Thursday, 21 November 2019


Finally!!! I am ready to tell you about the workshops that I will be running in 2020.

The first one is on the 27th and 28th of March. It will take place in a local village hall situated under 10 minutes away from the wonderful Heritage Coast which I am fortunate enough to call home.

It is called The Wild and Windy Sea and it will be run over two days. The first day will be devoted to fabric painting and the next day will be spent making your own sea inspired piece from the fabric you have created.

While I have taught fabric painting workshops to many groups both at home and abroad, rather than just giving an overview of making fabrics for landscapes, my aim is to be able to spend time looking at different subjects in more detail. In this instance that means focusing on the techniques and designs that depict the movement, depth and colour of the sea and the landscape around it.

If you think that this is something that you might be interested then 

To finish, I want to thank all of you who saw my flyer about these workshops back in August at the Festival of Quilts. I was thrilled and humbled by the response. I know that the details have been a long time coming but what can I say. I had not long booked the dates and couldn't pass up the opportunity of advertising them at the show, even though I had not nailed down the final details. Other commitments and life in general has got in the way of me sitting down and spending the time needed of the computer to tell you all about them but now that it has been done I am enjoying spending time creating samples and really getting my teeth into the topic so stay tuned for some sneak peeks.

If wild and windy is not your thing I have more dates for later in the year covering different themes so stay tuned.
Until Next Time... 

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Scrap Busting 9-16

landsape quilts

While I attempt to get myself organized after the Festival of Quilts, and try to enjoy what is left of the summer, here are a few more of my scrap busting landscapes. These have all been done with the feed dogs up. Although the photos don't show it acurately they are all the same size of roughly 5 in square.

landscape quilts

As well as doing these I am thinking about new projects, taking some online art classes to get the creative juices flowing and preparing for upcoming classes.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

New Workshop!

I am excited to be able to tell you about a new workshop that I will be giving this Autumn. It will take place in Duffryn Gardens which is a National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan. The class will be held in the Cory Education Centre which is a suburb purpose built classroom that they have on site. The property is situated on the western outskirts of Cardiff and is very easily reached from the M4 motorway.
It takes place on Saturday 19th October 2019. 

It is a one day class so the course fee includes the hand painted fabric background and fabric needed for some of the leaves, as well as the paints, materials and tools needed for the stamping and stencilling techniques that are used to build up the layers of interest. The fee also includes entry to the house and garden for the day.

This workshop is suitable for those with a reasonable knowledge of quilting and use of the sewing machine. A supply list is provided upon booking for the items that you would need to bring such as backing fabric and wadding.


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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Scrap Busting 1-8

landscape quilts

A quick post to share with you the first of my scrap busting mini pieces that I introduced in my last post. I am having a lot of fun with these. They are a good warm up exercise before I get down to important stitching. I try and have the next one all planned out and ready to go after each finish. This makes it easier to sit down at the machine the next day and get straight to it. At the moment they are machine stitched but I am hoping to incorporate some hand stitching, at some point, when the time allows. 
All but number 8 were done with the feed dogs down.

landscape quilts

Until next time...

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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

A New Scrap Busting Project.

Deborah O'Hare

Back in 2012 I set myself a task to use up all the scraps that I had collected into one smallish brown paper bag. Little did I know then that it would be the start of something quite big for me in that not long after completing the project I was was asked to give a talk about it at my local branch of the Quilters Guild. I have since given that talk 'Tales From My Scrap Bag' to many guilds and groups around the country. It is a talk that has grown over the years, with other scrap busting projects being added to it, and I have to confess that I do quite enjoy seeing how it fires others up into wanting to go home and tackle their scrap piles. 

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Which brings me on to my latest self imposed challenge. This drawer is from a small cabinet with five such drawers stuffed with scraps. I have literally been stuffing scraps into it for years and although the intention was so that I would always have somewhere to find that perfect little piece to use in some project or other, the truth is that I can count on one hand the times that I have actually done that instead of just painting what I needed. My plan is to use the fabric in these drawers to make small, quick little pieces. At the moment they are roughly 6 x 6 inch landscapes and I try and restrict myself to no more than three, sometimes less, thread colours.

Some of the pieces are in strips and some of the pieces have shapes already cut out of them which I try to incorporate, rather that change. Hence the very large fir tree and some strange looking mountains you can see in some of the pieces above. Some of the pieces have fusible on, most do not.
Roughly the colours in each one are greens, blues, pinks/purples, yellows/oranges/reds, blacks/browns

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This is the first before I trimmed it down. My machine was set up for free motion so that is what I did on this piece and I am going with that as a rule. To sew with feed dogs up or down, however the machine is set up at that time. I have already got into a sort of rhythm. I am trying to do at least one a day. When I have completed one I pull out some more scraps so that the next one is already planned ready to go the next time I sit at my machine. This serves as a way of warming up for what ever else I am planning to sew.

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The thumbnail sketches were done so that I have a quick reference for something to do and were copied from sketchbook pages I originally did in a sketchbook that actually became part of the 'Tales From My Scrap Bag' project. I have already begun other thumbnail ideas for when I have exhausted this one.

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Now, she says blowing the cobwebs away from my last blog post, I did complete the 2018 Journal Quilt challenge. I first did it in 2014 and it is still my favourite of all that I did. I did it again in 2015, and even though these made it into my book, I got the least from it because in all honesty I thought I was being clever by simply repeating things I had already done but they just became a chore and I wasn't learning anything from the experience. 2016 was a miss because of said book. 2017 was more enjoyable but with some mixed results. That brings us to 2018 and below you will find Nov and Dec's offering which I didn't get around to sharing. 
All of the Journal Quit challenges I have done were completed using scraps and or stash with the exception of the first in 2014. 

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This one was a sample of freezer paper stenciling that was done in a workshop, finished with hand and machine stitch.

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I prefer a close up of Dec's which was done using a piece of experimental Gelli Plate printed fabric. I fine the back more interesting than the front on this one.

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So maybe, maybe not, you are wondering why I have not joined the 2019 Quilters Guild Contemporary Group Journal Quilt challenge?
Well as much as I enjoy taking part they are quite strict about submitting your pieces on time, which is every 4 months. This is totally understandable and I always find it fine at the beginning of the year but not so much as I get busier, especially around August. Yet I still like the idea of these challenges to make something small. Something that encourages playfulness, as well as practice, without the need to be perfect. I am always inspired by the many such challenges that appear on Instagram such as the #100dayschallenge but I now have enough self knowledge to know that the type of commitment needed for that is not for me.

So that brings me back to  the start of this post. This self imposed challenge project has no time restrictions which means I can dip in and out of it when I can and  I can also change the rules. At the moment I am doing landscapes, but that might change, who knows!?!

I have included a few links here should you wish to to see any of the other projects mentioned in this post.

'Tales From My Scrap Bag' starts here and I swear I did not realise that I started it on the 7th May 2012 when I began writing this post, but I may have delayed posting for a day so that it all lines up nicely😃

Journal Quilts  2014  2015  2016 starts here with all pieces on my Flickr gallery which for some reason I am unable to provide a link to (see side bar icon strip)                  

As I do these I will be posting them on Instagram which is also linked to my Facebook Page and I promise I will do a round up of them from time to time here on my blog if you wish to follow my progress on whichever is your favourite bit of the internet.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

October Journal Quilt

Looking at this image now the thought 'What was I thinking?' comes to mind. Bearing in mind that this close up shows up the details in a way that the naked eye couldn't see I decided that this floral offering for October was too blah and needed a bit of brightening up. I will let you judge the results!

I set to with a number or colours in pencil and crayon without much success.

I don't really think that my efforts were worth  my while but the whole point of these journal quilts is to use the opportunity to play and experiment.

Having tried this sort of thing before on other pieces that I haven't needed to share, what I have learnt is not to do this again! LOL!

I actually prefer the subtlety of the back and wondering if I can submit this side to the group's October album?

Until next time...

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Indian Inspired

This is a close up detail of a piece that I made in 2010 using a technique explained by Jill Kennedy in an issue of Quilting Arts magazine. It involved the use of wax crayons and paper and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It is a piece that I show in my 'Quilt Routes Around the World' talk and it is probably the piece that I get asked the most questions about.

My inspiration for the piece came from these Rajahstani textiles that bought when I travelled to India in the late 1980's. I had the most wonderful experiences during that trip and despite all the travelling that I have done since it remains at the top of my list for the amazing memories it gave me.

In all honestly I didn't think that I would ever make a return visit but I am hugely thrilled to tell you that I will be going back in 2020!

Would you like to come with me??

Deborah O'Hare

I was approached by the lovely Jamie Maldon of Colouricious at this years Festival of Quilts to see if I would like to be one of the guest tutors to accompany a group on a Block Printing Holiday to Jaipur, India and of course I jumped at the chance.

Full details of the itinerary and costs are available here with lots of great information about what to expect on this type of holiday on the website.

The trip involves a mixture of workshops and sightseeing.
I will be taking part in the workshops alongside you making sure that everyone is having a good time and the trip is fully guided by the Colouricious representative in India.

If you are at all interested then please have a look at all the information available on the Colouricious website.

Naturally I will be mentioning more about this trip from time to time 😊
Until next time...

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