Thursday, 5 May 2016

Journal Quilts 2016

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It might seem as if I had decided not to take part in this year's Journal Quilt Challenge run by the Contemporary Group of the Q.G.B.I. It is May after all !!!

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There was a point last week when I did consider throwing in the hat when I discovered that despite my best efforts back in Jan to get ahead of the game by working in sets of four, I had in fact neglected to stitch my offering for April and it had to be hastily finished before the deadline on April 30th.

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I was wondering why I was giving myself this extra task to do when I really do have more than enough other projects to keep me occupied. I also considered that I could continue without the need to be in a group that imposes a deadline.

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Well as you can see I did completed this section and I remembered that I do actually very much enjoy the PLAY aspect of doing these mini quilts. I also have enough self knowledge to know that if I didn't do them as part of the group challenge, they wouldn't get done!

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So here are the first group of four put into a not very clear collage made in an an App on my phone.

The challenge/guidelines for 2016 is to make an 8 x 10 in  piece in portrait format, each to contain a a small block of colour. The first four months to contain purple. It has been really interesting to see what others have come up with but it is a closed group so I cannot show you sorry.

I have decided to look at traditional blocks with added machine and hand stitching.  As you can see I haven't finished them off yet as I might try and join them together as three small or one large quilt when I have completed all twelve.

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I have already made a start on May with another added twist but I have to confess that I am not sure about my plan at the moment. :/

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

How would you like...

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

...to spend some time here?

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

Sleeping in one of these rooms

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

Sitting here, to enjoy delicious food like this.

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

While, as if that wasn't enough, I teach you how to paint your own fabric and how to make your own Moon Gazing Hare piece.

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

If you think that this is for you then I would love for you to join me this coming September in the Limousin region of France for a whole week of creativity.

Fabric Paint Quilt with Deborah O'Hare

To say that I am excited and thrilled about this is an understatement :D

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Friday, 19 February 2016

fabric friday

hand painted fabric

Most of the time I am painting from memory but it is nice when nature reminds me.
Sunset taken from the deck this week.

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Sunset fabric available here

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Journal Quilts Review.


landscape mini quilts

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.

landscape mini quilts
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!

landscape mini quilts

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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