Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Featuring Judy Nolan from Australia!

Some teaching engagements stay with you forever because they were so special...Adelaide, Australia was one of those and I am STILL hearing from some of my students. Judy Nolan attended a couple of my classes and I managed to get a "Cindy Seed" planted :)    She has a GREAT story to share with her label...

Thank you for inspiring all of us Judy!  Hugs, Cindy :)

I did a couple of classes with Cindy in Adelaide last year.  I am currently planning my next Cindy Needham inspired project and thought I would show you one of the things I have completed.

At one stage I actually quilted this project onto another linen project I was doing at the time.  Long story...cleaned the sewing room and stacked them on top of one another and then later dashed in for a quick quilt...well maybe not as quick as I'd thought...several hours of unpicking...

I failed to heed your advice regarding the color fastness of the silk and the whole thing turned blue when I washed it. Nothing left to lose so I introduced it to Mrs. Bleach who saved the day.  I had also done some less than remarkable quilting on the blue silk at one stage, so more unpicking.

I then decided to leave the silk unquilted and made it into a very unlovely cushion.  Some months passed and I retrieved the project, cut it down, bound it and then did the lines on the silk.
The label reads:  
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.  
We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do.  Samuel Smiles.

Did I learn something from all my failures?  You bet.  Hence the label. :)

Happy Quilting, Judy


Kathleen said...

A great story!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Great story and we all learn the hard way sometimes.

regan said...

What a beautiful piece! She did a great job, and with all the troubles, too! Wow!

Karen said...

Wow - persistence pays off! Lovely.

Vicki Crooms said...

What a gorgeous linen piece! I would love to find one like that, but it would probably be like capturing lightening in a bottle . . . thanks for sharing.