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What a difference a weekend makes.

The floorboards went down on Friday morning, much more quickly than I had thought they would; followed by the start of the decorating.  The walls were quickly striped, the paper purchased, the woodwork rubbed down and preparation done.

The decorator, Mark, arrived on Saturday morning at 8 am and worked through until just before 4 so he could pick up the paint before they closed, as it was the paint store owner was tapping his watch, with the place shut up ready to go when Mark got there. 

Sunday saw a slightly later start but needless to say Mark worked through until he was just left with the painting to do on Monday.

Monday he finished his part, cleaned up really well and yes I would recommend him to anyone. We chose the flooring which the builder is going to pick up sometime this week for laying perhaps on Friday if not sooner.  The competent  plumber is to come back as the radiator is still slightly leaking from the valves (that the idiot plumber put in years ago) – I could see water dripping from the joints, they are now wrapped up with cloths as the drip is not too bad but it needs putting right before the floor goes down. 

The builders put in charge of the operation by the insurance company, have all been very pleasant and extremely helpful – I can’t believe they were prepared to work over the weekend.  I would be very happy to let them do work on my house at any time, although the same cannot be said for the restoration/drying company.

I just can’t wait for it to all be finished and behind us, I’ve had enough now and my sewing machine is still calling to me.

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More works in progress from this week

Below are some more pieces I have been working on since last Friday.  Funny how I have achieved more since last Friday than I ever did when working through the City & Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting.  I wonder why that is?


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Embroiderer’s Guild @ Touchwood Solihull

Don’t forget the embroiderer’s guild Solihull branch will be in Touchwood Solihull for a week commencing Monday 18th October.  Demonstrating, showing work and explaining what we are all about.

Please join us anytime for a chat and to have a look at the work of our members.


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting

As can be seen in the above images my drawing of perspective is not good.  I never seem to be able to find the same vanishing point for all my lines!

Using graph paper is easier as shown in the image on the right.  The idea here was to draw a block within the distorted square of the cube and find fabric that could be used to represent the colours used in the drawing.


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting

 

To assist with ability to design in the round, this module asked that a box be deconstructed.  From this deconstructed box a template was made which was then used to design another box with the same proportions as the original but with a design that continued around the all edges.  Although this appears to have nothing to do with patchwork and quilting it is invaluable should you want to make a container in any medium.


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting

I was asked to create a pattern using stencilling as the main focus.  The stencil itself was made from freezer paper, the stencil medium was oil pastel on to hand dyed fabric.  This is a very effective way of adding colour and pattern to fabric without having to do any additional stitching if it is not required.  It could be used as a basis for faux appliqué and/ or shadow appliqué to name just two ideas.  The oil pastel becomes permanent and will stand gently washing after a period of curing and heat fixing (always follow the manufacturer’s instructions)