Monday, 5 July 2010
Down beside the Seaside Giveaway
My first giveaway on this blog courtesy of Janet Clare designer of this lovely wall hanging . The pattern is for a quick machine pieced and raw edge applique wall hanging.
I spent a wonderful weekend sewing with Janet at a class organised by Kim at the fat quarters in Blackhall Mill. Janet was such a kind, patient teacher and a wonderful artist using her sewing machine. Her she is with her original wall hanging.
We learnt how to use the free motion technique for embroidery and free motion drawing with the machine. This was the bit to really get your head around that you draw the picture by moving the paper and not the pencil ( moving the fabric not the needle).
Once we had it worked out we moved onto drawing a street of houses with thread on a piece of woollen blanket , as Irene is showing here.
Then we move the technique on a step with applique and the free motion embroidery combined. I was quite proud of this little house.
Then, having learnt all the techniques it was on with the project. First the easy little beach houses.
Then a little more complicated, onto the sea gull. At this stage I had to add some vilene as a stabiliser on the back of the fabric to stop the work being eaten by the sewing machine.
Then onto the real fiddly bits, this tiny little girl flying her kite, I was quite proud of the sewing I did on the kite string.
And finally My finished wall hanging - well not quite - it still needs wadding and hand quilting. Call back next week for the next installment.
In the meantime, don't forget to leave a comment and on Sunday 11th July , I shall draw one name out of the hat to win the pattern Janet so kindly donated. Don't forget to check out her website here for hints and techniques and details of the classes she is teaching. It is a fabulous technique to learn and she is such a great teacher - we went from knowing nothing to completing a wall hanging in 2 days.
Happy quilting xx