Sunday, 27 June 2010

come on England !

Well its all England fever here today as England play Germany in the World Cup! I cant say I am a football fan in general but I do support our boys on an international level. So to all our boys over in South Africa today ... all I can say is this ... keep calm and carry on!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

EMQE, Cathy Franks and city chic messenger bags

I had a great week last week spending 7 days with old and new friends at the European Machine Quilting Expo down in Castletownbere in Co Cork. Ireland. The lead teacher this year was fibre artist Cathy Franks and she was a delight --- all 4' nothing of her .. lol. I took all her classes and really enjoyed them. She is sooo enthusiastic and passionate about her work and a very good teacher. We played with all sorts of goodies, including Tsukineko inks, paint sticks and colouring pencils, messed about making 'flash and trash', couched with wool and made complete quilts directly on the longarm frame! Who would have thought to piece and add borders, let alone iron directly on your frame. Amazing! I loved it all.

I taught 2 classes as well. A Frenzy of Fillers and my City Chic Messenger bags. I was very impressed with my students and they all did a super job. Annie and Claudio -- or the kids ... as I called them because they are soo young did an amazing job making their bags having done very little sewing ....ever ... at all, Sherry over at Irish Quilting learnt to topstitch and Valerie was thrilled to install a zip. I really enjoyed teaching this class, plus I also got to make a few myself.

Today I have been messing about with Aperture 3 and created a slideshow of the bags I have made. I'll be putting them on sale over at later this week. Hope you enjoy the slideshow. It was fun to make.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On !

It's very late but I feel very happy that I quilted out the blank samples for my students at the EMQE next week. Just got to get sorted with all the other stuff now!!

I'm also testing out if my iPhone can send video ... If it does take a sneak peak at one of my latest designs quilting out. I am using 3 designs from my Blighty set for this years freehand filler class over in this Irish retreat for longarmers.

Yeah ... it works - I just love my Iphone! Sorry the quality is naff but it was 2.30 in the morning and the lighting in my studio - whilst good for quilting is most certainly NOT good for video. But now I know it works I will try another one! In case your wondering what the design is ... and I was .. white thread on white is not a good combo at the best of time for photos ... it is Script and says KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. Above this is a Union Jack (with the correct proportions I should add) and above this a George VI crown. These designs, along with 4 others should be available to download from Digitech Patterns and Intelligent Quilting very soon.

YouTube Video

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