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Blocks 3 and 4 for DD’s quilt.

Block 3Block 4

I have completed all 12 blocks for dear daughters new quilt.  I now have to cut the sashing and stitch the blocks together.  I also have to consider the quilting pattern, as there is such a large area in the centre of each block I have endless possibilities – mmm which to choose?

I have to put things on the back burner for a few days as I am off to the Festival of Quilts which is being held at the NEC outside Birmingham, just 11 miles from my home.  I will, if you remember, be attending two workshops this year.  The first on Friday is with Sandra Meech entitled Digital Imagery in Stitched Textiles and on Saturday, Colour in Design with Kaffe Fassett.

I am very interested in using images in my work, having done so recently whilst working towards my City & Guilds qualification although that experiment did not make it to the final piece of work.

Whilst studying at what was then the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, now part of Birmingham City University, back in the 1990’s I was awarded a prize for my use of colour, so Saturdays workshop should be interesting.  I have the fabrics (please see previous post) to which I have added a couple more as I felt I needed a dark fabric.  I now just need to pack up everything else.

On Friday, after my workshop, I have arranged to meet one of my fellow distance learning colleges for coffee and a chat about our experiences, something I am very much looking forward to.


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Since finishing my City & Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting I have………..

Since sending off all the images, evaluation and cost details for the City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting qualification to my tutor, Edwina Mackinnon, for signing off I have made a quilted cushion cover from one of my experiments with the 10 minute block, quilted some backgrounds ready for making into bags and made some more backgrounds ready for the quilting process.  Along with stitching 12 more 10 minute blocks to make into a quilt using 2 Kaffe Fasset fabric packs from the Cotton Patch, pictures of these are to follow, but here are the first few of the things I have been up to since last Friday.


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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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Ready for Quilting – at last!

This piece has taken me ages to reach this point for various reasons but at least I have finally got to the stage where I can start quilting it.

I had my big son stand at the top of the first flight of our stairs – where the piece is going to hang eventually.  It kept him quiet for a while perhaps I could employ him to hold things up permanently?


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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.


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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.