Long Overdue Catch up

Long Overdue Catch up

Well its been a while since I have blogged, so this is a catch up. 

I was asked by the IQA to donate a small quilt for their annual charity auction, in the past I have been to busy with homeschooling my boys to be able to contribute, but this year I am free from that commitment with the youngest now in tertiary education. I wanted to make something bright and modern, so I found a photo of cherries by Lee Pierce and with permission, went on to make this quilt 

So if you are going to be at the Houston show this year, please stop by and bid on a quilt. IQA is a non profit organisation, and does a really great job of promoting our art form.

I am in love with silk at the moment, and with whole cloth quilts. The Marlborough Quilters exhibition is going to be held in November this year so I thought I would make a silk whole cloth for the show. I am really pleased with how it turned out. It's my first foray into using both silk and coloured thread to alter the feel of the quilt. I really enjoyed the brick work fill behind the roses, although using metalic thread is a challange !! I used Radience cotton silk blend fabric both front and back,  I think I feel confident to use 100% silk in the future. 

After owning my Handiquilter Avante for 11 months I finally feel I am getting the hang of this Long Arm thing. I really didn't think I was going to at the beginning, but it does just take practice after all.

I have called it "Dublin Bay" after the beautiful red climbing rose of that name.

I am working on a large "portrait" quilt at the same time, but that will have to wait for another post.

thanks for reading Cool

Posted: Monday 14 September 2015