Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Fairy Doors and Keys....

 At our local Farmers Market in the summer, these two sisters set up shop,  it is lively and create a lot of conversation.
 Fairy Doors with Keys...
Fun signs, you can find them here.
 Amish Barn Signs and the meaning of the colours.

 As we have just been working in the garden, getting our backyard into a space where we can hopefully relax a bit, after a three year project, to fix it, we can now close another chapter, where we came in and fixed, what the previous owner should have done the right way.  Cutting corners, trying to do something in a hurry, always create more work, which could so easily have been avoided, with more care and planning.  The saying:  "the devil is in the detail"  is all too true...
Not a lot of sewing is happening my side.
  Have started 365 again.
 Playing with lap quilting, it is a different way of quilting without the use of any hoops.
Using red for the dark and cream for the light for the quilting.
 Getting the colour sorted for the Bargello class. 
Juliette has arrived, it is for a wedding quilt...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Mother's Love.

Recently, I was asked to create a special quilt, by a Mom who wanted a memory quilt to give her daughter, who is getting married soon.  Over the years, she had saved all her daughters favourite dresses,  jeans and baby clothes.  After hearing the stories of how much she loved wearing the dresses, her jeans, which was extended with another pair to make them last longer as she grew.  To a all the patches which was added, when they became too well loved and feeling how soft the fabric had become over time.  I had to make this Quilt. (Her most special dress with animals on,  was appliqued,  all over the quilt.)
 This dress was her all time favourite.  It was the only one which was not modified.  All the other dresses and clothes was saved.  She will be able to use it for her own children one day.  The only one which was used entirely for the quilt, was the one with the animals.
 A patch from the jeans.  It has green sparkly beads on, with beautiful embroidery.
Some of the blocks,  the fabrics was all very different and unique.
The finished quilt.  Which her Mom gave to her at her Bridal Shower.  It gave me goosebumps, when her Mom showed me the video, when she received it and realised,  it was her dresses!
 The Family has a special saying, which was included on the label on the back of the quilt...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

International Embroidery Day.

Today is the day, embroidery is celebrated around the World.  Showcase your beautiful work and inspire everyone around you.
 Machine Embroidery.
 Crayoning and art, to add dimension to the the final product.

 Labels, love the mouse.

Enjoy the fruits of your labour,  what an amazing way to colour the World.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Enjoying summer.....

With all the rain and just cooler weather, we have all been waiting for summer to arrive.  It has played hide and seek up until now.  Summer is finally warming up.

It brought us unexpected visitors, so we took them to see one of great wonders, it was just a flying visit,
A quilt show within a local church.
Farmers markets every saturday.  They have some interesting vendors....
 Even a hundred years ago, socks could be knitted fast, if one had one of these knitting machines.
 This is a sock knitter, made from cast iron.
 From the top, showing the knitting in process.
This is what it looks like, closed for the knitting process.
The finished socks, on offer.  In all the colours of the rainbow...
...now, to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why we need Therapy Blankets.

Funny how in this day and age, the world will medicate to eradicate its problems.  Sometimes one need to follow the yellow brick road and do the alternative!

Years ago,  as part of sensory therapy, our son needed to have a heavy blanket.  It was part of his occupational therapy for his Autism.  When it was explained how sleeping under a heavy blanket has a calming effect on the person and the fact that this weight had an impact on all the large muscles.  It not only wrapped the person in a close hug,  it provided passive therapy at the same time.  Little did we know when we were doing this how beneficial it would turn out to be.
Today it is also used for people who have very many needs in everyday life, from anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and stress.  It has an almost instant effect on children with hyperactivity to calm their behaviour  and make them relax,  without the use of medication.
How?,  simply place the heavy blanket over the persons shoulders and wrap the blanket around them, sleeping under a heavier than normal blanket every night is something that is done every night and the lasting results of this therapy is amazing.  The person is given the gift of living a much more productive and normal life,  a gift in itself.
Quilters make quilts all the time, use minky on the back, this adds weight instantly. A Long Arm quilter I have met recently, showed me what she makes for this very reason, what she makes can be used during the day and she did not know just how well the therapy actually works, until I shared with her what it did for our son. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Learning new things.

The rag quilt is large, took one look at it and decided it would be kinder to use my pinking shears and trimmed the fabric raw edges with it, instead of snipping it the regular way.
It is queen size.
The hope is this way, it will create a chenille effect once it has had its first wash.
I was asked to teach two amazing young ladies, they just turned fifteen recently how to thread paint.
After showing them how to do it, both designed their own designs to embroider.  This was the progress in just a few hours.  Much more was finished, I will hopefully be receiving a progress photos of both pieces in the near future.