Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sue Spargo Instastitch

During the week I was looking for a new project to do at the Japanese Group
that I run at the shop. I wanted to do something using my collection of old
indigo fabrics that I have collected over many visits to Japan.

And I had an urge to do some Boro style work. I had scrolled through my 
magazines and books featuring Boro but nothing had grabbed me.
Then I remembered Sue Spargo's recent posts on her Instastitch project
 so went off on a  tangent to investigate.

And yes it will be perfect. She is offering free downloadable blocks each month
for twelve months and they are based loosely around a log 
cabin block - perfect for what I wanted.

And I can add my "Boro" patches to it and lots of 'wild' sashiko stitching.

This my first block all pieced and ready for the sashiko stitching.
I have decided that is it near impossible to get an accurate photo of these colours.
I have tried and tried to get it truer with no luck, so you will have to visualise it
in darker and duller blues. Sorry.

Note the holes in the old fabric - I will make them more of a feature with 
stitching - so watch this spot!

These are the three "Boro" hangings that I had in the Auckland Quiltmakers 
Show a few weeks ago.

In Japan, mended and patched textiles are referred to as "Boro". 
Boro fabric dates from the 1800s. Traditional indigo dyed cotton was a 
popular everyday textile at this time. It came in a huge range of shades depending mostly on how long it had been left in the indigo dyeing vat.

Times were tough in rural Japan at this time but still the women managed 
to create was is now widely recognised as a stunning art form
which includes patching and sashiko stitching.

Thanks Sue for inspiring me again.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Indigo Vases Finished

I had finished my "Indigo Vases" piece made in Sue Spargo's class last year
 so was able to enter it into The Auckland Quiltmakers Show last weekend.

It has been great fun to make.
It was totally different from what I usually stitch.

I learn so many new embellishing techniques with so many different threads.

It was also a great opportunity to use little treasures that I had collected 
in Japan over several visits.

Sue's ruching thread was used for the stem and the flowers below.
We have some of this in stock. It is so easy to use - just ask when you are in next.

Wow this section was bright for me but it makes the whole piece sing.

Some background embellishing.

Off to Rotorua to set up for the Great NZ Quilt Show tomorrow. 
Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Auckland Quiltmakers Show

This weekend has seen me at the The Auckland Quiltmakers' Show for the weekend.
This year was our 20th Exhibition and as usaul it was amazing.
Our group contains talented quilters with a wide range of quilt styles.

This is the large 1880s quilt that I entered.
It is a copy of an antique quilt that I saw in Houston. 
It was part of Mary Koval's collection but the maker is unknown. 

I love the braveness of the original maker who just cut up her blue toile fabric.
It took a big breathe for me to make the first cut - it was so tempting to 'fussy'
cut the toile squares.

I also love the centre of pink and red four patches.

And the borders created with just  a change of fabric but not design.

And of course the Baptist an quilting done by Helen Harford.

Next weekend  I am off to the Great NZ Quilt Show in Rotorua.
It is on at eh Howard Morrison Centre on Friday through to Sunday.
Hopefully I will see some of your there.

It will be great if this event is a huge success and they repeat it
so we have a National Quilt Show of our own.
So do come and see us. 

If you come tell me you read about it on my Blog and receive a 
free fat quarter of your choice.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Mrs Holder Chocolate Round

Another round goes on to Mrs Holder's Quilt.
I am away in Queenstown with friends but there is still a little time for stitching.

There are four of us here - two quilters and two at a photography conference.
So life is pretty perfect - while the guys attend workshops and photo shoots the 
girls explore, shop and stitch!

The chocolate row got finished last night while we waited for the guys to return
and take us out to dinner.

I love the way this chocolate fabric is working - it is pulling
the pink from the centre in nicely.

Next comes two rows of caramel.

And from now on the rows get scrappier.
Mrs Holder in 1800s must have been running out of fabrics
or she had a very clever plan in mind.

So now it was time to dive into the stash and find scraps of caramel
fabrics to add to my shop supplied kit.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

April Breakfast Club Blocks

Last Saturday was Breakfast Club and these are the blocks we 
are making for April.

I do love the freshness of the Jen Kingwell fabrics.
As you an see I am using less of the black and white dotty fabric.
It was becoming a bit overpowering.
So I added in a white on white dotty fabric as well.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

My Mrs Holder Quilt Continues

With two finished quilts in two weeks life is good, so I can get back 
to work on my Mrs Holder Quilt more often. 

This is the latest finished project which we will have in kitset form very soon.

And this is Mrs Holder with the next round on.
The blue is quite strong but what comes further out will balance.

And closer up.

This is the fabric that comes next and I think it will balance the blue too.

My Mrs Holder stretched hexie quilt can now make more progress 
as I now only have four projects on the go!

And they are quite varied - they are:
Mrs Holder's Quilt in 1800s fabrics
My new Moda Applique Quilt
My Breakfast Club quilt in Modern fabrics
And my 1800s School Girl Sampler Cross Stitch

 A nice balance I think with no time frames.
So I can now choose what I am in the mood for working on.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Mrs Holder and a Finished Quilt

This has been  a good week for getting things finished.

My quilts for our Auckland Quiltmakers Exhibition on 30 April and 1 May at 
the Jubilee Building in Parnell are ready to go.
It always takes longer than you think to get binding, hanging sleeves 
and labels written and attached.

But they are done - I will post photos after the how although I have put up a
couple of tasters in previous blog posts.

This is my Carolina Lily quilt all finished, kits now need cutting and it will be 
ready to go at the shop. I  have had a group working on this quilt over the last term.
They have been coming in fortnightly on Fridays and most of them are close to finishing theirs too.

It measures just 30" square and is hand quilted. I used my favourite 
braid design in the borders.

I have rewarded the finishing by getting a bit more on Mrs Holder.
This certainly is my current addiction.

The strong blue ring has taken this quilt off in a different direction.
I think I like it!
It will look better once the next set of rings go on.
One of the things that first attracted me to this quilt was the dominant, 
darker rings that set this design apart.

One more finish to share with you soon.