Thursday, 12 July 2018

Join Me!

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I am teaching Quick and Easy workshops again at the Festival of Quilts next month. 
For once I am ahead of the game with the kits. I am doing a Golden Hare this year, just to mix things up... NOW FULL.

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...and a mini Poppy Field demonstrating how to create these poppies. NOW FULL.

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For the Sunset kits I have provided strips of my hand painted fabric to create this mini scene and there is a pile of extra strips should anyone want to add a different look. 
Two out of the three class are full with a final one at 3.30 on Sunday still having a few spaces left. 
When I saw the timetable I knew this slot at a time at the end of the show when most people are beginning to think about going home was going to less popular but how about instead of rushing off you spend a nice hour, taking the weight off your feet, while I share tips for creating landscapes and and show you a number of my landscape pieces.
Oh and I will be wanting to giveaway all of those extra strips!
Hope to see you there!
Until next time...

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

June Journal Quilt

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I find it hard to keep up with the JQ's at what is for me a very busy time of year. It is making me question whether I will partake again. Instead, set my own led challenge which will be a bit more flexible. Having said that perhaps I need to first complete this as I only got as far as May and I was enjoying it before I had to move on to other things.

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This months offering comes from a fat quarter painted a while ago when I was given a suede effect paint to try. I isolated some of the motifs and cut out and fused some other to fit the 7 x 9 inch format. You can see some of the inconsistencies in the paint and it would be tricky to use a sewing machine to stitch anywhere near or around these motifs which s probably why it has languished in my pile of fabrics for such along time, and why it is all hand stitched.

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I was hoping that among the thousands of photos of hand painted fabric that I have there would be one to show you the 'before' but instead you will have to make do with the leftovers.

If you are anywhere near The Quilt Association in Llanidloes this summer I will have some work displayed in their Summer Exhibition Welsh Connections. I am also teaching a workshop at the end of next month. Follow the link for details! 
Until next time...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

May Journal Quilt

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So after saying after last months JQ that I stopped myself from doing more hand stitching because of time constraints I spent this month doing nothing but that. It was done on a piece of cloth that has been languishing in a quiet corner for a long time, calling to me with it's pretty colours.

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The white circles that I added are not very perceptible in these images but they acted as my guides in this slow stitched project.

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I enjoy this slow hand stitching and would like to find the time to do something much bigger.
Until next time...


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Monday, 30 April 2018

April Journal Quilt

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So here is my April JQ. Shown at various angles!
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I used some fabric that has been languishing in my stash for a while and used the design of the wood block that I had stamped on the fabric as inspiration for the flower motif.
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My biggest problem when doing these pieces is keeping things quick. I so wanted to spend time adding more stitching to this one but with others things to attend to the discipline is to treat it for what it is. A chance to try out new ideas.
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Those in charge of this challenge are quite strict about the deadlines of April, then August and of course December. So I have just snuck this one in. Here are my first batch of four altogether.

I am going to be teaching a Country Creatures workshop at Poppy Patch in June should you be in or around the Nottinghamshire area. Follow the link in my side bar for details.


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Friday, 20 April 2018

fabric friday

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Haven't done one of these for a while. 
Fabric painted and prepared ready for my next project.
Until next time...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Journal Quilt for March

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If you read my last post you might notice that I have been spending (too much) time trying to get whiter backgrounds. May have gone too much the other way.
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Anyways, I am all caught up with the JQ's! Time to think about April.

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Until next time...


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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Journal Quilt for Feb

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In an attempt to get up to date here is my February offering for the CQGB JQ challenge. Writing this post has made it clear why blogs have been on the decline in favour of other social media. It has taken me so long to get this done when it is so much easier to put one photo on Instagram.

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It is not because I am trying to create some airbrushed, false account of what I am doing but because even if the piece I am showing is not successful I still want the image that shows that to be clear. I try my best with my limited skills, a smart phone and some photo editing software to show bright, clear photos. Sometimes it all comes together quickly, others not so much.

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I don't like that the background to this image has come out yellow despite the fact that in reality it is white. I also don't like the fact that to my naked eye this piece looked straight but the camera shows that not to be the case!

Sometimes though you just have to let things go and move on. The more time I spend fussing over photos the less time I get to sew. The truth is that this piece looked a lot better in my head than it does in reality but like with all these JQ's I have learnt from the process and it will help me improve.

Until next time...

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