Monday, 30 April 2012

Phew! more deadlines met

I was determined to complete the last two journal quilts for the end of April deadline and I'm pleased to say I posted them on the Contemporary Quilt groups website a few hours ago. I was stitching late last night and completed a little hand stitching this afternoon, so I can now relax a little - until the end of next month. I really must try to meet the monthly deadline instead of sitting back and thinking I have until the end of August before I need to post the next four! Oh if only I could be disciplined....
This is my quilt for February which was inspired by The Sketchbook Challenge theme of Close Up.
It is based on an accidental photograph that I took, you know the kind that happens when you press the shutter without meaning to! Unfortunately I don't seem to have the image any longer and have cut up the original print as a pattern.
It is a view through the pattern on a garden table onto the patio and chippings. I know it doesn't sound very exciting but I quite liked the result. The background fabrics consist of a section of a printed fabric produced several years ago and a fun technique using butted squares of fabric that are stitched together with a three step zig zag stitch, cut apart, restitched etc. several times to produce a delicate but multicoloured fabric. The swirling table top section was cut and bonded onto the background and then quilted.
April's quilt was all hand stitched and once again inspired by The Sketchbook Challenge theme which was Open. This certainly was challenging and having doodled several ideas in my sketchbook I came up with this.
My favourite method of hand quilting is seeding so this was what I used to texture the area around this open oval shape. I used a brilliant shocking pink silk fabric together with various hand dyed threads to complete the quilting.
If you are following the sixandfriends blog then you will know that seven of the nine members managed to meet up at Linda's last week. It was a great day and good to see what everyone is producing for our Orientation exhibition in September. There is a lot of fabulous work already completed but most of mine is still at the dyed and printed fabrics stage although I have worked on my Pojagi piece.
This is a very relaxing technique as I am working it all by hand. If you are interested in learning a new method of stitching then you may like to sign up for the workshop I will be teaching at Forge Mill Needle Museum on Friday 21 September 2012.
Since last I blogged we have managed a few days away on the south coast at Lyme Regis. It is a beautiful area even when the wind blows and the waves are crashing against the famous Cobb.
The sun shone occasionally in-between the hail storms but there were still many opportunities to capture some typical coastal scenery.

I love the stranded boats that have been hauled onto the pebbles

and, of course, there are always wonderful rusty chains.

I hope you have managed to find inspiration if you have been out and about.
Thank you for reading and speak to you soon.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Hungry Caterpillar

I have had a blissful few days at home catching up but mainly making the baby quilt. It is a simple construction but it is double sided as I had plenty of fabric!
The front....
and the back!
I hope those huge caterpillars don't frighten the baby!!
Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Blogging again!

I may not have posted over the last few weeks but I have been working on many projects so here are a few images of some work in progress and one or two completed pieces.
Back in November I went on a felting workshop at Toft Alpacas and I am thrilled to have been asked to teach a patchwork and quilting workshop there in September. I have designed and made a cushion for the class and here it is in two colour ways.

The workshop is designed as an introduction to patchwork and quilting and each student will receive a pre cut kit so that we can concentrate on the piecing and quilting. It should be a good day so if you know of anyone who would like to learn some new skills please pass on the link.
I have made very slow progress with my sushi fabrics although one has had another application of dye since last I wrote. It is still rolled in polythene in the utility room waiting to be rinsed but this is what it looked like straight after the dye was applied.

I am also way behind with this year's journal quilts but I did find time this weekend to complete one for January. This year's theme is colour with the first four months mainly using red. I find it easier to have some kind of theme to guide me through the months but struggled to make a decision until I looked at The Sketchbook Challenge blog which has a monthly topic to explore. This is quite exciting as it is not until the first day of each month that the theme is announced so there is no chance to get ahead (not that that was ever going to be a problem!)
The theme for January was 'doodling' so this is one of my many doodles and the resulting quilt. It was fun deciding how to convert the doodle into stitch and I enjoyed embellishing it.

Next on the list is a play mat/quilt for my third grandchild who is due next month. I have a lovely collection of Hungry Caterpillar fabrics waiting to be pieced together so hopefully I will have something else to share with you by the end of the week!
I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter break, at least the wet weather here in the Midlands has meant more stitching time!