I can put it off no longer. I have been given the honour of representing my area of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, for the "In the Spotlight" exhibition which is run every other year at the Festival of Quilts.
I have had lots and lots of ideas running through my head and I have made a few sketches, but I realise that I can put it off no longer and need to get down to some serious work.
I am playing it safe, as this will be the first time I have put something into a major show and feel a bit apprehensive. I won't be experimenting with a new style and on this occasion will stick with what I know.
With that in mind I have been going through some of the samples that I produced for City and Guilds about 5 years ago, and thought I would share some of them with you.
My inspiration was obviously the Heritage Coast where I live. I spent a lot of time looking at pebbles, rocks and strata, eventually producing this piece here.
These three samples are different types of applique, and looking at them I see that it was here that my love of hand painted fabrics began. They seem pretty basic and I'd like to think that I have improved since then but it is also good to find some things that had been forgotten about and to see how they can inspire now.
These pieces are pretty much stuck to the info card that I attached them to with double sided sticky tape so I have left them be.
Now the theme/title of the exhibition is "The Romance of Words" chosen because 2011 will be the 200 year anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility.
So what does that have to do with rocks and strata and pebbles. All will be revealed over time, and there will be lots more to share on this topic.
I might rename the "working wednesday" posts as you can see I have moved my working space to a different part of the house.
For a while I took over the sun room at the front of the house so called because being South facing it gets very hot and bright, to such an extent that it curtailed the amount of time I could spend in there.
So I moved into the kitchen/diner at the back of the house, but that was too dull (there's no pleasing some people I know) and more importantly I didn't want to be responsible for my family not staying together by taking over the dining table permanently! You all know the saying
"The family that eats together, stays together".
However I think I am now happy, as I have moved to the side of the house, into what is simply a small add on built by the previous owners to take advantage of the view from the side, - not looking that great on this Wet Welsh Wednesday, it has to be said.
Even though my husband had built a lovely window seat in there, it was probably the most under used part of the house, only ever frequented by the dog, as seen in this post, and although I feel a bit guilty about denying her one of her favourite places, I have left a place for her to gaze out of should she feel the need, and I feel I am making more productive use of the space, which in turn will make me more productive. That's the plan!
I will share pics it when it is more organised, but in the mean time the above shows what I am working on today, making use of the fabric I mentioned here, more of which to come.