Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Finish A Long

Hi I have decided to join the 2017 Finish A Long.

My two part finished quilts are a rail fence I have cut out of a single piece of my hand dyed material.

The second is a partial quilt top I made some time ago in a Nancy Crow workshop in New Zealand.

I am rushing to get these two quilts entered I will return and try to do the blog button.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekly Art Project 2017 Week 2

Well I managed to make my Week 2 Project.  It is based on the shape of a bottlebrush tree in our front yard.

I used my hand dyed patterned fabric and free cut and machine pieced.  It took me a while to decide how to quilt the piece but in the end I decided to do free form quilting.  The size is 9 inches by 12inches.

I am writing in my sketchbook my learnings from this Project. One point I have made so far is that the size is probably a little big to maintain on a weekly basis and I will review this aspect after Week 4.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Art Project Week One

Brenda Gael Smith has been undertaking a Weekly Art Project for about 16 weeks and she has been encouraging others to join in.  I have decided to join and make a mini quilt each week.  I am planning 9in by 12 inches. In thinking about my first piece I took a photo last week and posted on Instagram (I post as #oceanbluetextiles7)of a very large paperbark tree at the end of my street.

I also put up on my design wall a quilt top that I made in a Nancy Crow Workshop in New Zealand a few years ago and the technique I used also inspired me.

So I went to look in my hand dye scrap pieces (smaller than a quarter yard) and found a green fabric I had dyed and patterned and I also found some rust fabric I had done.  I then worked on my piece with a minimal drawing to guide me.  I am trying to use my sketchbook more!  I used valdani 12 ply to hand quilt the piece. I decided to bind the mini quilt this time but may become adventurous in the future and follow Brenda's tutorial on attaching to an art piece to a canvas.  So here is my first Challenge Piece.

Now to get busy on next week's piece!

Block Printing Paper

I had fun making block printed wrapping paper for Christmas.  I followed the blog post of Laura Kemshall on DesignMatters TV.  I learnt that there is acrylic paint and acrylic paint  - a medium thickness paint seemed to work most easily.  I have done some block printing before but this was really enjoyable so I am planning to continue with this printing technique.  Here is an example of the paper I made.

cheers Rebecca

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Penang and Singapore Inspiration

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Penang Malaysia and Singapore.  I was particularly inspired by the colour, texture and shape of the beautiful tropical flowers.  I have been drawing in my sketchbook and hope to take this work further. Here is a sample of the flowers I saw:

cheers Rebecca

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show

I went to the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show during the week.  My quilt "African Mahogany" is part of the "Our Wishes for the World" Exhibition at the Show.  Our 13 quilts (there are 13 of us in the Group) were exhibited first in Taiwan.  They were in New Zealand last month and now Brisbane.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Work in Progress - Quilt

I am working on a new quilt using one single piece of fabric I dyed.  Inspired by the Linda and Laura Kemshall(Design Matters TV) I cut the fabric strips and then these into squares and finally into one and a half inch pieces. I matched up colours and made rail fence blocks this is the piece.  I love the colours - my favourites.

cheers Rebecca