Sunday, 16 November 2014

A new arrival

It's a been a busy and productive week with the best possible results. On Tuesday 11th November Reuben, my fourth grandchild was born, a brother for a very excited Isla!
As you can see at 24 hours old, he is a bonny baby weighing in at 8lb 7oz. I can't wait for my next cuddle!
Of course Reuben had to have a play mat and I really enjoyed doing some 'proper' patchwork to make this for him.
It was fun exploring different arrangements using equilateral triangles and I was pleased with the final decision to use the red fabrics at the top and the bottom of the piece and the binding.
As I was otherwise engaged on Tuesday Ineke took over the teaching of my weekly Textile Inspirations class which is held at Littleheath Barn. During the previous session Ineke had been working on a scroll and as everyone was keen to use their machine embroidery samples produced this term this seemed like a brilliant idea to incorporate them.
base fabric

top fabrics

I have sorted through some of my fabrics and samples, added a few screen printed sections and am now ready to compose and stitch.

base fabric
a possible layout
I added to my collection of Namolio linen threads this week - let's call it an early Christmas present!
I think some of these will work beautifully once I start stitching my scroll.
I'll keep you posted and thanks for visiting my blog.

Edwina x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Whispers Challenge

Our Whispers Challenge was very popular with visitors to Stitch in the Middle's latest exhibition Nature and Artifice. Although the exhibition is now over I will show you, as promised, the inspiration and resulting A4 quiltlets.
Two groups took part in the challenge, one with six members and the other with seven. The first person in each group was given this photograph from which to design and make an A4 sized quilt.

These were the resulting quilts from group one.
Jan was the only member of this group to see the photograph. The following quilts were inspired by seeing only the previous quilt.

Group two produced a very different collection of quilts.

Again, as first member of the group, Cheryl had the photograph for inspiration.

Who would have thought that all of these pieces of work had the same starting point and how different the results are in each group.
This was fun challenge for a group and was a great addition to the exhibition.

Thanks for reading.