Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm back......

It has certainly been awhile, and without boring you with long descriptions, I have been exploring a little business venture which has taken away my time, and put energy into another area. 
After our little trip to Bali last year an opportunity was placed in my lap (literally too good to pass up) and I opened up an online Batik Fabric shop, called 'Batik Trader'.  So I have been madly putting together beautiful batik quilts, and subsequent kits to have available in my shop. 


While I have enjoyed this new challenge, I have felt a little boxed in.  I have desperately missed designing and working with 'all'  fabrics that really make my heart sing. 

You know how sometimes the universe tends to align, and this just fall into place?  Well, I feel that I have been blessed for this to happen to me over the last few months.  I have had some wonderful encouragement from amazing people and a couple of opportunities have come my way.  I will now be teaching at 3 different shops in South East Queensland.  I will continue to teach at The Quilters Corner, but will also now teach at The Patchwork Angel on the Sunshine Coast and Peppermint Stitches.  I can't tell you how excited I am about spreading my wings and my head is buzzing with lots of new ideas, not to mention techniques to teach.

As I am taking this new direction, I will no longer be working behind the counter at The Quilters Corner and am so pleased that I will still be able to see all the wonderful customers, whom so many have become friends, while I continue to teach there.

While the jury is out on what I'm going to do with 'Batik Trader', I feel strongly that I have been pointed back in the direction of Lemon Jellie, and I'm excited to share to journey with you.

Thankyou all for your support and encouragement,

Squeezes, Michelle

oh... and finally finished this baby last week!



Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunburst!

I promised to show you another project I have been working on.  If it looks familiar that's because I have shown a much smaller version of it before.  This is the project that began when I went to the workshop in Sydney with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and wonderfully inspirational quilting artist from New York (... who has a studio 'loft' in the city.... sigh.....). 

I decided almost straight away that I wanted to have a play with some templates for this quilt and decided on 'Sunburst' being a design I have always loved. 

I still have one border to go, but can't, as yet, find the 'perfect' one.  But this is what it looks like so far.  Wild and out there and I love it!  It has been so much fun to make.



I have another project to share still following the same concept, will show it soon. 

Have a great week,

Michelle x

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hexie Pyramids finished!

I may not have blogged lately, but I have been getting on with a few projects. 

I finished my new version of pyramid quilt.  This time by simply replacing some of the pyramids (triangles) with white (or any 'background' you choose) you create giant hexagons.  I really love the effect. Straight line quilting isn't my favourite, in terms of actual sewing, but sometimes this is all a quilt really needs and I really wanted to accentuate the hexie design.


 
 
I will post the other projects during the week, wouldn't want to overwhelm you now would I?

Have a great week,
Michelle x



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pyramid hexies?

I know it sounds weird, but its true!  I fiddled with my 'pyramids on parade' pattern, that's all. In fact, that's not entirely true as it's not the pattern that was altered, just the fabric layout. 

With all the paper piecing I have been doing lately, I realised that my pyramid pattern could form hexies as well, just by adding a background colour which I did. 


I love the end result, well nearly end, if I would get off my proverbial and baste it!  Not quite sure how I'm going to quilt it yet.  An 'allover' is the easy option, but I'm thinking I want to make the 'hexies' stand out.

The fabric is a beautiful range called 'Crazy Love' by Jennifer Paganelli.  I fell in love with it (pardon the pun, but I did) as soon I saw it.  It is so incredibly vibrant and happy.  Not sure if I can let this one sit in the shop for too long, might need to snuggle under it for the rest of winter. And in Queensland, we don't have too much winter so I can't waste time. 

Squeezes, Michelle

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Handprint in time.....

So!.... Sally did a BIG clean out of her room which resulted in 3 quilts being pulled out from under the bed (I know I know, wrong... on so many levels!). 

One of these quilts was one I made Sally when she was a toddler, Bowtie Bears by Debbie Mumm.  So 'in' at the time.  I loved it, and the colours are very typical of what I was making at the time (around 1998 or 99 I think). 



I used to do a lot of hand quilting back then.  I loved it, and I only knew how to machine quilt in the ditch which isn't too good for borders.  So on this quilt I quilted flowers on stems all around the border (which I had forgotten about because they are so hard to see on this print, but more visible on the back... all the little lessons you learn on the way).  Picture shows front and back

    

My lovely little find?  Well, after washing the quilt I was laying it on the clothes airer, wrong side up, and saw my flowers around the edge.  What was that in the corner??  I little hand print.  Slowly the memory came back, I had hand quilted the outline of her little hand in the corner of the quilt.



I had completely forgotten about it.  It warmed my heart, I couldn't believe it, I just kept looking at this little hand print, thinking of my little smiley Sally Wags.  It also always makes me feel sad, thinking of how quickly time has gone by (but lets not go there, it really does make me sad!)

I wish I had kept this up, what a great way to add to the 'specialness' of a quilt.

Have a great week,
Michelle xx







Saturday, June 29, 2013

postcards from Bali....

Not a lot of words required for this post, I think you might get the picture ;)

 
My hubby and I were lucky enough to spend 9 days in Bali, taking in a myriad of sights and adventures...... now... back to reality!
 
So, here is a snapshot of some of those delights, (very hard to choose photos I might add!)
 











 









 Enjoy your week,
Michelle xx

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jonty's quilt

Just recently, a dear friend, was transforming her spare room into a nursery for a much loved and anticipated baby.   As part of the 'sorting', she found a phone number on a piece of paper at the bottom of a drawer, mine!   You see, sadly, through the process of me moving interstate and a new baby I had lost contact with her.

 I received a text out of the blue one day asking if perhaps I still had this phone number, which I did.  Through the emails which followed I was so excited to learn that she was a couple of weeks away from having her first baby.  The baby issue was something we had discussed, at great length, many many times, when we had worked together 12 years ago in Canberra.

So here she was about to bring a little life into the world.  Through 'facebook' I got to share many exciting moments before and after the birth.  She did it with such beautiful clarity that I was able to relive so many of those special moments with my own 3 babies.  And being a 'little' older, and having waited so many years she has loved and treasured EVERY moment.  What an absolute joy it has been, sharing this with her newly expanded family. 

I can't tell you how much it has meant to get back in contact with a special friend. 

So if any occasion screams "make a quilt!!!" at me, it was this one.  A simple little quilt (made with one charm square and a couple of borders) but made with the same amount of love.  I received the most beautiful thankyou note from Helen, which made the joy of giving all the more sweeter.

So here is Jonty's quilt........


and a closer up of the applique, for this I always take inspiration from the range of fabric, which in this case was 'bungle jungle'.


Have a great weekend everyone!
Michelle xx