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My Great American Adventure!

I know I’m a few days late writing this blog about the start of my trip but I’m doing it now.

The flights were ok, very boring except someone was ill on the long flight and the call went out ‘Is there a doctor on board?’ 

I arrived on time and went straight to have something to eat and to meet 2 parts of my family Ryan his wife and children and Liz , her husband Jason and their children.  the portion sizes are massive, I have children’s size meals but they are still too big for me to eat all of it.  Food to eat out is very reasonable.

My oldest cousin Tony came to the house with 3 of his children in the evening by which time I had been awake for nearly 30 hours!

Thursday was a lovely quiet day just local trips around.  We did buy drinks out, I was offered a 42oz cup but declined asking for a smaller one.  A 32oz one was ordered but behind my uncle’s back I was indicating to the server the size I could cope with which was about that of a UK coke can.  The soda’s do taste differently here a bit sweeter.

Friday we set off to visit another cousin Kate and her family 41/2 hours away in Blanding SE of Salt Lake near the border with New Mexico.  We went via a national park called Arches the name of which will be obvious once you have seen the photo’s!  To be going on with here’s some from the start of the park.

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More works in progress from this week

Below are some more pieces I have been working on since last Friday.  Funny how I have achieved more since last Friday than I ever did when working through the City & Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting.  I wonder why that is?


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Final Assessment

The above photos are from my City & Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting level 3.  The assessment requires that I design a quilt, wall hanging, container or an accessory from a design source of my choice, using any techniques and materials that are appropriate.

I had decided to make another wall hanging with a traditional feel to it, with that in mind I chose my starting point; the window tracery from the Park View Square building in Singapore, from there I moved on to looking at the lead lights in the windows at Mont St Michel in France.  I created patchwork blocks from some of these window patterns and possible quilting patterns from others.  Working with my design programme EQ7 I took these patchwork blocks and arranged and re-arranged  them within a long narrow quilt shape, which reflects the shape of the windows in Mont St Michel.  The dimensions for my wall hanging are 21” by 60”, the space I have to hang this quilt is next to a stained glass/leaded light arched window on the stairs of my home.

I had intended to dye the fabric myself but have to re think this as I have a bad dose of bronchitis at the moment (again!)  The colours for the fabrics have come from one of my flower photos which I have manipulated in Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 and Photoshop elements.

Now to set to and complete the project – I have set myself the a time frame of the end of May to have the hanging finished and up on the wall, I’ll let you know how I get on.


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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting – Final Assessment Piece

Remember my digital art from last year?  Well it is still an on going activity; I am thinking of using some of these manipulated photos in my final assessment piece, I have printed them onto fabric so I know it is feasible and they look good.  As usual time is my problem I have to have this done by the end of May, so it won’t be very big, although the making doesn’t take long, working through the design process seems to take me ages; then choosing the final one is very difficult perhaps I need to make a series.