Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free Motion Quilting Pledge

I have taken up the Free Motion Quilting Pledge and aim to improve my skills.

This will be similar to a block of the month with a different author teaching a new technique every month.


Click on the link below if you too would like to join this challenge!

http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2011/11/take-pledge-registration-for-2012-free.html

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Autumn leaves

I have had some autumn leaf fabric for some time and thought that this would make an interesting card.  I added some skeleton leaves as well. 

Note to self:  remove the fusible web from the backing paper before ironing to leaves (between layers of baking paper) so that  the leaves dont rip when removing the backing paper!

Autumn Leaves Fabric Postcard 4 x 6 inches

I had made some christmas tree tags with little asian dolls and had handwritten "Singapore 2011" on it, but I wasn't happy with my handwriting so these one's were done by printing directly onto the fabric .  I made 3 of each colour.  Much better!

I'm hoping these will sell like hot cakes at the school fair in two weeks time!

Tonight my hubby and I are off to the Affordable Art show which is on this weekend at the F1 Pit building (next to the Singapore Flyer)

One of the ladies from the ANZA Quilt group has some of her art quilts/fiber art in there. I'm  so happy to see Quilt/ Fiber art being recognised as art at last!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The last of the postcards....(I think)

Today was ANZA Quilt Group day and I was thrilled when I arrived that one of the ladies was working on a new quilt with some of my  hand dyed fabrics that she bought from me!
 After quilt group was some time to finish off the (hopefully) last of the fabric postcards that will go in the school fair next week


I even made the newspaper fabric myself!

Last Friday I went and checked out the MAAD (Market of artists and designers ) which is held once a month at the Red Dot Gallery here in Singapore.This is a craft market and has a variety of craft items all made by local artists.  Check out their website! http://www.maad.sg/

Also coming up in Singapore is the Affordable Art Fair from 18-20 November at the F1 Pit Building (by the Singapore Flyer).  I even hear a rumour that they will be having art quilts/fiber art there!

From 24 November to 26 December there is also a quilt show held at the Botonical Gardens and I have entered a couple of quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Birds are back!

Today was a busy day in the sewing room , and all I could think of was "angry birds".

Yes they are back!

this time smaller and ready to hang on the christmas tree:

I also made some more ornament ones and started on some more fabric postcards:
Completed cards

work in progress
These were printed directly onto the fabric using freezer paper ironed to the back of the fabric and fed through my printer.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Zentangles




And I thought I was done making Fabric Postcards!!!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Marbling, zentangles and more.......

Its been a week since I last blogged and I have soo much to tell....Firstly, it was my birthday last Friday (28th) and my husband suprised me with a 3 day trip to Phuket, Thailand.  We had a wonderful time!
My children also bought me some books:

Lee Child - The Affair  ( Love Lee Child books!)
Pat Ferguson - Zen Quilting Workbook
Velda Newman - A workshop with Velda Newman adding dimension to your quilts
Susan Brubaker Knapp - Point, Click, Quilt!

I have since read these from cover to cover and my head is now so full of great ideas!

On Wedesday I decided to try my hand at marbling fabric.  I have had a marbling kit for a while and just never started it.
The first attempt was done using water in a dish, adding the paper floating dots, adding the ink and stirring around the dish.
I found the dots were not very easy to use and much of the ink ended up on the bottom of the dish.  Maybe next time I need to add a oily layer to keep the ink on top of the water.
Using the water method
I wasnt overly happy with the result so I used some shaving cream in the dish instead:
Shaving cream method
Here are the results for the shaving cream method:
Using the shaving cream method
These colours are brighter but less marbled.  I suspect that the shaving cream was too thick.
Maybe I will need to try this again some time in the future!

Lastly this week I finally finished a project that I had started months ago.

A friend of mine  (Terence) makes zentangle artist trading cards and he gave me one a while ago.

I have tried to reproduce this with machine embroidery on the  sewing machine and finally it is finished:
Frog Zentangle Quilt

The original ATC with quilt

Quilting Detail
I can't be more thrilled with the quilt and especially the quilting in the background.  After reading Pat Ferguson's book I'm sure there will be more zentangle quilts in the not to distant future!

Happy Quilting!