Saturday, 24 March 2012

City and Guilds

Here are a few things I've finished for my City and Guilds course. It's good to actually complete something as so often I end up with unfinished samples of the technique we've been learning. I'll try and show you some of those some time as I've learnt so many new techniques over the last seven months.

For most of the techniques we do a sample or two and then go on to design our own piece to make. However, for the machine appliqué class I missed out the simple samples as I've done quite a lot before and went straight on to a more complicated project. As it finishes at about A4 size there were a lot of small pieces to play with. I liked it so much that I decided to go on and finish it. My second assessment project has to be based on appliqué, and I'm just starting to think about that now.

On Thursday we were making boxes. I've made straight sided boxes before but not round, so this was fun to try and luckily everything fitted together really well. I decided to add a tassel to the top to finish it off. One of our assessment pieces has to be a box or container, which we will have to design ourselves, so I'll need to get my thinking cap on about that.

And now, my first assessment piece.

Our first assessment project had to be based around one of the different blocks we'd tried out last term. Following an episode of The Quilt Show with RaNae Merrill I was inspired to try twisted log cabin blocks to make this table centre. It took hours to design and then even more hours to make, and there were many occasions that I'd have willingly thrown it out of the window, but now that it's finished I'm delightedwith the way it's worked. The exciting thing about this sort of design is that you spend hours designing and making the segments, but it's not until you finally sew all of the segments together that you really know what it's going to look like. 


12 comments:

Annabelle said...

The block is wonderful and so intricate. The boxes are so clever - never tried this before. xx

anne bebbington said...

Your table centre is delightful - I've never been tempted to do the C&G - can't bear the thought of so much overworking (should that read exploring and developing) ideas and I know I'd actually be throwing my projects out of the window instead of persevering to completion - but this has been well worth the effort - lovely interesting design and delicious colours - well done you!

jabblog said...

Beautiful work. Your table centre is superb.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very exciting that you are doing the city and guilds course! I love your RaNae inspired piece... I hope to take a class from her in October!

scraphappy said...

Wow, you have been busy. Looks like you have been exploring lots of new techniques. What a wonderful way to stretch your creative side and push the edges. Your assessment piece is stunning!

Simone de Klerk said...

Interesting projects! Especially the last one. Did it turn out the way you wanted it to? Probably even better!
Happy weekend.

Anita said...

Beautiful work Amanda. How much longer is your course? Looks like you are learning a lot of things.

Lynn said...

What beautiful work you are doing. The table center is amazing. What a intricate design and your applique work in astounding.
I keep forgetting to tell you how much I am enjoying the Quilt Show, thanks again.

Katie said...

Congratulations you! It's wonderful. :-)

Angela said...

Such lovely work. I really love your appplique work in particular

Kay said...

Oh yes! I think it's beautiful. I love the swirls. You did such a great job.

Heckety said...

These works are AMAZING! You really are pushing out the skills boat! They all look kinda complicated to me, and very attractive- I'm not surprised you are pleased with your table topper as its just awesome!
(I'd be the one in the corner secretly colouring in all the little bits of pattern instead of piecing them!!)