My late return

Tinahely Show 2014

Tinahely Show 2014

This is such a late post but I am finally glad to be back online.Its been a rollercoaster year, and finally getting heavy treatment for Lyme Disease here in Ireland. The last year has been very topsy turvy with the drug regime but happy to say I am feeling a lot improved at the present….!

So backdated news. First of all I was encouraged to put two of my quilts into Tinahely Show, for the All Ireland quilt competition last year. I wasnt expecting much and the quilts on exhibition were amazing but I got the surprise of my life when I won first here with my garden quilt and a second with my childs quilt. here is the detail of the garden quilt which shows the embroidery on it …

Detail

Detail

The little elephant quilt that I had been working on came second!!

Elephant Quilt

Elephant Quilt

The overall winner of the quilt show was a lady from Dublin and she had hand quilted this beautiful piece. I thought it was stunning and every stitch perfect!

20140804_151206 (576x1024)This year I have been held up a bit with work but have entered two and am going up to Wicklow tomorrow so will be sure to post up photos!

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Missing in Action!!!

Hi everyone,

Well firstly I had every intention of keeping up with my blog here but everything seemed to happen at once  at the tail end

of last year. I had an exhibition of my digital work based on the female figure in Wexford, and it took up quite a bit of time..

'Invisible' -Mixed Media 2012

‘Invisible’ -Mixed Media 2012

The exhibition went quite well and Tony and Trish Robinson of the Pigyard gallery in Wexford hosted the exhibition for me during the Opera Festival. You can see the rest of my artwork on my site www.irishdigitalart.com

During the exhibition I had a special visitor in the form of Jimmy Deenihan, our Minister for the Arts who had come down to close the Opera Festival here in Wexford, and he came to the gallery to look at my work, which was a great thrill for me personally. Bryan was delighted to meet the famous former Kerry football captain who had held the Sam Maguire on a good few occasions over the years!

Exhibiton of 'Bodyworks' 2012. with special Guest Jimmy Deenihan Minister for Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht

Exhibiton of ‘Bodyworks’ 2012. with special Guest Jimmy Deenihan Minister for Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht

I have to say that after all the organising and  everything else I was totally shattered, as fellow Lymies know that have this disease, it really takes its toll after overdoing things. I think it took me about a month to get over things!! And then I had to finish submitting all the paperwork for the Arts Council Grant which funded the exhibition. I am not complaining though because without the Arts and Disability Ireland Award funding wouldn’t have been able to undertake the years work and it was very interesting but hard work.

So..onto matters sewing!! Christmas was looming large by this stage so I decided that i would make presents for family and friends instead of bought items. I found the most amazing site for embroidery patterns and projects..http://www.emblibrary.com

Lace Wall Hanging 6"x6"

Lace Wall Hanging 6″x6″

Anyway that kept me busy up  until Christmas..the little lacy wallhanging was so cute,I

honestly never thought I would be able to make anything as nacky as this but it was in

mblibrary’s projects using one of their patterns and it really looked so pretty. Mind

you no-one sees the back do they!!

So Christmas was done and dusted and I was looking forward to 2013 and getting back to my quilt projects when hubby Bryan came down with a serious chest infection, and so did I, after him, although he was worse affected.It has kept both of us out of action for  a month which was worrying to say the least…..

So finally February has arrived and I am at last back in my sewing room.. Project number one finally completed..I am going to do a separate post about that one! So thanks everyone for sticking with me and hope to be talking to you all soon.

A Step Further.

At least I got my first page up without too many hair tearing episodes! Due to our Irish weather, and copious amounts of rain, I was able to spend all day yesterday tweaking my blog.

I saw a lovely pattern in a magazine that I thought would make a delish baby quilt but realised I would have to re-size it plus I didn’t like some of the design so went back to square one and redesigned it and added my butterflies to the quilt. What is it about butterflies? i really love them and Fabric Shack had some wonderful panels on special a  while back so guess I was just looking for an excuse to use them!

Free Motion Quilting is a whole other business though. Everyone says its practice and more practice, but I found it really hard to start with and there are times when you hit the sweet spot on the machine and it goes so well (for about 6 inches anyway!) I thought it might be quite cool to do wavy lines around the butterflies so that it looked like there was air movement around them..

Applique Butterfly on Pink baby Quilt

I changed the borders around,  and kept the ‘on point’ design which is a fairly universal  design I think. I appliqued the butterflies on using Bondaweb and then used applique stitch 45 on my Janome Horizon, had to fiddle about with the stitch length and width to get the right size. Boy am I glad I took Leah Day’s advice about having practice swatches. I generally am not so patient and then end up using the trusty seam ripper. her videos are fantastic. I have never had any lessons, but the Internet is wonderful -I watched her videos over and over on You-tube, not just the free motion ones but all the ones about starting off and bringing your threads to the front and all the other basic tutorials.

Baby Butterflies and Pink Quilt


Another rule I am making for myself is that I will try and post photos of my quilts and embroidery that is work in progress . That is something I didn’t think of before, I always like looking at peoples work before it gets to the final stage.It is really interesting to follow  how people have made things from cutting out the fabric to the finished article.