Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Journal Quilts Review.


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As I begin to get to grips with the Journal Quilt Challenge for 2016, better late than never.
I thought you might like to know about my feelings on last year's challenge. The requirements for 2015 were for pieces 6 x 12 inches, landscape or portrait format which had to be followed all the way through. I opted for a landscape theme in a portrait form.

July, August, September 2015

In order to save time I decided to make four long pieces that would be split into three, giving me the twelve that I needed to complete the challenge. Jan -June can be seen here.

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October, November, December 2015

A good idea in theory but in practice I soon learnt that I had tried to be too clever because although the idea of splitting the pieces up was okay, I hadn't given enough thought to what those pieces were about.  I chose to do a subject that I was familiar with and that didn't give me any technical challenges. I knew exactly what I was doing because I had done very similar pieces before.
The result of this was that I got bored very early on and found it a chore to complete all pieces.
Lesson learnt!

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This hadn't happened to me the year before as I was playing and trying something new. 
(If you followed the link I gave at the top of this post you can see what I did in 2014.)

So as I get into the JQ's for 2016 I have set myself a new challenge. At the moment I am struggling and wondering if I have chosen well but time will tell and I suppose that it the whole point of the exercise. More to come!


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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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