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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.  It 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!!

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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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Turmoil 

SAQA have an exhibition deadline coming up for the subject Turmoil. I entered a quilt on the parallel exhibition called Tranquility. It is very soft and pastel in colour – rusted and naturally dyed fabrics. I will post it when I hear whether it got in or not!!! In the meantime, here is Turmoil waiting to be bound, a task I always put off if I can.  

 
I took it over to friends last weekend who looked at it for a few minutes before commenting that it was disturbing and uncomfortable to look at – that works for me. Turmoil it is.  I need to bind, sleeve and label in in the next few days. Closing date is 29th February – Leap Year Day.

I hope you are working hard – Chrisse

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A day of playing

A friend, Amanda, and I decided some months ago that we would buy a number of different fabrics and see which ones dyed best and which ones would work best with the stitch techiniques we use.  Finally last week, we cut up and dyed the fabric.

Here it is on the ironing board, prior to ironing and marking up the swatches.

  

It looks a little like an Indian dye shop – very bright colours. That is apart from the Chintz which has come out anaemic. It was PFD cotton but has dyed like a poly cotton. The polished sheen on it must inhibit the dye. Any ideas whilst I start ironing and labelling.

Happy new year to one and all.

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We are at UWE

The show at UWE is on. Stephanie’s husband took the day off work to help us hang the work. My husband is currently on a motor bike in India with friends of a similar age!! Our stand looks really good. Here are a few photos. Firstly, some small collages on canvas.

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and one of the walls with my work

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and another wall
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and some of Stephanie’s beautifully painted quilts – quilted glimpses from her home.

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Will take pictures of other stands tomorrow.

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Collages for UWE

I have been experimenting and making fabric collages. Well, that is what I am calling them. As they are pieced rather than layered, technically, I guess they are not collages but I have been using the design concepts of collages. I have also been making holes in my quilts – purposely. The collages are mounted on canvases so through the holes is gesso’d in white to look like the wall behind them. Maria thinks I should actually cut holes in the canvases – currently that is a step too far!!!

Here is one:

  
To crop the above image, I used my PhotoElements app which I have never used before. And then I discovered a lovely feature which made the collage look very different. I rather like the new image!!!

  
 All the collages will be on view at UWE, Bristol from 12th to 14th November at the West Country Quilt Show.  I am sharing a stand with a friend, Stephanie Crawford who does lovely painterly quilts and wins important and pretigious awards.

Must get back to stitching on sleeves!

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