Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Madness!!

This little beading project a custom beaded applique for a Christmas stocking that I have on my Etsy site.
Hopefully it will be done today along with all the other things that need to be done.
The weather has been bad for a couple of days and  today it is windy and snowing so it is a good day to stay in and get some sewing done!!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dear Jane update!

I have managed to get some of the Dear Jane blocks done this week.

 Week 19
Week 20

Happy Quilting :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Design Wall Tuesday!!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!!

It has been a while but I am finally getting organized.
This is the project that I currently have on my design wall.  It is a new pattern that I am working on and it should be ready to put in my etsy shop soon. 


I have also started working on my Dear Jane blocks again.  I will be posting some photographs this week.

Happy Tuesday!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fashion and Textiles at the V & A

The fashion gallery is probably the most popular gallery at the V&A.  It has a collection of clothing from the last 300 years from famous designers and not so famous ones also.  Some of the clothing is made from fabulous hand embroidered fabrics and some are quilted and "sculptured" pieces.  This time they also have a gallery of costumes from plays in the city.
So lets get started:
This piece is a quilted outfit that was worn under the suites of armour.  We thought upcycling was new - these outfits were made from old quilted bedcovers.  The quilting is quite intricate and it was all done by hand.
There are many embroidered textiles in the collection some are sashes worn by knights and some are hand embroidered yardage made into clothing.

The ladies jacket is hand embroidered with a silver thread couched in a meandering pattern on the surface of the fabric it also has silver spangles (17th century version of a sequin) stitched on it.

This is a man's waist coat.  Even men got there clothing hand embroidered.
This gown is called the Origami gown.  It was designed in 2009 by the Korean designer Lie Sang-Bong and is a reinterpretation of a traditional Korean wrapping cloth.  It is made of organza and we counted 17 layers of fabric.  It is stunning!! Sorry about the photo's it was in a glass case and the reflection caused some problems with the photos. 
The new gallery with the costumes was fun.  It had an interactive area where kids and adults could dress up in costumes take photos - there were a few families enjoying getting dressed while we were there.  For me the intricate costumes were the most interesting part.  Unfortunately I forgot to get down what plays these costumes were from but I am sure you will like seeing them anyway.
Designed by Bruno Sandini in 1977 - "fairy queen" from the opera Oilanthe.
This is a rhino costume it has two people in it with bicycle chains to make the tail and the head move - up close it has the texture and colour of a real rhino (not that I have been that close to a real rhino lately).
This one was called "full" English breakfast.  I don't know what show it was from but it was worn by Dame Edna and it is hilarious.
Time for bed - I will post some more tomorrow. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Victoria and Albert Museum

Today we visited the V & A museum of art and design.  It is the second time I have been there but I still haven't seen everything.  The museum is in an incredible building with some beautiful mosaic floors
   and painted ceilings.  All of these are great inspiration for quilt patterns.
To me the building is as impressive as what is housed in it.  In the main entrance is an amazing glass chandelier that could be called an art installation as well. It looks a little like medusa!!

The V & A has always been known for its collections of textiles, tapestries and fashion but it also has an art and design reference library, an glass and architecture gallery, sculpture, photography, medieval, Asian, Ecclesiatical art, costume and  jewelry galleries as well a a beautiful courtyard with paddling pool for the kids and a place to have lunch.
Tomorrow I will post some photos from the fashion and textile galleries.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

London Calling!!

Just arrived in London UK.
We are here on a "working" vacation.  My family has archive (national archive and the royal geological society) work to do and I will be checking out quilt and bead shops as well as the London textile museum, royal school of needlework at Hampton Court Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Portabello market and the garment district as well as a trip to Wiltshire to see family and Stonehenge (finally) and the I will be shopping and  writing reviews and posting photos.
Hope everyone enjoys them.
Time for bed now (10:14 England time) we have been up for more than 24hours wearing the same cloths so a good night sleep will really help.
Off bright and early to the Victoria and Albert Museum tomorrow to check out the fashion,  tapestry, embroidery and textiles galleries.  Will be posting photos tomorrow. As always there will be photos of floors, doors and ceilings.  If you don't look up and down you will miss a lot of design ideas.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dear Jane update

Another two weeks of Dear Jane blocks are done.  I am still behind but am catching up slowly

Week 17

Week 18

Many weeks left to go!!!

Upcycle Thursday

Today I have found an idea to use up all those seams that get cut from jeans when making a denim quilt.  Instead of sending them to the landfill why not try this.

make coasters or hot mats from them!!! 
you can find the instructions at the link below

This morning I thought that I would try this.  So I pulled out a pair of jeans from my fabric pile and was just about to cut them up when I realized that there was nothing wrong with the jeans and they looked pretty new.  Oops!!  They were my dh jeans just waiting for a new button.  Oh well,  I will have to find some other jeans to use.

Another link that has great recycled denim ideas here .

Happy recycling!!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Dear Jane

Finally got back to doing some of the Dear Jane blocks.  We should be working on week 27 this week but we are falling a bit behind - Sometimes life just gets in the way!!

 week 15
week 16

Design wall Monday!

I have had these 4 squares on the wall for a couple of weeks and I will finally getting around to working on it this week.  It is one more of the quilts that I am making for birthdays this year.  It is made from the leftover shirt fabric from another quilt I finished in April.  It is an interesting "arrow" block that has a white space in the middle that would be great for a signatures.  It is quite simple to do but cutting old clothing is quite time consuming.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Upcycle Thursday!!

I was cruising around the internet the other day (ok most days) and I found this amazing wedding dress that was just up my recycling alley.  The dress is made of ......

This dress is made of plastic bread bag ties sewn onto a fabric backing.
You can read about the project here .

Have a great day recycling!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

UFO #3

I have finally got around to finishing another UFO.  This dresden plate quilt is done with english paper pieced plates appliqued to a background fabric.  It was put together in a quilt as you go method,which allowed the backing to be different colour blocks and then the binding added.  It is going to my mother-in-law for her birthday this weekend.

 block joining sashing
 close-up of dresden plate
back of quilt

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dear Jane Update

I am slowly catching up with our Dear Jane schedule.  I have just finished week 13 and week 14.

week 13
week 14
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dear Jane

Finished week 11 and week 12 Dear Jane blocks and am currently working on week 13.
week 11

week 12
Have a nice day!!


Friday, March 1, 2013

White Rabbits!!

Do you say "white rabbits" on the first of each month??  We do - it is supposed to bring good luck for the rest of the month.

I finished 2 projects this month.  The first is a client project.  A hand embroidered, monogrammed pillow.  Hope she likes it.

The next is UFO #2 for 2013. Yeah!!!

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

WIP(work in progress)

This is a my design wall right now.  I am working on 2 UFO's at the moment.
One is a celtic knot applique that I found while I was looking for something else - surprise!!!
The other is a penguin quilt that I have been working on for a while - it belongs to my daughter and I gave the the one finished block to her for her birthday with the promise of finishing it this year. Hopefully!!!

The two small blocks are needlepoint versions of some quilt blocks that I am experimenting with. 
Have a great day!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dear Jane Update

Week 10 done!!

Week 10
There were a couple of tricky ones in this group but I muddled through.  Hopefuly they will look ok when the whole quilt is put together.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dear Jane Update!!

I am falling behind on my Dear Jane blocks.  Finally finished week 9.

week 9
Have a great day!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Upcycle Thursday

Today I have more ideas for upcycled quilts.  I found this upcycled tie quilt that can be made as a memory quilt or you can get old ties at a thrift shop.  The string pieced quilt instructions can be found here .  The  diamond star english paper pieced quilt at darling adventures is also made of old ties.

Ties That Bind pattern by Due North Designs uses old ties in a "bow tie" pattern.

I have a basket of striped dress shirts from a friend who took early retirement from teaching high school (surprise) and have been wondering how to make them into a quilt.  I found this quilt idea there .  I think it looks great with the centres a solid fabric.  This will be one of my UFO projects for this year.  He has only been retired for 3 years - when did he expect to get the quilt - for a retirement present - yeah right!!!

Hope everyone has a great day and think about what you can make into a upcycled quilt.  Doesn't upcycled sound so much classier than recycled.  Recycled always reminds me of water bottles and tin cans. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

UFO #1 done

This weekend I managed to get the first in a long line of UFO's done.  It is a stack and whack quilt that I started at a workshop in October.  It will go to my father-in-law for a belated birthday (only two weeks late)gift.  It is a lap size and has fleece on the back. 
I also managed to get some of the Dear Jane blocks done.  I got week 7 minus the flag and week 8 done.  I am almost caught up.  These little blocks take a lot more time that I thought.

Week 7
Week 8


Hope everyone has a good day.
I'm off to shovel the driveway.