Friday, 5 February 2016

fabric friday

custom made hand painted fabric

My custom orders seem to go in waves as to which is the most popular. At the moment it is the Night Sky that is getting all the attention. A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a customer to add some gold stars. I liked it so much I did another.
When my daughter is home in the summer months she likes to get out into the garden and go mad with paint splashes and sploshes and creates wonderful nebula like fabrics. It is definitely an outdoor technique! We take them with us to the Festival of Quilts and they sell out in seconds. I like this subtler effect and it has given me some ideas.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Quilt

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As I mentioned in my last post I put this quilt top together in 2010. I thought you might like to see how I put it together. 

I began with some strips...

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...and turned them into blocks.

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I then "floated" the blocks in some free form, randomly pieced borders.

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At the time (that would be back in 2010) I painted a backing fabric, and put together the quilt sandwich. I even used up the scraps and pieced together the binding. 
I don't know exactly why things stalled at that point. It may have been because other thing took priority. It may have been because I wasn't sure how to quilt it, or it may have been because I didn't relish the thought of wrangling it through my other machine.

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Whatever the reason I am doing it now and here is another block :D

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Apparently..

... blogs are on the way out

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the start of a new piece

This does seem to be borne out by the fact that when I do get the time to look at my chosen blog feed reader the numbers of published posts does seem to be a lot less than they used to be.

finished background

Without wanting to sound too British and complain about the weather, one of the reasons that I haven't done a lot of blogging recently is because whenever I have wanted to take a photograph it has just been so dark and gloomy (see first and second photo!) and so the image was just something that I didn't want to share here.
I think that the truth for me is that I don't really have a lot to say as such, preferring to let my work speak for itself and that of course is so much easier to do with just images on other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, and this is another reason for not blogging so much.

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Having said all that I do intend on continuing to blog and while there will be the odd post of self promoting (the thing I find the most uncomfortable, but necessary part of my blogging) I will be endeavouring to keep things fresh and interesting.

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The first thing that I want to tell you is that I purchased a new sewing machine at the end of last year.
I am practicing and putting it through it's paces by quilting a UFO that I made back in 2010. There will be more info about that to come, along with my attempting to finish my Alternative Trip Around the Block. 
I also want to tell you about an event that I am really excited about and if you cannot wait take a look here.
Now back to the machine for a bit more stitching!

Thanks for reading..

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Do you want to see some landscapes?

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I love seeing all the different creations that emerge when I teach this landscape workshop.

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Everyone arrives with different fabrics and different colour aesthetics and the variations that come out are endless,

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Thank you to all who joined me on Monday for this class.

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If you would like to try doing some landscape quilting I am doing a daily session  (1 hour) of hand stitched "slow landscapes" when I am at the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol next month.

Thanks for reading!


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

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My not very good shot of the Rose window.

As you may already be aware I did a couple of workshops at this year's Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Place London. It really is a lovely venue. It has a bit of history to it. The BBC made it's first ever broadcast from here.
Outside it has fantastic views over London, but the real draw for me is that my best friends live just down the road so my visit it was a combination of work and pleasure.

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Michala Gyetvai

It was nice to have the time to wander and look closely at the exhibits and here are a few shots of some of my favourites.
I have been a long time fan of the work of Michala Gyetvai and it was lovely to meet her and to see more of her work close up.

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Michala Gyetvai

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SAQA Food For Thought

It was also another chance to see the winners from this years Festival of Quilts and to have another look at the SAQA Food for Thought exhibit.

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Cynthia St Charles

In that exhibit was this piece by Cynthia St Charles. I think her blog is one of the first that I ever followed, so I was thrilled to see this piece. Underneath all the stitching and layers I knew that she has screen printed some of her grandmothers recipes to the cloth. 
It highlighted the fact that seeing something in the flesh beats the virtual as this photo certainly doesn't do justice to the rich tones and the fabulous stitching.

That's it!
There were lots more wonderful things of course but I put my camera away and just enjoyed!
Thanks for visiting.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Bye Bye Blackbird

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More like hello blackbird, as I did this sketchbook spread (a couple of years ago..) after encountering a blackbird sitting on a garden wall staring intently at some Buddleja Globosa.

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I was quite taken with this plant, which I discovered is more commonly known by the simpler name of Orange Ball Tree. Such a great plant to draw and create designs from.

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Transferring it to fabric was a no brainer really!

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After some fast fuse applique, I got stuck into some hand embroidery. 
The original plan was to stop there but in my usual fashion I wasn't happy until the whole piece was covered in stitch.

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I took the design into the border with some stencilling and of course added Mr Blackbird.

Also, as if you have not already guessed, I have turned it into a pattern that I am giving away as a thank you to those who sign up for my Newsletter.

Click on the pic below if you would like to get a copy.



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