Friday, 28 October 2011

Party, party, party!

Well it was my 60th birthday last week so it has been a good excuse to make the celebrations last ten days! I think life is gradually returning to normal so hopefully I will get back to working on journal quilts and planning for an exciting exhibition of new work for next September. I have some ideas brewing but nothing definite yet - some of my indigo fabric collection may be involved though.
This week has been all about food. Yesterday I was looking after my grandsons and as it rained all day  we stayed home and made some spider biscuits with Halloween in mind.
Earlier in the week a group of us visited 78 Derngate in Northampton.
We had an extremely good guide who brought the house to life with her informative description of how the Bassett-Lowke family would have lived at the beginning of the last century in this extraordinary building.
The black and white house is the back of 78 Derngate and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's distinctive style of design can be seen in the balcony and windows. Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the house where bold designs and colour schemes prevailed. I couldn't resist a photograph of one of the leaves that were scattered over a wall in the shop foyer.
The leaf was proud of the wall with the reflection of it behind.
And just in case you had forgotten I was celebrating a birthday, here is another birthday cake !
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Catching up

I'm sorry it has been such a long time since I blogged but I have had a lot of teaching commitments over the last couple of weeks. Just to prove that I have been out and about, here are a few photos of me in action!
Here I am at Llanidloes talking about my Memories Quilt which was inspired by photographs I took on my first trip to Vancouver and Seattle.
I always encourage everyone to come and take a closer look at my quilts and ask questions after the talk.
This next photograph was taken at a Pleat, Tuck and Fray workshop in Abingdon, a town I know well as I lived there for quite a number of years.
Here are some of the results of the workshop.
There was lots of slashing and blooming and experimenting with different fabrics and colour combinations.
Abbey Quilters had made this gorgeous quilt to raffle at an exhibition on 21 and 22 April 2012. 
If you would like an opportunity to win this quilt you can buy tickets for the raffle from Judy Harris at
Yesterday my Textile Inspirations group were having fun drawing outside using all kinds of implements including brushes and sponges attached to sticks.  
It will be interesting to see what happens to these drawings next - I will keep you posted!
This was my attempt, inspired by a special vase. I made the marks using a sponge cloth wrapped and tied around the end of a stick. Great fun!
Speak to you soon - I promise!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Journal Quilt deadline met!

If you had been wondering why I haven't posted during the last ten days then I can explain! As well as having had a hectic teaching schedule I have been busy completing my Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilts for the 30 September deadline. It would make life so much easier if I made one a month but I'm not disciplined - well not until I have a deadline anyway.
Here are the three 10 inch quilts for July, August and September all of which are loosely based around the  theme of light and somewhere include stripes.
'Seaside' is my quilt for July and is based on a plaque I saw in a cafe in Beer, South Devon. I really do like to be beside the seaside so this seemed to be an appropriate saying to use on my quilt. I wrote the words with a tjanting using soy wax before rubbing thickened Procion dye into the soda soaked fabric. I added the large brightly coloured sun which was made from painted Lutrador and Bondaweb and highlighted the letters with some hand stitched stripes. The rest of the quilt was machine quilted.
This piece illustrates what the weather has been like this week, it was 28 degrees today which is unbelievable for the 1st October.
August's quilt shows my attempt to capture the effect of dappled sunlight coming through the trees onto a path way. I cut circular shapes from several individual layers of sheer fabric using a soldering iron and then placed them over a striped fabric on which I had written a diary entry for that day. I completed the piece with both hand and machine quilting. I rather like the effect of the slightly different coloured sheers placed over each other. This is the photograph that inspired the quilt.
September's quilt was inspired by an unexpected trip to London taking advantage of very cheap train fares. I used heat transfer paper to bond the various tickets and information about one of the exhibitions we visited to the background fabric. I chose this brightly coloured fabric as it reminded me of the colours used by Max Lowry. I used a twin needle to quilt the pairs of parallel lines to represent the rail tracks.
So the quilts that had to include text are completed and now I have to think about how I am going to incorporate buttons into the next four. The deadline for these will be the end of January so there's plenty of time to think about this!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Speak to you soon