Tuesday, 29 November 2011

200th post - busy, busy , busy

After a bit of melt-down at the weekend due to too many half finished projects, too much craft-related mess, and general concern about Christmas plans, I managed to get my head together to do a major tidy up and get some project finished.  So here they are.


Indigo dyed, shibori-tied velvet, with silk hand-pulled flowers and hand-rolled organdie leaves, so an online swap.


10 x 10 journal for the Contemporary Quilt Group challenge.  disperse-dyed macho overlaid on viscose dyed with Procion MX.  Button from the Karen Ruane course, painted with dye and then attached ( haven't quite got the hang of photo editing on the new computer yet).


Button detail.


Hand-rolled organdie leaves, attached to one of the brooches / buttons from the Karen Ruane course.  One of the participants on the Morley course is a milliner, and showed us how to make these leaves.  i like the idea of having a set of these to add or remove from the brooch as you wish.


Close up of the leaves.

As this is my 200th post, I am going to have a giveaway of one of these that are all now brooches.  I can also include some white or green leaves if you wish, but I'll need to get on  and make some.


Leave a comment, with which one you would like and why, and I will do a draw next Monday to see who gets one.


  1. Avril, your buttons look amazing!! I know all about a messy head.....mine has been full of fluff or something for weeks!!!

  2. lovely combining of skills learned! Well done for the tidy up - can you come and so my sewing room now?

  3. Well I'm wishing I'd done Karen's course now! Your buttons are beautiful my favourite is the one on the far right - I like the spidery/knotty effect!
    I can't tell how you've made your rolled edge leaves - are they stitched??

  4. Hi Avril, I've linked you to my post about my birthday cards (many thanks for your card - it's really gorgeous) and intrigued by the curled leaves and looks like a sample of your recent hand dyeing on the back. The buttons look really lovely such a variation you really are inspired by this.

  5. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

  6. 200 posts? Wow! Well done,and well done on the lovely stitching too. No button for me, though, thanks - I've still got a whole bunch of my own rolling about.
    A tute about leaf making though? Now that I would like - they look splendid!


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