Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Another adventure in to fabric painting at a workshop with Lisa Walton called Gorgeous Overlays. Lisa's technique relies on stitching through a paper template onto a basted quilt sandwich. The paper is then torn away - the most difficult part - then the stitched shapes are painted with fabric paint. The stitched lines stop the paint bleeding beyond the stitched shape.
Once again, I had trouble with my positive and negative shapes.
I now need to find a quiet hour to finish the painting with the lovely metallic paints that Lisa introduced us to.
Monday, 21 September 2015
Cushion, front and back, machine quilted with two layers of wadding
Then today to a remarkable exhibition at the Royal Academy by Ai Wei Wei. This is bound to get huge press coverage, so I am very glad that I went before any reviews have come out. I am hugely impressed by Ai Wei Wei's work, having seen another smaller exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park a year ago. This is an even more powerful experience and many of the pieces will be seen as extremely provocative in their portrayal of the Chinese government. There is an audio guide to the exhibition, but I abandoned this very quickly, preferring visual immersion only. A fantastic way to start an autumn season of art viewing.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Our quilt group will have its tri-ennial exhibition from 23- 25 October in the Landmark Centre in Teddington. We always try to have at least one group challenge to display, and have successfully had Round Robin challenges in the past. I blogged in 2014 about my challenge to the group and the quilt above is the result. No new fabrics bought, all from stash, or contributed by participants.
I have used this piece to practise several different quilting patterns and am very pleased with how it has turned out, (46 x 46 inches).
Border quilting with machine embroidered binding
Mixed designs in one block.
Superb applique dragon by one of the participants (thanks, Kay!) with flame quilting and geometric continuous pattern in the sashing to tone down the black
Feathers and stipple - always useful.
I gave participants these web sites as resources for the design of flags.