Ooh La La!

Happy Sunday everyone and a very warm welcome to my new followers 🙂

Here are some photos of my latest finish. This one was really quick to make and I had so much fun trying to be a bit more adventurous with my free motion quilting, probably because it turned out well first time 😉 I used another of my birthday gift Moda charm packs called Pom Pom de Paris plus some of my beloved Moda Bella Solids.

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The small dark squares are a rich burgundy colour. I wanted to create a bit of an accent, something to catch the eye. I think it works well and hope you do too 🙂

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I quilted in rows of cursive letter c’s. I did a quick practice piece before attempting the quilt and, to my surprise, it flowed quite easily.

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I used a linen coloured quilting thread for both the front and the back as I wanted the quilting to blend on the reverse and make it look quite luxurious. I’m not sure if you can see this from the photos but I think I managed to get the effect I wanted.

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I hope you are all finding time to craft in the middle of all your preparations (if you are celebrating this week). I’d like to get at least one more project finished before the end of the year. Time will tell 😀

In the meantime, here are a couple of wonderful ideas I found this week. Isn’t blogging wonderful for helping us to have so many things we want to try? We could never be bored!!

The first one shows an ingenious way to finish a cushion opening here

The second idea gives instructions for making a gorgeous origami gift bow here.

I will definitely be trying these myself in the near future 😀

Avis x

Just rip it!

Well, I’m not the most confident artist in the land but I had a go. What’s more, I had lots of fun at the workshop for this project. It is supposed to be a machine embroidered seascape but my machine only does straight and zig-zag stitches! I wish I’d taken photos of some of the others made with more modern machines.

The teacher kept saying “Just rip it!” when she found me carefully rotary cutting pieces of fabric :-). I’m so used to precision, that I wanted a neat and tidy picture which wasn’t her idea at all. I can fully understand what she meant but I couldn’t bear to tear the fabric (and I don’t like frayed edges but she insisted, that I included some).

My sister came along too :-). She made an African style sunset (again very neat and tidy) with lots of lovely orange, red and gold batiks. Some of her embroidery was done with gold and copper tone metallic threads.

Anyway, we enjoyed the day, met lots of clever artistic people and were secretly pleased with what we had acheived for a first try. I just need to buy a frame now. I think it will have a wide cream mount and pale wood, as if it was washed in the sea.

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