12 June 2011

Ferreting and Embellishing

I went to Ringwood Quilters open meeting where there was a very entertaining talk by Ferret about her ventures into quiltmaking, her long arm machine, her exhibition at the NEC and the book she didn't intend to publish.  I didn't take my camera (shame) but I did buy her book, Ferreting Around, which is a sampler quilt with a difference.  It is a medallion quilt but quilt as you go,  so on the reverse side each 'round' of the quilt is quilted rather than in rows.  Quite interesting to try out one day.

Not only did I purchase some red and white fabric but I also won more fabric in the raffle.  Some animal panels with 2 matching fabrics to go with them, I think I can make use of those!

On Saturday I went with my friend Brenda to a Fay Maxwell's studio in Hampshire for a workshop using the embellisher machine.  Mine has not been in use since moving back here so time to give it an airing! Along with some unusual fabrics we made landscape backgrounds and made another similar piece on an acrylic felt background which would be melted so the fabrics on it scrunched up and the with the hear and made tree like textures to go be arranged on the backgrounds.

The piece that I made produced 3 pictures.

Here's (nearly) all our pieces - the three on the right are Brenda's.  I  was still working on one of mine! It was a busy day and great to go home with something completed. I must get that machine out and play a bit more.  Here's a pic of Brenda and I comparing our work.

Oh yes, my bag is also finished - ta da!



  1. The embellished landscape is lovely, well done, and the bag looks a really useful size and shape, as well as being really pretty

  2. That sounds great fun and I love those landscapes.

  3. I hope you will have fun with the book even if you don't make the whole quilt.

    Love the landscapes.


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