Twelve months later and this little quilt is so close to being finished but I've still got some work to do, namely squaring it and binding. Anyway I just have to post it here and now, the other will happen later. [I hope]
There is no way I could do the machine stitching, I had to call in the experts for that.
Loving the quilting stitch, it's super cool. For a quilt made out of scraps it sure did turn out to be expensive. I had the machine stitching done by the professionals and it was worth every last dollar. I'd like to give a shout out to ladies at The Sewing Bee Cafe for the beautiful heart machine quilting.
What do you do when your
mother-in-law hands you a dusty, dirty cardboard box and says, ‘Here, do what
you want with them.’ Well, I gingerly opened
the box and carefully removed the old newspaper packing and behold I found an
interesting treasure trove of assorted items.
I think these two
might be Greek. They are so well made
with heaps of attention to detail and they are in perfect condition
only slightly browning on the costumes which just adds to the character. They are close to fifty years old. They make me jump with joy they are so beautiful.
Hand painted miniature
wooden jugs from Peniscola in Spain and tiny dolls from somewhere around
Germany [I’m guessing].
Sweet little birds
made from felt with hand painted tails and felted bodies, just so cute. I have no clue where they may have originated
but I’m guessing France because they were originally gifted from an aunt from
Miniature hand carved
and painted wooden clogs from Holland.
Finally an old cow bell from Tirol deep in the Austrian Alps.
There was no way I going to put them
back in the cardboard box so for the time being they are mounted on the wall in
my front entrance.
I used 12 inch canvases turn wrong way out and
decorated them with paint, paper, stamps and washi tape, keeping to the colour
scheme from the dolls clothes.
Life Book 2013 withTamara
Laporteis my favourite place
to be at the moment. I'm getting so much inspiration watching all the
videos and 'having a go' using all kinds of mixed media. This piece was
inspired byEffy Wild'stutorial in Life Book 2013.
But there's more, Joanne Sharpe ofWhimspirationsis amazing and her art work
inspires me just as much and it's such a great way to unwind after a tough day
I've taken several of Joanne's on-line classes
last year and recently I came across these wonderful prints which Joanne
created and here's my spin on her work. I just love using Nicholson's
Peerless Transparent Watercolors ~ Joanne Palette. I discovered these
when taking a class with Joanne. I'm also enrolled in a class which
Joanne is featuring in withStrathmore Art which starts next week. Looking
forward to getting heaps more inspiration fromJoanne Sharpeand of course theLife Book 2013is a whole year course with lots of great artists showcasing their
is about my involvement with handmade crafts.
I'm always short on words because I know anyone who
may visit and take the time to read this doesn't have time for a lengthy post, therefore this will be short and sweet.
been making handmade items for years, since I was fourteen ~ make that many,
many years I've been making handmade items!
Handmade by me
give all my work away, I've never sold anything. Too scared mostly and
everything I do has been done before, so who would want to buy my stuff. I love giving my stuff away and I would never give anything that I wasn't truly happy with.
Sewing is a breeze for me and not much of a challenge, so I find I'm moving more towards drawing and painting (Oil) and I know that the only way I'm going to improve is to practice and one day I hope my paintings will be as much a breeze for me as my sewing is now.
Like I said in my post yesterday, I am
very grateful to have found so many clever internet people. I have paid for and
mostly enjoyed hours of tutorials on painting and drawing and I've enjoyed sharing my
efforts ~ however humble they may be.
Handpainted by me
So for today, my point is all things
handmade make me happy, especially if I'm the maker.