Quilted beginning of something .. a few weeks of creation and a show of textile artistry.

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Quilted beginning of something

I haven’t decided what it’s going to be yet!


I just discovered this draft blog post from a while ago – I was ‘cleaning’ up things on my laptop – I can’t believe I missed posting this.  I guess at the time my blogging practice was poor or the internet signal failed and I just didn’t remember to press ‘send’ .  What a fail!

Well, this lovely piece of patchwork turned into a sewing machine cover.  I have been sewing quite a lot over the last two weeks and every time I reveal my machine it brings me a little delight.

I have a Juki HZL-e80 machine purchased a few years ago from World of Sewing in Bromley, Kent.  https://www.worldofsewing.com

Yesterday, whilst sewing with a friend – a lovely day spent together quilting – more to follow on my next post about that – we were chatting about what we like about our machines and why we bought them.  For me, it was several things – the automatic needle threader,  thread cutter attachment, the use of a stop/start button as an alternative to a foot pedal, the fact you can slow the sewing speed down (from hare to a tortoise!), the selection of embroidery stitches, the weight of the machine – at the time it was a huge leap up from my second hand old Singer which had been struggling on for eons!  I guess, you can make more with the correct tools.  I was so fed up with my old machine grabbing the thread around the bobbin spool and it was clunky and so heavy to move from the cupboard to the table.

I am so inspired by what I see friends make and from the online world, either through blogs or Pinterest (there’s how to lose a few hours!).  I have been loving my latest creative weeks – there are not enough hours in the day to sew and to knit!  I am between ‘real’ jobs and it’s been marvellous to just enjoy creating and trying to use some of my fabric and yarn stash.

I love to see what others make – even considered eventually opening my own Etsy shop, but that’s a long way off.

At a recent trip to a local craft fair – a recce to see what sells (!) – there was a fantastic textile exhibition.  I loved one person’s work in particular, which included a mini hexagan patchwork quilt (no photo here), embroidery of the most colourful kind, and other embroideries on reclaimed antimassacars !  Adding just a few photos – on this occasion real snapshots only.

I hope you like what you see here.


6 thoughts on “Quilted beginning of something .. a few weeks of creation and a show of textile artistry.

    handmade habit said:
    April 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds like an amazing machine that ought to have a beautiful quilted cover (how multi-talented you are!). Amazing hand-embroideries – one can find such beautiful things at craft fairs. They’re among my favourite places these days. Happy making, Tina! 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      April 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you – I dabble a lot – don’t look too hard at the bodges !

    carentaylor said:
    April 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Your machine cover is so lovely and far more skilled than the work I have been doing of late 😉 Hope you eventually get your shop up and running!!

    tinaor responded:
    April 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I am enjoying what I am making but I know people a lot more skilled than I am put my work to shame . Food for thought, that Etsy shop !

    eliza rudolf said:
    May 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Well ✒ penned❤💟👌👍

      tinaor responded:
      May 12, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Thank you so much

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