Archive for February, 2013

Slow progress the last two weeks – visitors and outings! Here is the next piece.


Tomorrow is the first meeting of the Contemporary Quilt West group which I have been setting up. We will be making the decisions about what our vision is and how the group will run and what we will do. All a bit scary but very exciting.

Must keep stitching.

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iPad Course


Playing with WordType today – a photo of one of my pages overtyped with words.

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Pieces of Crow 1

This is a better picture of the piece. No idea where the thin blue on the left came from.

The stitch quality is not good enough. Did it on the Juki and it is still snatching. I used the walking foot so the quilting isn’t as tight as I like. I don’t seem to be able to get the spacing as tight as I can with the patchwork foot on the Juki.

The lowest white piece doesn’t look so out of place. It might have been better if I had stitched the lower vertical lines in a curve defined by the left black piece.

I am reasonably happy with the design of the top. The size is much better too, 33 by 22 inches. The next piece I will stitch as I have in the past, following each piece, rather than using stitch lines over a number of pieces.

On to the next piece.

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Pieces of Crow 1 is a better size.

Here is a picture of work in progress, it looks very waffled and messy:


The design has ended up somewhat different to my usual shard piecing as I have deliberately made the pieces bigger. Is it the direction I want to go in – I am not sure yet. I need to do a heavy critic on the design elements of this piece – is the balance right, does your eye move round the piece and so on. I am not happy about the heavy white piece across the bottom. It probably should have been narrower. However, it does add variety.

Here it is complete, in a very yellow light:


I will be glad to start adding a third colour as it is quite difficult working with only two colours. So the next decision is – one more black and white or start adding colour. I had planned four black and white pieces!

Food for thought.

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It has been a busy week and I have found little time to stitch but here are the next two pieces. I do like the kantha stitch but must make sure I don’t overdo it.

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Patched Project 2013

I have just trialled patching my Project 2013 pieces together. It is only virtual – just pushed together on a table. I wanted to see what they looked like. So here they are:


Looking at them, I may decide some of the earlier ones will need more stitch. The later ones look better.

Back to the quilts now.

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Piece of Crow 1

I have started the next piece. Here is the pieced top, waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. I went back to the Juki and used a piecing needle and pure cotton thread – a much happier machine. Will see how it works when I quilt on it.


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