Monday, 26 October 2009

I think it's done!



I was going to spend just an hour working on my workshop piece today and then do some much needed housework but one hour turned into quite a few! Who said I'm stubborn??? I have had quite a battle with my machine today. It has refused to pull up the bobbin thread and thrown stitches and snapped its thread but I refused to be beaten and after many rethreads, changes of thread, cleaning and a new needle I did manage to get to a finishing point. I've decided that my machine does not like tyvek very much and I probably need to experiment with different tensions a bit more. At least I didn't break any needles!


I've added in scraps of fabric and baby wipes from my scrap bag and also some recycled petticoat lace and some hessian mesh. All I need to do now is decide on a binding and I will have killed two birds with one stone! A completed workshop project and the November Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt (Yes, I know it's only October! This must be the first time I've ever been ahead of myself!).


As usual, you can click on the photo to enlarge. What do you think, Gina? I have to decide now whether to continue with this technique for my quilt for next year's Festival of Quilts or whether to proceed with my printing ideas. Whatever the decision I am definitely going to continue with Free Machining practice. I have a link in my sidebar to Leah Day who is blogging a free machine quilting pattern every day for 365 days and I intend to make up some fabric sandwiches and try some of these for myself. While I may not quilt with them per se they will be good for all sorts of effects in my art quilts. Somebody please remind me I said that I would practice some FME quilting - regularly!


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23 comments:

imac said...

Good work DW.
We'll share the housework, eh.lol

Textile Art Showcase said...

It is really lovely Julie - a piece well done. It has a lot of atmosphere and great texture - I really like it.

Penny said...

Love your seascape. It's very similar to the sort of work I love to do. I am enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

A lovely seascape Julie. Life is too short to do housework.

Doreen G said...

Well done Julie on a beautiful sea/landscape--so many different textures look magnificent when enlarged.

MargaretR said...

That is a very effective piece of work Julie even if it did give you problems. It pays to have that stubborn streak:)

ju-north said...

Lovely, lovely! Could be part of St Ives!

Gina said...

It looks fantastic Julie... which means it will look even better in real life! And you know how I feel about housework...

Angela said...

Julie your picture is lovely and it's so nice to see it finished. Now for your next one.

pam said...

Hey the finished picture is great - I am sure the doll would have been very impressed - she wasn't laughing just jealous she couldn't join in!!!!!

Heather said...

This is beautiful Julie - the little area of yellows and the touch of orange at the bottome really make all those lovely blues sing. I'm going back for another look. Haven't had time to try the technique myself yet, but have downloaded the instructions.

Robin Mac said...

Gorgeous colours and textures Julie, I have been ignoring the husework as well. Now I need to go and look at the link to the FME site you gave us - more time wasting NO learning coming up. cheers, Robin

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Your piece is very gorgeous. I love all the textures and your colours blend beautifully. I will have to check out Leah's thingy as well, thanks for that!

What a wonderful DH you have Julie, help with the housework - what is that?

The WestCountryBuddha said...

This is wonderful Julie. I really love your colours and textures. Yummy!

Nellie's Needles said...

Wonderful! Wonderfully created! It makes me want to get back to my lake series which was interrupted by prairie flowers.

I'm so glad to have discovered you through Heather's sidebar. Now that I'm a "follower", be back often.

maggi said...

A very atmospheric piece. Looks like you got a lot out of your workshop.

Wendy Coyne said...

Any chance of a proper look on Friday? It looks very effective, and not all at like you had problems :)

JP said...

your trip to Cornwall really got you inspired for this - love all the textures

Helen Suzanne said...

a great panel! love the textures and of course the colours. Something I'd love to see up close.

Julie said...

Thank you all so much for your comments and support :o) Isn't it lovely when something works?

Jacquelines blog said...

LOVELY work Julie!!!!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Great job! I love the color and textures!

Julie said...

Jacqueline and Needlewings, thank you both :o)