Monday, September 22, 2014

Back from beautiful Alsace


I'm back from the 20th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork. More to come very soon...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reverie in Japanese

This is my "Reverie in Japanese". It didn't make it into SAQA's Wide Horizons, and I've learned a couple of things here.
First, I know I didn't send the best picture. I remember I was in a hurry to take the photo, the light was not great, and the quilt looks crooked...
And then, more important to me, I realized that I do not really enjoy making large art quilts anymore, at least at the moment.
I'm going to concentrate on what I like best, small, and colorful, art quilts.
Actually, although I like my quilt as it is, I can also see several smaller quilts in it. I wonder if I will have the guts to cut it up...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Fabric scraps and yarn play

I've been sewing fabric scraps again. Japanese fabrics mainly. Here's a picture of my design wall today...
Each block is a 4''x4'' square. The idea is to make a quilt for the sofa. Yes, I need to make many more blocks, but I'm going slowly... One hour of Japanese, 15 minutes of sewing, one hour of Japanese, etc..

During the summer, I started crocheting a ripple blanket, inspired by the lovely Lucy at Attic24. (Please have a look at her beautiful blog!)
I just wanted to finish up all my yarn leftovers, but of course I ended up buying some new yarn...
And now, I've got more leftovers, so I've been making these little granny squares...
I don't know yet what I'll do with them. Maybe a little blanket for my GD's doll.

Next are a few pictures of my GD's first try at counted-thread embroidery. First, she did straight stitches...
Then, half stitches...
I think she's almost ready for cross stitch.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer is over

I am back. Actually, I didn't travel a lot this year, but I took some time away from the computer in order to recharge my batteries.
Now it looks like summer is over already. It's raining cats and dogs, and it really feels like it's time to go back to the studio.

I made this little quilt top from dyed and printed fabrics.
It's about 30 by 40cm.

Last week, I had a little student. I introduced her to counted-thread embroidery. I took some pictures but I forgot to download them. It will be for the next blog post.
She also did her first weaving on my small rigid heddle loom.
She only wove for 5 or 10 minutes at a time, but I think she did really well.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last day of June

Lots of colour and sunshine here during the last two weeks.
Watching the Belgian team playing at the world cup, one eye on the tv, the other one on my crochet...
A new warp on my loom, all bio cotton. The weft is cotton, paper, cottoline.
A couple of tentative small quilts up on my design board.
Machine-quilting my GD's quilt.
And, of course,  studying Japanese, reading and enjoying the beautiful weather in the garden.
I intend to keep more or less the same timetable in July.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some news

This mosaic is a little summary of the last two weeks.
Weaving, quilting, crocheting, and enjoying the beautiful weather. The yarn I'm using for my crochet project is Tahiti by Schachenmayr. When I saw it in the shop, I just couldn't resist.

Yesterday, I finished the blue scrap quilt.
Although I intend to keep the vertical orientation, I think it also looks good like this...
I'm also done, at last, with my cottolin warp.
I tried several twill weaves and paid special attention to the selvedges. It's not too bad, I think.
Next time, I'd like to try floating selvedges to see how it works.
I washed the fabric. I still have to iron it and then to decide how to use it.
Probably some little pouches and also a couple of book covers, which means I will not see my carefully wowen selvedges anymore!
My loom is empty. For the next weaving project, I want to use the variegated paper yarn I bought in Kyoto a few years ago.
I've also got one or two quilt ideas percolating, but there's no hurry.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Done!

I disappeared in quilting land to finish my large quilt. It's done, and I'm trying to enter it in a juried show. I don't think I'm going to post it before I know if it's in or not, but here's another little peek at the quilting.
I've also been working on the collaborative piece with my little GD.
We started to machine-quilt it, but she quickly lost interest... She says it's taking too long and it's boring... She would much prefer to embroider it. I think I'm going to quilt it myself, and then let her try the machine embroidery stitches. She likes the flowers and the heart stitches of course.