Thursday, 17 May 2018

May Journal Quilt

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So after saying after last months JQ that I stopped myself from doing more hand stitching because of time constraints I spent this month doing nothing but that. It was done on a piece of cloth that has been languishing in a quiet corner for a long time, calling to me with it's pretty colours.

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The white circles that I added are not very perceptible in these images but they acted as my guides in this slow stitched project.

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I enjoy this slow hand stitching and would like to find the time to do something much bigger.
Until next time...


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Monday, 30 April 2018

April Journal Quilt

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So here is my April JQ. Shown at various angles!
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I used some fabric that has been languishing in my stash for a while and used the design of the wood block that I had stamped on the fabric as inspiration for the flower motif.
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My biggest problem when doing these pieces is keeping things quick. I so wanted to spend time adding more stitching to this one but with others things to attend to the discipline is to treat it for what it is. A chance to try out new ideas.
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Those in charge of this challenge are quite strict about the deadlines of April, then August and of course December. So I have just snuck this one in. Here are my first batch of four altogether.

I am going to be teaching a Country Creatures workshop at Poppy Patch in June should you be in or around the Nottinghamshire area. Follow the link in my side bar for details.


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Friday, 20 April 2018

fabric friday

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Haven't done one of these for a while. 
Fabric painted and prepared ready for my next project.
Until next time...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Journal Quilt for March

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If you read my last post you might notice that I have been spending (too much) time trying to get whiter backgrounds. May have gone too much the other way.
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Anyways, I am all caught up with the JQ's! Time to think about April.

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Until next time...


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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Journal Quilt for Feb

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In an attempt to get up to date here is my February offering for the CQGB JQ challenge. Writing this post has made it clear why blogs have been on the decline in favour of other social media. It has taken me so long to get this done when it is so much easier to put one photo on Instagram.

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It is not because I am trying to create some airbrushed, false account of what I am doing but because even if the piece I am showing is not successful I still want the image that shows that to be clear. I try my best with my limited skills, a smart phone and some photo editing software to show bright, clear photos. Sometimes it all comes together quickly, others not so much.

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I don't like that the background to this image has come out yellow despite the fact that in reality it is white. I also don't like the fact that to my naked eye this piece looked straight but the camera shows that not to be the case!

Sometimes though you just have to let things go and move on. The more time I spend fussing over photos the less time I get to sew. The truth is that this piece looked a lot better in my head than it does in reality but like with all these JQ's I have learnt from the process and it will help me improve.

Until next time...

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Giveaway Winner!

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Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway. I loved reading your comments and am grateful to you all.

Of course there can only be one winner and number 2 in the comments is Collette. 
Congratulations Collette!
Until next time...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Teaching in Cornwall

Last month I was teaching at Proper Crafty in Launceston Cornwall and want to share with you some of the amazing pieces that were created during the week that I was there. Forgive the photos for not being a bit better but it's not always possible to take great shots in these circumstances.


It was thrilling that while at Crafty Retreats in France last summer, four wonderful Swedish ladies made the journey to come and work with me. I was completely humbled that they chose to do so again and travelled to Cornwall to build on what they had learnt last year and produce quilts of their own designs.

 

I love all of them but must confess to having a sweet spot for Karin's Meerkat and I am also very impressed by Lena's double sided Seahorse quilt.


Of course there were another band of hares to delight. 'Band' being one of the thirteen collective nouns that I have discovered that describe a group of hares. A particular favourite of mine is 'kindle' but 'leap', 'mute' and 'flick' can also be used. 
So with thanks to all who came on this and other retreats let me finish by reminding you that there is still time to enter my giveway before a winner is announced on Friday

Until next time...

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