quilters meeting

At our recent meeting for Gatton Quilters we had a visit from the Mountain Creek Quilt Group. Just a get-together but it gave us the chance to show and tell a lot of our works, past and current. Besides meeting another group of fine quilters, it was great to talk with others with like-minded interests, to discuss the projects we have been working on, pick up a few tips here and there and of course have a cuppa and a chat!
Some of our members brought along some completed projects that none of us have seen, such as this beautifil quilt by Jean:
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Marilyn had some small mini quilts in delicious shades of chocolate!
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Kay made this warm snuggly flannel quilt:
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and Lyn and Pearl both had bags to show:

Lyn's bag- utilising the  embellisher machine

Lyn’s bag- utilising the embellisher machine


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Some of our ladies have been doing an embroidery class with Jan Knight, who we are very lucky to have as a member in our club. Lyn’s picture, with such lovely meticulous stitches:
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and Meryl’s picture of a bird showing a range of different techniques- just spectacular!
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Both embroideries were professionally framed which just added to their presentation.

And there were also some more of the fabric journals to show from some of the Art Quilters: Lyn’s with some more needle-felted work on the front
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and Meryl, who made her journal with an underwater theme, but maybe also a little on-top-of-the-water!?
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Just goes to show that Quilters are a versatile bunch!

fabric journal- a finish

The journal pages that I’ve been working on for the last year are all finished, the cover is complete and they have all been assembled together into the final product: a fabric journal.
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I know I’ve shown the individual parts on here before, but I now can show its final presentation- at last! The method I used to bind the individual pages together was to use two wooden rulers, drilled with holes and then threaded through from back to front with a strong wax-coated polyester thread.
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Each of the pages had extra ‘space’ at the left-hand side to give the room needed for when the book was opened up. I think I could have made that wider though, or maybe used narrower sticks than the rulers.
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Each page has its own label, printed on hand-made paper then hand-sewn to the back of the previous page.
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Below is the inside back cover, and the back of the last page. I used a lot of ‘old’ fabric and scraps on this journal, probably about 90% of it was re-used, including this old soft teatowel used as the backing.
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These are just some of the pages: we did ten altogether, plus the covers. I also used some hand-dyed fabric for the covers, which had cardboard inserts and sewn up in a ‘pillowcase’ style.
So nice to see it all together!

printing on fabric… or not

I’m working on finishing my fabric journal and am finally getting to the final stages of putting it all together.
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One of the last steps is to make the little labels that I wanted to put on each page that included a little description of what each page was about and how I made it. My intention is to attach the label for each page on the back of the previous page, so that when the pages are open you can read it right there facing it.
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However, it has not gone so well! I wanted to print from the computer onto fabric, which is something I have done before. See the blue fabric in this wallhanging with the black ‘smudges’ on it: I ‘painted’ the splotches using my computer’s Paint program and printed it onto the blue fabric which had been backed with freezer paper. It fed through the printer and printed perfectly.
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This time it didn’t go so well. Using Word, I typed the text for each label into a table so all labels would be the same size. I ironed the freezer paper to the back of some linen fabric, but it just didn’t feed through very well. It started to print but then it stopped and bunched up and jammed the printer.
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So, I thought the linen itself wasn’t conducive to being picked up by the printer’s rollers. I then cut some plain cotton and ironed the freezer paper to it – it didn’t work either.
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Maybe, I needed more freezer paper to make it firmer, so I ironed 2 more pieces onto the back ( this was a type of freezer paper that was thinner or finer than the first piece I used, so I figured two layers of it would equate to one of the other). It didn’t work either.
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I’m thinking that the previous time when I had success with printing, I must have been using a different printer. We have had this current printer about 2 years, so maybe the older printer was just better at feeding through?
I decided to try and use the Transfer Artists Paper, which I have also used with success before, as shown here, but to use that I needed to reverse image the text so when it is ironed onto the fabric the words are back the right way. But when I tried to work out how to do that in my version of Word, it proved too difficult and required more patience than I had!

So now I am considering writing it by hand on the freezer paper-backed cotton with a fabric pen, which will take such a long time. Phooey! Any hints?

quilting on the longarm

This quilt top belongs to Trudy, and she recently gave it to me to quilt for her.
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It is a quilt made for her son, and it has a great choice of fabrics for a masculine quilt. As I was quilting it on the longarm machine, I was admiring the patterns and colours. The bits of orange provided a lovely highlight to the greys and blues, with a stripe thrown in and some charcoal blacks. Getting to check out lots of different fabrics is one of the bonuses of quilting other people’s quilts!
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The quilting design had to be one that would suit the recipient, so no flowery patterns! The design we settled on is a large silver fern leaf placed randomly over the quilt with the rest of the surface covered in parallel lines, with little ‘bubbles’ popping up along the lines.
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It’s a little hard to see the design in the photos- perhaps you can just see the fern in this one?
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I quilted this using my own design for the fern leaf and free-hand lines; a grey-blue thread was used for top and bottom.

improvising

We had a lovely weekend in Sydney recently, that beautiful harbour city. While the purpose for the trip was for my son and his beautiful fiancee’s engagement dinner, we also had time for a little sight seeing. Darling Harbour was sparkling…
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and the weather so warm
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We have some photos of the magnificent Queen Victoria building, which now houses a great selection of beautiful shops-
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Look at these windows:
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and the lovely world clock:
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There was no time for sewing, but I’ve tried to make up for it since I got home. I’ve been doing some more work on the medallion quilt, inspired by a Gwen Marston workshop I attended last year. I’ve been making ‘spare parts’ for this improvisational quilt, and I need to get lots of them made before I can start playing with them up on the design wall.
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So I have made quite a variety of different blocks, most of them with odd-sized strips and pieces
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but also some a little more regular
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However I wasn’t quite happy with it. I couldn’t see where to go next. I’m thinking it is still a little too regular for me and I need to liberate the blocks a bit more for my tastes. So I’ve started sewing together some curved strips which I’ll then cut up along with those regular blocks to shake them up a little!
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Making it up as you go is harder than it seems at the start!