Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Step 1. Inspiration


Before I begin to go through my process regards the quilt I talked about in my last post I want to clarify that this is not my normal practice here on this blog. I post tutorials and techniques over on my Quilt Routes blog. Here I like to 'show' without having to worry about taking process shots etc., to just go with the flow....apart from on this occasion :D

I had a lot of resources to fall back on for this piece without having to use the Internet.
My home is packed with artifacts and I have some great books, plus mountains of photos in boxes.
I had a look through the books and I made a half hearted attempt at some sketchbook pages.

My City and Guilds training should have made me spend a lot longer on this stage, a lot longer...but I was anxious to get started, and if I am truthful, finished. This is one I wanted to get done quickly but I know that the finished piece has suffered from my not spending more on this stage.

Straight off I wanted to do something based on the Orang Ulu Tree of Life design and somewhere in those boxes I know that there is a photo of my then two and a half year old daughter in front of the Tree of Life mural in the Sarawak Cultural Museum. I am still looking for that photo but this will show you what I mean. At this point I did a Google search and I have made a Pinterest board of some of the images that influenced me.
So, one idea down and I move head long into it....

In the meantime, if you are attending, please come and say Hi!

                Quilt Routes

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Making of an Art Quilt (or not!)

Dreaming of Borneo detail

In my last post I introduced you to Anne and told you about how we are going to be sharing a booth at next weeks Festival of Quilts. (Quilters In Action 21. Do come and say hi if you are attending).
What I didn't mention was that way back last year we hatched a plan to both make a piece to show side by side, Anne's based on memories of the UK and mine based on my memories of my time spent in Brunei/Borneo.

Well, as is the way things didn't really go to plan. We both made pieces but the blogging that we planned and the connection with the two pieces didn't really happen.
A large part of that was mainly down to me. No matter what I did with the piece I was not happy with it, and for that reason was loathe to share it.
I am still far from happy with it but I know what I did and did not do. I know how I should have approached it and why I didn't do it that way.
Above is a sneak peek of the finished piece. As I write this I am still not 100% sure that I am going to display it next week. I am reserving the right to withhold it if I am not happy with the way it looks.
However I do plan (don't make plans Deb!!!!) to go through my process here in order to help me work out my practices and hopefully improve on them in the future.

BTW. I have been documenting my Festival of Quilts preparation on my Quilt Routes blog and Facebook page, but mostly on my #quiltroutes instagram feed. I am enjoying the easy, quick access that this gives me to share what I am doing while seeing what others are up to too :D

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

An introduction.

hand painted fabric

It is that time of year again when I start thinking about my preparations for this year's Festival of Quilts.
It's heads down as I get lots of fabric painting done.

This year however, things are going to be a bit different, because I am going to have a "booth buddy".
Let me introduce you to my friend Anne Maundrell.

Anne Maundrell

Anne, another Brit by birth, is at present living in Brunei Darussalam, on the island of Borneo.
I spent several years living and working there myself but our paths didn't cross then. I discovered Anne and her work via blogland. Once I saw the beautiful rain forest inspired quilts that she makes I just had make contact.

Anne Maundrell
Anne's entry into last year's festival for which she earned a Judge's Choice Award

Long story short, Anne likes to travel back to U.K. at the same time as the Festival takes place, and we have been meeting up there almost every year for about the past five years. This year she is taking her own booth and we have decided to double up in order to have a more open space.

One of the things we are hoping to do is to produce a piece about our opposite places of abode, which should be interesting!

Anne Maundrell

I am looking forward to this year's Festival. I don't want to tempt fate but i am feeling slightly more prepared than I have done in the past, although there is still a lot of work to do.

Anne Maundrell

I am really looking forward to seeing one of Anne's "Forest Giant" pieces (above) because although I haven't told her this, it is one of my favourites.
See Anne and her work on her website, blog and Facebook page, and don't forget to come back and see what we get up to.

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

May Journal Quilt

I really do not know which way is up with these abstract journal quilts.

Not that it matters. I am still enjoying just playing with paint and stitch.

I have decided to go back to the colour I used in my first January Journal Quilt. There will be a third so that by the end of the year I will have four groups of three.

Two close ups for you today!

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Northern Ireland

This weekend I was thrilled to be able to make my first ever trip to Ireland. This is Bangor Marina where I was staying.

On Saturday, after giving a talk to the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild I had some time to take a train to Belfast and do a City Tour by bus.

I took lots of photos but this one of a small section of the Peace Wall is probably the best. It's not that easy to take photos on a moving bus :D
If you ever find yourself in Belfast I recommend you take a bus tour. It is well worth the price of the bus ticket.

On Sunday I got to spend the day teaching a workshop at the Ulster Folk Museum where they open their doors to all the local guilds, who get to use the learning centre and classroom facilities.

A fantastic venue to be invited to teach at. I found it particularly interesting as I grew up down the road from the Welsh version.
Everybody, from the members of the Guild, to the lovely lady that I met on the train, were so friendly and welcoming and I hope to make a return visit and do a bit more exploring.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Giveaway Winner

Clematis Montana

Thank you to all who visited and/or entered the DVD giveaway.
I was touched by some of the suggestions given for themes for prayer flags.
Mr Random Number Generator has spoken and the winner is tizart. Congratulations.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Now for something completely different...

This is a first for me. I am taking part in a blog hop! 
I am presently the head administrator over at The Prayer Flag Project blog which basically means that if you email a photo of your flags to the blog, I am the one who posts it.
If you are unaware of the blog and how it came about then please take a moment to read about how and why Vivika DeNegre first began this project

In order to further the Prayer Flag movement over at Quilting Arts, Vivika and her team have put together an eBook. It has over 550 miniature flags which were submitted by readers of Quilting Arts that are beautifully photographed with many heartfelt messages. 
In order to celebrate the release of this, I, along with the other chosen "hoppers" were sent a banner of flags to decorate and display.
So stay tuned while I show you mine, because at the bottom of this post is a fantastic giveaway!

My first instincts were to saturate these flags with colour in keeping with all of my previous ones, seen here in my Prayer Flag Flickr set.
However I decided that the cotton/linen blend had a very sun bleached, coastal vibe to them and decided to stick with that. I do live on the coast after all!

I began by adding texture to each flag with a Gelli plate print and then freezer paper stenciled birds/seagulls in flight, on to five of the eight flags.
Hand embroidered lines of sea and sand, along with some added colour from Inktense pencils completed the effect.

Furthering the seaside theme I added a pebble along with a glass bead to the bottom of each flag.

On the remaining three flags I decided to add some text.
Over at The Prayer Flag Project blog you can see from the tags the themes and sentiments of each of the flags that people contribute to the blog. It has been arranged so that the most popular themes appear at the top. Before you have a look see if you can guess which is the most prominent theme?

Of course sometimes the flags are tinged with sorrow but more often than not they are inspirational and uplifting.and it has been my privilege to be a part of this life affirming project.

Want to see more?
Vivika first blogged and shared her flags over on the Quilting Daily blog
and here are all the other blogs to visit.

April 14:               Jane LaFazio
April 15:               Meg Cox
April 16:               Deborah O’Hare: That's Me!
April 17:               Jamie Fingal
                          Susan Brubaker Knapp
April 18:               Carrie Bloomston

And if you fancy getting your hands on the flags that I have used in this post you can do that here.

Couldn't quite stretch to get all eight flags into one shot!!
If you have a flag that you would like to share then please email theprayerflagproject@gmail.com
or visit the blog and do so from there.

Was there something else?
Oh yes the giveaway!!!

If you would like to receive a copy of Candy Glendening's new DVD then leave me a comment.
Shall I set you a task? Ask you a question?
How about you tell me your favourite "tag" for a flag?
Who knows it might inspire you to get on and make it :D
This is open to all, as it will be sent to you direct from Interweave once I give them the winners address. Which means that you have to be a contactable blogger. If you are "no reply" I will choose another winner! So there!!
Winner announced after the Easter Break next Tuesday 22nd April.


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