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I dithered a long time on the little geese down the side. I quilted the middle bits, the phoenixes, the poem, but I just baulked on the little geese. I didn't want to do smaller phoenix units - it seemed wrong and just unnecessarily "busy" in terms of design. I put it aside, and worked on other things. Finally one day I pulled it out some weeks later, sat down, and improvised a flame motif. Like the phoenix motif, I ran it single line from the top triangle right down to the bottom. It was simple and elegant, and complimented... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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At the start of this year, I still considered myself a novice. The general agreement for the "novice" label in quilting is that it's the first two years of practice. Funnily enough, it's the same with running. I can see why. It's been the last month or two really that I've stopped thinking of myself as a novice, and thinking of myself as just a "quilter". Certainly not artisan or "experienced" status, but I've definitely thrown off my novice's cloak and I guess in old fashioned terms I'd be considered a journeyman. A P plater? ;) Part of that progression... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Finally it was time to do the rest of the quilting. I often put in vague guide lines when quilting, as I find I get smoother sweeping lines if I go with speed and grace rather than stilted precision, but this design needed to be fully sketched out each time. It's too complex to use a tracing template, so I sketched each one freehand one at a time as I went. I mark a couple of key spots like the half way vertical line and would alternate sketching and quilting, one goose/triangle at a time. Each row of flying geese/... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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The next step was the all important test run. I don't do a whole lot of test work or visual diary work, as I don't have the time to spend on this level of meticulous work that a professional artist might - time is usually of the essence, and so far I've been pretty happy with the results of holding an idea in my mind and then running with it. I know the visual diary process would be of major importance if I ever wanted to take my work to the "next level" but for now, this is where I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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This is where I talk a bit about my design process. I always struggled with the keeping of a visual diary. The problem with having limited energy resources is that you have to think a little bit like a miser - you only have a budget of *this* much energy and you need *this* much to do whatever you want to do - and these two amounts often fall short of what I need. The issue then with maintaining a "real" visual diary, is that if I do this, and plan my work in a diary, I'm done. I'm out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I started this quilt some months ago. It started firstly with me buying a few sets of fat quarters in oranges and navy from a friend who was de-stashing. I liked the way the orange and navy seemed to change somehow when paired together - I don't tend to go much for either colour on their own, but together... yum! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, so I thought I'd start with some flying geese. At this point I'd never used spray starch (OMG, the revelation!) but I was keen to give triangles a bit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I was plugging away at this lovely quilt top for a while there, when I got distracted. There are times when I bite off more than I can chew, and this seems to be one of those times. I clutch at my imaginary pearls in horror every time I look at my diary for August. Seriously. So this has stalled for a bit. I'm up to the "cross my heart" border, but decided to switch to my little art quilt (which I still haven't blogged yet, oops), and to finish it off. FO number one, boom! Then I felt so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
monnsqueak is now following Jen
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monnsqueak is now following Indigo Kennedy
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monnsqueak is now following Amira Ameruddin
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monnsqueak is now following Lori Dunn
Jun 22, 2014
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My wonderful guild (Canberra Modern Quilt Guild) had a sewing day today. And it was FUN! I turned up a little late, but that was ok because it meant I actually got a spot on the tables to sit and sew. This is what I worked on today. I did the fabric painting last year at a workshop with the utterly fabulous and talented Sue Dennis, and it's been a slow process getting it moving. I did a little of the orange a while back and ran out of oomph, but made great progress on it today, adding purples, greens... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I placed the two squares of fabric carefully over the paper, lined up the seam, and sewed. The first row of stitching for the day, the hum of the machine almost drowning out the animated audiobook voice piping into my head via the shoddy earbuds. I pushed the volume up a notch and pulled the piece off the machine. Press. Out with the dry iron, onto the starch-stained board, and the first pressing for today. I wasn't really taking notice, autopilot for such a simple act, and suddenly the scent of dry, hot fabric and paper wafted up from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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It's Friday Link up day again! I love Friday linkup for a couple of reasons. First of all, it gets hits for my (now rather quiet and well behaved) little bloggy! Hooray! I don't know why this is important, but it's very exciting when you get hits. Secondly, it's actually gotten me blogging regularly again, which has been great. I'm linking up with Leah and also with Gemma, who is a lovely new friend I've met through the local Modern Quilt Guild. I've just put the finishing touches on the Summer Quilt, and the most fun I've had with it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I started a king sized quilt back at the start of summer. I've had so many other projects going concurrently that the progress has been really slow! The up side has been that I've not gotten the usual frustration and hatred that comes with a large project. Score :) So today's little project was finishing off the stright line quilting on the squares. Phew. That was a BIG job. I've not made a king sized quilt before and I'm a little bit gobsmacked at just how much more work there is in one of these compared to a queen. heh.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I don't usually get "designer fever". I didn't when I was a knitter, and I didn't plan on starting now. Until, that is, I discovered Tula Pink. I think when I first saw her stuff my poor little brain just exploded. It's the richness of colour and the utter over-the-top sumptuousness of her designs that I love; bright intense colours and fanciful pictures. I first found her Nightshade range, which is, sadly, now hiding in stashes all around the world. At the time I didn't know what designer fever was, and figured I'd nab some of it when I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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...the title of this post may be a little misleading, actually. Once I'd set it up and pinned them on, it was BUCKLES ALL THE WAY! The real question here is... what do I affix them with? I have no wool left (this was made from a nostalgia remnant), so I'd affix them with either little strips of the contrasting fabric, or light leather (I have it in dark charcoal so it'll match). At this point I'm leaning toward the leather. Yummmm. Also... free motion quilting on garments? Yes please! :D Leah Day would be proud ;) Related articles Evil... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Back when I was playing World of Warcraft, we had an amazing GM (guild master, or in this case mistress) who played well, often, and with a level of intensity I never achieved, even in my most enthusiastic days. She, and a couple of other equally intense players, earned a title which is revered still in WoW circles. The Insane. This achievement brought an incredible level of respect then, and continues to do so even now, as far as I can tell (I don't play so much any more!). The number of hours involved varies depending on the character you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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My partner commiserated and offered to take out his vengeance on the offending quilts. This, my friends, is true love. We didn't torch, bake, or otherwise burn the quilt, though. ... My lovely friend Penny loaned me her machine. I was terrified that I was going to break it too... I mean honestly. I've been sewing for 2 years and have never damaged a machine and I kill two in the space of 4 days??? Inconceivable!!! I didn't break it. Thank goodness. I'm already going to be giving a fat amount of dosh to Mr Sewing Doctor for two busted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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Since I've destroyed both of my sewing machines (not irreparably thank goodness), I decided to give the overlocker a workout, as well as use up some of the garment fabric that I've been hoarding and not using. Ooops. So this is what I've come up with today: Firstly, a pair of lined woolen cowls for winter. These are quite special, as they came from the stash of Jo, who was a really special person in the life of a close friend of mine. My friend had asked if some of her friends would like some stuff from Jo's stash, as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
A link to an old post I wrote about how to bleach and dye dark hair blonde Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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My partner commiserated and offered to take out his vengeance on the offending quilts. This, my friends, is true love. We didn't torch, bake, or otherwise burn the quilt, though. ... My lovely friend Penny loaned me her machine. I was terrified that I was going to break it too... I mean honestly. I've been sewing for 2 years and have never damaged a machine and I kill two in the space of 4 days??? Inconceivable!!! I didn't break it. Thank goodness. I'm already going to be giving a fat amount of dosh to Mr Sewing Doctor for two busted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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I've been working like crazy on these two little quiltlets for the past week or so. I've been dutifully working on the Building Blocks Quilt Along with Leah Day, and she's right - it really does make a difference when you're quilting pretty much daily. It's been a ride making these "quick"(haha) little quilts! I have made them for a friend who I'm seeing for dinner tonight. Partly due to be broke and partly due to being disorganised, I missed the opportunity to give her a special baby gift when her first little one was born, and she's now had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Squeak Like the Wind
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-she's had odes written to her: http://hannahbeasleyfeatfunmachine.bandcamp.com/releases and http://atrtphotos.com/2013/05/22/an-ode-to-skywhale/ -she eats clouds, nibbling on nimbus, scoffing on stratus and cirrus, and of course munching on mammatus (which she then stores in her breasts for the baby skywhales) -baby skywhales are called Cloud Calves (baby sea-whales are also called calves!) -she flies up into the sky to feed her babies, who hide in the clouds waiting for her, and are very shy, so rarely seen -Canberra is a very dry place and doesn't get much dew, so if you get up in the morning and see dew on the ground, you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind
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After a few pin-and-cut adventures, I toddled off to the supermarket to get some masking tape - HOMG SO MUCH EASIER! heh. I actually bought it for the straight-line quilting I intend to do on the black background, but it worked quite well as a marker for cutting and for trimming it off square. So that's the top done... am dying to get on to the quilting but of course there are never enough hours in the day! Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Squeak Like the Wind