Travelling on 2016.......

Travelling on..............

We move forward as a group into our fifth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Treasures'; we will be producing four pieces in total over the year.

As an added challenge this year a number of the group have prepared work for a group exhibit at the Taiwan International Show in 2016.

Our main exhibition this year will be in Prague in April where the 'Nature Abstracted ' series will be shown; we hope these pieces will travel across the water for an exhibition in Minneapolis, USA in June.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Here are some pictures from the exhibition at The Prague Patchwork meeting in April

This is my first Treasures quilt. 
Porto is a UNESCO World heritage site and a favourite city of mine. I love all the coloured houses, the balconies  and the washing.
It is simply lots of little pieces of fabric appliqued on to a calico backround with some machine stitching

This is my second treasures piece
I've taken a detail from one of my photos of Porto.
I painted and printed some of the background and added machine stitch and appliqué


Monday, 2 May 2016

Voyage 2016


One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure


'Colour Entrapped'

One of my quilting friends gave me some 'colour catchers'. I was fascinated by their delicate tints and the texture of the paper. This led me to start playing with them. Here is the result. Woven and appliqued colour catchers, machine quilted using rayon and holographic threads.

Friday, 12 February 2016

What I am working on

During the month of May I will be talking about stamps and stamping on the Fire-blog, a total of 15 blog posts. As I want to have them all done before May starts, I am in the middle of those posts at the moment. Most of the text has been done, but I still have to stamp a number of pieces of fabric. You will understand that I cannot show you any pictures of what I have done.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Work in progress

We said that we would keep each other updated about other ongoing work that we have.
I started a series of work a couple of years ago about the Middle East and my experiences there so this is piece number 5 - only three more to go for an exhibition at the show in Beaujolais!
Apologies but this image refuses to be in the correct orientation.
Pat Archibald

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Fast Start ... Slow Finish

Finally completed my series "Forces of Nature" for the Voyage 2015 Abstracted Nature theme. I had the first three completed by March 2015. But after a move to another state, this final one which was already started was nowhere to be found! Finally it showed up when searching for something else and I was able to finish my original vision for this piece.

For this piece I chose several circular motifs from my won surfaced designed stash. Some are stamped, some are resists and some are sunprinted. I felt they provided the continuity of the circular motion of the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. As a native Texan...this is not a stretch for a concept in this series! The "land" fabric is a pounded fabric which I felt had the beautiful look of a topographic map.

The hurricanes are unstoppable and often seem to have a mind of their own. Just when we think we know
the direction they will take and where landfall will can change and head along a totally different path. Sometimes that is for the better but other times that change can cause widespread destruction. This lack of predictability is why I chose the title "Winds of Change"


Now to take a deep breath and start on 2016 Voyage!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Blister beetles

Nature Abstracted - Blister beetles

I looked online for insects because I wanted to play with a consistent shape that could be abstracted in many ways. Finding blister beetles in many different colours and shapes I decided to make my own.

In the apps ArtRage and MyBrushesPro, on my IPad, I played with colour and shape using only my finger and the many tools to draw. I drew about 20 different drawings and had 8 of them digitally transferred to silk charmeuse. Out of those I selected these four:

Blister beetle  I - In the Kitchen

Blister beetle  II -Fuzzy

Blister beetle III - Furry

Blister beetle IV -Kidlets

I stabilized the silk with Lightweight fusible Pellon, including my orange printed silk for the binding/facings.
I quilted it on my Pfaff Power 16 which is mounted on a movable track, using Hobbs cotton/wool batting.
The back is cotton, thread is Polyester.
I’m having so much fun with these beetles I see many beetles in my future!