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Today's quilt is the result of a class taken by my daughter and myself many years ago. Everyone in the class made the same quilt, but used different fabrics. The main thing we learned was how to use freezer paper for appliqué. We learned to secure the turned edges of the pieces to be appliquéd and then blind stitch them to the background. The paper was then removed by making a slit in the background fabric. I am not going to share the method we were taught in its entirety because it was very confusing and I generally don ...read more
|Marie-Jo and Michele|
|Martine, Ginette, Agnes and Marie-Jo|
her blocks for a baby quilt.
|Michele's work ...|
My daughter has unwrapped her Christmas gifts so now I can share with you the things I made her for Christmas. Today I want to share the Origami Cranes. They were so much fun to make!
Sara has several titles in her job at Dartmouth College. She’s the Manager of the Design Studio at the Performing Arts Center where she does a phenomenal job of juggling all the varied projects that cross her desk. She has several designers that work under her and she has interns that she nurtures and encourages as they begin their graphic design careers. Sometimes ...read more
Well, in just a few hours I board a plane in Buffalo, NY that will take me to Chicago, then switch planes and fly to Zurich. I will arrive there tomorrow morning (Dec 4) and then head to Steckborn, Switzerland and the Bernina Headquarters. Why - well as some of you know - I am going to be one of the testers on their new Longarm Machine.
While I won't be able to tell you details about the testing I will be able to share about my adventures in Switzerland. To help me out I thought I would take along my ... read more
so went ahead and ...
With hubby off work this week I haven’t been able to do much quilting or sewing after work. I have been dabbling here and there in various things though.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at sashiko for a while. My first attempt wasn’t that good since the chalk markings I spent a good amount of time putting on fabric rubbed right off… so I decided to take the easy route and purchase pre-printed sashiko fabric panels that have the stitch markings on them. MUCH better! I also ordered thread and sashiko needles. Sashiko in ...read more
I love days when I don't have to leave my flat at all; I mean at all! Today was one of those days - bliss! Autumn has definitely been setting in here in Sweden - the leaves have been changing colours, the Rowan trees are loaded with berries and the conkers and acorns have already started falling. The weather has also been turning to cloudy, rainy and a brisk, cold wind. So all in all, a great day to stay inside and hermit. So join me with grabbing your hot beverage of choice and curling up with some photo love.
I really think so.
(Okay, it's an old song by the group The Vapors, but for me it's for realsies.)
I've had a love affair with all things Japanese since I visited there back in 2004. We were there because Joe had been made president of the local Rotary chapter that year and one of his "duties" was to attend the world conference. Duty? Hell yeah! The club picked up his tab so our only expense (besides meals and incidentals) was my plane ticket and a big boost to our hotel allowance. (I've got a "good ...
We've already established that reading pattern directions is my kryptonite. Even when I was making dresses and blouses for Home Ec I needed help translating arrows and darts. The fact that my mother was a pretty accomplished "sewist" didn't help matters because she was left-handed and (to me) did everything upside down and backwards.
I wanted a purse made from my treasured stash of Japanese fabrics. I knew how I wanted it to look, and I knew I had all the hardware and fabric and fusible fleece to do it. I even had ...
Well, where did the last month go? I've been busy, busy busy creating all sorts of samples for my City & Guilds course.
27 February – 10 April (closed 2 -5 April inc)
Originated by York Museums Trust and researched by Michele Walker, this is the first major touring exhibition of Japanese Sashiko Textiles to be mounted in the UK and the Collins Gallery is the sole Scottish venue for this visually stunning and comprehensive collection.
Sashiko (sashi-to stitch and ko-small) is a technique similar to quilting characterised by ...