July 7, 2012

A new magazine

I'm excited that one of my designs is coming out in a magazine where I haven't had anything published before - Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Vol 21, No 8.  The project uses some gorgeous Japanese fabric featuring beautiful fans.  I just love the opulence and richness of oriental fabric ... and fans, well, I have quite a collection. So to find a combination of two of my loves in one material, meant that I just could NOT leave this fabric in the shop! I knew I wanted to use black to showcase the design, but it took me for ever to find just the right tone-on-tone fabric, but find it I did and a cushion and bed runner soon came together.

I used the Broderie Perse method for the fans.  They were just too amazing not to use them to the full:

Flying Geese embellish the edges:

I called this "Elegancia" as I had the word 'elegant' in mind when I was designing this and I was very happy with the way it turned out.  Here it is in the magazine:

We had two of our grandsons with us this last week for the school holidays, so there was only a small amount of stitching done.  As it was a "between projects" week, I wanted to do something that would whip up quickly so I decorated some hand towels.  I was in a lace and frills mood, so .... :

They will make pretty "thank you" gifts to have on hand.

We will be out of internet range for some time over the next couple of weeks, but I hope to upload the next block in the free Block of the Month "Thoughts in Thread" quilt in time on the third week of the month as usual. Don't forget to share your photos on Flicker of any blocks you have made.  We'd all love to see them.

Meanwhile, happy stitching.


Jessica said...

Yay for you Val! It is beautiful!

clare's craftroom said...

Well done, love the handtowels too !

Gina E. said...

Ooooh I love Japanese fabrics too! I'll be grabbing this issue of P & S - your pattern is perfect for my stash of Oriental fabrics:-)

Gina E. said...

Sorry Val - typo error a minute ago. I meant P & Q mag, not P & S.

Anonymous said...

I like those towels. Beautiful and looks pretty quick. The magazine article looks good. Love your fans!

KaHolly said...

Congratulations! It's absolutely gorgeous, and those hand towels are to die for!! Enjoy your visitors! ~karen