Saturday, May 31, 2014

BOM 18 - Evening Star

Collection 18
Evening Star is a simple star that I often use when teaching foundation piecing to students. It has so much forgiveness when it comes to joining sections that the student can hide a cartful of errors. Try it I am sure you will agree.

BOM 18 - Evening Star

Collection 18
Evening Star is a simple star that I often use when teaching foundation piecing to students. It has so much forgiveness when it comes to joining sections that the student can hide a cartful of errors. Try it I am sure you will agree.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

So Many Points

Collection 54

Well this must have been one of the pointiest collections. Love Bygone Days and Blood from the Dust. They looked so different in fabric from the original sketches.
C54 Stars Upon the Snow

C54 Blood from the Dust

C54 Beside the Fountain

C54 Bygone Days

C54 Fred & Ginger

So which block is missing?
C54 Jellyfish Swirl

So Many Points

Collection 54

Well this must have been one of the pointiest collections. Love Bygone Days and Blood from the Dust. They looked so different in fabric from the original sketches.
C54 Stars Upon the Snow

C54 Blood from the Dust

C54 Beside the Fountain

C54 Bygone Days

C54 Fred & Ginger

So which block is missing?
C54 Jellyfish Swirl

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Norwegian Folk Museum

Well I am improving on writing posts for this blog on my iPad, although the formatting is still a struggle. Often I use a table format so that photos and writing will line up. However I haven't been able to make the tables work on the iPad and will probably have to fix these up when I return home.

Formatting and layout aside I thought people might like to see some of the embroidery work that was on display at the folk museum.
This piece was only about 25cm wide. If you are able to enlarge it you will see magnificent stitching.



Norwegian Folk Museum

Well I am improving on writing posts for this blog on my iPad, although the formatting is still a struggle. Often I use a table format so that photos and writing will line up. However I haven't been able to make the tables work on the iPad and will probably have to fix these up when I return home.

Formatting and layout aside I thought people might like to see some of the embroidery work that was on display at the folk museum.
This piece was only about 25cm wide. If you are able to enlarge it you will see magnificent stitching.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Nursery Rhymes & Collection 6


Collection 6

Just a few more blocks from the Nursery Rhyme quilt. These blocks were taken from collection 6. Funny how we take a liking to a design and use it time and again. 

Crystal Dreams has featured in three quilts so far. 
Firstly in the original Raconteur quilt, where the colour choice was so terrible that you couldn't see it unless looking for it. Next I used it in Snippets, which is a collection of seven blocks that I taught at various retreats where people wished to start on their own Raconteur. Finally it is here in Nursery Rhymes. I know I will use it again as I have seen it made using a variety of colours in the one block and it looked good enough to try ..yet again :)
C6 Crystal Dreams

C6 Disappearing Hope

Disappearing Hope what a strange name and no idea where it came from but I do like the effect here with the blue outer border making your eyes lose the white design and focus on the blue.

Nursery Rhymes & Collection 6


Collection 6

Just a few more blocks from the Nursery Rhyme quilt. These blocks were taken from collection 6. Funny how we take a liking to a design and use it time and again. 

Crystal Dreams has featured in three quilts so far. 
Firstly in the original Raconteur quilt, where the colour choice was so terrible that you couldn't see it unless looking for it. Next I used it in Snippets, which is a collection of seven blocks that I taught at various retreats where people wished to start on their own Raconteur. Finally it is here in Nursery Rhymes. I know I will use it again as I have seen it made using a variety of colours in the one block and it looked good enough to try ..yet again :)
C6 Crystal Dreams

C6 Disappearing Hope

Disappearing Hope what a strange name and no idea where it came from but I do like the effect here with the blue outer border making your eyes lose the white design and focus on the blue.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Future Plans

Aren't these great? On Norway Day some men also wore the national dress and although not as elaborate as those worn by the women you have to admit the socks are to die for. I doubt I will ever try the two colour versions but I am definitely planning on tackling the cabled ones...once I manage to make some without the holes that for some reason develop when I'm making the heel. Perhaps I should just go for lace patterns, as holes are desirable there :)



Future Plans

Aren't these great? On Norway Day some men also wore the national dress and although not as elaborate as those worn by the women you have to admit the socks are to die for. I doubt I will ever try the two colour versions but I am definitely planning on tackling the cabled ones...once I manage to make some without the holes that for some reason develop when I'm making the heel. Perhaps I should just go for lace patterns, as holes are desirable there :)



Monday, May 19, 2014

Norway Day

Must say it is easier to write posts on my computer than it is on the iPad. Will fix things when I return home but for now just look at the embroidery in these outfits.

Paul and I are visiting our son Richard and his partner Hilde, in Norway and this week there are many celebrations to commemorate 200 years of democracy.

Yesterday there was a concert highlighting the arts and in particular national costumes, called bunad. 
There are many areas in Norway and each has its own traditional costume and what amazing works of art these are.

Even toddlers dress up for the day. Gorgeous isn't she?

The children usually have a simplified version of their parent's outfit as the real thing is very expensive.

It is such an occasion that many men also wear their national costume.

When I return home I'm going to upload a really great phot here of five girls from the same family. Their mother made their outfits and they are beautiful. The photo is somewhere on this iPad but be blowed if I can find it when I want it...don't you just love technology?



row 4, cell 1block 5row 4, cell 3
block 6row 5, cell 2block 7


The concert was free and held in the park which is overlooked by the Parliament House. 

Norway Day

Must say it is easier to write posts on my computer than it is on the iPad. Will fix things when I return home but for now just look at the embroidery in these outfits.

Paul and I are visiting our son Richard and his partner Hilde, in Norway and this week there are many celebrations to commemorate 200 years of democracy.

Yesterday there was a concert highlighting the arts and in particular national costumes, called bunad. 
There are many areas in Norway and each has its own traditional costume and what amazing works of art these are.

Even toddlers dress up for the day. Gorgeous isn't she?

The children usually have a simplified version of their parent's outfit as the real thing is very expensive.

It is such an occasion that many men also wear their national costume.

When I return home I'm going to upload a really great phot here of five girls from the same family. Their mother made their outfits and they are beautiful. The photo is somewhere on this iPad but be blowed if I can find it when I want it...don't you just love technology?



row 4, cell 1block 5row 4, cell 3
block 6row 5, cell 2block 7


The concert was free and held in the park which is overlooked by the Parliament House. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cheating to Succeed

Collection 52

Carol said that Erica's Bouquet was the hardest as there weren't many flowers around that size. I cheated in that I didn't stay with the design on the fabric. I had been told that the viewer doesn't know what the original flower looked like so if needed just appliqué it where needed!
C52 Erica's Bouquet

C52 Lifesaver

C52 Flight of the Fireflies

C52 Steeples Abound
C52 Michelin Babies
C52 Semaphore Flags