Friday, 10 February 2012

busy, busy, busy!

Not only am I taking a photography class at the moment but this week I also took part in two quilting workshops . Dijanne Cevall, who is a textile artist from Australia, taught three classes at the British Club and I was lucky enough to be able to attend two of them.

The first day's workshop was called "Breaking all the rules"! We had to learn not to use rulers and rotary cutter, but  cut freehand with scissors without measuring anything. Not as easy as one would think. It seems that we have an "instinct" to match seams. This is how far I got with mine. A lot of quilting still has to be done, but I'm pleased with it so far.

On the second day we learned to free machine applique and embroider. Dijanne had a few samples with her and we were all blown away with her free motion quilting.
(Dijanne dyes all her fabrics herself) 
We got to play with three dimensional applique as well as foil and water soluble fabric. Unfortunately I was fiddling around with my "design" for too long and didn't have enough time to get to the quilting part.  But I got the idea and now have to practice, practice, practice.

If you have a chance to attend a workshop, I recommend that you do. It really invigorates creativity and helps the juices to flow!

Happy Stitching
Vreni x


expat quilter returns home said...

That is the way to spend your time!! I totally agree: grab every chance to attend workshops. There is always something to learn.
Love, Rose-Anne

Shirley said...

Well done Vreni for trying something different. I know I shall enjoy seeing the finished versions.

Jessica said...

Looks like some interesting workshops! The quilt is looking great!
I can't wait to see the other one with some stiching on it too!

Silvia said...

Lovely what you are doing...I can understand why busy , busy, busy...Hugs

Julimond said...

Soviele tolle neue Techniken. Frei arbeiten....das ist was, was ich überhaupt nicht kann. Ich kann nur gerade und nach Plan...leider. Meine Phantasie läßt ich immer im Stich.
Ich habe so gar nichts künstlerisches an mir.
Ich werde das bei dir mal verfolgen, so gut ich den Text verstehen kann.


Amy said...

Super cool projects! Breaking the Rules quilt project is really neat.

meli B said...

Lucky you. I love doing classes, they really get you inspired for new things.

Thimbleanna said...

Your pieces are so pretty Vreni - must've been a fun workshop!!!

Vickie said...

Oh my. You have had such fun and learned so much! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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donkey and the carrot said...

Photography class? Quilting workshops? Man are you busy or what!!! I am sure you are so excited ha? Waiting to see what you made so far! I am.. fine...:) I'll send you a message my dear Vreni! Many kisses and hugs!!!

Theodora quilts said...

They are all pretty Vreni I can't wait to see what you will make using these methods ,the designs are fabulous ,did you also get to dye fabrics? that is something I would like to try sometime.take care theodora