Digitally printed textiles

Nothing to do with the title of this post but, although it seems a long time since I was at the Festival of Quilts, a friend reminded me that I had not included my own quilt in the previous two posts. I was delighted when I arrived on Thursday to discover that it had gained a Judge’s choice from Grietje Van der Veen. This was the quilt that I had all the problems with and I have to say that it did hang well after all.  If any of you went and noticed that it was not included in the catalogue, it was because Upper Street Events omitted to enter it, their  mistake, not mine.

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Not much actual sewing has been going on lately, partly because I was without my sewing machine for several weeks while it was in for a service. I had tried using my old machine for some machine quilting but wasn’t happy with it so decided that I would prepare some digitally printed tops, ready for the machine’s return. The one that I did try on the old machine was a piece from my Cogwheels series. I had played about with the filters in Photoshop and came up with this piece. Not one I will do again but it turned out to be just the right size for my bedside cabinet.

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I have continued with using Belper Mill photos and these are the results. This first one is a combination of the windows of the mill and the cogwheel, layered and then printed onto my favourite silk cotton mix fabric. It is layered up ready for quilting – hopefully that will happen this week.

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The next two used a photo of a lovely gate at the start of the River gardens by the mill. I have been trying to work on reducing the appearance of the joins in the fabric so these were experiments, again layered and ready for quilting.

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One of the things that has caused me concern lately is the trapping of songbirds in places like Malta and Cyprus as they travel through the areas as part of their migration and I experimented with creating a top for this. I have some ideas about how it might progress but, as yet, I’m unsure whether I will continue with it. I need time to be able to try out some ideas.

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And finally, because I had nothing better to do the other day, I combined two photos of poppies, one of the seed head and one of the centre. I changed the hue and this one is printed onto cotton, not yet put together as it is still on my design wall.

Layered-poppies

I suspect that I will have plenty to keep me occupied during the coming weeks and am determined to get into the studio and start sewing, especially as the weather has started to cool down. Having said that, I am looking at a clear blue sky outside as I type this.

Have a good week and enjoy whatever you are doing

Maggi

Festival of Quilts 2014 – Part 2

A mixed bag of things that caught my eye at the Festival of Quilts and some of the winners. It was a great show but I had very little time to look at the competition quilts so, if I missed yours I do apologise. Also, one thing that I forgot to do with the gallery photos was to link everything to Flickr as I know that some of you prefer to view the photos on there. I have created an album called Festival of Quilts 2014 and this link should take you straight there if you prefer.

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Kathy-Wylie
Lea-McComas
Linda-Bilsborrow
Margaret-Ramsay
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Mary-Mayne
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Ross-Munro
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Yvonne-Kervinen

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Kathy-Wylie

Lea-McComas

Linda-Bilsborrow

Margaret-Ramsay

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Mary-Mayne

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Ross-Munro

Sheena-Norquay

Yvonne-Kervinen

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Having made a mess of yesterday’s post, it is now visible and you can see it here

Festival of Quilts 2014 – The Galleries

I’m sorry if you received notification of this post last night – I was sorting the photos and forgot to make it private!

It almost seems like old news now since the Festival of Quilts began a week ago but I’m going to add my take on the Festival to all the other blog posts that are out there. I’m dividing it into two parts – the galleries and everything else.

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Russian Gallery Elena-Folomyeva_1
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Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Mirjam-Pet-Jacobs
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Leslie-Tucker-Jenison
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Judy-Hoowarth
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Janine-Ayres
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Claudia-Helmer
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Claire-Higgott
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Christine-Seager
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Cherry-Vernon-Harcourt
Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Bonnie-Smith
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Russian GalleryElena-Folomyeva_4

Russian GalleryElena-Folomyeva_3

Russian Gallery Elena-Folomyeva_1

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Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Mirjam-Pet-Jacobs

Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Leslie-Tucker-Jenison

Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Judy-Hoowarth

Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Janine-Ayres

Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Claudia-Helmer

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Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Christine-Seager

Fine-Art-Quilt-Masters_Cherry-Vernon-Harcourt

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So much for good intentions.

I had every intention of blogging on a more regular basis but I’m not sure what happened. It could be that more time has been spent in the garden, or perhaps that too much time has been spent manipulating photos and working on printing out my digital images. Whatever the reason, after last night’s thunderstorms, it’s feeling much fresher today so I thought I would spend some time trying to get up to date.

The pieces that I showed a snippet of last time are now finished. This one was made from combining two photos, one of the windows of Belper Mill and one of the cogwheel. I selected a small area to enlarge and then printed it. It’s 29″ x 14.5″ and I’ve entered it into the Harrogate Quilt Show which is at the end of August.

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This second one was done in the same way but without the windows photo and, having quilted it I mounted it onto a 12″ x 12″ box canvas. I am not happy with the way that the joins show but that’s something I have been working on for future pieces. I’ve deliberately left the photo at an angle.

cogwheel-on-box-canvas

One thing that I am happy with is that, not only am I up to date with my 8″ x 8″ journal quilts for the Contemporary Group but,  I am actually ahead of myself so perhaps that’s one area where my good intentions have prevailed. I have completed both July and August. July was done with the same technique as the above pieces, with an even more macro shot of the cogwheel. August was again done using photo manipulation but I have been having a lot of fun playing around with filters.

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July

August

August

 

I think that might be enough for now as I want to get into the studio and do some quilting on pieces which are waiting patiently. I hope that you have a good week ahead of you and thank you for if you are still actually following my intermittent postings.

Maggi

It’s Tuesday and it’s warm and I’ve been working in a series or two

I noticed when I logged on just now that it’s been over a month since I last blogged. I’m surprised any of you still follow me! Anyway, here I am now, so what have I been up to?

I decided to take the plunge and enter the Quilt Art Masters juried competition at Festival of Quilts. As I expected, I didn’t get in but at least it will get an airing in the open competition, in the Art Quilts category. It is the piece that I was having problems with as my machine kept skipping stitches but eventually I returned to it and got it done. I had intended to face the quilt but the additional layer for turning was just too much so I added a binding instead. I don’t feel too badly about that as the climbing rose in the garden is constrained anyway.

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I was very pleased with myself for getting on track with deadlines this year and finished my entry for the SAQA Wide Horizons exhibition, another juried show with a whole day to spare. To say that I wasn’t a happy bunny, when I came to do the entry form and discovered that it was the wrong size, is an understatement. I had mis-read the instructions as one side having to be at least 70cm and unfortunately, although it was 91cm wide, it was only 53 cm high. It was a piece of fabric that I had dyed using soy wax resist and to which I added gold leaf. It’s a good job that there is room on my wall for this one.

Moving-On

On a happier note, I did get my piece done for the SAQA Benefit Auction in time and it arrived safely. It’s 12″ x 12″ and is another of my Wheels and Windows series. If you’re interested, you can see all the donations here

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I’m also up to date with my Contemporary Group journal quilts. May and June finished. May is based on the rose series but I disintegrated the rose spiral and fused it to a piece of fabric that I had dyed in a flag fold pattern.

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For June I found another piece of silk noil that I had dyed, added some silk organza strips and some cotton scrim circles. I wanted to try out the scrim and the organza as layers and so this was the ideal opportunity. I do like the colours in this one.

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The other thing that I finished was Lisa Call’s Working in a Series class. Lisa is an excellent teacher and I really do recommend her classes. I managed to finish all the assignments and produce more work that I had anticipated being able to. This is a photo of all the pieces together.

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I really missed the class when it had finished but Lisa has put together a class for people who have taken the Working a Series class. It’s more like a mentoring programme and has only just started. The good thing is that you only need to commit to producing a piece once a month – very doable. I decided to return to the idea of using the photos that I took of Belper Mill and layer some of them. I hadn’t been happy about the more representational collage that I did for the first assignment for the class but couldn’t work out how I was going to make it more abstract. I was going through some old photos that I had been playing around with in Photoshop some years ago and had a light bulb moment. By adding various filters I was then able to select a small, interesting section and enlarge it to produce a more abstracted image. I’ve printed off two which I am currently working on as I wanted to test the difference between working on cotton and silk/cotton mix. Neither piece is finished yet but I have started to quilt them and, as they are not due until the end of June, they will definitely meet the deadline.  These are just small sections of the larger pieces.

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Cotton

silk/cotton mix

silk/cotton mix

 

Completely away from anything creative, Casper will have been here for a month on Friday and has settled down really well. So much so, in fact, that he and Jack sat at the top of the stairs on Monday morning wondering why I needed to go to my cat socialising at The Ark when I could stay here and socialise with them. Sorry about Jack looking a bit like a cardboard cut-out but his arthritic hip means that he rarely sits normally.

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Enough for now, it’s so lovely outside I’m going to sit and enjoy the garden

Have a good week

Maggi

Back blogging and feeling happy

I know that I’ve been absent for a while but I have been working hard, honestly. Anyway, this post is not about what I have been doing in my absence but about several items of good news that I have received recently.

First of all I had news from SAQA this evening which read:-

Congratulations to the following artists whose trunk show pieces have been chosen to become part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  Jurors for the selections were Trudi Van Dyke and B.J. Adams.

When I looked down the list, this is what I saw

Selected artist

Barbara Adams

Frieda L. Anderson

Pauline Barrett

Maggi Birchenough

Pat Bishop

Vicki Bohnhoff

Tafi Brown

Peggy Brown

Jette Clover

Maureen Cole

Vicki Conley

Daniela Dancelli

Patricia Dunbar

Pat Durbin

Tommy Fitzsimmons

Carole Frocillo

Sheila Gaquin

Bethany Garner

Cindy Grisdela

Desiree Habicht

Judith Harrison

Cindy Kuo

Cat Larrea

Tracey Lawko

Katharina Litchman

Toni Major

Sue Matyszak

Lorie McCown

Carolynn McMillan

Ginny McVickar

Denise Oyama Miller

Jan Moser

Dominie Nash

Linda Nelson-Johnson

Patricia Pease

Judy Peterson

Helena Scheffer

Lin Schiffner

Barbara Schneider

Joan Schulze

Sara Sharp

Sarah Ann Smith

Jeanne Sredl

Randy Temple

Sherrie Tootle

Laura Wasilowski

Jean Wells Keenan

Ruth A. White

Eileen Williams

Jenny Williams

Congratulations too to my blogging friend Daniela whose piece was also selected.

This is the piece that was selected

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My second piece of news was also SAQA related. You may remember this piece that I sent for the Spotlight Auction which was held at the conference last week.

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It sold for $75. Not anywhere near what some of them fetched but I am happy and over $10000 was raised for SAQA.

Next up is a wonderful gift that I received on Saturday from Kerstin. I had joined in her Pay It Forward offer some time ago and had almost forgotten about it so, what a great surprise when I received this gorgeous bag from her.

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It is a nice large one with several pockets inside and out and I am really going to enjoy using it. My undertaking is to send a gift to three other people during the next twelve months, and they will continue on themselves. If anyone would like to receive  a gift from me, probably a hand made book, then please reply in the comments. The first three people who request to join will be the ones. You do have twelve months to fulfil the obligation after you have received the gift from me. Don’t worry if you don’t want to join in as I understand that it’s not for everyone.

And finally for this post, a new member of the family arrived on Friday afternoon. I mentioned recently that I have been volunteering for cat socialising at Ashbourne Animal Welfare Centre (The Ark) and was determined not to fall under the spell of any of the inmates because I didn’t think my resident cat would allow another cat in the house. So much for that – meet Casper

Casper

He’s an old guy, 10+, who was left behind when his owners moved house. He’s so friendly and was obviously the right cat to bring home as Jack has completely accepted him and, as you can see, he has settled in very well indeed. If any of you are relatively local there is an Open Day and Fun Dog Show at The Ark on Sunday from 11 – 4. It is free and I will be helping with refreshment from 11.30 so you know where to find me if you decide to come along..

That’s all for now. I do have a lot more to share but will leave that for another post. Have a lovely week.

Maggi

Texture Tuesday and other things.

I’m linking up to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday today after I managed to get a photo of the Euphorbia in my garden. It is a bit of a thug in the garden and would happily spread itself willy-nilly but, it has such a beautiful lime green colour,  I can’t bring myself to get rid of it completely, so it’s always there. Textured with kk_lisa

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As well as working on my class with Lisa, I took time out  a couple of Saturdays ago to attend a log cabin class with Chris and Barbara. I’ve thrown out most of my commercial fabrics but couldn’t bear to part with my Oakshott ones and so I decided to go armed with just those. It’s good to meet up with old friends, and to re-visit basics with a slight twist.  I ended up with two cushion covers, the smaller one is from their silk range which frays terribly but is just so beautiful – the cat hasn’t been allowed on that one yet!

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You may remember my amaryllis which eventually bloomed in February with four enormous flowers. It threw up another flower stalk which burst open about a week after the other one had finished. I was amazed by the fact that there were actually five enormous flowers that opened up.

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I was even more surprised by the fact that there was also a sixth bud forming. And since I took this next photo it has opened up to be the same size as the others. Not bad for a £3.99 purchase from Morrisons as it has been blooming now for just over two months.

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Regular readers of this blog may remember that earlier in the year I sent off two small pieces to SAQA, one for the Spotlight Auction and one for the Anniversary Trunk Show. Martha Sielman, the Executive Director, sends out a regular e-blast to all members and I was so delighted that my small offerings were featured in two of them. Fame at last, or should that be notoriety!

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SAQA-Spotlight-Auction

My next challenge is to get a 12″ x 12″ piece done for the benefit auction. I missed the early bird deadline which was today but should still have time to get it done before the final deadline.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who commented on my Working in a Series pieces in the last post. It isn’t easy working alone and so feedback is always very welcome and I am quite happy to receive any kind – good or bad.

I hope that the beautifully warm spring weather that we are having here is visiting everyone else in the northern hemisphere.

Have a good week and thanks for dropping by.

Maggi

Working in a Series

Having completed four weeks of the ten weeks in Lisa Call’s Working in a Series class, I think it is probably time to show that I have actually been doing something. I decided to use some of the images that I took down at Belper Mill as my inspiration and whilst I haven’t actually got anything that constitutes an actual series at the moment there is at least a common element.

My first piece was made by printing various images that I had layered and altered in Photoshop and then piecing them together. I used silk noil and silk/cotton mix fabric.

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27″ x 20″

The  following week we had to consider colour. I decided to use a monochromatic colour scheme which ranged from deep burgundy to a very light pink, all done by varying the saturation in Photoshop. The various images were then printed onto silk/cotton mix fabric and collaged together. I used these colours as I don’t normally work with pinks (the colours are for you Shirley!) but was actually quite pleased with it in the end. The cogwheel motif is the only thing linking the pieces together at the moment.

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12″ x 12″

This week we had to consider space and scale. I have been working entirely with printed images up until now but decided to bring some of my dyed fabric into the mix. The background is pole dyed silk noil, the windows are printed onto silk organza and the cogwheels are made from a piece of silk/cotton which I had printed with a rust image. It took me  along time to get going with this one and, as it is only 8″ x 8″, it will double up as this month’s journal quilt for the Contemporary Group’s challenge.

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This coming week we are doing shape and texture design exercises and, as the assignment is due to be up on the website at midnight next Saturday, I don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep this week. I have a two day class with Catherine Nicholls at the Bramble Patch on Wednesday and Thursday (there are still a couple of places left), a tour of the PDSA hospital on Derby on Tuesday afternoon and my cat cuddling at The Ark starts on Monday morning. To add insult to injury, the clocks go forward an hour in the UK tonight so that’s one hour less available to me!

One thing I should mention is the current exhibition at the Beetroot Tree which is on until April 12th if you are local and fancy a trip down there. It is called Of Heat and Chaos, featuring felt landscapes from Diana Worthy, interactive sculptures from Jack Sawbridge and ceramics from Ben Brierley. Quite a small exhibition but very interesting.

Whatever your schedule is for the week ahead, I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for dropping by.

Maggi

Feeling very lucky

I’m really sorry that I haven’t been around for a couple of weeks but I have been working really hard on my online class with Lisa Call – Working in a Series. More of that in the next post because today I am feeling extremely lucky and much of  that is due to the internet. Feels good to have something positive to say  about it as it does get some negative press.  Why am I feeling lucky?

First of all, I discovered Heather Dubreuil, a Canadian textile artist, while I was reading the latest newsletter from Textile Artist.org - a really great site; if you haven’t seen it yet do try to take time to have a look. Heather has a really distinctive style which I love for its simplicity and also the colours she uses.  I started following Heather’s blog and recently she had a giveaway which I was lucky enough to win. It is a 5″ x 7″ piece, Water Tower #5. This arrived on Saturday and was there to greet me when I returned home from a class. Thank you so much Heather.

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Monday also turned into a lucky day when the postman knocked on the door with a special delivery from America for me from Jan. Inside was a recording of the Bruce Springsteen concert in Melbourne from back in February. He is as good as he ever was and was even joined by Eddie Vedder – definitely something to boost energy levels and mood. An added bonus was the box that Jan had made for the CDs. Some time ago I sent Jan a book on how to make the thread booklets,  (see here for a post about them if you haven’t seen them before), and she had made me a lovely folded box for the CDs. I doubt that you can tell from the photo but the sides are decorated with Inca Gold, printed through a stencil which means that it has a low relief effect. Thank you Jan, The Boss is playing as I am typing this. Jan is someone else discovered through the internet and we have become good friends over the years.

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This morning brought yet more wonderful mail in the form of mail art from my friend Donna in Canada. The postman must have thought it was his lucky day too as he had a huge smile on his face as he handed it to me. Inside was a lovely tag, also made by Donna. We met through one of Dale Rollerson’s online classes a few years ago and have kept in touch ever since. I have blanked out our addresses, for obvious reasons.

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Finally, I was at the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Open Day on the 16th and bought some tickets in a Chinese Raffle. I had a phone call later that day to say I was one of the lucky winners. My favourite item is the mug. The wool is polyester and acrylic so that has gone into today’s Air Ambulance collection and I don’t drink ordinary tea so I am going to take it to a nearby food bank so it won’t go to waste. I’m also joining their volunteer dog walking team in April and hopefully will be helping out with the cat section too.

raffle-prize

I’m wondering if I should buy a lottery ticket this weekend, although I have to say that the above gifts give so much more pleasure.

In the meantime, I had better get back to this week’s assignment. Have a good week and may it be a lucky one for you too.

Maggi

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