Thursday, November 29, 2012

Deb - Rainbow Layer Cake

When I Googled the word LAYERS lots of images came up - layers of the earth, layers of skin, layers of clothes - but I was very taken with the pictures of rainbow layer cakes! I've never made one but I think I might give it a try one day. They do look quite sensational.
This quilt caused me a lot of angst! I made one version but didn't like it, then ran out of the background fabric I'd used and had to find something else. I tea dyed this one because the spots were too bright. Then I couldn't find the right fabric for the fork, and don't even start me on those coloured sprinkles! (Tweezers and good magnifying glasses were needed!) But I'm happy with the outcome and hope you like it Anna.
(I find it really difficult to photograph these small quilts and get the borders to look straight, because they are! Perhaps I'm standing too close when I take the photo.)

Mary - Forest Layers

Hi Anna
Forest Layers.
 I love walking through the bush and kicking up the layers to see what is underneath. 
My forest appears to be in the Northern Hemisphere, oh well, could take a trip up to New England and take in a quilt show or two.
Happy Holidays to everyone

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Layers: "The reward" stitched by Margie for Anna

We have been restoring our garden, adding layers of compost, fertiliser, topsoil and mulch over the builders rubble. Add some sunshine and spring showers, and we are beginning to reap the rewards.[As I write this it is 37degrees and hoping all is not lost!] Raw edge applique and hand quilting. I have used a mitred facing to finish the quilt, as described by Brenda Gael Smith on her very useful website - alternative quilt finishes. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kay - Sunshine, a Singular Layer

I am sorry, Anna,  I just couldn't help myself!  No matter how much I thought about layers, I couldn't get the image of chooks and eggs out of my head!

Just in case my response was just too obvious I decided to experiment with some thread painting techniques.  I don't think I have ever used so much thread in such a small space.  Altogether I think I used seventeen different colours.  It was definitely a challenge and there are some mistakes, but that is what learning is all about.  I hope you all like Sunshine. She is undoubtedly a "Singular Layer".


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Festival of Quilts SA

Here are some photos of the small exhibition we put up at the show. Margie made some laminated signs for us and we hung the quilts as they were shown on the sign. (Sorry Margie - forgot to take another photo after we put yours the right way up!)

                                                           Helen's TRACKS

                                                               Deb's FISH

                                                               Lorraine's FLORA

                                                                  Kay's TIME

                                                              Margie's HOME