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.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

My First Voyage Piece!

Image 1:  Photo of the entire piece
Images 2 and 3:  Details

Whew!  Got it done!  I haven't decided on a name for my first Voyage piece, yet.  I've got it hanging in  my studio and I'm waiting for it to "speak" to me.  This piece really reflects where I am now.  I'm in an experimental and "what if" mode:  What if I put this here?  What if I cut this piece in half?  My piece was constructed as a "sandwich" using a piece of batik fabric as a base and covering the batik with fusible web.  I then cut out pieces of interesting fabrics and fibers and arranged them on the fusible-covered batik.  After everything was laid out the way I liked it, I covered the whole thing with a lovely fuscia organza, ironed it  to fuse the organza and free-motion quilted it.   Then, I fired up the heat gun and burned through certain areas of the organza to uncover the fabrics and fibers underneath.  I made two separate pieces (one using the fuscia organza and one with a decidedly green cast).  I tossed them on the ironing board in my studio and dashed off to fix dinner.  When I came back into the studio, I saw the green piece lying on top of the fuscia piece and they looked so good together, I cut up the green piece and sewed it to the fuscia piece.  I believe this quilt has that free flowing "loose" look that I admire and wish I could incorporate into all of my work.  It seems to be a reflection of my visits to two of the greatest cities in the world last year:  London and New York.   I guess I'm a city girl at heart.



  1. I love those spontaneous, serendipitous happenings. Tale of Two Cities?


  2. I really like the freedom of this piece Francie and the way the light reflection takes the eye into the piece. Seems to me that the 'what if' mode suits you.....

  3. I really like this piece, Frances. I love the colours and the way the 2 pieces wit so well together to form a whole. Well done!

  4. I love the vibrancy of this piece!

  5. This is lovely Frances. So much to look at and the two contrasting coloured pieces are really interesting together. Will look forward to seeing it in the flesh one day!

  6. Beautiful! What fun you must have had making this piece.