Friday, September 30, 2005

latest ATC's

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I had a wee play again this week making some ATC's to trade. I love the colour combination that just 'happened' - must use these colours in a quilt some day!

Monday, September 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Not the best of photos, but you get the idea. This is a quilt I made for a friend last week. She gave me the base of what she wanted - a triptych, with colours fading from one to another across the piece.
I have called the piece 'Pathways'
- to me it represents the journeys we all make through life.

Each piece is 12 inches square.

Check out the quilting, you will see it better if you click on the pic to take you to flickr and then choose all sizes and choose a larger size.


Saturday, September 24, 2005

garage sale find

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
Just have to show this off - I went out early this morning to look around a couple of garage sales in the hope of either finding some buttons or old embroidered cloths - neither - but did find this for $2 - not often I find cheap treasure!

(It is a brooch about 1 inch in diameter)

Friday, September 23, 2005

coloured seedheads

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I had my last class this week at Polytech - this last session was to use drawings etc that we had done over the last 7 weeks and to take them further.
This is from a contour drawings I did in the first week and have machine embroidered with a varigated thread. They are four separate pieces and have I enough ideas to make several pieces! Hopefully my next project.

Today I have just finished a small piece that a friend has asked me to make - so I can't post it just yet - hopefully I will give it to her this weekend so I can post it for you all to see.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

quilting it

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
This is a close up of the quilt top I posted yesterday - but quilted. I love these small pieces (14" x 14") - you can actually get a lot achieved in an hour of quilting!

(If you want to see the quilting in more detail click on the image then choose all sizes.)

The background fabric is black homespun that I have discharged with a 50% bleach/water solution and then neutralised. The lighter fabric is also a black homespun bleached until all the colour was removed, this fabric I then printed with a seedpod.

Friday, September 16, 2005

bringing it together

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
At last nights class (and the final class next week) we are to bring what we have done over the last 5 weeks together, using our drawings and ideas as a starting point.

This is a small piece about 10'" square. ( I am looking forward to doing some heavy quilting in the background.)
The honesty seedpods represent fragility and the background protection.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

new quilt

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
I love this fabric and it has been waiting a good 10 months for me to take the courage to use it.

It was suggested that I make some more fabric and then take the approach of use it and not to think of it as so precious - and in fact I will get 2 quilts out of the fabric!

I am a bit worried as I can't quite be sure I remember how I made the fabric in the first place - we shall see - and do a bit of experimenting!

Friday, September 09, 2005

patterns on fabric

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
The results from my class last night, - patterns on calico made by folding and twisting fabric and painting with a sponge brush.

Lots of fun!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

twisted cords

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
These cords are made from strips of fabric which are twisted and then run through the sewing machine with a zig zag stitch. They will make great bookmarks for my next bookcover - I will have to make the cover to match the cord!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

3atc quilt

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
A quick play tonight - a much needed bit of quilt therapy!

I took 3 atc's I had made and stitched them onto a piece of quilted background fabric. The black in the ATC's was quite different to the black of the background, hence the white border around the ATC's.