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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Sunday, 30 September 2018

September Journal Quilt

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As you can see there are quite a collection of my floral inspired journal quilts now, and I have kept to my self imposed challenge to only use fabrics I already have. No painting new pieces.
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For this month I was inspired to try some all over free motion quilting. I am in awe of the workmanship  that you can see daily if you follow  the hashtag #freemotionquilting over on Instagram or Facebook. Admittedly a lot of these are done on longarm machines but there many quilters out there doing beautiful work on domestic machines.

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My effort is best described more as machine embroidery that machine quilting but these small pieces are a great way to practise, practise, practise...

Until next time...


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Friday, 31 August 2018

August Journal Quilt

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After a busy busy time I just wanted to sit with some hand stitching, so this is my offering for August's JQ. It was done on a piece of fabric that I had sun printed a long time ago. It was not hugely successful, as the floral prints which were done using Mallow from the garden, came out quite pale.
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 I simply followed the petal shapes with big straight stitch and put some french knots in the centres.


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Of course, once I had finished I found some other sun printed fabric that would have been better to use as the prints were stronger, but Hey Ho!
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Sunday, 29 July 2018

July Journal Quilt

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I really wasn't sure if I was going to make the deadline for this one.

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I have just delivered the pieces that will be on display at The Quilt Association's Summer Exhibition, 'Welsh Connections'.  I had wanted it all to be new work but in the end I had to include some older pieces because after my little accident last year I simply lost the time that I was planning to spend on them. There will be photos eventually!

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This JQ has been done on a piece of fabric that I painted with normal acrylic paint a long time ago and if memory serves me correctly I was just using up paint that was left over from something else and I wanted to see how they would feel on fabric. It feels good to finally put it to use.
 
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It looks better vertically than the correct horizontal format but I am just pleased that I managed to get it done on time. Now I can get on with my final preparations for Festival of Quilts which is just over a week away.

Until next time...

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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! 
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Giveaway Winner!

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Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway. I loved reading your comments and am grateful to you all.

Of course there can only be one winner and number 2 in the comments is Collette. 
Congratulations Collette!
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Teaching in Cornwall

Last month I was teaching at Proper Crafty in Launceston Cornwall and want to share with you some of the amazing pieces that were created during the week that I was there. Forgive the photos for not being a bit better but it's not always possible to take great shots in these circumstances.


It was thrilling that while at Crafty Retreats in France last summer, four wonderful Swedish ladies made the journey to come and work with me. I was completely humbled that they chose to do so again and travelled to Cornwall to build on what they had learnt last year and produce quilts of their own designs.

 

I love all of them but must confess to having a sweet spot for Karin's Meerkat and I am also very impressed by Lena's double sided Seahorse quilt.


Of course there were another band of hares to delight. 'Band' being one of the thirteen collective nouns that I have discovered that describe a group of hares. A particular favourite of mine is 'kindle' but 'leap', 'mute' and 'flick' can also be used. 
So with thanks to all who came on this and other retreats let me finish by reminding you that there is still time to enter my giveway before a winner is announced on Friday

Until next time...

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