Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Ancient and modern

I’ve been sewing on the Singer Featherweight.  

Years of sewing on a flatbed,curtesy of a Horn cabinet, have made me value how less physically taxing it is to sew for extended periods on a machine inserted in to a flatbed. Much domestic discussion led to the purchase of 


a SewEzi table.  After a full weekend of sewing on it, I am full of praise.  Sturdy legs, smooth table surface, easy to put up and down, truly portable, worth every penny.  It helped me get to the borders stage with the splash and triangles quilt top.



I’m still making design decisions on the plain parts of the borders and am swaying between appliqué of some of the splash shapes, and leaving them blank for some dramatic machine quilting.  To be considered further.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

College collage

A superb day today, using the papers generated here to make a collage of the lotus seed pod.

First arranging the papers in order of tonal value


then tearing,  cutting and temporary gluing - great fun.





Still needs some work, but I am really pleased with this - and not a pencil in sight!

After the class, two exhibitions.  First of all the October Gallery to see the welded steel sculptures of Sokari Douglas Camp.  Epic in scale and in the themes explored.  Then to Tate Modern to see the work of Mona Hatoum.  Some really interesting work - why do I find any work using human hair so disturbing? Good to see the sketchbooks on display as well.  I loved he black marbles and the ever-changing circle of sand.  Really worth a visit.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Bank Holiday design decisions

On the design wall - or ,more accurately, the design floor, auditioning half square triangles with some appliqué blocks ( I think based on a block from  Piece O Cake) that i worked on in Australia, nearly two years ago. 

Stitching on the sturdy featherweight.

I can see now that the middle block in the bottom row is missing a piece!

Auditioning in black and white shows a misplaced square in the topmost right, and insufficient contrast in a few of the sashing squares.

Auditioning a border of strips, which I think is too busy.  It needs some plain fabric between the squares and the strip border.

Still discovering functions on my camera - black and white with a hint of red.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May day colours



Preparing collage papers - colours a little more sombre

Monday, 25 April 2016

Journal quilts - talk to the trees

The journal quilts this year are to be 8 x 10 inches, with the first four containing a piece of purple, no less than 1/2 inch square, the second four containing s piece of orange and the last four containing a piece of green.

A walk in the Isabella Plantation a few months ago was the inspiration for my first four. It is many years since I have visited, and besides the improvements to disabled access and the better paths, I was struck by how many of the trees, even rather ordinary looking ones, not just the ancient oaks, have numbered tags.  I hope this isn’t indicative of how worried the parks are about the state of these trees.

Using fabric i already have, ( tray-dyed, repurposed linen sheet; Procion P painted cotton, dyed pelmet Vilene) this series was the result.  Called “Counting the trees"

Journal quilts 2016

Journal quilts 2016

Journal quilts 2016

Journal quilts 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016



Natural and man-made


found, abandoned, here

Rusting projects ahead, inspired by Alice Fox.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Charity shop find

Charity shops now seem to be very focussed on clothes and crockery, so there is less chance of finding a stash of someone’s threads, fabric, yarn or craft tools.  I was therefore delighted today to find this cutting ruler.  It seems as if this is an older version of this tool, as searching on the web, it is now called a Shape Cuts, rather than a Short Cuts ruler, and the newer version has another marked line at a different angle.

The young girl in the shop was intrigued by my explanation as to how it is used, especially as I tried to demonstrate without a rotary cuter at hand.

Not that I’ll be doing much cutting, as quilting the Kaleidoscope is taking priority.  It is very difficult to photograph the back of this, due to mottled grey and black fabric on the back.

My work this week took me to the Welsh valleys where spring is in full bloom.