Saturday, August 18, 2012

Jackie #11 Celtic

I've finally finished a challenge. I enlarged and traced the central motif from Motif celtiques by David Ballade. I sewed around the motif & then painted it with Inktense water colour blocks mixed with Golden GAC 900. I also used Luminere paints. The writing was done with FW Acrylic Ink. The celtic knots on the corners was done with a stamp I had carved.

The words are from a poem by the Breton poet, Anjela Duval. I wrote in the Uncial hand which is a Celtic hand. It's 18"x18". Grandparents came from Brittany, the Celtic part of France. I enjoyed making this.
Jackie in Edmonton

Monday, August 6, 2012

# 9 Jackie Black & White

Black & white challenge

I finally did the black and white challenge. I drew zentangles with a Pigma micron pen. I divided the large square into 4 inch squares, then divided each 4" square into parts and did a different design in each. I used a red micron pen for accents. I then quilted around each section and in the white area. I put red piping around it. If you want to know how to zentangle, check the zentangle websites. They're really relaxing. They can be done on fabric or paper.
This was given to my cousin for a table topper.

Jackie Doll in Edmonton

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Delia #11 Celtic

I have just about finished my piece but am posting as I am not sure how I will finish it.
Will I put boarders or burn around it. I will let it sit for a while and then decide.
I machine felted the background with wools and wool fleece. Before putting the applique on.
It is the

I hope someone recognizers it?

Keep stitching
Marian has set the challenge and it is ANIMALS.
See what we can all come up with.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I am sorry to say this is the first challenge that I have missed. I do plan on doing it but I have had a terrible time the last 2 months with my Mother so sick. 5 weeks in hospital but at last it seems to be setting down. We have had to move her into a home as she needs 24 hours care now and the hostel just can not do it for her.
I am hoping to do a bit of work on the challenge today. At least I do have the picture I want to work from.

Margaret #11 Celtic

WOW Margaret has asked me to post her last 3 challenges. I am impressed.
 I have been doing some catchup so the pictures for the black and white and celebration challenges are here as well as the Celtic challenge. I made a quilt for a graduation gift and the school colours happened to fit the challenge, there is more black and red than white but I like it.

 The celebration one is my take on a trip my children took me on last summer to celebrate my birthday when they arranged a fireworks display by the lake we were at.

I call the Celtic collage spirits in the clouds and it reflects some things I have seen in my travels as well as my own feelings about that time in history. Hope you all enjoy them.Margaret

Well done Margaret

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Margaret has chosen the below challenge for the next one.
It will be due on the 31st July, Have fun with it.
I come from a Celtic background so my challenge is to create something from the ancient Celtic world
Hope this interests people.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Delia #10 Beauty from Ashes

Hi All
This is my Beauty from Ashes and I called him SOOTY.
He is done on a piece of my sun dyed fabric. I think he looks a bit scared and just running out of a fire.
I am still to put on his whiskers and do the edging. I am not sure if I will just bind it or add a black boarder and then do a scroll around the edge.
I will post whatever I decide to do.
Keep stitching

Monday, April 30, 2012

Julie #10 Beauty From Ashes

It feels good to be on board with a challenge again and with time to actually quilt.
I was surprised to be selected to set the challenge.  Setting the challenge raised the bar for me in making me find time to finish a challenge again.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Here is my submission for "Beauty From Ashes":

This quilt is about 19.5" square.  It will join my rotating "welcome" quilts on my front door.

The story behind my quilt follows.  I have fallen in love with dying fabric.  Yes, it takes a lot of time and energy.  Yes, it is hard to actually cut that fabric after all you've invested in it.  This fall I found what I believed to be the PERFECT project for my hand-dyed fabrics.  It was a mystery quilt for the Carol Doak Yahoo! Group.  Here is the quilt (only a top to date) that I created following her mystery:

This quilt top is actually 42" square.

When you are foundation piecing you cut away a lot of little pieces of fabric.  I just couldn't bear to toss out even a tiny piece that had been trimmed off.  So I saved all those pieces, large and small, in a gallon ziplock bag.  This was my challenge.  What could I do with these "ashes":

I played and played and thought.  I pieced, or crumbed together the four corner blocks.  I liked them, but they just didn't do anything for me.  Then I remembered that I had made all of the blocks per Carol Doak's instructions, but decided I wanted to change the color in one patch on the four corner blocks.  So I remade them.  My original four blocks I decided were more "ashes" from the first project.  Here they are:

As you can tell, these became the center of my "Beauty From Ashes" quilt.  I filled in again from my precious ashes to create setting triangles between the 4 crumb blocks and the center star.   For the border and binding, I went to a small yardage "leftover" from the mystery quilt.  The backing is the only thing not related to the original quilt.

Thank you for allowing me to challenge myself and make be make something of my precious scraps.  Which are now meager, but not exhausted.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tammy #9 Challange black and white

Sorry, I am a little late with this, been away on vacation.
I wanted to see what would happen if you kept cutting and sewing, cutting and sewing, etc. So I made a string block with only black and whites, cut it and resewed about 6 times, and this is how it turned out. Only thing is it is very thick, but will make a great mug rug or coaster without a liner.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Julie set the challengs as Beauty from Ashes

Beauty from Ashes is what Julie has chosen for the next challenge.
The challenges will be over 3 months from now on.
This one will be due 30th April.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mirian #9 Challange Black and While

Marian  has asked me to post her challenge.
I love the palm trees.

I simply drew the very simple palm trees onto black fabric with bondaweb ironed on.........On white fabric I simply stitched a black line for the horizon and some stitching for the water. I then added some black tulle to five the impression of water. This piece only took a few hours to lcomplete.

The second piece was my attempt to make a black and white landscape using just a little red. It didnt turn out great.....but I learnt from it.


Hi Girls
I have asked Julie to set the next challenge.
I am sorry it is a couple of days late.
Do you agree if we make this challenges 3 months not two?
If so it will be due on the 1st May.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Delia #9 Challange Black and White

Sorry I am late posting. I just forgot the dates.

 This is my black and white challenge. It is a queen size quilt. I made it with the fat quarters I was given in a black and white swap a few years ago. I added the bit of red to give it life.

I also make this centre with some of the scraps that were over.
This was fun making.
Keep stitching

Jackie's #8 Challenge Oriental

I'm sorry this is so late. I was in Europe from mid Nov. to the beginning of Dec. & in Mexico in Jan.

It's a wall hanging done with machine embroidery (Kimono Art by M'Liss Rae Hawley). The hanging is done in cotton with a silk border. The thread is Sulky.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Joan Duggan #9 Challenge Black and White

I I call this "The Missing Piece". It is four feet square. The idea came from a bead project I was working on. The beads don't look anything like this - it just evolved. The black outlines are Japanese Kumihimo braids that I made from some thick and thin yarn which gives it an uneven texture. The hand dyed puzzle pieces are all stipple quilted. I like the contrast with the commercial black and white fabric. The shadow outlines aren't exactly what I'd hoped for.

Sue M #9 Challenge Black and White

For once I have finished my challenge on time. I started off thinking of Zentangles and this led to my final design.

It is inspired by one of the pieces my youngest daughter made in her final year of high school.

I've added a picture of the actual statue below. This piece, along with a few others are now residing in our garden. Quite a talking point amongst visitors when the see them for the first time.

I have used a variety of black & white fabrics to create the torso highlighted with black sating stitching.

The quilt measures 19 x 14.5" or 48 x 37 cm