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.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Ilusive Circles.

Another picture I found. It took a while to figure out how to draw the pattern, goemetry not being a strong subject for me! Reverse applique using bali batiks I was given. Alison

Circles with Lines.
My third piece is just that, circles with lines. While I have been out of action following shoulder surgery I have spent a lot of time looking at pictures, ideas and inspirations. The inspiration for this piece came from a photograph of the decoration on a ceramic vessel in one of my books. I'm continuing to use fabrics in my stash. The dark fabric I was given, years ago, and I decided just to cut it and see what happened. Alison

Monday, 23 September 2013

Six trees

My recent quilt for the theme trees. Background is hand dyed pieced strips. The trees are made from mulberry bark darkened with a bit of paintstik.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Some of my Indigo tie dyeing reminded me of flower heads. This inspired me to create a flower arrangement. I used raw edge and needle turn applique. The grey iridescent tulle, high lighted with paint, was an ideal representation of a glass vase. The stems are hand made bias binding. The piece was machine quilted using variegated rayon thread and embellished with buttons and glass beads.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


As a photography student at the University of Arizona, I worked on a series of prints incorporating the interpretation of certain dreams.  I designed "Bamboo IV" with that thought in mind:  to create a piece with the interpretation of a dream of bamboo--which is essentially a good dream representing the strength and flexibility of the person associated with the bamboo, a good education, a long life and a full age.  Somehow, though, adding words to the quilt seemed to detract from the design and make it seem more like an illustration in a book rather than an idea.  I printed the picture of the head on fabric and happened to set it down on a piece of the red background fabric and the whole image just seemed to snap into view.  I must admit that I haven't yet dreamed of bamboo, which is strange considering all of the time I am spending thinking about bamboo, but I have caught myself daydreaming while I am looking at my bamboo plant.  The bamboo stalks are made from some Carol Bryer Fallert fabric that I embellished with Shiva sticks.  To be fully appreciated, this quilt should be seen in sunlight.  The colors are quite extraordinary!