Monday, 9 April 2018

The human quilt stand

While quilting the blue splash, I applied some of the lessons from my drawing teacher and looked for areas on this quilt that look unrelated to the rest of it.  The borders need more relationship with the central blocks.  I added circles in three sizes into the borders and the human quilt stand helped me assess if this is a good idea or not.


I’m still pondering so have not stitched these down yet.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Spring is here

The sheer pleasure in being bathed by sunshine, seeing colour everywhere

Peach blossom - in London!



Roadside flowers



Sharp shadows


Seen at Ham House, where I went to see he beautiful stitching on display in the costumes from A Stitch in Time. There until 29th April.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Easter quilting

More daylight, an Easter weekend with no commitments and too much rain to do any gardening led to plenty of time to get quilting on the blue splash quilt. After auditioning several complex designs, I decided simple is best for the blocks.





I’m contemplating more complexity in the borders after re-reading Freemotion Quilting by Judy Woodworth.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Journal quilts 2018, Abstraction

It has taken me a bit of time to get started with this year’s journal quilts,  ( all to be 7” x 9”) but the vernal equinox has spurred me on. My theme this year is “Abstraction”, stimulated by conversation with my drawing teacher.  The first three are about birds.

January, Gannets diving into the sea

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Hand-dyed and commercial fabric, patchwork with proportions of colour to reflect the different colours in gannets.

February, Robins bob-bobbing along

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Applique, commercial and hand-dyed fabric

March, Red kite soaring

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Commercial and hand-dyed fabric appliqué  with some lipstick highlighting.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Snow dyeing

After the last snowfall in London, when I forgot to try snow dyeing, I was determined to be ready to try it out this weekend when I read the forecast.  I pre-soaked some pieces of silk and cotton in soda ash, and waited for the morning ………….


After the walk with the frosty dog


exploring familiar landscapes in unfamiliar settings






Dyes ready, cloth soaked, snow piled on top


Awaiting the results


Monday, 12 March 2018

Fabric painting

I bought a copy of the new book by Deborah O’Hare of Quiltroutes. Besides showing all of her lovely journal quilts, the books gives lots of information about her fabric and stitch techniques.

As I am lacking space just now, due to imminent building work, I wanted to try her method of fabric painting, using  Dye-na-flow fabric paints. Fabric is laid out on a waterproof board, with no fabric pre-treatment. three experiments are on the go at the weekend.


The initial results were paler than I wished, so I overdyed parts of the cloth with the undiluted blue.


Much more interesting and lots to explore in future with different folding techniques, perhaps some from the book, Folding Techniques for Designers, , which has kept my fingers busy this weekend.




Sunday, 11 March 2018

Life drawing

We have two weeks of life drawing in the art course this term.  Absolutely exhausting for some reason, and yet again, I make the model’s legs completely put of proportion with her body.  Five minute, 3 minute and 2 minute poses in the drawings below.