Thursday, 28 August 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses Last for August

This week saw the last of group meetings for August.

These are Annette's stunning modern version of Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses.


These are two I have made this week.


I decided that I needed to use this centre fabric again as it is quite dominant
in the quilt. I think I need to use it three times to make sure the quilt is balanced.


This was a layout that I wasn't sure I liked but I decided to do as Lucy Boston had
and now I think it is ok. I will need to do three of these too I think.


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Liberated Quiltmaking on Coromandel

These are some of the results of my Liberated Quiltmaking Class in Coromandel 
last week. The ladies all made small sample pieces to learn the technique.
Some were finished as pieces, others were to be made into cushions or Little 
Quilts for the hospital.


A finish - love that combination of chunky and machine quilting.


A table runner


To be a cushion to go with a stunning modern quilt



A jewel complete with pins as she has just started quilting.
I love the texture that the quilting is adding.
These little quilts certainly came alive when the quilting dimension was added.


A Neo-Natal Quilt with a top border to go - stunning and modern.



A wonky Log Cabin

Now for some sights of Cormandel Township - I just couldn't resist stopping for a photo 
or two - I love the old buildings that are so loved.




The view from our host's kitchen window out over Wyuna Bay


Thank you Coromandel Patchworkers Group - what a lovely day we had piecing these.

In the afternoon we moved onto curved piecing like this cushion of mine.




Patchwork of the Crosses Progress

This week I have added six blocks onto my quilt - I now have three rows made with 
seven blocks each and that is now the width I need to fit on our double bed.
It means I have a block hanging over  the edge which shows off the blocks nicely 
when you walk into the room.



Now I just need more rows - another three or four.
And she agrees - or maybe she doesn't with that look!


She certainly has an extra sense for cameras - so often she appears from nowhere
and gets in the way - just like this!!!

This is the latest block to be added to the collection.


Last week Cindy and I were down in Coromandel teaching - we had such a lovely time
with the Quilters and the Embroiderers groups.

Because we both had our Patchwork of the Crosses with us to work on in 
the evenings Jill, our host was soon converted too. These are her first blocks tacked 
up ready to whip stitch together. We had such fun one night playing with fabrics in 
her stash and our box of 1800s fabrics to create these.





Back soon with photos from my class in Coromandel.







Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses Group Meeting

Last week was our monthly Thursday Patchwork of the Crosses meeting
and there was lots to Show and Tell.

This is my latest block.


Don't you love Fay's stack of blocks. She chose her filler squares at group
so she can start joining them up.


A stunner block.


A couple of favourites with a subtle filler square fabric.



More favourites from a collection with rusty red squares.


A collection.


Another collection


This group is doing so well.
Are we addicted or obsessed!!!

And today our copies of Diane Boston's book
"The Patchworks of Lucy Boston" arrived and we have decided what next 
year's Lucy Boston project will be - can you believe it.


Another of Lucy's stunning English paper Pieced quilts.
Cindy and I feel a taupe version of the new design coming on!!!!
So the pressure is seriously on to get this one finished.







Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Weekend of Sewing Boro and POTC

The group I belong to had a Retreat last weekend and it was wonderful - three days
of sewing with all meals provided in a stunning venue with a great 
group of talented quilters.

We arrived at about 2.00pm Friday afternoon and packed up to come
home at 3.00pm Monday. What a gem of a weekend - we all got so much sewing done.

I completed another Patchwork of the Crosses to add to my collection.


And this one is almost done - just the cream row to add.


Then I started on a Boro project - I wanted to make three 
90cm by 45cm wallhangings. But as usual with a new project things
changed a little. It stayed as three pieces but the two on each side became narrower.


This is the first central panel - sorry about the pins - work in progress.
All these fabrics are old and recycled from Japan.

Most are indigo but the tan coloured fabrics have been dyed with persimmon
juice instead of indigo.



The pieces have been patched onto a background of old indigo - some are raw edge but others have the edge hems pressed under.



All have wild sashiko stitching securing them to the background and there is lots
and lots more sashiko stitching to come.


The piece above had a hole in so I put a piece of persimmon dyed fabric
behind it and accentuated it with stitching.


This was a piece that bought in Japan and it was already patched and stitched
and begging to be included in something 'new'.

More "Boro" posts to follow - see you soon.



Sunday, 27 July 2014

Boro Journal Cover

Over the last couple of weeks I have been attending a Journal Making class with
Gaylene. She is a new tutor for us at the shop.

Her first Journal Class for us was to create a Japanese Boro Style Journal Cover.

Boro translates as rags. The Boro technique was used in harder times in Japan
when new indigo fabric was out of the reach of many people. This meant that 
clothes and bedcovers had to be patched and re-patched to keep the family in warm 
clothing and bedding is Japan's rural far north.



This is a piece of actual Boro that I purchased in the Flea Markets of Japan.



Now to the front of my Journal cover - part of which came of that original piece of Boro 
fabric above. My cover is all made with old indigo that I have collected from various
trips to Japan.


This is the back with a 'mon' - family crest added. The crest actually came from a new 
piece of fabric that we used to have in stock at the shop.


And the inside flap with a pocket for a book mark - perhaps I now need a Boro bookmark.
The green fabric is dyed in the same process as the old indigo, but has gardenia seeds
added tot eh indigo dye vat which turns the fabric from blue to green.
I love the effect of the old piece of green added to the indigo.

Most of my pieces are raw edged but you do find patches with edges turned under in 
the original Boro pieces. The patches are 'wild' sashiko stitched in place.
This means that the sashiko stitching is not even as it would have been
traditionally.






Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Grape POTC Block

I had a lovely long weekend in Wellington where I got my latest block surrounded 
by the cream fabric.

I love the centre piece of fabric and it worked so well.





And it is so good knowing that now every block is surrounded by the cream fabric 
as it gets made.

Now I am working on a row at a time - this is taking a bit more planning than just 
making blocks as the urge takes, but I guess fabric choices have to be based 
on something so why not what is needed in this current row.

Off now to plan some new combinations.