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Another sunny Spring day


Before I get onto my views of another sunny April English day I'll share something I've been trying to master. It's a combination of techniques learnt at Brenda Boardman's class at the Bramble Patch.
I made a calico sandwich as a practise piece. I then painted a pattern on photocopy paper with transfer paints and then, when dry, iron this onto the man made organza. As you can see I used 2 coloured pieces and a white, more opaque fabric. I cut the fabric out to shape, pinned it to the sandwich and then (tried) to free machine the pattern painted - using the lines painted as a guide it was so much easier than it being completely free - I must say I'm rather pleased with the result. You may notice if you click on the photo that I embellished the white one with a few beads just to see what it would look like (and to justify having bought them in the first place).



Now to the sunny day photos. The first one is of my cup of tea I treated myself to at Whitemoors. The gardens are really nice and there's nothing that my husband and I love more in the summer than to sit in the sunshine and have a cup of tea - and sometimes a piece of lovely cake. Next along are Dennis and Fluff enjoying the sunshine. And finally my purchases from Woodlands Garden Centre. I have tried to plant them but hadn't realised quite how hard the ground was due to lack of rain. So now I'll now have to water the garden for a few evenings to try to soften it up a bit.
Nothing much planned for the weekend.
Thanks for the comments about the blue and orange - I'm going to take the samples to quilting on Moday night and I'll let you know what they think.

Comments

What an interesting process! I haven't heard of this before and now you have stirred up my curiousity, along with your lovely cup of tea. What dear cats you have...well except, for your one little devil;) It seems you might just have a redecorator in the making...watch out for that one!
Marisa said…
Gardening is so much fun this time of year. You get a lot of results from your efforts! Have fun!
YankeeQuilter said…
What a neat process. I love it when my issue of Quilting Arts comes in and I get to play with a new technique.

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