Journal quilts and oversized poppies

I realised when I wrote my last post that I hadn’t shown the last three journal quilts that I am doing for the Contemporary Group’s challenge. They were all finished on time and posted to the Yahoo site but I’ve missed out on showing them on my blog so I’ll redress that omission.

This is September’s. I had taken a photo of the nigellas which had gone to seed, selected a small part of it which was then enlarged to 8″ x 8″ and printed onto my favourite silk/cotton fabric

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In October I took the opportunity to try out some ideas for my larger Food For Thought quilt which I posted about earlier. The background is hand dyed fabric with shapes discharged. I then added the grid and the pink shapes which were cut from silk organza.

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November was an experimental month where I collaged together some dyed and printed fabric. I then stamped the line of rectangles with gold Lumiere paint, added some hand stitching and quilted it. It wasn’t particularly successful and I don’t like the quilting on the right hand side as it doesn’t add anything to the overall design. To me that’s what journal quilts are all about though, trying out things to see whether they work or not and learning from the results.

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I have also managed to do some stitching on the Poppies piece that I also showed in an earlier post. I’ve only done some outlining so far but one thing that I have discovered is that, when I have the quilt under the machine it is very difficult to see the overall design and where I should be stitching. The part that I have done was easy but the centre of the poppy down at the bottom left is far more difficult to work with. When I have it up on the design wall at the end of the room I can see it really clearly. Perhaps I should try and work out how to do some long distance quilting!

This is a detail shot of the outlining.

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And this is the view that I have from the other end of the room. Hopefully I will be able to get some more of it done this weekend. The size of this one is 41″ x 21″

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I’m linking up today’s post with Nina-Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday

I hope that you all have a good weekend. I’m off out to lunch with Linda shortly and, hopefully, the rain will hold off.

Maggi

In print and a suitcase collection.

Tuesday morning saw me taking a very pleasant drive to Gotham for a meeting of the East Midlands Contemporary Textile group. It was an excellent meeting with the majority of the day being spent perusing the 40+ quilts which make up the Contemporary Group’s suitcase collection. All the pieces are A3 size and the theme was All In a Day’s Work. There were many different interpretations of the theme and numerous techniques used by the makers. I enjoyed seeing my own piece in there but, regrettably, did not take a photo of it which was a nuisance as I didn’t take a photo of it before sending it off either. I will just have to wait until it’s done its tour of duty and returns to me. There were three that really took my eye though and which I did manage to photograph.

This is by Cath Stonard. You can check out Cath’s blog here and she also has a website Cath Stonard Textile Art

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This piece by Linda Bilsborrow was fascinating and the more you looked the more there was to see. It was beautifully executed and had a really crisp clean feel to it. Linda has a website where you can see more of her work here  and you can also see more of her work on her Quilters Guild profile page.

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The third one that I am including was by Sandy Snowden. Sandy wrote a statement about this piece on her blog which you can view here 

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If you belong to a group, the collection can be hired for viewing at a cost of £70, which included delivery and collection. Details of how to book the collection can be found here. I can thoroughly recommend it, both for the inspiration that it provides and the discussion that it provokes.

And the ‘In print’ part of the header for this post? My Italian friend Linda has sent me a copy of an Italian magazine ‘My Patchwork’. In the September/ October edition they did a review of the Festival of Quilts and my art quilt entry was one of the featured photos. (Top left)

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Linda has organised an exhibition in Monza entitled The Music of My Life – La Musica Della Mia Vita. The exhibition is on until 23rd November if anyone is in the area. If you want to read more about this exhibition, Marlis Egger has a piece in the exhibition and has written about it on her blog.

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Have a creative week.

Maggi

Around the World Blog Post

I have been asked by a couple of people to take part in the Around the World Blog Post but had to decline as I was in the throes of meeting deadlines. It was therefore, third time lucky when my dear friend Judy Carpenter asked me to join in recently and I was free from other commitments so I said yes. I met Judy online quite  some time ago and she is one of the most courageous and inspirational people that I know. I hope that you will skip back to her blog to see the beautiful things that she creates.

I suspect that most people have seen at least one of these posts by now so I will just launch in and hope for the best.

What am I working on now?

I have been working on a series related to the water powered cotton spinning mill in Belper and in particular combining my love of photography with my quilting. Quilts from this series have appeared in many posts over the months but recently I have started to wonder whether I should begin to make smaller pieces. There’s only so much room in a house for larger pieces of textile art!

These are four images that I printed off, one is quilted but the others are waiting for me to get around to them. I think I may mat them and perhaps see if I can actually sell some.

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The other thing that I am considering is going back to an early image that I used of a tree in winter. I used this to make a small A4 piece which was well received and it will give me the chance to try different effects with the same image. Below is the original image accompanied by two possibilities. There could be a lot of mileage in this.

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How does my work differ from that of others in the same field?

I don’t think that my work is so different as there are a great many people out there who are using Photoshop to manipulate their images but I think that perhaps abstracting a very small area of an image and working with that is not the way that everyone works. I also like to try to incorporate my own hand dyed and printed fabrics into the image wherever possible as an added layer.

Why do I create what I do?

Because I love doing it. I can’t imagine not being able to work with textiles in some way or another. I often have some embroidery to hand when I need to relax after a heavy machine quilting session and I find that I can sit with the cats in the evening, watching some mindless TV and knitting. I am still getting to grips with my spinning wheel but that is more likely to make an appearance during dark winter evenings.

How does my creating process work?

My ideas usually come from my photographs initially. I use Lightroom to catalogue all my images, which date back years, and can bring up all those that I have attached a certain keyword to and browse through them looking for inspiration. I spend a lot of time combining different images in Photoshop and trying out different filters to get effects that I want and then doing various other manipulations. I also use sketchbooks but they are not the works of art produced by some people, simply places where I jot down ideas, make small sketches that mean something to me or even paste in images to remind me of colour combinations that I find appealing. Sometimes, when I am browsing through them, I come upon things that I have no recollection of, which can be quite exciting. Once I have the germ of an idea then I can spend time playing and experimenting. If it comes to nothing there is usually something that I am able to take away from it.

I struggled to get anyone to carry the torch forwards although finally my friend Jan McElroy agreed to do it, out of guilt I think. Jan does some amazing machine quilting, for herself and for others, but not only that, she is generous with her skills, teaching and inspiring and being generally motivational. She is about to embark upon some experiments with art quilts so I hope that you will take a look at her blog. Jan will be posting next Monday, November 17th. You can also pick up your favourite drink and work your way back through the various blog posts of other people by clicking on the links for Jan and Judy.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading.

Maggi

News and Knitting

I mentioned in my last post that I had some exciting news so, although it is really only exciting to me, I thought I would share it with you anyway. First of all I have taken on the position of co-rep, with Uta Lenk, for SAQA’s Europe and the Middle East region. I took over from Elisabeth  Nacenta de la Croix who finished her stint on October 31st. I suspect that I my be kept busy but am really looking forward to it. My really exciting news is that I have booked to go to the annual SAQA conference in Portland, Oregon at the end of April next year. I haven’t had any time away from home for the last 12 years as I have an older cat, Jack, who is very nervous around other people and so leaving him has not been an option, until I adopted Casper that is. I decided to try boarding them for 3 nights at a local cattery at the beginning of October and Jack was fine. Casper, who had been in rescue for quite a few months, obviously showed him the ropes and gave him confidence. This also means that I will be able to stay over for the Festival of Quilts rather than travelling into Birmingham every day. Being in Portland also means that I am going to be able to pay a visit to my good friend Jan who lives about 60 miles north of there. To say that I am looking forward to it is an understatement.

If you are interested in SAQA then do have a look around their website and also there is an excellent article about the organisation in the November issue of British Patchwork and Quilting.

So that’s my news and now on to the knitting. What seems like a very long time ago I started knitting a Sycamore vest from a pattern by Hannah Fettig. I had some bamboo/cotton mix wool that I had bought from the Threshing Barn a long time ago so decided to use that. I had three different colours but not enough of any one so I just went ahead and used all three. It is the first time that I have ever done a garment that is knitted in one piece and it went together really easily. It’s nice and warm to wear in the days when it’s too warm for a thick sweater but too cold to go without anything. Thanks to my friend Judy Carpenter for pointing me in this direction.

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Inspired by this effort I am now knitting a Drops Design pattern. I bought the wool from World of Wool and was very impressed with the service. My order arrived within 24 hours. Only the back and part of one front done so far but it is going well.

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Now then Judy, how come that I can manage to follow a complex pattern but can’t get my head around knitting socks???

I have just discovered, as I was adding the links to this post that The Threshing Barn has moved to the Yorkshire Dales. Lucky for those of you who live up in that area but too far for me to go and indulge in the treasures that it used to offer.

My next post is actually going to be tomorrow as I am finally joining in with the Around the World Blog Hop. I hope that you will be able to stop by.

Enjoy what is left of your weekend, after the incessant rain yesterday I’m now out to start getting the garden ready for winter.

Maggi

Some you win, some you lose

I mentioned in a previous post that I had entered Quilt National this year. Not surprisingly I received the rejection email but at least that means that I can now show the finished quilt. It is one of my Wheels and Windows series. I merged two photos together and then manipulated it in Photoshop, printed it out and quilted it.

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My second rejection was from the SAQA’s Food for Thought entry. Again I was not surprised as I felt that I had been unable to do justice to the idea that was in my head. It was an idea based on the RSPB concern for the loss of many of our migratory songbirds who are hunted and trapped as they fly over the islands of Cyprus and Malta to provide illegal delicacies in the restaurants. Although I wasn’t happy with the result I hadn’t got time to change tack so sent it anyway.

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On a more positive note I did have some good news when attending the Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate at the end of August. I have never entered this show before but decided to send two of my quilts off.

This one was awarded 2nd place in the Small Wall hanging category …

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… and this one was awarded a Judges Merit in the same category.

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It was impossible to take a good photo of them hanging as you can see from this photo. The lighting was also not good in many areas which was a pity as there were some excellent entries that didn’t show up well.

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That’s all for now as I have to go and do my weekly duty as assistant babysitter to my cousin’s granddaughter. Why are 4 year olds so exhausting? I’m so glad that I only have cats!

Maggi

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Finally getting back into blogging again with a short post as I’ve decided to enter  the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this year with my latest Wheels and Windows piece. This is #9 and is 12″ square. It’s another layering of the windows of Belper Mill and the cogwheel image, manipulated with a Photoshop filter.

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The piece is printed onto silk/cotton mix fabric and then machine quilted and faced. I think that this is one that I will mount onto a box canvas.

Wheels and Windows #9  is in the Art Quilts section of the Festival.  Beginning tomorrow, Nov. 1, you can vote for your favorite quilt in this category (maybe mine?), as well as each of the other categories. You can vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award quilt at any time, voting for your three favorite quilts in the entire show. There are plenty of other individual categories too so why not grab a cup of coffee and spend a little time browsing. You can get direct to the site by clicking on the logo at the top of this post.

*** I’m also linking this up to Nina-Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday, thanks for inviting me Nina-Marie ***

I have more news that I want to share with you but I’ve decided that shorter, more concise blog posts may be the way for me to go at the moment so I’ll be back very soon.

Maggi

SAQA 2014 Benefit Auction – Section 2 starts today

The second section of  the SAQA 2014 Benefit Auction starts Monday 22 September (that’s today!), at 2pm EDT (7pm here in the UK).  For details on how the auction works click here.

My contribution Wheels and Windows #6 appears in this section

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The current total after Section 1 is $16,200 which will go towards staging SAQA exhibitions. Any pieces unsold  after each section will go into the SAQA store.

 

 

 

 

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. **Image removed for the time being to prevent any pinning prior to the quilt being entered into a show.**

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.

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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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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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