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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:)