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July 2021


Oh Boy,  I have been out of action for nearly 2 weeks after that injection.  I thought that I was recovering towards the end of last week but it just got worse.  I normally have high blood pressure but the bottom dropped out of that.  I managed to drop 5.5Kg in the week but was able to have an 'invalids' meal tonight.  I haven't done much over the last week.  But, when I could I knitted and that is starting to grow.

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I bought a new 'mouse' for my grand daughter Jasmine, the 9y.o.  I don't think it has a name as yet.  It is a Danish mouse, very expensive because it was imported, but, very cute.  Jasmine has the most vivid imagination so I know this mouse will have amazing adventures.

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She is from the Maileg Company, who I discovered years ago when in Denmark.  I saw this little lady in a gift shop and had to have her.  She sleeps in a matchbox.

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And I was asked for a new quilt and pillow but they had to be different, so I complied.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.50.13 pm And could she have a new dress and could it be pink or purple.  So even though I was ill I made a pink dress.

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And the other request was for some coat-hangers for her clothes, so grandpa had to make coat-hangers and I had to give up a pin box to put them in.

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I have a feeling I might be asked for more clothes for the mouse with no name.


I still have not moved on with my embroidered faces.  I am searching for that link that will take me from the abstract or sketch, which I have mastered, to the next stage of realistic colour.  To this end I am looking at the work of every fabric artist I can find to find that link.  One artist who's work I admire is "Marlin Lager"  the Swedish artist who uses machine embroidery.  This video on You Tube shows some of her work and her studio.



But it is her wonderful portraits that first attracted me to her work.  There is an interesting Article about her work here.

Screen Shot 2021-07-17 at 11.12.36 amThis level of skill is far beyond me.   But  it is what I would like to aim for.

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How does this happen?  I write about the Dior fashion show and low and behold, I have a new book about Catherine Dior!

The book is a novel around the life of Catherine Dior, sister of the designer, and her work in the French  Resistance during WW2.

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It is a novel, so I'm sure there is a bit of artistic license has been taken with the facts, but, it is a good story.  The description of what happens in a fashion show is spot on, so good it took me back to my time working in the industry.  If you are looking for an enjoyable read it is a good book.  But, if you are reading it to find information about Catherine Dior you would be better served to do an internet search.  The book is more about her influence on the main characters.  Still, it got me thinking and searching out more information about her.  It makes me think differently about the perfume, Miss Dior, which is said to have been named after her by her brother, Christian.   There is a nice article on "fabric-store blog" about this designer.

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I am sure there are many stories of women who's actions during this time were brave and patriotic.  Maybe we will see some more of them in the future.

Dior Fashion Show.

Did you see this?  The whole set of the latest fashion show from Dior was embroidered.

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They have a great Video of the making, but it is in French

And of course there is the fashion as well.

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As well as a great piece on Couture Embroidery.

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This is the work of Eva Jospin who was inspired by the palace of Colonna  in Rome that has a room in which all the walls are covered by embroidery.

(The lady who explains about the palace is speaking Italian.  It took me a few takes but I was able to understand her commentary.  Anyway the pictures are great.)

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Wow! how amazing is that?

(Postscript:  I see that now English subtitles have been added.)


Work is starting on the new quilt, first steps.  I am not going to hurry this one.  I have been thinking I might make it a 'quilt as you go' project.  The squares do lend themselves to that.  I have a weekend comming up at Toowoomba at the end of the month so I will prepare all these squares to sew there.

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I have taken the first steps on Monique's cardigan.  I am still having trouble working out that pattern.

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And I have those dogs to finish, but, I can't remember where I put the pattern or  the pieces for them!  Just found the pattern in the photocopier and the pieces were in their little bowl.  (senior moment.)

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I am also setting up a Kogin piece for my demonstration at the Guild's "World Embroiderers' Day" demonstration.  (I mustn't let myself be carried away by it.)  I am going to confine myself to a couple of small pinch purses and have some kits on hand to sell as well.  (I think I can put those together for under $15.00.)

Screen Shot 2021-07-14 at 11.22.01 amThere is plenty of variety here and enough to keep me busy.

Now what will I call this?

This would have to be one of the worst quilts I have ever made. 

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Not because the sewing is bad.  When it came time to square it, it was just fine,  (although there are some places where the bias fabric stretched and had to be put back in position), and because that was right the quilting worked well also. (I used my walking foot on the machine and just followed the squares.)

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As I have never used the narrow peak-a-boo borders before I didn't realise that I should have quilted the sections and then added the border.  I did end up quilting it in 3 sections making sure the points LOOKED as though they were all perfect.  The big problem was the insipid colours when I first but the fabrics together.

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My solution?  To fudge it.  All those little red squares are appliqued in place.  And the addition of the blue borders brought it all together.  Just don't look too closely at it.  It is all made from scrap fabric and it does make a warm lap quilt.  Added to that I am giving it as a donation to be gifted to someone in a nursing home.  So all up it isn't a total disaster.

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Now should I call it the 2.5" strip quilt or the fudge quilt?


Time to start the new quilt

Well the time has come to start the new quilt which will incorporate all the embroideries that I did last year.  I had one false start when I thought that hexigons was the way to go but that just didn't look right.

This time I am going to use mainly yellows and blues and have come up with a simple design.  Problem is that I have and even number of blocks  (12) and I don't think that is what I want.  I think that 9 would have a bigger impact.  I am going to make the top 9 embroideries into the quilt and then audition it with the remaining 3.  It might work and it might not.

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As this isn't a published design, just something I have in the back of my mind, as I had an extra block I decided to make up what I had in mind and include the extra embroidery I have.  I am quite pleased with how it looks but as I won't use it in the quilt I added a pipping border so I can use it as a cushion.

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I am going to settle on 7 squares on each side.  I tried 6 colours on one side but I like the odd number again.  I have a whole lot of charm squares, 5" x 5", that I am going to use and will just juggle the sizes to suit.  I do see a problem with the embroideries however.  I included a light stabliser (non stick) on the back of each one and there is a slight wrinkling.  Not much, but I can see it.  I just hope it doesn't distract from the finished effect.  I thought the size would be too small for a cushion cover but I have an old one the same size so know it will work.

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The one the same size is really old.  I was into printing and learning to machine quilt back then.  I am still using this cushion.  A thought!  If I only use 9 blocks I could make cushions from the others? 



Firstly, the shawl is finished and blocked.  I changed the pattern slightly so achieve the fit I wanted.  I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this one.

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Next, lots of reverse sewing. That disaster quilt just has to come undone and I have to be so careful unpicking it because all the seams are on the bias.

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I have worked out how to save it, with the help of my friend Angela.  Lots of text messages later we agreed on this mock-up I came up with.

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The extra squares in red on the body are appliqued in place and although the piping in the picture is actually masking tape I was able to get some fabric fairly near this colour.  I intend to bind it in this as well.

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And whilst in the fabric shop I saw this display of Riley Blake fabrics.

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I have just the quilt for it in my mind, I just have to draw it up and work out how much fabric I need.

One of the good thing about this virus.

One of the good things about this virus is that has opened up the world of embroidery in lots of other countries in the form of Zoom classes.  French General fabrics is an example of this.  They have some lovely jewelry kits ,( that are all sold out.)

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And basic embroidery kits that are wonderful for learners.  In fact they have a large range of samplers.

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I think that this one would be a bit more challenging.

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I got a notification that Mandy Puttullo will have classes early next year here, (2022) although it isn't listed as yet but definately something to look forward to.

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I just love their fabrics and as I am planning another quilt to incorporate embroidery I am looking forward to these arriving in the shops.

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In the mean time I can just look at the web sit and drool and dream of ways I could use these fabrics.  Of course I will have to make room to fit them in, so I had better make some more donation quilts.