|Rabbit by Elizabeth Wall|
At the March meeting of my quilt group we had a guest speaker, Elizabeth Wall, a textile artist who specialises in applique and embroidery. I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said her work is exquisite. We were open-mouthed in awe at everything she showed but particularly the chasubles she's made for St Giles' church in Aintree, Liverpool (chasubles are the cloaks worn by vicars).
She's also been booked to run a workshop in May but I already had theatre tickets for the same day. When I saw the project they would be working on, I was absolutely gutted: I wanted to do it sooo sooo much!
|Owl by Elizabeth Wall|
It's this owl, based on quilts she made to decorate the window of a bookshop to promote the final Harry Potter. Isn't it amazing? In her words, she uses all the ugly fabrics most people run away screaming from and cuts them up to make these collage pictures.
After seeing her work, we talked about inviting her to do another workshop with us. Well, I just couldn't wait! I was so inspired that I started work on a small quilt right away. I particularly liked one of the smaller, simple quilts she uses for workshops and was able to draft a pattern and make templates using the photos I'd taken.
It's a simple layering technique using bondaweb. The thing I like most is the instant gratification! All the pieces are stuck down before any stitching takes place so you can see immediately what your final quilt will look like.
All the fabrics are from my stash and it took a few attempts before I was happy with the fabric for the birds. There's a whole flock left over for another project! Once all the pieces are stuck down, you put the quilt sandwich together and then use simple stitching to secure the pieces and hold it all together.
I finally finished it this week, sewing on the binding and the eyes of the birds. Want to see it?
Ta-dah! I don't think I've ever made anything so quickly - I was so carried away with enthusiasm and excitement! I've already got a tree picture on the go and then need to design something for the extra birds. I've done applique before using bondaweb (see my Strawberry Thief quilt) but it didn't give results so quickly, so I can see me using this technique again and again. In between longer projects it's nice to have something that's quick to finish. My group meet this week and are going to be absolutely amazed when I show up with a completed project!
(Edited to add : I've had some really lovely comments about my little bird quilt but I get the impression you think it was my design. Just to be clear, the design is entirely the work of Elizabeth Wall. Only the choice of fabrics was my own. x)
This photo of the cherry blossom was taken yesterday when we had glorious blue skies and real warmth to the sun. I sat outside in a sheltered spot reading WITHOUT A COAT!!!
It's been a quiet weekend of mostly laundry and housework but I did finish off a little crochet project which I'll share with you next time. Thank you for all the lovely comments lately - they really do make my day.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x