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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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!
Until next time...

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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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Friday, 9 March 2018

Giveaway Day!


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It's my birthday today and in celebration I am having a giveaway.

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Leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of my new book.

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Just say Hi! or Happy Birthday! or anything else you fancy. Open to all as I will post worldwide.

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I will draw a winner via the random calculator thingy next Friday 16th March.
Good Luck!

Until next time...

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Monday, 5 March 2018

It maybe March but..

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Last week I spent some time answering questions for an interview feature about my NEW BOOK!!  (just in case you missed it 😊).
One of the questions asked was about what is coming next. My truthful answer is that I am looking forward to time at home with my sewing machine, doing some important stuff, but also having some fun. 

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With that in mind I have joined the Contemporary Quilt Groups Journal Quilt Challenge again. Not having done it last year it seems a good way to get into a routine of playing and experimentation. 

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First time doing this was 2014 and I thoroughly enjoyed doing these, printing with a gelli plate.. You can see them all here.



In 2015 I used up fabric from my stash to do some landscape triptychs. Confession time, I thought I was being clever doing one piece that I split into three but I was only cheating myself because I was just covering old ground and as a result the process was not as satisfying as the year before. They can be seen here. 


The pieces that I did in 2016 are not yet complete. The quilts are done but I do need to finish the edges, perhaps put them together as one bigger piece. 
I didn't even finish blogging them but they they are all avaiable for viewing here.

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This year the format is 7 x 9 inches with your own set theme.
Florals is the theme I have chosen. It is just as much about the design of the motifs as it is about the technique used. So here is Jan's offering and I can say that Feb and March are already done so look out for those.
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Small Art Quilts


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It feels good to finally tell you all about my new book Small Art Quilts. 
Why small? ...because working small allows you to play and experiment and try out lots of things.
Besides which the techniques that I use and are exactly the same no matter what size I am working on.

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Naturally there is a comprehensive section on fabric painting with step by step instructions, followed by descriptions on building the quilt backgrounds, adding focal elements, machine quilting, hand stitching and a lot more. Naturally if you don't wish to paint your fabric you can skip over that section and create from whatever fabrics you choose to use.

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I have put everything into this book and it if you have ever wanted to do a workshop with me but couldn't this is the next best thing.

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It is a technique based book with only two complete project 'How To's' which come at the end. Having said that a number of the focal element templates are also included should you be inspired to create any of the other quilts yourself using the techniques demonstrated.

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A full list of contents can be seen on the Search Press website along with a look inside. 
It can be purchased worldwide from all the usual places including.
As well as a number of European countries.

Until next time...

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