Thursday, 24 May 2012

Olympic torch

This is probably as close as I'm going to get to the Olympics this summer! The Olympic torch was carried along the main road, about 200 yards from home, a couple of hours ago.
The procession was led by police outriders,

sponsorship trucks
 and there was much waving of flags and cheering as the torch was carried by.
The procession then travelled on to Worcester where there will be a big party this evening at the cricket ground.
Well that's enough excitement for one day, time for supper!
Speak to you soon

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

May journal quilt finished

It is a beautiful morning here and I took advantage by eating breakfast in the garden. I'm not sure porridge is a summery breakfast but it certainly tasted good in the sun.
I completed the quilting on my latest journal quilt last night.
The quilt was inspired by drawings of a sliced lemon from which I made printing blocks.
The block on the left is made from sticky backed Fab Foam and on the reverse is the negative version of this design. The background fabric is one that I had printed with two different Thermofax screens with the knowledge that I would require yellow fabrics for four of this year's journal quilts.
I have also been busy quilting my entry for Festival of Quilts this year. It is based on weather maps. I have completed the background quilting and will now add some textural 'isobars' to the surface.
Actually the quilting lines are vertical not horizontal but I'm sure you get the idea!
And, as promised, a photo of Isla Grace, my gorgeous grand daughter.
I hope the sun is shining where ever you are today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Babies and lemons!

We have had a new addition to our family this morning. My third grandchild but first granddaughter arrived safely around 5am. She has a gorgeous name, Isla Grace and when I have photos I will share one with you. Needless to say I am very excited but feel that while I am waiting to have my first cuddle I should update my blog and show you what I have been doing over the last week or so.
I have started work on this month's journal quilt which has the theme of fruit and vegetables! After making several drawings of a sliced lemon I made some printing blocks from various materials and used them in my sketchbook and on some fabric. This month and for the next three months the journal quilts have to use mainly yellow fabric, hence the lemon!
A couple of sketchbook pages showing gestural drawings and various prints.
A few of the printed fabrics ready for the next stage.
I have also made some progress with my sushi quilts for Six's exhibition in September.
As you can see this is very much work in progress. Here I am using the large dyed circular pieces cut from a larger printed fabric and auditioning possible layouts. If you would like to read more about this please take a look at the Six and Friends blog.
Catch up with you soon

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bluebell woods

We took time out today to visit Shrawley Woods in Worcestershire where the bluebells were in full bloom.
They have such a short season so it was good to discover such fabulous displays.
I love the way they give an impression of a purple haze.
There were lots of people enjoying the bluebells, taking advantage of a dry and reasonable sunny day following a very wet week and more rain forecast for tomorrow - but there again, it is a bank holiday!
On Saturday I taught a Cut and Come Again workshop for Malvern Quilters. They are an enthusiastic, fun group to teach and they produced some exciting collections of blocks that will hopefully be the starting point for some lovely quilts.
We decided that these blocks would benefit from sashing around each one as they were constructed from busy fabrics.
Pam grouped the blocks in fours and will sash around the units. It will be interesting to see what colour she chooses.
A feature fabric made this collection of blocks sparkle.
Apparently the group will have an exhibition next year so maybe some of these will have developed into quilts by then!
Hope you are having a relaxing weekend and thank you for dropping by.