Saturday, March 19, 2011

Website Launch   

Do your eyes look like this when you've been searching the net too long?

Me too! Hope you find what you're looking for at our site......
 Go to our website to:
  • view the gallery
  • order a 'Linda Mahoney Designs' pattern
  • find our location 
  • watch for new pages as we populate the site
Designed by Sandy Gervais and made by Natalie Bird
Kits for this owl are available from Thread & Ginger Patchwork Boutique 07 38209052 for $10
Free pattern download from search for Owlivia

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Raw Edge Applique

    We have been having lots of fun doing raw edge applique.
    Even the youngest sewers were very enthusiastic. Join me soon for a class to learn this technique.

    Starting on the poppy stems - poppy fabric from Voodoo Rabbit

    Learning to bring the bobbin thread to the top
    as you begin
    doing this keeps the back of your work tidy

    Stitching a design from the book Scandinavian Stitches copyright 2010 Kajsa Wickman
    All outline stitched in black using Signature 40wt thread

    Finished Projects

    Also from Scandinavian Stitches

                    Apple coasters

    Miss 7 proudly shows off her apron.
    The applique is from one of her drawings.
    The straight stitching was done with a regular machine foot by Miss seven and the curved stitching was done with a free motion foot by me.

    So that the young students can experience free motion stitching I get them to rest their hands on top of mine as I stitch.

    This is another delighted student 
     with her very own design stitched on her apron.
    Again all the applique tracing and cutting out has been done by the student but the  fusing of the applique was done by me.

    We stitched it together

    I particularly love the angels wings

    Below is a work in progress.
    Up to stitching the blades of grass.

    Lots of practice stopping with the needle down, lifting the presser foot and turning the work.

    Finally this is 'Pippi' from the Melly & Me stable
    I made her with fabric I purchased in Tasmania at Picture Patchwork in Deloraine
    Bye for now.....................