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More broken circles

I have been enjoying making these small quilts or as I call them, textile prints. Here are two more.

I also made a small book as part of a book making course I am doing – not perfect but I now understand Coptic binding – yepee.

Thanks for reading.

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Breakdown circles

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I am trying to get my blog to share with Facebook and it seems I either have to pay a fortune and buy a Jetpack subscription or I can add a page to my Facebook and post to the page rather than my Facebook Home – I will have to see if this works at all!!

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Breakdown fabrics

I have now pinned a number of my breakdown fabrics on my wall to work out what I want to do with them. This is the wall:

Wall of Breakdown

I have found some plain fabrics that can be put together with the breakdowns. The next step is to dye some more plains – I have meters of grey and blue – not much yellow, green and orange. so to work when I have cleared my table which is full of papers ie necessary admin.

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One more attempt

I was severely told off this week – how can I read your blog if you don’t post on it. Difficult sentiment to argue with!

Last week, I spent two and a half days at Leah Higgin’s studios, Urban Studio North with a friend. We had an amazingly productive time, both producing endless breakdown cloth. Here are some of the the pieces:

Oh dear, WordPress has changed since I last used it – I shall have to practice more. The images seem to have a life of their own and random sizes!

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What induced the engineers at Bernina to design these bobbins —–

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They are a nightmare. I am trying to complete a big quilt and my tension keeps messing up. First it loops underneath. I get it all sorted and the bobbin runs out. Change the bobbin and the tension changes and loops again!!

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This is one of Bernina’s most expensive machines and …

  • The bobbins are temperamental
  • The upper thread sensor has to be turned off as it keeps stopping the machine
  • And the thread threader, even when clean, doesn’t always work

And the household wonders why I am bad tempered! Ugh, ugh

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Why is nothing easy?? The next step with my printmaking was to replicate the design in fabric that it could be quilted. So on the left is the design I choose from yesterday’s printmaking:

Next to it, it is the fabric version – well sort of. The cutter won’t cut the fabric stencils the right way up so I turned the bonded fabric over on the cutter and it mostly worked. A bit of scissor work required. The pale grey is the failed cut which required lots of scissor work. The dark is the turned over fabric – which means it was reversed!! So I know I am dyslexic but even I should have worked that out!. So then I randomised with the fabric shapes to see if the concept worked. The resident art critic says it doesn’t have enough texture! So the jury is out.

Hopefully when I do my next post, i will have managed to replicate a print in fabric.

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SAQA Benefit Auction

I have given my SAQA Benefit Auction quilt to Alicia to take to Philadelphia for me. ┬áIt was lovely to just rustle up a small quilt with left over fabrics from my Wide Horizons piece – and yes, that is now finished as well after much angst which has stopped me dealing with some admin I need to do!!

Chusan - Christine Seager

It is called Chusan – named by my husband as he felt the circles represented portholes.

Back to the admin – 2 SAQA newsletters to be written and images to be loaded onto a group website. Hope you have something more dynamic to do!!

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