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More from the Festival of Quilts 2011

I have now had time to down load the photo’s of the quilts at the Festival of Quilts last weekend.  Below are just a few of those I took.

FoQ 2011-1

Made by Jane Appelbee from Milltimer(?) called ‘Turbulance’.  The inspiration for the piece came from ‘Fast flowing streams,twinkling in the sun, the sound of rippled water and my love of curves!’  Includes :- Cotton, Artic wool, recycled plastic and boning inclusions. Machine stitched.  Angelina, beading, Markel. Hand-dyed.

FoQ 2011-2 By Helen Hay from Aberdeen entitled ‘Barcelona Bonanza’ .  The inspiration came from ‘Antoni Gaudi’s work in Barcelona left a lasting impression on me.  I wanted to make a small tribute’.  Includes:- All machine stitched.  Mostly machine appliquéd using Gloria Loughman technique.  The rest applied to that and machine embroidered.

FoQ 2011-3

Sadly I didn’t get the name or artist statement for this one.

FoQ 2011-4

Once again my powers of observation and recording let me down as I don’t know the name of the maker.

FoQ 2011-5

Again I failed to record the maker. Sorry.

FoQ 2011-6

As the last three sadly I didn’t record the name of the maker. If you know any of the names and or titles of the pieces above please could you let me know so I can give credit where it is due. Thanks for your help with this.

FoQ 2011-7

Gillian Travis of Ripponden made the ‘Impressions of Romania Hanging on a Line’.  Paint, print and applique with machine stitch. Inspiration:- Rugs hanging on washing lines in Northern Romania.

FoQ 2011-9

Janet van der Colff of Keyworth.  “Curvy Doodle” Machine pieced using freezer paper pattern, free motion quilted.  Inspiratio:- I have always doodled in meetings, watching tv, etc and thought I would use one to make a quilt.

FoQ 2011-10

Catherine Lawes from Marlborough New Zealand. ‘“Wai Nag Awa” – River of Many Channels’.  Batiks and other cottons, free cut and pieced on cotton wadding.  Machine stitched.  Inspiration:- Wairau River, Marlborough, NZ meanders past a series of vineyards and fields on the plain blue hued richmond ranges to North.

FoQ 2011-11

I am hoping that I have the right makers name and details Yvonne Potter, Okehampton “Echo Deco”.  Strip piecing, stained glass applique, curved seams and foundation piecing with echo and outline machine quilting.  Inspiration:- Echoes of the art deco period, strong lines, stepped pediments and curves widely used in architecture and interiors so inspiring.

FoQ 2011-8

And lastly Kate Dowty of Bridport made “Rape Fields”.  Painted, dyed and some commercial fabrics, heavily machine stitched, with additional embellishments.  Inspiration:- The colours of spring when the fields turn all shades of green interspersed with the vibrant yellow of oilseed rape.

I hope I have given credit where credit is due, if not please let me know and I’ll rectify any errors.  All artist statements taken from the Competition Catalogue of The Festival of Quilts 2011 published by twisted thread.  www.twistedthread.com organizers of the festival.  Roll on 2012.

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City & Guilds Patchwork And Quilting Final Assessment–It’s Finished!

At long last my final assessment piece is finished and the images sent for marking.  The piece is installed in its final position for all to see, well those who venture up the first flight of stairs and look up the second in our house, as it is situated at the top of the second set of stairs.

I can’t believe I started this course three years ago on Saturday.  During that time many things have happened, some good, some sad, some bad, some happy, all of them had an impact on the course and my feelings about my work – overall I learnt much but didn’t use it to the best of my ability.  I should have used my time in a better, more organised way, instead of procrastinating it would have been sensible to have selected my inspirational sources with a different eye and spent time working on the theme rather than just picking something I could work with that was easy.


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Background Quilt

As promised here is the image of the background quilt I made on Saturday.  It is ready for the addition of some 3D free shape applique (which I have yet to finish).  The fabrics were purchased a while ago with the intension of making a table runner but they have been used for samples for other items.

I spent most of Friday looking through my bit bag throwing out small pieces that I thought would be of no use ever, only to retrieve them all on Saturday afternoon once I realised I could use even the tiniest bit for backgrounds.  Moral – Do Not Throw Anything Out.  Will I ever get a tidy house?


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Embroiderers’ Guild Saturday Workshop

I have just come back from an interesting workshop run by Annette Morgan arranged by the Solihull branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild.  Pictures will follow once I have finished the piece.  The workshop was called 3D free shape applique, the idea was to create a small wall hanging incorporating 3D applique.

The first item was to construct the background and quilt it, we were shown how to do this very quick method which had us all running to the irons before silence (or near as could be with our group) descended as we set to to create some wonderful, very colourful backgrounds for our free shape appliques.  This technique is so quick and easy I will definitely be using it again and very soon too.

After lunch we proceeded to produce a variety of free shapes, we had been given a pattern to follow, some of us chose to go off course and do our own thing but using the technique.  All produced something different as one would expect as everyone’s colour,  fabric and arrangement choices are bound to be ones own tastes.  Being spontaneous has its merits in that things are not over thought which in itself can produce very dynamic and unexpected pieces of work.

As you can see I have included a link to Annette’s website should you like to visit to view her work.   http://www.annettemorgan.co.uk/


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Wall Hanging Assessment: ITS FINISHED

I have finally finished the wall hanging.  I have quilted it, added beads and painted Bondaweb before adding the binding and hanging sleeve.

My daughter has suggested I try the design as a screen print, something she has promised to show me how to do over the summer.  I have always wanted to try screen printing but found it very daunting a bit like being faced with a large sheet of white paper and being told to draw something or starting a brand new sketchbook with bright white clean pages.


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Bright Embroidery

I was going through my work samples this morning tidying up ready for the next project (I haven’t quite finished the last one yet, but there is nothing like being prepared) when I came across a piece of work I had done a while a go.  I am at a loss as to what to do with it – should I incorporate it in to a book cover as I originally intended or have it mounted and framed for the wall? It is not very big less than A4 size and would make a lovely book cover although it would look equally as good as a picture for the dining room wall.


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Things to be done this year and those I would like to do!

I have decided to take part in 2011 Journal Quilt Challenge set by the Contemporary Quilt Special Interest Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.  This is something I have never done before, I have to commit to making a 10″ square quilt a month for the next 12 months starting in February.  The challenge has been split into three parts with each part having a different element that has to be included within the quilt – the first element is circle.  I won’t say ‘that should be easy’ as I know this will come back to bite me, we’ll just see how I go.

Along with that decision I have to finish my C&G in Patchwork and Quilting by May at the latest as my registration runs out then and cannot be renewed.  I have taken so long doing this course as life in general has been a bit of a pig over the last few years but that’s the past.  I only have the wall hanging and the quilt to do along with the associated work, although the wall hanging is well on its way (I say that with my fingers crossed behind my back!) I do have an idea for the quilt which I will for now keep under my hat.

I would also like to make mantle runners, tables runners and placemats for each of the seasons and I also need to replace my christmas set as it is falling apart having been well used over the years.

I have to finish a quilt for my daughters’ boyfriend’s 21st birthday, he has been nagging me for one since she went to Cambridge taking hers with her.  He wanted to keep hers but as it depicts fairies he changed his mind and she wasn’t having any of it.  This has to be done by the middle of February.

Both my sons need new quilts, one of which is under way, the other is still in my head. My daughter could do with a new one as she is a bit old for fairies now, I do have the fabric but not the idea yet!

I have promised myself that I will use up all my beads, silk waste, embroidery bits stash, in embroideries over the year with the hope of selling them to raise funds for a new stash.  I also have to set up an Ebay selling account to sell some of my magazines as I need the shelf space.  I have lots of Quilting Arts magazines and all the cloth,paper,scissors magazines since the first issue.  I am seriously considering selling my considerable library of art books too.

I am considering entering some competitions this year too, perhaps one at the Festival of Quilts and one of those run by Grosvenor.

But first of all the Wall hanging has to be done, I need to get the samples and design work to my tutor by the end of January at the very latest.

So to work.