Monthly Archives: April 2016

This and That

Today we met up with our long time friend Chris, who is very kindly delivering our quilts to the Uttoxeter Quilt Show, which opens Friday, 22 April to Sunday, 24 April.  Chris is entering one of her exquisite embroideries in the show, so if you are in that part of the country next weekend, it is well worth a visit.

Joan has already shown her quilt entry, so I thought I’d show you mine


This work in titled ‘Endeavour’, as in all the work I do I always endeavour to do better


Close up of the top section


Close up of bottom

This ‘quilt’ is mounted onto heavyweight vylene, which is covered on the right side with painted papers.  It took me ages to fathom how to keep the neck section upright, but I think it’ll be OK.

Glad it’s ‘done and dusted’ as now I can get to my next ‘project’.

Joan and I have many and varied conversations about how much ‘stuff’ we have and talk at length about finding ways of reducing it.  Today I made a start and quite a bit was consigned to the bin and a lot more packed in bags ready to take to the charity shop.  Phew, I feel a lot better now.

As artists/makers or whatever we choose to call ourselves, it is amazing and also quite frightening just how much we accumulate and it becomes quite a storage problem. My next course of action will be to sort out some pieces to donate to the charity shop.  Our house just isn’t big enough to accommodate it all.

It’s been a horribly wet afternoon today here in Staffordshire, but luckily I took these photos earlier this morning, so I’ll end with a few shots of some of my favourite garden flowers.  Have a nice weekend.


Treasures and Triptych

Well, as promised, I indulged in retail therapy at the Stitching show at the NEC. Part of the pleasure of purchasing is spreading out the treasures afterwards and looking at them as a collection – so feast your eyes at part of the haul:

P1080639Of course, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this, but my goodness it was fun to get and even better to look at!






In my defence, since the show I haven’t had much chance to think of designs and new work, because I’ve been working on a quilt for the Uttoxeter quilt show (taking place 22-24 April at Uttoxeter race course). I designed the piece as a triptych, and at last it’s finished and ready to send in to the show.

The piece is called ‘Through the woods’ and shows birds at the top of a tree, bluebells and undergrowth beneath the trees, and a hare at the edge of the woods looking in. I have to admit that the design grew out of the dyed fabric, rather than the ‘proper’ way around (where the design is made then the fabric found/made to fulfil the design).  My way of working is usually this way around, and as you can see by my haul of treasures, I get seduced by a piece or collection of fabrics, then my imagination goes into overdrive. I often wish that I could work the ‘proper’ way around, and believe me I’ve tried, but in the end it’s hard to fight your natural instincts!

Anyway, I don’t know whether the final result was worth the brain exercise, but since the exhibits are judged, I’ll get a set of comments back from the show, and they may indicate that I really shouldn’t work my way around, and instead I’ll have to persevere with the ‘proper’ way of working!! See what you think.

through the woods - full


through the woods - 1  through the woods - 2  through the woods - 3