Jenny sent me the photo of her completed piece - inspired by a photograph taken in her garden and enlarged.
A few more pictures from a recent Paint and Stitch workshop at Midsomer Quilting. The first three are unfinished but with the very useful addition of a couple of black paper 'Ls' we can see how they will turn out.
Jenny sent me the photo of her completed piece - inspired by a photograph taken in her garden and enlarged.
I did a bit of sun-printing today - it was so bright that it didn't take long. I'm not sure what I shall do with the results, but I am quite pleased.
I had a great day teaching a workshop to Guildford Quilters, following a talk the day before. It took place in a charming village hall in a very pretty village near Guildford with lots of wonderful Pugin chimneys.
The ladies worked hard and produced some fantastic results. Most of these are unfinished at this stage.
I have family living in Guildford, so was able to stay with them and see two of my granddaughters, which was a joy.
Deena kindly sent me a photo of her finished piece - which looks fabulous.
I was changing the drop cloth on my printing board recently (not very large - about 20" X 30") and thought it was such a waste to abandon the old, saturated one.
What to do with it?
I washed it thoroughly and decided to make it into a bag. In fact I had two, so it made sense.
I could have left it there and just made a decent bag, but I decided I felt like painting, so I made pockets from painted panels of shoes - nothing new, just copies of four of the pairs of shoes on my "In These Shoes?" quilt.
The results are ......... different?!
I spent a lovely day at Ardington last week, with my friend Claire Passmore. We went to a class taken by Jessica Rose who is a linocut artist and teacher. She had developed a new way of colouring a linocut.
We printed our cut blocks onto a special, thin, japanese paper and mounted this over watercolour paper which we had painted with blocks of colour - great fun and very effective.
Another lovely group of ladies at the workshop last week. We were doing a "paint and stitch" day. Some very original ideas and a lot of talent.
A great day teaching a workshop for Brockhampton Quilters. Such different and original work. The lunch and Georgina's organisation were magnificent!
Most of these are works in progress, taken during the day.
I meant to put this on after the class in March - I thought I had!
We had a great class at MQ with a great variety in results. Here are some of the pieces of work - not usually finished, but well on the way.
I am exhibiting at Quilt Expo in Villefrance-Sur-Saone this year. Do come and visit if you are around the Beaujolais region. There will be masses to see.
I am certainly not the only person who has been snow dyeing in the past week. You have to grab the opportunity when you can.
I soda-soaked various bits and pieces of fabric and put them into cat litter trays. Then it is just a question of covering everything in snow and sprinkling procion dye powder over the top.
I put the trays into the garage, which is pretty cold and left them for about 36 hours until the snow had melted. Then lots of rinsing in cold then hot water.
This is how one tray looked before rinsing.
These are the end results. Some interesting patterns. Not sure what I will do with them, but it was fun to do. A similar result can be obtained by using lots of ice cubes instead of snow.
It has been a disgracefully long time since I last blogged, so I thought I would get going again with some idea of how I have been making some recent work.
I wanted to do something on urban decay - and have been obsessed with litter in general, photographing all sorts of rubbish.
I had also been thinking about looking at small area, i.e. how when you really observe a small space there is really a lot to be seen, even if it is only cracked paving and bits of rubbish that have fetched up there.
The larger one developed as I kept seeing all sorts of evidence of urban decay - crumbling buildings, graffiti, begging, rubbish, rubbish and more rubbish, with scavenging crows, and I eventually started doodling a street scene of nowhere in particular, but one allowing me to introduce some perspective which would emphasise the rubbish as it came closer to the bottom.
All these thoughts have eventually lead to a largish quilt and three smaller pieces that I have mounted onto frames. They all have the title "Decay and Detritus", with the larger one having a supplementary title "Where do we go now". I shall be submitting them for jurying into the C Q West exhibition "Unfolding Stories 3" which will be shown at three venues this year. Starting at Harbour House in Kingsbridge, Devon 27th April to 2nd May, then Festival of Quilts 9th - 12th August and finally at the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol 30th August to 2nd September.
I had a great time exhibiting at Midsomer Quilting in July/August. De, Birgitta and Chris are very kind and supportive and it was lovely talking with so many enthusiastic visitors.
Following the exhibition there will be two workshops "Paint and Stitch" in March 2018 at MQ.
With just a few days until my exhibition at Midsomer Quilting, I have been working hard to get my latest quilt "Joe's Place" finished.
I blogged a while ago about my visit to Joe's place in the Sierra Nevada in Spain. This quilt is based on some of the photos I took. As always, accuracy is not the prime concern and the yurt here is a mixture from more than one side. The planting is also quite random.
The top right shows the shower facilities (I didn't go as far as the compost toilet in stitch) and, beneath it is the view - quite breathtaking.
Joe has lots of olive trees and almond trees, so they are both represented.
If you are interested in seeing it, come to Midsomer Quilting, Norton Green Garden Centre, Chilcompton, BA3 4RR from 27th July to 7th August. I look forward to chatting to you.
I have an exhibition at Midsomer Quilting, in Chilcompton from 27th July to 7th August. Every day from 10.00 until 4.00.
I have been making a series of 24 pieces, each 6" X 6" about shoes as I find them fascinating (mostly when they are being worn). Here are a few of them. You will have to come and visit to see any more..... I hope you will.
I am a member of SAQA - an international group with a very strong base in the USA. Recently we have become larger in Europe (thanks largely to the UK rep - Chrisse Seager) and Chrisse persuaded the main board that there should be a SAQA exhibition specifically for european members. Hence a new challenge "Made In Europe".
I blogged about my entry for Made In Europe I a while ago "Three Come Along At Once". This quilt is now somewhere in the US and won't be back home for a while yet.
A second challenge was issued - "Made in Europe II" and these quilts are to be shown at the Festival of Quilts in August.
If you read about my inspiration for MIE I, you will know that I was walking through London and thinking about the challenge. My quilt for MIE II came from the same walk, although I had to make a separate trip to London to take photos as the idea took a while to settle in my brain.
It is entitled "Protesters outside the Royal Courts of Justice".
It could have been any sort of protest, but Brexit was everywhere in the news when I was planning it, so it seemed like a good idea. I have put as many banners for as against and the Union Jack and the European flag colours in the binding are of similar size - I don't want to be accused of bias! I know my own views, but will keep them to myself. My interest was in the people and their reactions.
The RCJ has significance for me as, before retiring, I needed to travel there most weeks to attend court for my job. Often, I would emerge at the end of whatever hearing I had been attending to find a crowd protesting, or lots of photographers outside if there had been a controversial hearing going on, or maybe a celebrity had been in court. I got used to dashing across the zebra crossing to get out of the way and make my way to the tube.
It could only be in London.
I also wanted to tie it in a bit with Made In Europe I so, of course, included the London buses.
It is not a scene that you could actually see as I have shifted some buildings on the right in order to gain a longer view, but it should be recognised by anyone who knows the area.
I haven't blogged for a while, although I haven't been idle.
With reference to the last blog on my trip to visit my son, I have decided to make a new quilt called Joe's Place. Watch this space.............
We had a great week visiting my son, Joe, who lives in a yurt on top of a mountain in the Sierra Nevada. We stayed in a delightful Air b and b house in the nearest village (not that near). It is a very tough walk/climb up to Joe's land and I am simply not up to it. Also I have a real fear of heights. Joe has some very kind neighbours (15 minutes walk away) and Tom very kindly offered to drive me there - it is a very different route and involved me clamping my eyes shut for 30 minutes and trying not to imagine the wheels going over the edge of the track and down the sheer drop. I was beyond terrified but, thanks to Tom, made it. My husband finally got the circulation back in his leg where I had gripped it.
Once there it is fantastic. The yurt is really substantial with windows and a wood-burning stove. The almond trees had already blossomed, so we missed that as the mountains are covered in them and are apparently sensational.
The views are magnificent with a snow-capped mountain in the distance.
The shower is outside, of course, and this is the view!!!
All you can hear is a lot of birdsong and the occasional goat bell.
Staying with my daughter last week. My grandson has a 6th birthday coming up in May. You might be able to guess that the theme is The BFG. Spent a day making BFG bean bags for the games and goodie bag to take home! For around 25 of his closest friends.........
I made 37 in the end!
I have finished my one-off quilt about my trip to Cape Verde. I had a few things to consider when putting it together. One was the background. I wanted to somehow suggest the ripples in the sand after the waves have gone, so I made a fairly simple stencil and printed with that. Then I stitched fairly randomly over it.
Lots more stitching on the sea too and more place names, then it was a matter of working out where to place the postcards to make a pleasing picture.
The finished quilt. Not the best photo - it does hang straight!
It had it's first outing last night to a talk I gave to a delightful group called Churchdown Quilters.
This one is for those people who like to go home at the end of a day's workshop with a completed piece of work! It is only small - 6" X 6" and very straightforward to do in a day. Quite sweet I think?
We had a week in Cape Verde in January. A real "fly and flop" holiday, and it was great.
I took lots of photos - just on my phone - and have been looking through them. It occurred to me that they would make great postcards, so an idea has been fermenting for a new quilt. This would be a one-off, although I generally seem to work in a series, or at least with an ongoing theme. This will be just for fun. So watch this space..........
Here are a few of the postcards in their raw state - untrimmed etc. I know I am going to stitch them around a map of the region.
The people are delightful and very attractive. We were staying within sight of the jetty where small fishing boats are constantly landing fish - lots of tuna.
Cape Verde is a popular windsurfing area.
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