mandag 13. desember 2010

Scrap Basket

I found the tutorial for this basket at Ayumi's blog, here. I used linen and some cotton scraps. The diameter is 18" and the height 6". The tutorial is very good, and it's easy to change the measurements. Thank you, Ayumi!!

søndag 14. november 2010

November Quiltie

My November quiltie was made for Margreet in The Netherlands. Her theme is nature. The background is made of silk, both yarn and cocoons were felted onto a piece of handdyed fabric. The technique for making the tree is an interesting one. A piece of fabric is mounted in an embroidery hoop, then a hole is cut and setting the machine for zigzag stitches, one sew from one end of the hole to the other several times,. To finish, one gather the threads to make the branches with more zigzag stitches, and the cut out the tree. I used a variegated thread in grey for the tree, it's supposed to be a birch!

søndag 31. oktober 2010

Wallhanging for a Princess

More or less impossible to take a good photo of this wallhanging, but if you click on the photo, you should be able to see the details. I have a little princess in the family, and when I saw this wallhanging in the German magazin Patchwork, I knew I had to make it. The frog blogs are pockets where the princess can keep her treasureres.....

torsdag 14. oktober 2010

October Quiltie

Not much sewing the last weeks, but this is the FibreFever quiltie I've sent to Susanne in Germany. The flowers are made from all the thread snippets I've saved for weeks. I put them between two layers of water soluble plastic, free motion quilted on top, soaked the sandwich and free hand cut the flower heads when the plastic had disappeared. I then added some beading and couched the stems and leaves. Hopefully Susanne will enjoy the quiltie!

søndag 12. september 2010

September Quiltie

This is the quiltie (6 x 6") I've made for Marja from the FibreFever group. Her theme is birds. Some time ago I saw a photo of a print of the bird on this interesting blog. The blog owner kindly gave me "permission" to make the bird in fabrics. Thank you!! The fabrics are silk, and I've used metallic paints and free hand embroidery. I hope Marja will like it.

onsdag 8. september 2010

Mosaics

Last week I was in Cyprus for the first time. Lots of things to do and see. These photos are mosaic floors nearly 2000 years old. I could have spent days looking at all the details! I found lot of quilt blocks on this floor.......... The next photo shows Narcissus, the young man who fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. The story of Narcissus and Echo is a very sad one, so sad that the gods had pity on him and turned him into a flower that grows near water so that he can always look at his reflection.

fredag 27. august 2010

Poppies

One day I would like to make a poppy quilt. The inspiration will be these annuals from my garden, called "Angels' choir". The flowers come in all shades of white, pink and red, single and double. I find them so beautiful.



fredag 20. august 2010

Colour Wheel

From the fabrics I dyed earlier this summer, I've made this colour wheel. Most of the fabrics are the hand dyed ones, only 8 are from my stash; some of the darkest hues, true red and green. I used a rainbow coloured thread for the quilting, and I think it turned out OK. The size is 60 x 60" and I've put it up on the wall close to my cutting table.

onsdag 4. august 2010

More Quilties

Two other quilties (6 x 6") from monthly swaps in the FibreFever-group. I made the first one for Wendy. Her theme is "Victorian". I found the patterns for these shoes in a magazine called Stitch some time ago, and I think they matched her theme quite well. A long time since I've made hand embroidery.... The next one is for Maureen who has "Oriental" as her theme. It was very difficult to get a good photo of the dragon. I used glitter glue as decoration, but it doesn't show very well on the photo.

tirsdag 20. juli 2010

Fabric Dyeing 2

More fabric dyeing!! Again I used fat quarters , 15 pieces, and wet the fabric in a soda ash solution. This time I put up 15 plastic cups in a triangel. 5 cups in the first row, 4 in the next, then 3, 2 and 1. I mixed the dyes, yellow, blue and red, and put one teaspoon of yellow in the cups in the first row, 2 in the next and so on. Then I turned to another side of the triangel and put one teaspoon of red in the first row, 2 in the next and so on, and the same with blue for the last side. Complicated?? Not at all, it's just difficult to explain, but if you make the triangel, you'll see what I mean!!
Then I put each piece of fabric in a plastic bag (the ones with zips are useful!!), mixed the dye consentrate in each cup with one cup plain water, poured one cup of dye in each plastic bag, closed the zip! and worked the dye into the fabric. I left the bags for some hours, and after washing, this was the result (as you can see, I put some lace and silk in some of the bags):
These are done in the same way, but with half the amount of dye:
And these are made with the left over dyes plus some black:
I'm afraid I've got more fabrics now than I can use, so if you are interested in buying some of the pieces, please send me an email!!

søndag 18. juli 2010

Leander

This beauty is called Leander - one of David Austin's roses. It was planted i May, and hopefully it will flower until late autumn. I love the Austin roses, also for their scent!

lørdag 3. juli 2010

Fabric Dyeing

This is what my clothes line looked like this morning. I had great fun dyeing nearly 50 fat quarters yesterday: I made 3 gradations, the one on the left is the palest, the pile on the right is the result using the left over dyes - with the drop cloth on top!

These are the medium and dark gradations, and I'm amazed how many colours I ended up with using only 3 primary colours plus black. I used very bright colours, and I think I'll try the same with warmer colours. If so, I'll try to remember using gloves all the time during the process.......

tirsdag 29. juni 2010

Landscape Quiltie

I'm a member of a group called Fibre Fever, hosted by Ati. Every month for a year we swap a fibre book page, size 6 x 6". Each member has chosen a theme for her book. This page I sent to Claudia in Austria. Her theme is"Landscapes". The background landscape is freehand pieced, the tree is made with a new technique for me. I fixed a piece of musling in an embroidery hoop, cut a square of the fabric, and sew the trunk and branches with free motion zigzag over the opening before it was cut out from the muslin. I used a variegated thread, also in the bobbin. I used a few hand stitches to keep the tree in place over the background landscape.

tirsdag 22. juni 2010

Table Runner

I've just finished this table runner for a friend. I've been free to choose both pattern and colours, so I do hope she'll like the result! The fabrics are all batiks, the technique used for cutting the pieces is from a book called Skinny Quilts and Table Runners, the flowers are cut freehand.

lørdag 5. juni 2010

A Kind of Roses

Not much sewing these days, I spend my time in the garden. But I have finished this small wall hanging, inspired by a German quilt magazine. The center of the flowers are silk cocoons which I cut in halves, for decoration I've used metallic thread, pearls, sequins and washers. A click on the photo should show the details. It's a rather small quilt, size 13 x 16 ".

onsdag 26. mai 2010

Bag


To carry bits and pieces, I made this small bag from scraps. The "crazy quilter" is my favourite, I have some ideas for further use.........

Giveaway - The Winner

Congratulations Lisa!! Your bag will be posted in a few days. Hope you'll like it!
Thanks to all for your kind comments!

tirsdag 11. mai 2010

Giveaway

I think statistics are fun and interesting, that's why I installed Google Analytics and Feedjit on my blog some time ago. I'm surprised to see how many different countries my visitors come from. I "know" some of you from comments and would like to know even more. If you write a comment on this post before the 25th of May, you can win one of my shopping bags (others are for sale in my shop). The fabric is cotton with a screen print.

fredag 7. mai 2010

Inspiration

Some days ago, Lappedamen gave me this challenge: Write a blog post about your sources of inspiration. Well Eva, I find inspiration in a lot of things! Let's start with this: I love doors and windows. I found this door in Sienna, Italy.
Then of course, nature; landscapes, flowers, birds, fruits, sunsets.........
I love iron works; gates, fences........This photo is from Italy, but I also have a lot from Ireland!
For some strange reason, I need some more bookshelves for my ever growing collection of books and magazines. These are a few of the magazines I like:
And of course, I find tons of inspiration on other quilters' blogs! Very often I get carried away, following a link to another link to another link.........
I also keep journals where I write down all my good, and not so good!, ideas. I'm not a painter, so I write things down, cut out and glue photos from magazines, fabric scraps and other useful things. For the time being, I'm also working on a shopping list for the quilt festival in Birmingham later this year!!
Do YOU take the same challenge?? If so, I would love to hear from you!