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.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

First quilt- India

Hello all,
number 14 of our 10 people group finally reporting in.
I am relishing the challenge of making small quilts....I  usually work in a much larger mode.
I also appreciate the challenge I have set for myself to work in fabric, most of my art quilt career [actually all of it] I have used the interpretation of a quilt "2 or 3 layers of cloth pieced by stitch" very loosely and felted my quilt tops and them stitched back into them.
Trying to think back it is probably 20 years since I have pieced anything....don't look to closely at one corner- it shows!
In the back of my mind for some while I have wanted to explore story clothes or sketching on fabric and a long time ago was really taken by an exhibition I saw in Paducah, USA based on modern interpretations of tradtional blocks.
So I think my offerings are going to be based on my local hand spun, handloom fabrics, possibly some block print, sketching and some reference to traditional blocks.
Attempt number 1
Humara Yaha [Our Place]

Literally where we are, bordered in red for the heart and my camel [in India they say camels are for love and my Baba was a birthday gift from my husband], a log cabin block in the middle [ I read somehwere once that log cabin refers to the home/heart and traditionally has red in the middle- no reference now but like the story] surrounded by layers and boy is life in India a chance to delve into layers of being.


  1. Well done Fiona - I think with all of these pieces my biggest frustration is not seeing the quilts everyone is making 'in the flesh'. The embroidered picture looks great and would love to look more closely! We all seem to be finding different things to challenge ourselves with!

  2. That can be the disadvantage of an online group. I feel the same as Magie regarding that I want to see the embroidery up close.

  3. Yes, I zoomed in on the lovely image you embroidered Fiona, and could see some of the detail and the different colours of the threads you use. Do you have a close up picture of the embroidered section that I could insert into your post?

    Really liked the thoughts behind your piece and yes- I always understood log cabin had a central red block to represent the hearth or home.

    Well done for catching up so soon Fiona.