The journey continues 2015

The Journey continues..............

Our experiences as a group over the last three years has helped develop and inform our direction of travel as a group. The Voyage Exhibitions this year in London in April for the 2012 pieces and in Beaujolais in April for the 2013 series were well received.

We go forward as a group into our fourth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Nature Abstracted'; we will be producing one piece of work every three months, four in total over the year.

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

Our work from 2013 was exhibited at the ICHF Show in March at the NEC Birmingham and our 2014 work is travelling to Minnesota in the USA as a special exhibit.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Falling of Leaves

A Falling of Leaves

For the last of my four quilts for 2015 based on the seasons, it is the turn of Autumn. The background strips reflect the changing colours of the leaves on the trees around us , which have been amazing this year. I picked up leaves from our garden and used their shapes for the appliquéd leaves. The contrast horizontal strips of bright blue are to represent the occasional glimpses of sunny sky that we have seen, if only rarely.
Background free motion quilting in three different designs and three different threads flow across the piece.
The four quilts from this year are now complete and make an interesting and colourful series, which I have enjoyed making.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Ghanaian Adventure 4 Pat Archibald

I spent time with villagers that specialised in hand-printing Adinkra cloth. This was a technique developed by the Ashanti people to make cloths for royalty. The printing blocks are carved from calabash and each design is highly symbolic. The black ink used for printing is called Adinkra Aduru and is made from the bark and roots of the badie tree which are pulverised in large mortar and pestles and then boiled and strained several times until it is the right consistency for printing.
In this piece a woman is pounding the bark and some of the Adinkra symbols are showcased on the right.

Ghanaian Adventure 3 Pat Archibald

Continuing my theme in this series of work I am looking at the elements that the craftspeople of Ghana take from nature and use in their processes to produce wonderful items.
From Bolgatanga we drove further north to a small village called Sirigu, famous for its pottery and decorated adobe houses. The local clay is moulded into plates and vases and painted in black, white and terracotta in geometric designs. It is very important to the local community that these craft traditions are carried on to provide employment and education for the villagers.
In this piece an adobe house provides the backdrop to a painted vase that I purchased on my visit there.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Fern by Ildiko

It may be surprising that this piece was originally designed to be another stone-rock-cliff piece for 2015. My original inspiration was a marbled stone, which I wanted to make in a green-blue palette, with a touch of yellow and purple.
I had dyed two largish pieces of fabric but neither was really close to my vision but one piece came out nicely: one end being blue, and the other green. Really fern green to me. I ironed fusible webbing to the green piece and, after drawing a few guiding lines,  I started to cut it freehand. After ironing it on the blue end of the fabric, I quilted it in place, and then added more quilting in contrasting colours in between the strips. Finally, I used a bit of yellow shiva to highlight a few areas.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Moving on with this year's series, I keep concentrate on nature's shapes.
In this quilt I drew cliffs at sun set standing at the foot of a river that flows slowly. I used a hand dyed fabric which was made especially for this quilt, but to be honest I was so surprise with the result, as I didn't imagine I can get the right shape I wanted to have. Then I added a commercial cotton fabric that matched the colors. The free motion quilting helped me get the right shades and depth.


Thursday, 24 September 2015


This is the third in my series for "Nature Abstracted", the caterpillar.  I'm creating the life cycle of the butterfly in reverse for this series.  In my research of caterpillars for this quilt, I was amazed at the incredible adaptations and beautiful configurations of the various caterpillar species.  Some are very simple and others are so elegantly overdone that they look more like elaborate jewelry than caterpillars.  They are all preparing for the same destiny, though.  It is interesting to see how the characteristics of the caterpillar carry over to the moth or butterfly.

For this piece I used the same fabrics I used for the butterfly and for the chrysalis.  I also used some of my hand-dyed silk for the twig upon which the caterpillar is balancing.  I used fusible applique for each of the fabric pieces and then machine stitched each pieces into place and free motion quilted.  I like the way this caterpillar stands out against the "blue sky" background".


Monday, 21 September 2015


My fourth and last piece in Nature Abstracted series of 4.

TRIFFIDACIOUS 4.   I had fun creating these abstracted pieces with all four pieces on rust dyed background, linear work at the base of some wonderful commercial fabric. Hand drawn direct onto fabric, stitched and painted using Inktence pencils. Inspiration from wonderful tropical plants that develop in different light, hence the sun rising generating rays across the land and water.