Some more bindings to stitch

I went to my quilt shop to pick up a quilt I was having quilted and came home with two!

Being ill does things to ones brain.  I had completely forgotten that I had the second quilt.


The first is an add a line quilt for my grand daughter in pink and purple (yuck) her favourite colours.  I hope this one fits the bill, the first two were rejected.


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I had it quilted in a dragonfly design which I know she will like.

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The second is a recycled back from another quilt.  After I had it all tacked and ready to quilt I found that It was just too heavy so replaced the backing but I couldn't throw all that lovely fabric away.  So It has another backing and has been repurposed.

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It is made up of Australiana prints that I had collected over the years and I actually like the end result.

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The quilting pattern is based on circles which contrast well with the lines of fabric on the front.

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Now they both need the edges bound.  I intend to do that at my leisure.


Very little progress on anything.  The reason being my husband has returned from Ireland with the flu and given it to me!  I don't think he and my daughter had a very good trip.  He got the flu, then fell and broke his nose and cut his head open.  Poor Laura spent her whole holiday looking after her father.  I am so glad I didn't go with them.

I am trying to stitch out another budgie for the October Children's class.  It is a very slow process as I am all stuffed up in the head with this flu.

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Ethnic Embroidery

These ladies in Romania have a point. 

When fashion houses use their designs for inspiration and make big profits some thing should come back to the original designers.  

This jacket was copied and sold for 30,000 EU.  You can buy an original for 500EU  from Bihor Couture, a company that work with the women who originally made the garment.

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I like this blouse that sells for 40EU.  It is entirely hand made and a lot more work has gone into it than the price being asked.

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.52.20 pmThis use of ethnic design as 'inspiration', which sometimes means a straight copy, is a problem for lots of communities today.

Starting the portraits

This has been a long process but I have at last begun. 

A number of years ago I asked my patchwork group to make me a block which was a portrait of themselves.  But not a photo realistic one, rather one of how they saw themselves.  I was going to make a wall quilt out of it and for the shashing I was going to have some fabric printed using photos of each lady.  Well the years have gone by and the cost of having the fabric printed was too much.  Then I moved and didn't have the wall space anymore.  Now I have decided to make these blocks into a fabric book and on the page opposite their block I am going to embroider a portrait of each person. 

I have now taken their photos and turned them into line sketches.

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This is Betty who passed away a few years ago.  She got a form of lung cancer from the asbestos fibres that were trapped in her husbands work clothes which she washed.  We all loved Betty and still do even though she has passed.  She was the most quirky, creative person.  At one point she took herself off on the Trans Siberian Railway just to see what it was like.  Back then you had to take all your own food all that was provided was the transport.

Her block is full of her dreams.  She saw herself as still young, and she did look like this when she was young.  The kind of house she always wanted, the flowers in the garden, her cat, the rural setting and her quilting.

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I think this will take some time but it will be full of love.



This is my 2018 sample for my 'Exploring more stitches' Class.

There are 28 different stitches in this piece, which isn't bad for such a small space.  I have used a variety of threads that represent thin, medium and thick varieties and tried to organise my colours around a light medium and dark pallete. 


This class will be in August this year at the Queensland Embroiderers Guild.  It isn't difficult to stitch and could be finished in under a week.  I hope the participants like it.

Next I would like to attempt a design that will require a lot more technical control but I also have an idea for some portraits.  Well I can work on both I suppose?