little houses are made from the fabric on the left below. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Day 3 and 4


Beach hut
Day 3, I finally managed to see the news and Amatrice was on my mind.

I'm trying to do these mini quilts with the minimum of sketching and editing. I'm finding it difficult to quieten that critical voice in my head and just accept what I produce. It's an interesting process.