Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sketch progress

 I've been having a productive time over the festive season, working on my 'sketch' challenge piece ( you can read more about it on my blog here)
It's based on a watercolour sketch I did in Greece in 1998.

 I have a question about whether to include the scaffolding pole to the left. It wasn't  in my original  drawing but when I visited again in 2006, the poles  in position added something to the composition. Then it's deciding how to quilt it .

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Update on assignments

Marylou and Kathy asked for an update:

  • Margaret set the assignment 'Lines', which she announced early, strictly speaking it is due just before Prague.
  • 'Blue' is a suggestion I made for an extra-assignment, only if you have time and inspiration, to fill a bit more of the wall space in Prague.
  • Gillian's assignment 'sketch' was announced here, and is 'due' by the end of the month.
  • Barbara's assignment 'repetition' is even further back, and I was really late finishing...

Hope that gets everybody up to date.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


I am going to be away for a few weeks in January and February and in between have loads of teaching so have been worrying about when I was going to find the time to make the quilts that I needed to. So the only way was to stop worrying and just get on and make them.

Here is the Blue Quilt.

This one is inspired by my trips to Scandinavian countries. I have always loved the jumpers that many people wear and have a few that I love to wear.

I dyed the 100% wool felt using acid dyes and then with an innovative way of piecing or counterchange I put the jumpers together.

The stitching in done using some thicker white thread using automatic patterns and the rest is done using lana thread

Here is a detail

For the last couple of years I have been teaching a residential course in the NWest of the UK at a lovely centre at Grange over sands. It is on an estuary and we always go over the estuary on the viaduct to a small town Arnside. 
We take photos, do some drawings etc and I have a fabulous collection of photos and I have never done anything with. I have meaning to make this quilt for a while so i was thrilled when Margaret announced her challenge. I had a few thermofax screens made from my drawings and printed some hand dyed fabrics.

This quilt is not my usual style of working but that's part of the group challenge

So now I only have the Sketch challenge to do for April. I can go away now feeling relieved

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Repetition and Pattern - Uta

I finally got to a point where I can show you what I have been doing for Barbara's assignment, Repetition and Pattern. As I have started playing around with text, this is not a pieced quilt. (I even made a little sketch - but since this is not the assignment where I have to prove that I was sketching...)

After marking a grid on the piece of snow-dyed fabric I had chosen (a remnant from my sales with exactly the right width - can't let anything go to waste!) I auditioned different sizes of font before taping up the letters for increased stability:

A first stitching around the edges, to get past the stage where I still had to fiddle with the letters. In honor of the name of the group, of course - very thready it was!

This is the piece vefore washing out the stabilizing embroidery fleece:

Here you can see what it looked like after a good wash, and a detail.

It's quilted now, it only needs the binding. But I will save that until I finish Gillian's assignment, and then do both of them together.

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