She showed us a selection of her quilts, which was a lot of fun, and then moved on to talking about why she loves to hand sew, and some of the tools she finds really useful. Carol Ann said that she enjoys every aspect of the process for each of the projects that she starts, and especially enjoys the quiet, portable nature of the sewing, and that it encourages technical excellence, as well as the way that it encourages a different relationship to fabric consumption. This really echoed with me, as I also love to do hand sewing (although I still love my sewing machine!!), especially the fabric consumption aspect, since I am trying really hard to sew with what I have.
In terms of tools, Carol Ann shared some of her favourite things.
Thread: 100% cotton, 35 weight, sashiko threads/needles, pearl cotton (quilting weight threads)
Marking: pencils, pins (marking from the back)
Other: she likes to use beeswax and thread conditioner which prevents bearding or shredding on the threads, and uses a frame for quilting, favouring a cube snap frame, although there are a number of good quality quilting frames available.
She also had some interesting suggestions for recent resources:
Slow-Stitch: Mindful and Cotemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith
Show and Share
We had a fair bumper crop of show and share this month! I couldn't quite find the sheets (yes, I am being pretty bad with this lately! ), so hopefully I have got the attributions correct! If there isn't one, it's because I couldn't figure out what the quilt was called, and who it was from (so, feel free to let me know, and I will update the blog!!)
Christina showed us this finished quilt from her pattern "Love me Not" (which was a raffle prize this month-the pattern, not the quilt :):
Peter showed one of the quilts that he had hanging in his exhibition at Quilts at the Creek, Night Sky. You can't really tell from the picture, but the quilting (as ever!) is incredibly dense in a number of different colours, and brings a cool extra dimension to the finished quilt!
And Big Kahuna! It definitely is large size!
With a cool backing!
The member draw was won by Xandra. Someone won the gift card to EweKnit, but I can't quite figure out who! Whoever it was, hope you enjoy it!
That's it for this month from me, Robin.