Something new….

So whilst I was at Festival of Quilts I took the Intro to Hand Embroidery workshop. It has been a craft that has been on my list for ages but as most things it’s where to start. The lovely Sarah Humphreys of Edward and the White Bear led it and I was soon hooked…

The brief was to do an sampler for a needlebook case- as the class was only an hour long we took it home to finish and finally last night I got to the stage where I was happy with it.

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I always seem to like trying to complicate things…. I wanted to do a scene with a river, fields and the sky. My attempt at ploughed fields let’s not even go there so I stuck with the vines and yes I did intentionally do a wormhole in the sky instead of the sun…

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Et.. voila the finished needlebook. Matthew commented on the poor fish but overall I like it and I’m sure once I’ve practiced a few more I look back and see how far I’ve become..

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Straightaway I traced my next project onto linen and started stitching, altho now I kinda wished I used Kona Snow instead of linen but next time…  I need to find some variegated brown thread as the kitties seem to be crying out for that! But now I need to choose between variegated black or some vintage style cosmos. Decisions.. decisions…

Is anyone else thinking of going to the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol in November? Sarah is teaching the hand embroidery class there… and also a free motion quilting one which I can’t wait to try as my skills are non existent. And I’m waiting to see what class Alicia Merrett is doing as I loved her satellite map quilts from the Festival.

Hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday. Very wet and dark here today I best stay in and try to catch up on one of my million projects 🙂

Hannah.x

 

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Festival of Quilts

Well I’ve been back four days now it’s time I wrote something about my time in the Midlands and at Festival of Quilts! Firstly this is me and my entry…..

P1100921Overall I like it… it’s just the finishing touches that let it down and in the interests of transparency and future record…. my judge’s comments were much better than expected! True some of that could have been avoided if I didn’t left it to the last minute to decide…

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I did manage to come away with some goodies from the trade stalls and then at the Fabric Guild in Leicester… 10448855_831060193580357_1761943350_n 10584774_570055229787503_633954499_n

Now on to the quilts and in no particular order these are some of my favourites! Unfortunately I forgot to photo pretty much most of the credits so I do apologise hopefully you be able to find out or let me know 🙂

My photography isn’t too great in these so I must have been pretty distracted!

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“Cats with Hattitudes” P1110003 P1110005-001

At the moment I’m really loving this type of work, the above harbour one reminds me of some art I recently saw down St Ives.

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Bowie by Kerry Wilkinson (PennyDog)

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 So now you guess what caught me eye… there was loads more I loved but either forgot to photo or too many people in the way. Did anyone else go and have fun?

I also popped by the new Modern branch of the Quilters Guild and signed up. Sadly there’s not too much of a Cornish quilting presence so think might have to change that…. anybody interested?

Hannah.x

Billy Bass (PennyDog’s Mini)

Well I’m still recovering from my time away in the Midlands catching up with a few people, Festival of Quilts and my first foray into the Fabric Guild. Not unpacked yet or sorted my photos so more on that later in the week….

Have you all met Kerry from PennyDog yet? If you haven’t pop on over to her blog here and prepare to be amazed by her designs and creativity.  She is definitely one of my favourite inspirational people and I mean really look at this Billy Bass…. It takes me right back to when the original craze happened.

Photo Credit: Kerry Wilkinson of PennyDog

If you pop over to her post here you can hear the music too! I was lucky enough to see this in person and it is ingenious.

Now why am I telling you all about Billy?? Kerry has made the Top 16 in the Sewvivor competition and Billy Bass is her entry for Round 1 Nautical theme. At the moment there is a public vote open to vote for the favourites out of the 16 but it is open from yesterday (Monday) to tomorrow (Wednesday) so pop on over here to see what the fuss is about and vote 😉

The winners will be announced next week but there is a sewvivor sewalong happening too where you can create to the themes each time and have a chance to win a prize more info on the bottom of this post 🙂 I’m hoping to grab more sleep, tidy my space, unpack and get started on a little something to enter in time but for now I’ll leave you with an embroidered fish I manage to freehand this morning….

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Hannah.x

Finally I can breathe..

… just a little bit! The past couple of weeks have been a little insane with one week not very well at all and having to contend with payroll stuff for work then finishing off a pattern test and… my Illusions Quilt. Which I had a deadline for it to be received by Friday 25th.

But I did it… usually I take forever to finish a project and not often try anything completely new on something bigger than a block. Things I learnt throughout the Illusions Quilt process……

1) Do not dither over a design for like forever.

2) Four days before you need to post it is not the best time to change your mind and completely rip out most of your work with a view to starting again. Especially since it was a critical period workwise

3) Do not leave it til almost the last couple of weeks to get it done…

4) Do not the night before decide to practice free motion quilting on it… (just the corners mind!)

5) I can do y seams and curves plus they are addictive 🙂

 

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I must admit that not once I felt stressed or had a panic attack even though few times it looked close to not being finished. I guess this is a side effect of my job of Payroll Officer comes in I’ve trained myself to be calm and just get on with it. As Richard Cypher from the Sword of Truth series say “think of the solution and not the problem” Something I try to keep in mind.. mostly.

Anyway……. ten minutes before we left to post it I finished the hanging sleeve (my first so fingers crossed it’s not too wonky!) but here are the rubbishy photos. Just don’t look too close… the piecing… the quilting awful and the bottom right corner gah it’s all curvy and doesn’t hang straight down. Of course that doesn’t matter due to the wonky sleeve right?! One thing I did get right the fabric choices!

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Technically this is my first finish of Q3 (go me!) for the Finish Along 2014 think when/if I get it back I do a proper post on it with better photos… I

In the meantime anyone going to Festival of Quilts? I’m there on the thursday and friday. One quilt I’m espeically looking forward to seeing in person is Mr Bowie of Kerry’s creation. (Massive thanks to Kerry without which the above design wouldn’t have been possible as easily 🙂 )

And…. it’s one thing ticked off my FAL Q3 list 🙂

Happy Sunday! I’m off to try and do something a bit slower..

Hannah.x