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, 24 June 2012

Ferns for Preniac Pilgrims

Ferns for Preniac Pilgrims

Another in my series of fern quilts from an idea by Melody Johnson. This one is yellow and purple, not the blue that it seems in the photo.
Why this title , you ask? At the end of May , I spent a week near to Cahors in southwest France on a course about dyeing and colour. It was at Studio Preniac, a gorgeous gite complex run by Liz and Bill. The teacher was Ruth Issett, a textile artist from the UK known for the fabulous use of colour in her work. After our initial dyeing sessions, I worked mainly with the complementary colours yellow and purple. Above Preniac by about 400 yards was a famous track along which strode pilgrims, both now and for centuries past, on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle in Spain. In this region of France the climate is much damper than where we live in the Gard and many ferns grow in the undergrowth by the side of the path.
Hence the name of my third Voyage quilt!! The ferns are fused onto the pieced yellow background and are outlined with free machine quilting. I added a little hand embroidery and the quilt was finished by the pillow case method, no binding being needed.

Hope you like it; I look forward to seeing all the other third voyage quilts and to catching up with many of you in Birmingham in August.


  1. Each new piece that is posted becomes my favorite. Yellow and purple are my favorite colors together. Your design is stunning and I love the pieced background. I think the pillow case finishing is perfect for this piece.

  2. I really like your design and use of colour. It looks so vibrant and full of life. I am really sorry that I can't go to Birmingham this year to meet everyone. Hopefully somtime soon.