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.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

This is my last piece for 2013 showing one of the men that live on the street in Jaipur. He seemed to have an amazing stateliness about him despite his situation. I loved the way his night blanket folded and draped around him. He has been painted onto Lutrador and then applied to the background fabric which is one of Heidi Stolle Weber's fabulous hand dyes.
Looking forward to next year's challenges!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Sneeuw – Dutch for Snowy Weather, thanks to Wil.

Sneeuw – Dutch for Snowy Weather, thanks to Wil.
My last quilt for this year's series. I wanted to make it look cold and wintry, suitable for December. I chose the greys, creams and purples for that reason and I am pleased with how it turned out.
The sky background is raw edge appliqué, machine quilted in place. I had fin making the buildings which are fused and machine stitched, as is the tree. There is a little hand stitching too. The word “Sneeuw” is outline quilted and foiled twice to make sure it really shone.
Now I await the result of our vote on the theme for next year.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Going round in Circles.  

It's been a hectic time since coming back from Veldhoven - and still going - two more shows to go...  A time when I feel as though I am going round in circles.  The shows finishing - stock running low and time to set off to Africa.  The Gambia in Dec and Ghana in Jan.  After our return the cycle begins again in the Spring!

Another beautiful piece of African Wax Print inspired this one - technically a whole cloth quilt I guess.  I have really just highlighted the shapes with metallic thread. All machine quilted. 
It could be one of those 'guess how many' challenges really.  There are many circles in it.  Magie

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bamboo V

Here is the fifth in my series featuring my loyal little bamboo plant.  I have studied the plant from many different angles, but never from the top looking down.  I took a quick snapshot of the top view and made a few sketches to determine the best arrangement of the leaves.  I determined the value scale using gray marking pens.  Once I had the design I liked, I made the quilt.  I used commercially dyed fabrics and also some of my own hand-painted silk.  The piece is raw-edge applique and is machine quilted.  I purchased the button attached at the center of the quilt at this year's International Quilt Festival in Houston.  The button is hand-made using polymer clay. 


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Leaves # 4

My forth quilt is dedicated to an imaginary leave. It all started when I doodled, thinking on a theme for this quilt. Later I saw the potential leave in it, and it was translated into a quilt.


Leaves # 3

My third quilt was inspired by my visit to Canada in May. I was fascinated by the Maple tree leaves. In this quilt I used stencils made from a leave I brought with me, and self-dyed Maple colors organdie.



Friday, 8 November 2013

Abstract Autumn

And here is my 6th quilt for this year called Abstract Autumn. Background is a snow dyed piece of fabric and the trees and leaves are made from scraps of hand dyed fabric. Technically speaking I have completed my quilts for this year. However I cannot find my first quilt anywhere and I see no other option than to make a replacement knowing that the missing one will show up of course after I have done that.

Monday, 4 November 2013


The pictures of Veldhoven are posted on their page. Check the right side of the blog under pages.