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Scraps Breeding

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


…so here is the final scrap heap, including the slivers that found their way into the wasebasket – before I throw out anything a few of these will make their way back into the snippets collection -there’s after all a pretty fine line between slivers and strips, and one day I might just need one of them….

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Scraps breeding …

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

And, see, the two scraps from the earlier pic are right into it now, with all the rest o nthe table.

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Scraps – breeding clue

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

From this pic there is evidence of a partial explanation as to why my scraps “breed” – very often for the achievement of just an inch or two’s length I actually produce an inch or two of scrap strips, anyway!

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Anatomy of a Commission – Day 2

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


I always have a bit of the blank page syndrome writers face, but on day 1 I actually managed to get started – just “cut and go” is the thing to do – it doesn’t look much but represents a lot of progress for the first day, and I stopped here. Took a photo and went off to do something completely different – but once this kind of thing gets under way, the brain takes over in between times of working on it.

The top portion survives in the final piece; there is part of the lower bit in the final piece but now that I was getting the hang of this again, overnight I decided to modify the lower bit before attaching it to the upper. (it’s been a while since I worked on a piece this way, and is totally different way of thinking to doing the leather on fabric pieces.)

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Quilters workshop in Montevideo

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

This is a group of 4 Uruguayan quilters who came to my house last saturday for a workshop on the basics of freehand cutting and piecing, otherwise known as improvisational piecing, an amalgam of the work of Marylin Stother of Canada, Nancy Crow of USA and the tool-free methods of fabric piecing by the Afro American quilters which were studied by Nancy herself and others such as Eli Leon who wrote “Who’d A Thought It”.
As the perfect technical framework for the mass of work to be accomplished by students in her colour and design classes, the method for this quick and easy construction has been taught far and wide byNancy, and many others since, with the result that it has become a new tradition in quiltmaking having been taken up by traditional, experimental and art quilters alike. There are countless examples now appearing in catalogues of contemporary quilt shows in countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, and wherever else the teaching goes or exhibitions travel it will emerge shortly after. So, I look forward to seeing how it emerges here, since the students were very keen, and worked very hard.

In the above sample, the heap of 4 pieces of fabric, all right side up, cut through three times to produce these 4 blocks will be recongised by anyone who have ever done this kind of workshop or construction. We moved on to strips and slivers. It is always a pleasure to teach to people who are keen to learn what you have to show them.

I learned that my studio could have accomodated one more student plus machine without being a squeeze, that I like having the extra trestle table up (dangerous precedent, Wendy?) and that I can easily get used to having quilting on one, piecing out on the other table still have my cutting table free…. theoretically. Posted by Picasa

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