Sunday, July 31, 2005

CPS quilt show

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Helped out at the CPS quilt show this afternoon.
This is my liberty scrap quilt on the left, made as a friendship quilt from off-cuts of liberty fabric. (the quilt on the right is my friend Joy's Willam Morris fabric quilt.)

Thursday, July 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I tidied and organised pin-board today and put all my ATC swaps and a few of my own favourites up so I can feel really inspired!

Thanks to all who have traded with me so for - I feel very privileged!

If you would like a closer look - click on the picture (that will take you to my flickr account) then click on "all sizes" button above that picture.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

top finished

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Yeah - got the quilt top put together today! It is too big to get in the photo - it has a bigger blue border than this. Tomorrow I will get the logo design printed out to full size and vleisofix to the top. Quilting will be a challenge as this will be the biggest quilt I have made - I am used to small quilts these days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

blue fabric

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
This is the result of my fabric painting - it is going into the quilt.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

blue fabric

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Painted this fabric for my son's quilt, the paint is light sensitive so scrunched it and put in sun to dry. Will iron to heat set the paint and should get a subtle pattern.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

centre square

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
This quilt will be double bed size so quite a big scale of piecing - at least that makes piecing quick. Spent some time this afternoon painting some fabric deep blue, not sure how the fabric will turn out - if it will be as he imagines. I am so used to making quilts by myself for myself, it is hard to accomodate someone else's vision as well.

basic design

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
So this is the basic design we have come up with - orange centre on blue.
My son is an arts student so no basic nine patch quilt for him!

a challenge

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
So I asked my son if he wanted a quilt for his 21st - somehow I assumed he wouldn't - but "yes" he said " although I don't know how you will make something that will suit a 21 year old male!"

After a bit of a brainstorm he wants... hand-dyed fabric, something abstract and to incorporate this logo subtly (a car logo!)

To add to my challenge I've got 3 weeks. Will post the progress - hopfully it will be one of those quilts that flows!! I am doing what I want on the back - some photos and to get it signed by his friends.

Monday, July 18, 2005

silk crazy patchwork ATC's

I have had some silk furnishing samples for a while, and been wanting to make something. These were such fun to make, would love to do a 'proper'
crazy quilt someday.
This size is about my limit in the meantime though!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

nancy's buttons

I was given a wonderful bag of old buttons from a friend from my quilting friendship group today - some of the buttons quite old and all quite wonderful!

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.

I just had to share them all with you.

If you click on the picture you will get a larger, clearer picture, then if you click on the"all sizes" button above that picture you will see even more detail!!

Friday, July 15, 2005

more mail

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I love getting this 'real mail" . It is probably 30 years since I had such interesting mail. This came from Anke in Germany - a 3 for 3 ATC swap.
Most of the trades have also sent interesting 'bits' for collage, I can see me doing a bit of that soon.

In the meantime I have been making ATC for a swap through Kiwi Quilters, I am so excited to swap fabric ATC with NZ quilters. Trouble is I have too many ideas so hard to know what to make first.
I feel a bit like quilts are getting second best of me at the moment but I love trying out and playing with techniques on the ATC's - it has got to be good for my design skills.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

fabric beads

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I sat with my son in front of TV last night and made these fabric beads with him. They still need something else, a bit of gold paint maybe or wrap some thread around them. Fun to make but not sure how I will use them yet.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

button ATC's

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I have buttons on my mind at the moment so had to do some ATC's with buttons. The copper 'buttons' are handmade beads from thin copper - I think it is called copper shim.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

button day

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Had my button day today. I had fun spending my $1.50 pocket money at the local Op shop. I spent half an hour going through their white buttons and found these treasures. I had a chat to the lady serving me and she told me of a local Church group fair coming up where they are going to sell all the old linen and china that their families don't want - sounds like fun to me!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

red boxes

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Got a it more quilting done yesterday and today.
I was going to do the centre blue all in seed stitch, but was thinking about a photo a friend had taken of a hillside in the Mediterranean that had a small shrine (in someones backyard) so hence the cross design. The photo is not very clear sorry!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

ATC series 2

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Finished the last ATC in this series yesterday. Have traded 2 already, one has gone to Canada, the other to The Netherlands. Keeping my favourite for myself!

I have been busy machine quilting a quilt today for a friend. I enjoy machine quilting now, taken me years to have any confidence in my ability so it's a big thing to do quilting on someone elses precious quilt. Luckily she trusts me and says to just quilt to my standard and she will be happy.
The more quilting I do the better I will get - hopefully!

Friday, July 01, 2005

dyed thread

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I went to buy some thread yesterday to do some seed stitch in the middle of the squares. I did buy some hand-dyed pearl 8 thread and then got the idea that I could dye my own thread. I hunted out some pale blue pearl 12 and used that. Pleased with myself!