Tag Archives: Fiber art

Sue Bleiweiss

7 Mar

I often find quilt artist’s use of colour is what draws me to their work.  Sue Bleiweiss certainly is someone whose work I admire.  She has a book out called ‘The Sketchbook Challenge’

Image Courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

If you want to find out more about her art she writes a great blog sharing her processes.

She also has a page of  free projects where she offers her knowledge in many different quilty things.

Worth dipping into…



Fusible Batting and A Fresh Sewing Day

1 Feb

You know, I’d never heard of fusible batting until I read Charlotte’s scrappy coaster tutorial.  That seems along time ago now but I researched further and found many youtube videos on how to apply this batting to your quilt – it seems a whole lot easier than pinning.  Have you ever used fusible batting?  If so, has it become your favourite to use?

January has been full of sewing and dyeing – and as always it’s so much fun.  Thought I’d share a few highlights and link with Lily’s Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day

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Escher’s Distortion Grid Revisited

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Some Dyeing

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Some Triangles

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A Mini Appliqued Quilt

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and some more dyeing.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

Lily's Quilts


It’s Grown Some More

17 Jan

From this

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To this

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To this

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It’s been a real challenge to keep this baby flat.

I have a few more blocks to piece and add before the top is finished.


‘Till then.

Linking with Nina-Marie’s ‘Off the Wall Friday’

Creations by Nina-Marie


It’s Growing…

14 Jan

My take on the curves of Escher’s distortion grid has grown into some colour.  I like the way the black and the waves play on my eyes.  It’s fun to see how it changes just by adding colour or changing the orientation of the lines as I sew.


I’m not sure where to next, so it sits on my design wall for me to ponder.

Until I feel ready to continue with it, I got my dyes out.  Looking forward to seeing results…


Be speaking soon.

Linking with Judy @ Patchwork Times – Design Wall Monday


Floating Mask

3 Jan

It’s a mini, 14″ square, all appliquéd free motion quilted with some of the hand dyed fabric I made last year.

Finished yesterday as a new year’s present.

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I like the idea of mini’s this year.  Quick and to do with lessons learned.

Hope you are all enjoying the first week in the new year.


Linking with Nina-Marie Creations… quilts,art… whatever

A Year in Reflection

31 Dec

On the eve of a new year I thought I’d jot down a few highlights in my crafty year….

My year started off by making my third bed quilt, and getting myself completely hooked on quilting.

Quilt Sandwich

Finished a few upholstery back packs for friends.

Patchwork BackpackPieced Back PackUpholstery Back PackBackpack - Ta Da

I joined the London Modern Quilt Guild met talented people from the London Quilt Community. I learnt loads through some of the challenges set, and had the privilege of going to Liberty’s London for a talk from a fabric designer for a new line of quilt fabrics.

Crazy Quilt BlockFoundation Pieced Five Point StarApril LMQG Challenge Block

Hundertwasser inspired quilt

'Wacky Triangle Design'London Modern Quilt Guild ChallengeEnglish Paper piecingAndy Warhol Inspired Mo' Block

Liberty's LMQG day 002

I carried on with some oilcloth bags and cases

Oilcloth Patchwork ToteOilcloth Shoulder BagBlack and White Oilcloth BagOilcloth Tennis Racquet CoverBlue Polka Dot Bag

made some cute appliquéd aprons

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Liberty Cup Cake ApronsApron Z

Learnt some great techniques from my mother, local quilt guild and on-line

Curved Piecing in Upholstery FabricFaux ChenilleFree Motion Quilting

Circleappliqué lesson

Learnt how to dye my own fabric

Fabric and Procion Dye kit

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Drew inspiration from things around me

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have some more quilts in progress of finishing…

Quilt in Progress

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It’s been a fantastic creative year.

Thank you to all who read and enjoy my blog:)

Looking forward to the next with more challenges and learning to be done and shared with you.

Happy New Year.



Lily's Quilts

A Give Away Chance

7 Dec

Blog Hop Party

Although I missed the SewMamaSew Giveaway, Michelle of the ‘Quilting Gallery’ will also be having a give away this month to celebrate its fifth birthday:)  So coming up the 10th I will share my give away prizes.

I finished my oilcloth bag for Ms M too.

Blue Polka Dot Bag

And the free motion on my stained glass door piece continues …

Free Motion Continues

Linking with Nina Marie @ Creations  Quilts, Art, Whatever…

Have a great weekend,


Pin Basted and Ready to Quilt

30 Nov

I managed to get my stained glass door quilt basted today.

Pin Basted Stained Glass Door QuiltAnd started quilting.

I really want to get on with some free motion quilting and lots of it in mind for this one.

 I’m still not sure how the fused bits will look and am a bit dubious about how to go about quilting them, but hopefully all will come together.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend where ever you are.

Linking with Nina Marie @ Creative Quilts, Arts…Whatever off the wall Friday


Progress Made

23 Nov

A bit of work done on my stained glass door piece…things have been unpicked and sewn back together again in various forms.  I think I have managed to get it to how I like it for now.  I’ve been deliberating piecing my circle flowers in ‘Sharon Schamber piec-lique Style’, but I’m a bit scared of messing up the background piecing, if I get it wrong I think it would break my heart.  Sooo, I’m going take a bit of advice from the book my mum sent me on fused art quilts.  I think I feel a bit more confident using this approach.  Wish me luck:)

Have a great weekend.


Elizabeth Barton Art Quilts – Inspirational

22 Nov

I found a wall outside the South Bank Theatre with some crazy paintings -

I really like the colours and strangeness of the images

Some inspiration for the future…

Talking of inspiration,

Marianne who blogs at The Quilting Edge- marisquilts, has been an inspiration to my quilting over the past year.  I discovered her blog and fell in love with her use of solids and the fabulous quilts she makes.  I was looking through marisquilts flickr pages and found Elizabeth Barton.  Again, her name is new to me – she is prolific and her work is beautiful, tackling many different and challenging genres in her quilts.

It’s so good tapping into so many wonderful and talented people who share their work and knowledge – it is appreciated:)



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