Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weekend Retreat

I had a fabulous quilting retreat last weekend out at Boonah.  Managed to finish off the 36 blocks for my small quilt, baste down a Hawaiian appliqué cushion and dye some 14 yards of fabric (with Ali).

cheers Rebecca

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Red Quilt

I finished my scrappy Red Quilt.  The centre I made in a Nancy Crow class in New Zealand and the inspiration for the medallion came from a class with Gwen Marston.  It is improvisationally pieced except for the borders.

It is 43 inches square.   It makes me happy cheers Rebecca

Monday, June 23, 2014

Autumn in the Vineyard - journal challenge

The latest challenge topic for our 8 by 8 group was "Autumn in the Vineyard".  I had fun using sun paints to do leaf prints, some of my hand dyes and using some of my deconstructed screen printing fabric.  I did minimal machine quilting (plan to work on my skills in this area) and I added hand stitching using my own hand dyed threads which were procion dyed when I was dyeing some of the fabric I used.

The thermofax prints are from a drawing of a leaf in our front yard.
cheers Rebecca

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fabric Postcards

I am in a postcard swap with some friends in New Zealand - my latest postcards were hand painted and printed and machine embroidered.  The postcard was inspired by my daily walk around the Lake near my house.

take care Rebecca

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Open Studio - Aliquilts

Just a reminder for those of you in Brisbane that my friend Ali George is having an Open Studio this weekend(24 and 25 May).  Ali lives in the beautiful Scenic Rim about an hour from Brisbane - her address is Aliquilts Studio 169 Niebling Road, Tarome.  Visitors will be able to participate in mini workshops and a community quilt project.

cheers Rebecca

Dragon Fly - "Seaglass" Colour challenge

The last colour challenge the 8 by 8 Group did was based on the colour depicted by "Seaglass".  I took out my collection of sea glass from Day's Bay in Wellington and inspired made the journal quilt below.  The dragon fly wings were painted with semi transparent paint and I used machine outline and some neocolor 1 crayons for highlights.

cheers Rebecca

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Fabric Dyeing

I read today where it is really good for your work amongst other things to blog.  It is a way to look differently at your work and to be more thoughtful.  You build up a relevant visual diary which is both a record and an inspiration.  So I am showing you a photo of what I have been busy doing in the past week - procion dyeing cotton fabric.  I am really doing improvisational dyeing because I think it is important to have some textural elements in the cloth.  I made sure I dyed some light colours too because it is intended that hand printing  be added to the fabric and this will give variety.

take care Rebecca