We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Monday, 27 February 2012


I have just returned from 2 weeks in India and feel so inspired to make lots of new pieces of work. I usually manage to have a few trips away but this year we seem to have had a few family problems and I just didnt dare go away. My daughter and her 2 friends are currently travelling throughout Asia and they asked me if I would like to join them for a couple of weeks.
Being home for a few months I had decided to do my Voyage quilts based on Yorkshire and I made the piece I first posted but I was never happy with it. The colours were just not right and working with the woollen fabric was awful!
I never ever redo work but this time I have decided to start again....
Whilst in India I took masses of photos of the men in turbans and the beautifully dressed women. They can be seen on my facebook page. Whilst at the Amber Fort near Jaipur I took a photo of lady coming through an arch.
Here is the quilt and I am very happy this time. I painted the background added some painted bondaweb to give some texture and appliqued the sari. I hand stitched some "Kantha" running stitch.
I put the new quilt next to the first one I have now abandoned and the old one is half an inch too short!!


  1. That got finished quickly! After your India trip I suspect you will not run out of ideas for a while......... I love the depth you have got in the piece through the arches and how appropriate to use Kantha!


  2. Oh yes, Gillian, if I may say so, I like this much better than your first one. There is real movement in the figure and the whole balance of the piece if very satifying. Btw, is your retreat in France in April fully booked yet?

    1. Hi Laura
      I'm not sure that the course in France will run. It seems quite a difficult place to get to by public transport so the fact that you really have to drive to get there seems to be putting people off. I'm exhibiting and teaching at the show in Nantes aound the 17th April - 20th so am looking forward to that.

  3. Great stuff Gillian - yes as Jean says - I think you have enough inspiration to last you a while...

  4. Wow ,Gillian really interesting piece. I knew it was yours without looking for your name! You must have loads of new ideas now so we can look forward to "Gillian's Indian Period". I did love thr colours in the original piece as well, tho'.

  5. The movement of the woman is so graceful, I want to follow her! Well done!

  6. Gillian, India has always intrigued me. You are fortunate to have visited there. Your piece certainly seems to have captured the colors and feeling.