Monday, 28 March 2011

Spring Cut and Come Again Quilt

I have been working on my third Cut and Come Again quilt as you can see here. I've only made a few blocks so far and using, what for me, is a pastel colour scheme.

I decided to hand applique circles to some of the blocks as I felt they added extra interest. I love the spotty fabric!

There were some exciting quilts taking shape in my monthly Exploring Patchwork class at The Bramble Patch last Saturday. The students are all working on different projects: some are making traditional quilts, others are developing their skills using commercial patterns and favourite books and some are working from their own designs.

Sue is working on her own design inspired by an exhibition of shoes

Liz has used the design in the patterned fabric to inspire the applliqued shapes on this simply pieced quilt top

Denise experimented with squares of fabric to produce the background for  'Scilly Sun"

Doreen is assembling a complex applique design

It is exciting working with so many different people in my workshops and it is very rewarding watching them grow in confidence.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Home again!

My trip to Scotland was most enjoyable even though it snowed on several days. I met some lovely people who made me very welcome and hope fully those who attended the workshops will be either working on their Cut and Come Again quilts that they started in the workshops I taught in Perth and Aberdeen or admiring their indigo and potassium permanganate dyed fabrics that they produced at the Loch Lomond
Quilts Studio in Dumbarton. As you can see from the images below they were very productive workshops.

These are just a few of the quilts starting to take shape.

Above are a few of the many pieces of indigo and potassium permanganate dyed fabrics. The combination of the two methods works particularly well.

During my time in Scotland I visited Loch Lomond just as the sun was beginning to set ........

......Glasgow School of Art, where we were taken on a most informative tour of this Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building and a walk alongside the blustery North Sea coast in Aberdeen.

A big thank you to Debbie, Liz, Mairi, Marjory and Maureen who made sure that I arrived safely at the right venue at the allotted time!

Now that I have caught up with my emails maybe there will be time for me to work on some of my own quilts!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Catching up!

It has been a very busy week!

I was in Canterbury last weekend with Oast Quilters where I gave a talk about my work and taught a 'Cut and Come Again' workshop. It was a great weekend, they are a very friendly group and made me feel very welcome. They also appreciated these hand dyed threads and fabric that I had dyed the previous week.

fabric and threads sitting in the dye
some of the results!
I also dyed a piece of fabric for the back of my Summer Cut and Come Again quilt. It's rather bright but looks fabulous with the pieced top.

dyed backing fabric

On Monday it was the second meeting of the Midlands CQ Group in Bromsgrove. Once again twenty enthusiastic quilters turned up to share their ideas and enthusiasm. Hilary Beattie volunteered to demonstrate some of the many techniques she uses to produce exciting papers to use in collage, her favourite method for designing her quilts. It was an entertaining session  and as you can see everyone was inspired to create their own papers based on their theme.

Hilary with some of her papers

Jan and Marie creating their collages
and Carol working with her ideas

Tomorrow evening I'm giving a talk to Emersons Green Quilters in Bristol and I then travel to Scotland where I will be teaching several workshops over the next week!

I will be back soon and hopefully have some of my own work to show  you.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Textile Inspirations

As I'm still waiting to rinse my latest dyeing experiments to show you I thought I would share with you some of the work that is happening in my weekly Tuesday class, Textile Inspirations. This class has taken place on term time Tuesdays for about eight years. I have an exciting group of students who are working on their own designs based on this year's theme of the natural world.

Jill's printed cloth
Jill is working with her own drawings that she has had made into Thermofax screens.
A Thermofax screen (as seen here) is made from a plastic coated mesh which is fed through a Thermofax machine at the same time as a laser printed photocopy of an image. The plastic coating is burned off the mesh where the image touches it so that when medium such as dye or screen ink is forced through the mesh a printed image is achieved. It is an ideal method for producing fine detail. For more information about this technique see Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan's book Thermofax Printing

Ineke is working on samples for a  four seasons set of large wallhangings for her new barn. Winter and spring are almost complete and summer is well under way.

Ineke's latest project.

Ruth has collected a large range of blue and cream shirting fabrics over the last few months which she has now put together in this simple but lively quilt top. She has printed, using a Thermofax screen, a collection of words over the pieced surface that describe the various features of a shirt such as pocket, collar, cuff etc. I expect the quilting will be well under way by next week's class!

Ruth's patchwork quilt

Judith's latest landscape
Judith is putting the finishing touches to another gorgeous landscape wallhanging based on one of her paintings of the north west coast of Scotland.

As you can see, they are a very talented bunch! I will show more of the group's work in future blogs as I'm sure you would like to see their progress.