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Quilt Routes blog and I hope you will join me over there.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Regular readers...

...might remember this.

I put the together last year but got no further.
I was determined to get it done and dusted this year. Well I managed it but I have to say that it is probably my least enjoyable quilt making experience. I am not complaining though. Doing it has taught me a lot about the type of quilting I want to be doing. I now have a Christmas quilt to pull out every year, plus it matches nicely with this piece shown below...a happy accident.

Now the Christmas Angels is a piece that I love and I hope you will pop along to my other blog to find out why.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

the same but different...

...was the Christmas challenge for my Rusty Love Girls group.
My piece started like this.

Then I did this.

Followed by this.

The same... but different.
I found it very difficult to get a good picture of the 3D piece and as it is now in it's new home this is going to have to do.

This is it's companion piece (the same). Can you see what I did? :)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

stitching sunday

This is the first of a few samples of different types of stitching surfaces I am doing based on these sketchbook images.

I have felted a couple of backgrounds  using up a variety of fabrics, silk, scrim, voile, just to experiment.
Here I have been hand stitching, thinking that I would cover the whole surface, but decided to leave some open space through which to see the background.

Friday, 30 November 2012


"My World is Green" is the title for next year's Sue Ridgewell Challenge. I began this yesterday, using up scraps. No newly painted fabrics in order to keep in with the topic.

To prove that it is a good idea to come back to something the next day, you can see where I have removed the top strips because they were not working for me.
I decided to use this technique of strips after doing this small piece.

 However AFTER doing this I saw THIS, which I absolutely love, but was also a little sad to know that I am not doing something new! LOL!

I am also going to be working on this, which was going to be my first choice for the challenge.
I have wanted to a larger version of my stitched sea/landscapes for a while and thought this would be a good time to do that. However, they are very stitch intensive and decided not to put any time constraints on when this one would be finished. It could take a while.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Everyman's Barn

Those of you who read my Quilt Routes blog will know that back in July I set myself a challenge to use up all the scraps that been collected in one small bag. They had been hanging around for a long time and needed to be used up. 
One of the projects that came from that challenge was the piece you see above.

While blogging about this I described how the inspiration came from a neglected farm building that sits on the brow of a hill and catches my eye every time I pass it in my car.

Well it seems I am not the only one who likes it. A friend who lives very near the barn saw it on the blog and asked if she could have it as it was her barn. 
Then a friend of hers saw it and said it was her barn and so she commissioned me to do another.

The first one was done from memory and I decided to continue in this way as I didn't want to get bogged down in detail, wanting to work in an impressionistic way. 
Having said that, the appeal for me is the way the view changes at different times if the day and during different seasons, so I played around with a few different colour combinations and allowed the buyer to choose the one she preferred.
Plus, although my thoughts were to chop of the hedge in the first piece because I was not happy with it. However, the hedge was wanted and I played around with how to do this too.

I have since learnt that many local artists and photographers have been inspired by the barn, so I have names it Everyman's Barn.

P.S. The client chose the middle one.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

stitching sunday- A finish!

I know it has taken a week but I got around to stitching the binding on yesterday. The trouble with finishing off a project that was started a while ago is that invariably you have no matching fabric left but I managed to save enough when I trimmed the backing fabric.

I quite like the back on this piece. I would like to be able to take a piece of cloth and stitch paint like this freely. 

As this shot shows, it is not exactly hanging flat. This is something that would have really bothered me in the past, but I am beginning to to feel differently about such things.

Looking at the work of artists like Rebecca Ringquist and Micheala Gyetvai has helped. It is cloth after all.

Anyhow!!! It is finished!
It was fun to do. The machine stitching was fast and furious and the hand stitching was very relaxing and therapeutic. It has prompted me to attempt to finish off other pieces that may be lurking!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

stitching sunday

I have finished the stitching on Daisy Daisy!
I always knew I was going to machine stitch the borders.
Full reveal when I have done the edges.

Friday, 9 November 2012


I have managed to get the stitching done on just one of these pieces that I prepared earlier.
I think I am going to call these "Walnut Shore" but I am open to suggestions.

Last week I was in Paris.
Before going I pinned some images and looking at them now I realize that I saw everything on the board and took my own, if not so successful shots of all of the images. I will prettify mine up in a photo editing site before adding them to my flickr when I have the time.
We did have our own Room with a View, if not quite as close as the one on my board:)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

I think...

...I might have overplayed the significance of this piece shown in my last post.
It is no more than an exploration of texture. From a design point of view it would need more work.
Thanks for the nice comments though. They are always appreciated.

Bits of silk embellished onto acrylic felt.

Partly layered with voile.

Machine stitched, hand stitched and beaded.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

stitching sunday

I am still plugging away at this, but needed a bit of a change.
Last Saturday I was "on the bill", so to speak, with Angie Hughes, at a Quilt Guild Regional Day
I have always loved her work and it was a treat to see the things she is working on now. 
I have done two workshops with Angie in the past, and they rate among the best I have ever taken.

Angie is a machine embroiderer who has done a lot of work on velvet.
Channeling my inner Angie, I am working on black felt, just for fun and thoroughly enjoying myself.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Moving on.

There has been a lot to do lately but I am now finding some time to work on these, started a couple of weeks ago.
The fabric has been painted...

...and layers of texture added...

Later today I am hoping to beginning the stitching.
I hope you have a creative weekend.
Linking up with Off the Wall Friday. 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Feast your eyes...

oma prayer flags

...on this!
Prayer Flags ready to be hung at the Oceanside Museum of Art in California.
I am glad to see that my contribution has arrived safely!
More details here.

Friday, 28 September 2012

"Daisy, Daisy...

...give me your answer do..."*

To the question; "When are you going to be finished?"  maybe?
I am still enjoying the stitching, even if it is taking and age. I am trying to keep the stitches uniform but I have deliberately made them smaller as I changed colour.
It is hard to keep small stitches small, don't you find? Or is that just me?

Here is what it looked like before I began stitching.
Linking up with Off The Wall Friday.

*Old Music Hall Song.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

sketchbook sunday

I have a mind to make this a regular feature.
Alternate it with "stitching sunday".
Not that I am going to commit myself to doing this every Sunday you understand.
Just when the mood takes me.
These pages have been worked on mop-up tissue paper pages, and have been done over a period of time.
I find it very calming and therapeutic to just play, with no particular end in mind.
Some might become painted fabric pieces, some might be backgrounds for further work.
These pages will be stitched into signatures and put into a sketchbook/journal of sorts and it is nice to have a record of them here.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Just because....

I am not ready to let go yet... and I can keep this here to always remind me:)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Still Time!

A busy summer has meant that I had forgotten about this.
Reading Mrs Moen just now has reminded me.

I think I will send this one.
There is still time to send something if you would like to have your work displayed in this exhibition.
(deadline is September 28th)
You can have the flags returned to you if you include a stamped addressed envelope, but as I have not worked out how you do that when something is going overseas I think I will just send this off and hope that it goes to a good home once the exhibition is over.
More details can be found here.
I'm off to the post office:)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

It's so quiet....

...and a bit gloomy around here.
I am enjoying the quiet and making the most of spending the time with family before they go back to work, college and school next week.

The gloom comes from the weather.
Feels like Autumn already...but where was Summer?

Quiet hand stitching...

...and planning what to do with my FoQ purchases.