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Background Quilt

As promised here is the image of the background quilt I made on Saturday.  It is ready for the addition of some 3D free shape applique (which I have yet to finish).  The fabrics were purchased a while ago with the intension of making a table runner but they have been used for samples for other items.

I spent most of Friday looking through my bit bag throwing out small pieces that I thought would be of no use ever, only to retrieve them all on Saturday afternoon once I realised I could use even the tiniest bit for backgrounds.  Moral – Do Not Throw Anything Out.  Will I ever get a tidy house?

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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.


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.

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Festival of Quilts

We have arrived home tired and visual exhausted.  My son was ‘parked’ for a while in the cafe area and enjoyed himself quietly playing his Nintendo, even though he got cold.  I spent too much money with Oliver Twists receiving much more than I had intended.  I hope the cupcakes I took for the team on the Kemshall stand, stood up to the bus trips and weren’t too battered when we finally got there this morning.  Take a look at their chair they have been working on for some little while, it is brilliant.

I purchased a daylight light that I have been much in need of for a long time, I rejoined the Computer Textile Design Group, bought textile paints from Ario, and a variety of threads from a Canadian company called Wonderfil whose products I hope will soon be in the Cotton Patch.  Sadly I didn’t buy any fabric again this year nothing grabbed me enough to want it nor could I find the fabric I need for a new quilt.  Beads where sadly missing too.

Having my son with me prevented me looking too hard at the quilts on display and we seem to have missed a fair few, he did enjoy looking at the young quilters display, he kept saying he could do that, well I wonder if he will take up the challenge?  He also wanted to know why his school hadn’t entered a quilt too, perhaps one of his teaches will be prepared to answer that one, I doubt it somehow.

As we walked round he kept asking why I hadn’t got a quilt up hanging, well perhaps it is time I did, I feel one coming along for next year.

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Book Cover


Book cover

Above is my book.  It was made using hand dyed fabric, coordinating hand dyed threads and rayon threads which were supplied by Linda and Laura Kemshall as part of a competition they were running entitled Love Colour.  The rules specified the piece must not be larger than 30cm x 30cm (12” x 12”) or smaller than 15cm x 15cm (6”x6”) and included some of each of the fabrics and threads.

For sometime now I have been considering making a book, one that I could add to over a period of time, but what to use to facilitate these additions other than a ringer binder type mechanism? I then came across a supplier for, what look like the screws used to hold carpet samples together, they are just the thing as they have a tall cylinder that separates the two screw ends that can be threaded through ‘pages’.

To comply with the competition rules I decided to make my piece 11” by 10”.  This allowed me 1” for the spine and 10” square for the cover itself.  Knowing I had to incorporate both fabrics into the design I decided to showcase the yellow patterned fabric in a centre on point square cut from the centre front, like a window.  The darker purple fabric used for the majority of the cover was cut into a square about an inch larger all round than the cover itself to allow for turning.  The centre of this square was marked on the reverse, where the ‘window’ would fall.  I fused to the back of the darker fabric a square of the yellow fabric again slightly larger than needed so the edges wouldn’t show.  using the yellow thread supplied and a satin stitch, I stitched parallel diagonal lines across this centre square.  Once complete the fabric was cut between the diagonals so there was a satin stitch either side of the cut.  I folded the pieces back to reveal the second fabric, pressing really well to retain the folds.

The centre embroidery was done using water soluble fabric as a basis, I wanted to incorporate both hand dyed threads and the rayon threads in this.  I stitched a frame(now hidden) to add stability to the whole design, then stitched a grid format over the entire piece in blue rayon thread.  The diamonds where then worked over the spaces created by the grid.  I then hand stitched alternate corner squares with the hand dyed threads and a chain stitch to create a heavier line than would be obtain just with running stitch.  The water soluble fabric was then washed away, the embroidery was stretched, pinned and left to dry.

I used transfer paper that I ran through the print for the text which was ironed onto pre painted fabric cut out and zig zagged around, double sided fusible was added to the back and pressed in place on the front.

The ‘Tudor rose’ like flowers where made from 41/2” squares of fabric folded origami style, stitched to hold together and beads added.

Beads have been stitched all around the edge.

The spine 1” wide has pre-painted fabric diamonds stitched down the centre, with the edges being satin stitched all round.  The hand dyed threads have been stitched ‘long stitch style either side of the diamonds.  The carpet sample screws have been placed equally in the spine.  The spine and cover have been joined together with a separate piece of fabric on the back to form a folding cover.

Double sided fusible web has been used to stick it all together.