Friday, 29 April 2011

Who am I and What am I up to

Just exactly where have I sprung from...why haven't you seen me before? Yes, I realise that I seem new to you but in actual fact I have been on this earth for at least 50 years and have been involved in Fabrics for about 30 of them. It's just that I haven't tried blogging about it before.

I grew up in Africa, in Zimbabwe in fact, and am now traveling around the world on a yacht. While I'm doing this I decided to see if I could create something of interest for quilters worldwide. I used to dye fabric by the meter and sell it at quilt exhibitions local to South Africa and international too. I studied for three years at college finishing 3rd in my class and majoring in Textile Design. I've worked for many years in different factories getting experience.Thing is, the yacht is too small to hold yards and yards of fabric and frankly my partner would have a :-) I came up with the idea of Quilt Blocks. The one in my profile pic is a center piece for a quilt that is to be hung in La Paz, Mexico.

My shop is on Etsy there is an advert on the right hand side of the blog or you can click HERE.

To show you what I'm up to here are some photo's.

 The Sea Horse Block. They are all 7.5" square.
 The Butterfly Fish.
 The Swimming Crab.

The Turtle.

Oh yes.....the writing across the picture is just to protect the photo.

This is an Immature Spider Conch Shell.

 The Jelly Fish.

 Moorish Idol.....such a beautiful fish. I saw my first ones in the flesh whilst snorkeling off the coast of Mexico on and island called  Isla Isabella. There were hundreds of fish there, the most I have ever seen in one place on this coastline.

Long Yellow Jelly.

I want to be able to get feedback from other quilters, who may have a request for something that they might like to see me produce. I am quite willing to add items to the pool.

So drop me a line and let me know what you think.

It was brought to my attention that I do not have any info on what can be done with these blocks that I dye and paint...I wanted to decorate the saloon on our yacht and so I made these panels and a scatter Cushion...

Butterfly fish.
I did Crazy Patch as I find this to be quick and easy, less exacting than other more rigid methods of patchwork.

Immature Spider Conch Shell..
The Long Jelly.
The Moorish Idol.
 The cream fabric is the same that I used to cover the seating in the saloon.
This is the scatter cushion cover..sitting on the seats I covered.
I also used some of the rusty coloured Faux Suede to make another cushion cover, so that the two compliment each other. All the fabrics are washable in a washing machine.
Scatter cushions on the newly sewn Saloon seating.
If you're not sure how to do Crazy Quilt Patchwork, have a look at this site.

It teaches you how to do Crazy Quilt Patchwork. I found it on the internet... happy sewing.

I hope that this gives some of you some inspiration... :-)

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