Hi & welcome to my blog livingCLOTH.
I am very excited to be participating in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I am in the Blooming Quilters group & we will be posting about ourselves & our favourite quilts over the next few weeks. I hope you can follow along, find out a bit about what makes us tick, what we like & why we are blogging.
I have been dabbling in textiles my whole life I suppose, one of my earliest memories is my Mum’s sewing machine going flat out on Christmas Eve, madly finishing a bride doll’s dress or a stuffed toy for my little brother. I learnt to sew at school, didn’t do much after that until, like a lot of us, I started sewing again when my babies were little. I loved making the little clothes & then decided to take a patchwork class to learn the intricacies of piecing a quilt (this was before the internet & no I’m not telling how old I am!)
I turned up to that class with my materials from my list & the teacher looked at my fabric selection & said “oh there is always one!”. I wasn’t sure if that was a good start but I loved it from the very first stitch.
It’s a bit faded but much loved that first quilt & still does the rounds on whichever bed it is needed the most.
I taught a few classes after that first quilt but my quilting career got waylaid by other textile crafts natural dyeing, felting & spinning/knitting.
Around about the time that I was natural dyeing & starting my etsy shop I started my blog – living CLOTH. The name for my blog developed from working with natural fibres & that most cloth comes from the natural environment which was once – living. Cloth to me stands for – Creating love of the handmade. I believe that creating something by hand is intrinsic to who we are, who I am anyway. It is my physical meditation holding a needle in my hand & the repetition of movement, moving through the fabric creates a place of peace, a place of quiet both physically & mentally.
My next quilt I want to share is a quilt of pure joy. I made this quilt for my daughter during a time of great distress for myself & children. The quilt is totally hand stitched. I designed the pattern of hexagons using the grandmothers flower garden pattern as a basic design & went from there. I used fabrics from clothes I had made for my gorgeous girl (when she was little) to stitch the hexie flowers & hand dyed the silk thread for the quilting. This quilt took me 5 years to make (I gave it to her for her 12th birthday) & has been on my gorgeous girls bed every night since.
My next quilt was made for my son when he came home from school one day & asked me to make a quilt for a documentary for a school project. This quilt recently won 2nd place in the art quilt section of a local quilt show & I was thrilled. Here is his documentary.
He got a B for his documentary & my niece is the songstress behind the gorgeous song that plays along with the funny little video.
free hand stitching was an integral part of the design & textural impact of this quilt
One of my latest quilts (finished that is) is a little mini that I made as part of The Honey Pot Bee – a year long quilt bee organised by the fabulous Molli Sparkles.
My forest of wonky trees mini was made from a pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
It is a fabulous improvised block & so very easy, have a go it is very addictive.
As I hope you can see, I do love to incorporate some free hand quilting into my quilts along with machine quilting. I do love the modern aesthetic & want to explore it further in my quilting journey.
I really hope that my blog will showcase my love of textiles & colour, hand stitching & the slow stitch movement. My dream is to be able to teach & to impart my joy of colour & craft, whether it be stitching a perfect 1/4 inch seam or boiling up my dye pot full of fallen leaves, to improve my photography & to find (be confident) with my blogging voice.
My blogging tip to impart is take the best photos that you can, whether it be with your smart phone or digital camera. With your smart phone use apps to enhance your images, with your digital camera there are free editing software programs that can be used. I use photoshop (I have taught myself & continue to learn everytime I open the program).
My quilting tip is to try & have some time set aside to practice & play. Play with colour & practice free motion if that is what you want to learn. I say this but I know myself, especially working full time that it is hard to allocate time for everything!
Lastly, my favourite at the moment is stitching hexies, do I have a particular project in mind, no not really I just love stitching them – the meditation of it.
Do you have a particular technique that you enjoy & keep returning to?
Please pop on over to my fellow Blooming Quilters this week
I hope you have enjoyed a little insight into my blogging/creative journey & once again a huge thank you to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl & my fellow Blooming Quilters. Oh & by the way don’t forget to pop over to her blog for giveaways each week!!!