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Saturday, 24 March 2012


Can you guess what this is?

Any ideas?

Becoming clearer?

I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I was to recieve this from my Rusty Love Girls this week.
Each of the four did a signature to go into this wonderful birthday gift book.

There are so many wonderful things in this that rather than choose I have created a mosaic of the pages.
To say I was blown away by it is an understatement.
So much effort and thought has gone into this, including a vintage postcard of where I live, and a stitched picture of the boat house I used to be a member of. It is absolutely brimming with wonderfulness.
I will treasure it always. (Thank you Cath, Grace, Pam and Michelle-I know you are reading this xx)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

working wednesday

I have been playing with a few more small stitched seascapes.

Trying to decide if I like a dark border...

...or a light border.

I have also been experimenting with some different fabric borders. This one using the sewing machine...

...this one using the needle felter/embellisher.

Still not sure where I am going with these.......more photos here.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Creative Courage.

I have just put these flags up on The Prayer Flag Project blog.

Now I know these are not great pieces of art, but I felt that I wanted to make these flags, because even if I had got nothing more for doing Stephanie Levy's course, the title alone has inspired me and continues to do so.

Having the courage to do those things that we would like to do, be it creatively or otherwise, is sometimes all you need. Experience and skill doesn't have to come into it. That comes with the doing. And to do the "doing" you just have to have the courage to get started!

I just wanted to share that thought with you.
If you want to know more about the course you could do no better than to go to Jo Wiley's blog, a fellow C.C.'er and read her review.

Monday, 12 March 2012

It comes in threes...

These three publications tell the tale of my weekend. I celebrated a big birthday on Friday, one with a 0 in it. The book on the bottom of the pile was from my 13 year old son. For Christmas he got me a raccoon hat!  Thank goodness for Amazon wish lists, which is where I got his dad to direct him this time:)

The catalogue on top of the pile is from an exhibition that I went to on Saturday at the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre.

This exhibition is to coincide with the publication a book by Dorothy Osler, and displays a selection of Welsh and American Quilts side by side. I just love the colours on the back of that quilt!

Here is a sneak peek (and I did get permission from Jen Jones herself to take this shot) of a some of the exhibition. If you are anywhere near Lampeter in Ceredigion Mid Wales it is worth a visit.

This is the third book in the pile that I got this weekend, and the one I am most excited about. Seaside Home has just been released and it contains one of my designs...

...and has made it to the inside front cover... in all it's full glory...

...and in an nice close up shot...

...and finally there I am with my goofy grin!!!

I first did this project way back when as a simple fun thing to do after finishing City and Guilds. I had no idea then that it would lead to this and I am a little bit surprised, but truly grateful, by it all.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Stepping up!

This dropped through the letter box last week.

It is the magazine I receive for being a member of the Quilters Guild of Great Britain.

Whilst browsing through it I found the usual call for entries to this years Festival of Quilts. I usually ignore such requests, but for some reason, this time it got me thinking. I love to go to the festival and look at what is on offer but if it wasn't for the people who took the time and trouble to enter quilts, there would be no festival, and maybe it is time to give something back.

Now I know those of you who have followed this blog for a while will be saying "what are you talking entered last year!" but the truth is I didn't. I was asked to submit a piece which is an entirely different thing. I was thrilled to be asked, but I probably wouldn't have done so otherwise.

At this time, I am just committing myself to registering (which has to be done by 27th April) and for the cost of £8.00 I can register in any or all categories. And unlike last year, when I start having a crisis of confidence and mini meltdown (yes, that did happen) I will be able to pull out without letting anyone down, should the need arise.

My dilemma now is which one.

These are the categories, and more details available here.

1.The Quilter's Guild Challenge this year is Britain. I can think of lots of things that I would like to say about Britain at this time(!), but would that be reflecting the style that I think I am working on at the moment.

2. Art Quilts
Quilts for walls, where the emphasis includes
original design concepts, ideas or emotions
balanced by quality of execution and visual
Yes, a distinct possiblilty.

3. Contempoary Quilts

For quilts made from ideas derived from
the traditions of quilt-making, but given a
new approach. Use of original designs and
contemporary fabrics, using any technique or
combination of techniques, to include quilting
(hand, machine or combination).
Maybe. I definitely have some ideas that would take me in this direction. but it is not something I have fully worked out yet.

4. Traditional Quilts

Quilts may be wholecloth, pieced and quilted,
appliqué and quilted, or a combination of
piecing, appliqué and quilting. Quilting may be
hand, machine or a combination.
Definitely not! For me this would be the hardest category to enter and I am completly in awe of the work of the people who do!

Apologies for indulging myself and showing these pictures again but I guess I am trying to live by the sentiments of the poem I so diligently put here last year.
(And maybe the fact that I have also just been told that this quilt will appear in the 2013 Quilter's Guild calender has helped give me the push!)

Anyone going to join me?