Thursday, 1 December 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 117 - Creation, Day Three


Now finished and in the annual 12 x 12 exhibition at Midsomer Quilting, which runs from the 2nd to the 19th December, is my interpretation of this year's challenge.  After spending months without any inspiration on how to tackle the theme of Mystery, Myth or Magic,  I decided to dive straight into the Book of Genesis for the biggest mystery of them all - Creation.

The third day looked the easiest one to try, but having stitched landscapes in the past, this time I had a few interesting dilemmas and limitations.

Firstly, how should I depict the sky, referred to in Genesis as the firmament, a great dome that separates the waters above and the waters below?  A rainbow seemed to be the best solution, giving a natural arch, and by breaching the cloud it puts some water above it.  The sky above the rainbow is a single shade of dark blue, whereas below it I gave myself a free rein to use atmospheric sunset shades above a misty sea.  I wasn't going to let the fact that the sun wasn't created until the fourth day prevent me from using these colours; after all, light was created on Day One.

Next, I had to think about the land and the newly created plants.  I decided to keep the hills relatively bare, with just a hint of green to suggest grass, and put the emphasis on a few plants in the foreground.  Having used a rainbow in the background, a symbol of God's covenant in the Old Testament, the choice of plants was obvious.  The wheat and the vine symbolise the New Covenant, and the red flowers are there for just for the sheer delight of adorning the scene.  They are the lilies of the field.


All the free motion quilting was worked in Gutermann's Sulky Cotton 30 in variegated colours, using my 1945 Singer 15K treadle.  To give a little relief to the trunk of the vine and the wheat stems, I used my 1888 Willcox and Gibbs Automatic.  This is a chain stitch machine, with the chain appearing underneath the work, so I had to sew from the back. 


Because there is only one thread, the colour of the variegated thread changes more frequently than along a line of stitching made with a lockstitch machine.  This gave an interesting effect in the colours of the bark.


For the ears of wheat I sewed on tiny straw coloured beads, and added stitches for the spikes on the grains.


I bought beads in a nice plummy shade for the grapes.  These little bunches took only a few minutes to sew on.


The lilies of the field are each made up of three tiny dark red beads, which make me wonder whether they are in flower or have already gone to seed. I honestly don't know, but does it matter?  Let the viewer decide.

So that's my interpretation of Day Three.  I have also made a second quilt for the exhibition, representing Day One, and which I shall show next week.  All I shall say at this stage is that is completely unlike this quilt.



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Here goes for week 117...


A big vote of thanks to LeeAnna for interrupting her Thanksgiving weekend and linking up her beautiful quilt of autumn shades   If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.






If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.




Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Mystery Wall Hanging Has A New Home


If you remember reading about the Mystery Wall Hanging, then you will be interested to hear that it has now crossed the Atlantic.  My sister in law, Mary Ann, offered it to her brother Bob, and he gladly accepted.  However, he lives in Baltimore, rather a long way from Surrey, so he has had to wait a few months.  Rather than risk putting the hanging in a packet and trust the post, we decided it would be best for Mary Ann to take it with her the next time she visited him.  She made the trip to the USA earlier this month, and yesterday I received a message from Bob, plus the photo.  Here is what he said:- 

We have hung it over the stairs so we see it every morning as we come down to breakfast! 

I deliberately captured the "Good Morning Sunshine"  plaque on the lower wall though the text is a bit small to see.

The hang arrangement is interesting.
Without thinking about it much I bought the wooden dowel and figured I would have to cut it to size or get some hooks etc.
We had not even decided where to hang it at this point.

Just for giggles I threaded the dowel through the loops and placed it over the stairs.
It was just the right size to wedge there. No cutting needed. Must be divine providence.

So that's where it will hang.


Definitely a happy ender!  Thanks for the picture, Bob!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

A Picture for Sunday - Leaded Glass


Painted glass at Tyntesfield.  I love the repair to the broken pane at the top right.  Nothing like a strip of lead to fix things.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 116 - Rain and More Rain


Eerie timing... the day I stitched the pouring rain was the greyest and wettest for a very long time.



And I mean wet.  This is just down the hill from our house.

The project for the 12 x 12 exhibition is now complete except for a bit of hand stitched detail, so if the daylight improves I should have photos to show next week.

Meanwhile, I am working on a second, super-quick quilt for the exhibition.  It too shall remain a mystery for the time being...




... but I can tell you that there is some rudimentary free motion quilting and four buttonholes.  There shall be no buttons to match.


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Here goes for week 116...


The project in Week 115 that caught my eye was Gwyned's ice cool creation, Siren's Song  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.




If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 115 - A Few More Lines


When children leave home and both end up in Ireland, sewing has to wait its turn.  Last week I had six days away visiting my daughter in Belfast and then my son in County Wicklow, so there isn't much difference between this photo of my 12 x 12 project and the last one, except perhaps that this is a worse photo.  The weather is rubbish, and my camera can't cope with the poor light indoors.  Perhaps I shall have something rather more fascinating to show next week.

While visiting my son I was delighted to be able to give this boy or girl quilt to my future daughter in law's sister for her brand new baby boy!


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Here goes for week 115...


The project in Week 114 that caught my eye was Bernie's lovely colourful baby quilt.   If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.


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If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A Picture for Sunday - Tyntesfield Chapel


Dreamy Victorian Gothic.  This chapel and the adjacent house and estate are visible from our upstairs windows, which probably explains why I have only just got round to visiting themThis video is fun, too.



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