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Sunday, 31 July 2011

stitching sunday

Seeing all the paper piecing that seems to be going on in blogland at the moment had me searching into the dark corners of the loft this morning to pull out this.

This was begun soooooo many years ago, even before I had any idea that I wanted to be a quilter.
It came about because Laurel Ashley opened a shop in Cardiff. It was least 20 years ago now probably more and I remember there was much excitement at the time. When I visited it with my mum I found that the gorgeous flowing floral dresses were way out of my price range and instead I came away with a packet of pre cut squares. I did make myself some cushion covers with some of it (long gone) but I honestly can't remember when or why I decided to start this.

The back tells me that I must have started my teaching career by then because the paper I recognise as the sugar paper that was ready available in any primary school. (one of the perks of the job!!!)

I still have these bits cut out. The fabric experts will probably recognise the Laura Ashley fabrics.

Some bits have already been tacked over the papers, and here is the template that I used.
I know that I took it to Brunei with me because I thought I might need something to do to keep myself occupied and some of the fabrics that are now in it I recognise from dresses I had made for my daughter.

It was while I was in Brunei that an Australian friend introduced me to a rotary cutter etc and I think this is probably why it was abandoned.

I do like the idea of finally finishing this. The problem is that it is growing into one big star which I think is called a Lone Star design, and I am not very keen on it. These old drawings show that I was trying to work out how to turn it into a big hexagon before adding pieces to make a quilt top.

After looking at these I have considered unpicking and reassembling.

Any ideas?


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

working wednesday (not)

Not much to show here this working wednesday as the only thing I am doing at the moment is painting the bathroom (yawn!!). I did take some time out yesterday to go down to the beach with my daughter, who has been given a project to complete over the holidays in preparation for the Art course she begins in September.
Here is some views of what she got up to.

Hope the sun is shining where you are today.


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

working wednesday

Continuing with the hand stitching on the Turkish Delight piece.
It is giving me something to do while I upload photos for a tutorial I am creating on my Quilt Routes blog.
It is sooo slow and it is only going to get worse when school breaks up for the summer tomorrow.


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Sunday afternoon........


Back home after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Teenage daughter distraught that it has finally all come to an end, but then it has been such a huge part of her childhood and I guess that is at an end now also (sob!)
Anyway wind and rain outside (again) but I have my stitching and Midsomer Murders (again...does ITV make anything else?)

This is the Turkish Delight piece which has been set as a challenge from a North Wales Art Quilt group.
I had planned it as a completely hand stitched piece but time is running out and I know I am going to be hitting the machine with this very soon.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Inland Coastal Waters

stitched seascapes

Enjoying being able to scale things right down after working big for so long.

embroidered art

Same themes though!

art quilt

More beach......more seagulls.....

fiber art

.......but then this is what I see everyday so no suprise there.
Today I also see buckets of rain and as we have booked a birthday paintball party for my son this afternoon, I am hoping it is going to pass over soon. BBC weather I hope you are right today!

Have a lovely weekend

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Whys and Wherefores

The theme for this exhibition was "The Romance of Words" because 2011 is the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility". We were told that we could take a literal or a lateral interpretation of the theme and as the exhibition is "In the Spotlight" I decided I had best try to do something using my usual style even though it didn't immediately lend itself to 'Romance'.

My initial plan had been to call the piece 'Inland Coastal Waters' and to put the words of the Shipping Forecast along the pebbles. Not very romantic I know but I have spent many a sleepless night listening to said forecast and visualising the romance of sailing around these shores. Not such a strange idea as it might seem, as I did quite a bit of sailing in a previous life.

Sadly, back in March, while the quilt was in the beginning stages of construction, a very good friend of mine passed away. It was at this time that I first heard this poem. It summed up perfectly the way that Kath, my friend, lived her life. She was a wife and mother, a singer and a painter, and she also cared passionately about the environment. She lived her life just as the poem suggests.

It seemed fitting to use these words here and I have dedicated this quilt to Kath's memory.
I have called it "Cherish" taken from the line "friends to cherish".

The poem "Dust if you Must" is by Rose Milligan.

Ironically, I have spent so much time on this quilt my house is dire need of some dusting and cleaning!

P.S. There are more pictures in my previous post.

Monday, 11 July 2011

In the Spotlight

This is a wonderful sight! My quilt all packed up and ready to go.......finally!

Forgive me if I don't show you the whole thing. I don't mean to be secretive but the photos I took head on are blurry and I just haven't got it in me to get it out of it's neat little parcel. Besides I think I wouldn't get a better picture at this time. It is quite hard getting a good shot of something so large in my space, and hopefully when it is hanging in the show I will get a good one.

Here are some close ups, and next time I will expand on what I have done and why.

Now I am off to get myself a very big glass of wine!