Thursday, 21 April 2016

Quilts and coverlets

Continuing in the theme of using up and finishing, I have returned to the Kaleidoscope quilt to start quilting.  I treated myself to having this long-arm basted by Compton Quilting who did a terrific job which has made the quilting a pleasure.  Still lots to do, but a start to the final process is always good.

Snow over at the other house meant a day to get cracking on finishing up the  “quilting by numbers” coverlet, backed with an old, sorry - vintage -  Witney blanket.  Pieced on the Singer, and quilted on the Bernina.






Then some mindless paper-piecing of triangles, using some re-discovered half-square triangle paper.  These are probably going to border the blue splash blocks made in Australia, nearly two years ago.



I really need to get back to more regular blogging as there is not even space to blog about the most recent exhibition visits to :

Artist and Empire at Tate Britain, now finished sadly, with a dramatic installation piece by Andrew Gilbert

Marian Clayden at Fashion and Textile Museum, also finished - sumptuous velvets and silks

Kurt Jackson, Bees at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, on until 29 September

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford - what an extraordinary experience.  Two hours and I only viewed the external cabinets on the ground floor

Ikat Textiles at the Brunei Gallery, on until 25th June. Lovely curation, with vintage and contemporary ikat from several cultures.  I wish the curators had included subtitles on the films as this would have really enhanced my understanding of the process, particularly of that for double-ikat weaving.

And back to the drawing course this week, where the theme is metamorphosis.  Two objects to be chosen, ideally with several contrasts between them, and then drawings made to metamorphose one in to the other. My objects are these



and initial studies are here



onward and upward.


  1. Witney blanket? Nice and local! I always used to have the factory pointed out to me when we were going via Oxford (usually on our way to Wales) as a small child, as we had a couple of their blankets in the household. Looks like you've been super busy! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your kaleidoscope quilt!

  2. Love it when weather dictates you just have to stay home and sew! Xxx


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