Friday, February 9, 2018

All things Kaffe - very wordy!

I'm overdue with my thoughts on the lecture by Kaffe Fassett late January,
it goes without saying that as a KF Collective fabric fan
I enjoyed myself immensely.

I'm guessingt there's going to be quite a lot of his
fans out there who have read his autobiography
Dreaming in Colour
and therefore will know of his background.
He covered this briefly during his lecture.

First up on the stage was Brandon Mably - what a character he is!
He told us a little about Kaffe, also that he would be
speaking for around one hour, then 30 minutes taking question followed by
book signing in the foyer.

On to Kaffe, what a wonderfully entertaining speaker!
Plenty of laughs and stories added to his thoughts on colour,
his early days painting, knitting and then on to patchwork.
He seemed to have energy to burn and it was difficult to believe
that he is now 80 years old.

A few points of interest:

When he began designing his own fabrics he had many comments
that quilters found his designs to large and was constantly
asked what should they do with them, just cut them up was his response.

On colour - saturated is what he does - he does not do beige!!!
That was made pretty clear to us all.

He doesn't intend for quilters to slavishly follow to the letter
his quilt designs and colours used - make it your own, 
change a few things, that's OK.

When making your quilts don't get too analytical,
get the pieces up on the design wall asap, go from there. He feels it
is very easy to over analyse the colour and design and not to go with the flow.
He made the point that in his workshops this is the approach
he takes, and he stressed that he and Brandon worked the
students hard!!

He showed slides of a few of his fabrics, his sources of inspiration,
and a few from his photo shoot in Ireland for his latest book,
very interesting indeed.

He actually spoke for around 90 minutes and the time passed
by in a flash, pity the seats were a little on the hard side!
If you find you have the chance to hear him speak, do take it!

On Tuesday I began cutting diamonds for his Green Diamond quilt and I
was improvising as I didn't have a sturdy acrylic 60 degree diamond template,
the above was as far I went. There was a lot of starching, folding, matching etc. which
didn't do a heck of a lot for my worn out spine.
There are 475 diamonds plus triangles!
Next step was a 'phone call to a local shop to get myself an Accuquilt
die - waiting for delivery right now.

That evening sitting watching a TV programme, I suddenly felt my
left arm become tremendously heavy and fall onto the chair arm,
immediate thought was a stroke, but then the other one gave up on me and
I found myself yelling to my husband that I could no longer feel
nor move my arms, they were just paralysed.
To say I was frightened is a huge understatement but after a minute or two
they came right. The problem is in my neck, so after a thorough check with
the Doctor an urgent referral was emailed to the hospital and id if this
happens again it's an ambulance call and a ride to emergency - please keep fingers and
toes crossed that this is not going to be a serious issue for me.

Having been told to take things easy all I have been able to work on
are hexagons

and that's it from me as my hands are packing up so
reading blog posts will have to wait until tomorrow morning.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

18 in 2018 and other matters

First up my finish for January as part of

which is Chinese Coins below - finished yesterday and
measuring 27" by 35"

another photo with my all time favourite
bowl, just the perfect shade of jade green.

Each elongated triangle was quilted individually which made for 
a lot of swishing the quilt around!

After finishing CC yesterday I moved on to a totally unrelated
project, hopefully as part of the next AHIQ invitational.
Some of you may remember this from quite some time back! 

Corner triangles were planned but
I wasn't happy enough with it to carry on, into the unfinished
drawer it went. 
Yesterday I fished it out and did a little unpicking

and I have an idea for using this central piece which I love.

Due to my mishap with the machine needle and other happenings
I've had a pretty slow two weeks and desperately need to get some
order into my quilting life - after all my word for the year is
so I should put it into action.
I've set a few days aside to do this and I am behind with 
writing down my thoughts on the Kaffe Fassett lecture,
that will be done for my next post - definitely!!

To end this post I must show you  photograph of a decayed stem
and flowers from my orchid, I love the beauty to still be found at
this stage

just look at those soft pastel colours!! A quiet quilt in the making perhaps.

Happy quilting and do visit
for lots of January finshes.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ad Hoc Improv Quilters #29

Time to see what's happening with progress on my
Chinese Coins which was one of the invitationals
with Ad Hoc Improv Quilters last year.

This was going to be posted as a finished quilt but a fight four days ago
with a sewing machine needle threw a spanner in the works!

I'm quilting this very simply a 1/4" inside the seam lines.
Not good lighting in this photo below I'm afraid.

The quilting is clearer in this photo.

 I'm using Aurifil 40 weight thread, green, yellow and red.

For the backing I used my last piece of Lake Blossom in this rich colourway from
Kaffe Fassett

which means I can give myself permission to order more!!

I'm not writing about the Kaffe Fassett lecture in this post
but will do so in my next one.

Do go and visit
Kaja and Ann
who jointly host AHIQ
for all the information on the new invitational,
I'm off to link up now.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friday - Kaffe Lecture - good, Saturday - not as good, today - bad!

I can't write about the lecture as I had told many bloggers I would, you
will see why in a moment, I am trying to type with neither hand in a good way.
Two or three days I will post, but
the lecture absolutely fantastic! See b elow

kaffe and my favourite fabric

exchanging a few words with Kaffe as he signs my book.

Saturday - flare up of my De Quervain's tendonitis every movement of thumb or wrist causes excrutiating pain now splinted up

but today (Sunday) was a doozy
trying to do a little quilting on Chinese Coins - big mistake!!

needle straight through fingernail and out the other side and brokem
off just below needle shank.

Emergency care visit 2 hours with cutting off  of quilting glove

the bit  withthe needle through was cut into tiny pieces because they had
to xray as they thought it had gone through the bone.

So, mikssed bone by a hair breadth and kindly pulled out by doctor
with surgical pliers and with great pain for me!! Much, much worse than the
needle goin g in!

Padded up and of course the necessary tetanus jab.You are, by now
b ored to tears no doubt so I shall say adieu b ut I shall be back with thoughts on lecture
on Tuesday - I hope!!!!