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Friday, 17 January 2014

Contemporary Quilt

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After years of being a member of the Quilter's Guild of the British Isles, I have finally got around to joining the Contemporary Quilt Group, which is one of the offshoot groups within the Guild.
I have signed up to the Journal Quilt challenge which they have been running for a number of years now and requires one small Journal Quilt to be produced every month.
Here is my offering for January, which I have pictured in this jaunty angle because despite my best efforts it doesn't seem to be 100% square!

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The rules this year are for pieces to be 8 x 8 in square, with a line of some description, straight, curved, angled etc to be featured from one edge to another. Other than that, anything goes.

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I have decided that I am going to use this challenge to exercise my abstract muscle, if I have one (!), while playing with my Gelli Arts Printing Plate and exploring some different colour combinations.
I have used normal acrylic paint with a touch of textile medium, instead of my usual textile paint.

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I had anticipated that while doing this it would be just as important to decide where not to put stitching as well as where to put it, but as you can see I lost that battle and wasn't happy until it was all covered. This was probably because the paint was a bit too blended shall we say and one thing I want to try and improve next time is getting more definition between the colours.
I also found it very hard to resist the urge to stamp a bird, (or hare!) or such on it. But I stuck with it!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Never,ever give up!

One of the highlights of the Festive Season was a trip to London to see Shakespeare's Richard II at the Barbican. This is a quick snap I took of the scene that greeted us when we entered the theatre. Wouldn't those lines look great in stitch!
There were four of us, myself and friend, plus the two teenagers. It was the first time they have been to see Shakespeare. By the time I was their age I had already been to quite few thanks to school trips. How times have changed!!
The good news is that they both enjoyed it.This might have had something to do with the actor playing the lead role being none other than David Tennant. He was definitely the carrot that got the two of them there in the first place. UK readers will know who I am referring to. International readers might know him better as the 10th Doctor Who. Now I could send you to a link showing you the man himself but I think you, my dear readers would prefer to see this!
My daughter also hung about the stage door and got a photo of the man himself so her Christmas was made :)

Nothing much to share creatively at the moment. Still planning 2014 in my head!!
To keep you going you might enjoy this. I did :)

Never, ever give up!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.”*

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Wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy and Creative 2014.
Thank you to all who take the time to visit here. I truly appreciate your support.

*T.S.Elliot -Four Quartets