Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stitch*Bookery : book 5

I've been waiting for an opportunity to make another book inspired by the wonderful online Stitch*Bookery class with Mary Ann Moss. I just love the projects I've made so far but I gifted my first three of them away. I've been sharing this project in stages as part of my #100daysofstitch project. This is the whole story....I had an old wooden cotton reel that measures 4 1/2" inside the round which I think is a nice width to show off some pretty papers. I began by gathering some inky papers and old gelli prints
and cutting a strip of "ugly" fabric to 4" - I will stitch on the patterned side so you won't see that, and some of the papers can overlap a bit
Then I began with the initial stitching - have a colour-scheme in mind and I like the black thread so the stitching shows up
Thought I might like to add some fabric with the paper = more is more! ♥
Because I used fabric on the back, I was able to add hand stitching which made for more interesting texture
My friend had the great idea that I should include some of my own art printed small - I printed on a recycled book page
Strip progress - another print of my work with stars in the backgound, and drawing on the inside of business envelopes from 2013 (You just never know when you'll use things!)
Lovely to see how adding hand stitching and button embellishments change the page
I love adding words - browsed some magazines and these all seemed to work well together for the feeling of this piece
I decided to add some other embellishments in the form of various brads I've had in my stash for a while and I used blue staples for attaching a couple of feathers - hard and soft together
I love looking at each section and seeing the different machine stitching (fancy and plain stitches),
hand stitching, 
and the addition of other fun embellisments
Using the fabric was a good idea for a base to add hand stitching, but the back wasn't looking very attractive (I knew it would be covered later so was a bit lazy with how the stitching traveled on the back)
I glued down gorgeous paper serviettes and love how this looks - because they are so transparent when dry you see a hint of the fabric design and the stitching still shows
Decided to use lovely sari ribbon to close
and a button from my stash with a shank on it so I can wind the sari ribbon around to close the book
I had left the other end unfinished and used gel medium to glue the paper to the serviette side so it stays wrapped around the reel (I hope that makes sense!)
This handmade book was another lovely project from beginnings to end ♥ 
Here it is on the shelf with the other one that still lives at my house.
Go HERE to see all my posts about books made from this class.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

#100daysofstitch : Week 6

Lovely stitch inspiration this past week. Our annual Tote & Gloat quilt show was on Saturday. I did a complete post of inspiration from the day HERE in my previous post. 
I've been thinking about creative priorities and how I can achieve more in the time I have and focusing on one project at a time seems to be more effective than jumping around between several projects. Jessica Abel's free mini course called Creative Compass focuses on why you should have one creative goal, and how you can choose that goal. If you just want to find out about why you should concentrate on one project at a time, read THIS. So, no further progress to share about my next quilt, but definitely lots of progress on my cotton reel book.
I added hand stitching and button embellishment this week and am very pleased to report that I have now done my entire base layer length - had to photograph in 2 parts and they look tiny but you can see larger if you click on the photos
I have gathered some materials for next layers, so I'll be concentrating on adding those in the hopes of sharing the completed project very soon.
I'm still calling these posts #100daysofstitch although I've stopped counting days. I hope to continue to post weekly about stitching projects in progress.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Quilt Show Inspiration

Just had a lovely weekend which included quilts and family together ♥ On Saturday, it was our quilt club's annual Tote & Gloat day. The morning is a couple of hours of people showing their quilts, then there's lunch and a speaker in the afternoon. This year it was Lynette Anderson from Australia and she was lovely sharing her journey and her design ideas. All around that there are shops, raffles, and other displays to look at. This is the show through my eyes. Click on any photo to see it larger. We arrived early so we could do some shopping - and there was lots to choose from
I only purchased some yellow fabric to tone with these poppy fabrics for my next quilt
We had to vote for our choice in both the club challenges. These were my favourites from the Trippy Triangles challenge : "Varlet Farm in Summer" by Erilyn McMillan
"Triangles Galore" by Anne Adams
"Colourful Trippy Triangles in Autumn" by Sonja Revell
There was also a button challenge. This wasn't an entry, but so cool to have on display
Check out the club's blog post HERE to see all the prize winners at the show. Was lovely to see all the quilts made in the past 12 months - they are held up and spoken about on stage and then most are hung afterwards for closer examination and enjoyment
Each year I'm interested to see what inspires me most. Unfortunately I can't credit these since they are shown and then hung without labels. 
I love applique, colour, quilts that are pretty, and quilts with simple but effective designs for 'stash-busting' (I need to start using up my rather large collection of fabrics!)....or some combination of those things ♥
And this is my lovely friend Marion with her stunning work : 
There were several extra exhibition displays this year. I'm just going to share a couple. This was the Orange challenge from Aotearoa Quilters.
These are the winners of this colourful challenge : 
I was particularly taken with this wee quilt - techniques used to lovely effect
and I've been thinking about combining my love of faces with quilting so also inspired by this 
and these from other challenges exhibited on the day which did have labels : 
"Breathe" by Joy McFadden from Australia (Brother Quilt challenge : Outstanding performance award)
"A Granny" by Clare Smith, Wellington
"Most Fragile" by Sandy Briggs
That's all the quilt inspiration, and this is the family love from my weekend. Hope you had a happy mothers' day. This was me on Sunday with my two gorgeous boys and my lovely mum. 
Wishing you a creatively inspired week.
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