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Machine quilting class

Today I went to my first machine quilting class with Deborah Louie. It was held in Miranda at Patchwork Plus and it was a lovely drive through the leafiness of the Heathcote National Park in the sunshine.  My goodness what a mine of information Deborah is. I learnt so much, I just hope it all stays in my head.

Below is as much of the sample as I managed to finish – the rest is homework! Don’t look at it too critically please as this is many times better than my previous attempts.

Quilting sample

Quilting sample

We learnt how to sandwich a quilt in the most efficient and effective way and how to start and stop without using the lock stitch or reversing or sewing the ends in! I’m really looking forward both to the next lesson and also to doing some quilting on my own quilts. Next time is a scarier lesson though – free motion. I’ve never been able to do this so I hope she has a “foolproof” method because that’s what I’ll need.

The labyrinth appears

Yesterday I tore the tracing paper off the back fabric and started to reverse applique the labyrinth.

Tearing off the tracing paper

Tearing off the tracing paper

It’s interesting (well, it is to me) to see it starting to emerge. Anyway here is a photo. take a look.

The labyrinth appears

The labyrinth appears

Winner of the Macarthur Textile Challenge

The winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Macarthur Textile Challenge was Sandie O’Neill. Well done Sandie! She won with her Knit One, Purl Two. There’s a pic below just to refresh your memory.

Knit One Purl Two! by Sandie O'Neill

Knit One Purl Two! by Sandie O'Neill

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