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City & Guilds Patchwork And Quilting Final Assessment–It’s Finished!

At long last my final assessment piece is finished and the images sent for marking.  The piece is installed in its final position for all to see, well those who venture up the first flight of stairs and look up the second in our house, as it is situated at the top of the second set of stairs.

I can’t believe I started this course three years ago on Saturday.  During that time many things have happened, some good, some sad, some bad, some happy, all of them had an impact on the course and my feelings about my work – overall I learnt much but didn’t use it to the best of my ability.  I should have used my time in a better, more organised way, instead of procrastinating it would have been sensible to have selected my inspirational sources with a different eye and spent time working on the theme rather than just picking something I could work with that was easy.

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With nothing to do but……..

I might not have a working sewing machine at the moment but I still have plenty to do – designing another quilt, a table runner and place mats, embroideries, as well as considering things for Christmas, yes that’s right Christmas.  Needless to say I got side tracked by the internet, as per usual, and came across this site. There is a link to a YouTube channel showing a multitude of tutorials which maybe of interest.

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Embroiderers’ Guild Saturday Workshop

I have just come back from an interesting workshop run by Annette Morgan arranged by the Solihull branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild.  Pictures will follow once I have finished the piece.  The workshop was called 3D free shape applique, the idea was to create a small wall hanging incorporating 3D applique.

The first item was to construct the background and quilt it, we were shown how to do this very quick method which had us all running to the irons before silence (or near as could be with our group) descended as we set to to create some wonderful, very colourful backgrounds for our free shape appliques.  This technique is so quick and easy I will definitely be using it again and very soon too.

After lunch we proceeded to produce a variety of free shapes, we had been given a pattern to follow, some of us chose to go off course and do our own thing but using the technique.  All produced something different as one would expect as everyone’s colour,  fabric and arrangement choices are bound to be ones own tastes.  Being spontaneous has its merits in that things are not over thought which in itself can produce very dynamic and unexpected pieces of work.

As you can see I have included a link to Annette’s website should you like to visit to view her work.

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Bright Embroidery

I was going through my work samples this morning tidying up ready for the next project (I haven’t quite finished the last one yet, but there is nothing like being prepared) when I came across a piece of work I had done a while a go.  I am at a loss as to what to do with it – should I incorporate it in to a book cover as I originally intended or have it mounted and framed for the wall? It is not very big less than A4 size and would make a lovely book cover although it would look equally as good as a picture for the dining room wall.


Embroiderers’ Guild Solihull

From Monday 18th October, for a week the Solihull branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild has a ‘shop’ within the Touchwood shopping centre.  We shall be demonstrating and explaining what we do to anyone who wishes to know.  We look forward to seeing you there.  My stint is on Monday 18th between 12 and 2pm.