Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sue Spargo Leaf Embellishment Day 1

Here is one of Sue's inspiration pieces that she had laid out for us to come up and view whenever we wanted.  She had several other quilts and one that she asked that we didn't share it because she will be releasing the pattern soon.
 Lovely beading, bullion knots and a very cute bee.
 A lady bug and another bee on a flower sampler.  That pink/red of the lady bug is lovely.
 Layers of wool, drizzle stitch in the centre of the flower.
 Look at the spots on the lady bug.  I love the centre of this flower.
 Baby Rick rack couched down and some Colonial or French knots around the edge.
 Bullion knots and to the right a fly stitch with a bullion accent.
 Beads laid down will silk thread using the beaded coral stitch.  Notice how flat the beads lie.
 The beaded coral stitch using cotton thread, it doesn't lie as flat and even as the silk thread.
 At the end of the day I had added a second layer to 8 leaves.
 I also managed to do some creative stitching, here is a line of bullion knots using a variegated thread.
 The pearl stitch with another variegated thread.
 Some textured silk velvet waiting to be added some details.
 The turquoise is another silk velvet and the green printed is a cotton velvet.
 Some batik fabric, I took this one off and did another.
 A small piece of cotton leaving space for creative stitches.
After class I spent the evening cutting some more fabrics to be layers and prepping for day 2.  Stay tuned for some more to come.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Sue Spargo lecture.

Friday night I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Sue Spargo.
 She brought a beautiful selection of her original quilts for us to enjoy.  Magnolia is the one below.
 Lots of twists and turns in this one.
 Love the acid green.
 One of her blocks of the month.
 Reflections of her life in Africa.
 This next quilt is queen sized, the final borders didn't fit in the picture and it alone weighs 20 lbs.
 Imperial Blossoms.  Lots of creative stitching on this on 36 different ones.
 Note the winding path leading from the house.
 Places in the world she has taught.
 The cover of her Creative Stitches book.
These are the 56 leaves that I whipped stitched down in preparation for the class that started Sunday.  This morning is part two.  So much to learn in such a short time.
This is the photo that inspired my placement of my leaves.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Antique Quilts and some collectibles.

Just across the Washington border is the small town Kalama.  It has several antique shops and malls I enjoy dropping in on and this visit was very fruitful to see some lovely quilts.  A dresden plate.
 A kalidescope crazy quilt.
 Maple leaves.
 Stars and hexagons.
 An interesting pieced block.
 A closer look what are those critters?
 Another signature quilt.
 Some of the blocks have faded away but the signatures are still there.
 A sampler of friends.
 The overal quilt.
 A snails trail.
 A nine patch.
 Back home, a great find of a picnic basket.
 This company has changed its name to Redmon but it is still in business.
 The top is textured.
 Syrup bottles.
 A familiar shape on the shelf tucked into the back.
 French's Mustard, you don't see them in glass any longer, great recycling for the lid.
 Another one in a pale blue.
A jar/lid opener.
A closer look, I have some other Foley gadgets.
The pinwheel quilt made it home with me.