Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
As promised a picture of Carol piecing her final strips together for her Quillo.
This is Carol's first ever Quilt. She chose some Japanese Brocade Silks which really pushed the cutting and sewing machine skills to the maximum for a beginner but wow! look at what she has achieved.
Carol has come every Tuesday for the last month either in a morning or afternoon session and has worked hard at home cutting and piecing when she could.
Check out The Gallery for the other artists available,
In the afternoon Jo came over to see if we could work her laptop and my projector so that she could give a powerpoint presentation to Alveva Quilt Group next month. A little pushing of buttons and hey presto it worked. Looks like we are in for an interesting evening.
It was nice to catch up.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
The pattern for the Scissor Case looks very Japanese, I just had to photograph them in a fan shape.
All they need now are their buttons to secure the tab and keep the scissors and Rotary Cutter in place. I love the triple pockets!
Thank you again Pat! and everyone who made our workshop day such a success.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
In the vegetable garden beyond this gate there are onions,celery,peas,cabbages and early potatoes. As you are starting to see Quilters Cottage Garden is split up into smaller gardens. This encourages us to try different garden ideas and it's easier to garden!
I love the Spring as everything wakes up and we can get outside.
I have also managed an hour of freemotion quilting on the Red Quilt today and had a lovely lunch with the family.
Out tonight at The Embroidery Guild.
The metal sculpture in the foreground is one of mine and based on Crewel Embroidery and Border patterns. The paths are all gravel now to stop weeds and to make the areas easier to look after.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
These are the first pages inside Pat's altered book. As you can see she has used many creative mixed media techniques. Pat's page on the left are inspired by Japenese Silks and Brocades.
For more details about the sessions at The Gallery visit http://www.thegallerydereham.co.uk/
and for more inspiration of the work I share and teach visit my website
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Lola the dog was happy to see us and really fussed over Stewart!
So red marble dyed backing fabric, we made our way home with a stop off at a watering hole called "The Crown" at Gayton.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Mum, Jenn and I all had a lovely 'ladies that lunch' in the conservatory. Baked Butternut Squash with Morrocan Coucous and Roasted Vegetables. Bluebery juice for our drink. Lovely!
Mum and I then went for a walk round the woods opposite us. Two deer were out and the snowdrops are still in full flower.
A really lovely day, Thank you Mum!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Most of the fabrics in this quillo were the same as the ones used in 'The Toxic Stack', which is now in permanent collection at The Gallery,Dereham. This piece will be for their sales area. So I hope to get it finished within the next week or so. If you really like the colour red and want to see how I use it, visit my websites and see my other embellished work and exhibitions.
Jenny's box is a Christmas Crazy Quilt block and every square has to contain the red and white stripe with the holly on it. I enjoyed doing this one even if it is March. We swap boxes tonight at Alveva Quilt Group. Wonder what is in the next box? We've got three more boxes to go before we get our own ones back in June and then the big reveal!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Carol is really doing well cutting out all her pieces for her Quillo. Next week, hopefully a photo of the blocks being pieced together.
I am also making a Quillo in passionate reds, for The Gallery sales area. I've pieced the front so just need to sandwhich the layers together and quilt. I'll post a photo tomorrow.
Here in this picture Bessy, (Kate's cat) decided that Jane's blocks were certainly comfortable but needed some re-arranging. We're refering to a quilting book on how it could be put together.
We all had news to share and lots of show and tell.
I just made it in before Cinderella!
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Students from The College of West Anglia. Their mixed media work is a response by the artists to the story of 'The Tower of Babel'.
The Exhibition is a polished and really worth a visit. It is on until 20th of March 2010.
Margaret added more embellishment to the postcard she started last week, a few more stitches and finished. I think there will be more postcard size work in the future combining medias.
See more mixed media on
Monday, 8 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Today I spent hours at the sewing machine doing the embellishing stitch patterns. This has given the embellished felt a hard wearing surface, ideal for the work I put my notebooks through. It feels all new and pristine at the moment! I'll show you what it looks like at regular intervals so you can spot the differences.
See other sketchbook inspiration of mine on my site http://www.art2inspire.co.uk/
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
This is the base of my cover for my new sketchbook. Yes! I am onto another sketchbook so I want it's cover to be inspirational rather than the hard black one it has at the moment.
I've got more machine stitching to do, the hand stitching and then the attaching to the sketchbook. Do you like the gilding foil?
For more of my sketchbooks and inspiration look at my website