Friday, June 29, 2012

Forest Quilt Wall hanging - Phase 1

Yesterday I attended a course by an awe inspiring teacher, Mari Strydom from Bultfontein who is also the owner of the local quilt shop, Lappiesland.  Her quilting journey started after being diagnosed with a debilitating disease and in spite of being in pain every day of her life, she just excelled.  A big thank you to Mari for sharing her knowledge with us.  I found this article about Mari on the Internet and you can also read about her on our Guild's blog here.

The Forest Quilt is constructed from little fabric pieces cut to about the size of matches as shown on the photo below.  The tree trunks were cut out of the brown fabric.

My inspiration, was this picture:

And my quilt looks like this:

It is however, far from finished as all the stitching have yet to be done.  The finished product will differ quite from this one, I hope...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Finally finished working overtime!

After working overtime the last 2 weeks as well as coming down with the flu last week and a severe migraine over the weekend, I'm finally back doing what I love most  - embroidering and quilting.  Yeah!

I uploaded all the Bushmen Rock Art Designs (a total of 44 designs in different sizes).  The animal set contains 26 designs and looks like this:

You can get them here as a set for $25 or as singles at $3 each and build your own set mixing and matching with the people set.

The people set contains 19 designs and can be found here with the same pricing structure.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bushmen Rock Art Designs

Have been working overtime the last week, so no embroidery or quilting done.  Will however be posting these designs at Craftsy in a week's time.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Panda Bear Cushion

I made a beautiful embroidered cushion featuring a panda bear scene depicted inside the paw print of a panda bear a few years back as a gift for my mother.  She recently asked me to embroider another one for her and as the weather forecast for today was extremely cold weather, I decided to rather stay home than quilt with the girls.

The design is from Embroidery Library and although it uses only 15 colours, there is a staggering total of 70 thread changes.  Luckily my Brother Innovis 4000 embroidery machine, threads automatically, so I can literally just sits back and watch it do the job for me.  The design is 118 x 203mm and 59 241 stitches.  Although the Innovis calculated the stitching time at 127 minutes at it's top speed of 1 000 stitches per minute, it took me 4 and a half hours to complete.

After 1 hour of stitching and 24 thread changes later, the design looked like this:
2 hours and 39 thread changes later:

3 hours and 49 thread changes later:

After 4 hours, there was still 6 thread changes left.  The completed design looks like this:
Well worth the effort.  Now I still have to convert it into a cushion, though.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wedding present

A colleague at work got married on the 26th of May, in the midst of us working overtime.  As a result I did not manage to finish her present on time.  Herewith some photo's although slightly blurred.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Scissor cases

Birthday present done for a friend of 32 years, Rika van der Merwe.  Scissor cases to keep those scissors safe.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Alphabet Design Set

After working mostly overtime the last 2 weeks, I eventualy managed to get this set finished.  Will be uploaded within the next few days at my shop over at Craftsy.