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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Sunday, 13 April 2014

April Journal Quilt

Journal Quilt

Not in keeping with the colours of Spring, my Journal Quilt for April is a bit dark and gloomy.
My plan is to repeat the colour combinations I have already done so that I end up with four sets of three by the end.

Journal Quilt

This does not say anything about my mood. I simply wanted to do something dark but in the end couldn't resist the splash of red.
The line is part of the stipulation for this years JQ's...A line of any description beginning at one edge and ending at another.

Journal Quilt

Finishing with a close up of course.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

March Journal Quilt

textile art

The third of  my Journal Quilts for the Contemporary Quilt Group.

textile art

I am learning as I do these.
Learning that I enjoy hand stitching.
Learning that I enjoy using the Gelli Plate but I don't think it will take over from my usual painting techniques.

textile art

I am also learning to be more mindful about my stitching and the marks I make on the cloth.
There seems to be a lot about this on the ol'  interweb at the moment.
Or maybe it has always been there and now I am noticing it because I am more interested.

textile art

I will finish with a detail because we always like one of those don't we!

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

The "F" Quilt

embroidered quilt

I would say that my skills don't lay in piecing, or hand embroidery but when the friend who made me this says that this is what we need to do to create a quilt for one of our group who has a special birthday coming up you don't say no :D

embroidered quilt

I was a goody two shoes and got my section (one quarter) done before Christmas before passing it on to the others to complete their section and put it all together.

embroidered quilt

Last week it was time to pass it on to the birthday girl.

embroidered quilt

It is not the best photo. To be honest we were all a bit giddy with excitement waiting to see the finished article and more importantly to see the reaction of the recipient. Many of the photos I took were blurred and the light in the pub where we met wasn't great, but hopefully that will not detract from you seeing just how fantastic this is.

embroidered quilt

Each of the four pieces have been melded into one amazing piece, with it being difficult to know where one persons work begins and another one ends.

embroidered quilt

We all contributed bits of the fabric, so there are some of my hand painted in there along with batiks and also some recycled fabric from some clothing belonging to the birthday girl's grandmother, which I think is a lovely touch.

embroidered quilt

Why the "F" quilt?
embroidered quilt

It was made by Friends for a Fortieth birthday and it is Fabulous!
Any suggestion that it became known as anything else while it was being painstakingly and meticulously stitched put together are are simply not true!!!   :D

embroidered quilt

Every section deserved a photograph!
I can report that it was very well received and there might have also been a few tears.

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Thank you!


I spent a couple of days in Cornwall this week...
...and the sun was shining!!
It felt so good after so much bad weather.


I am also smiling because of all the lovely comments I received both here and on Facebook regarding my last post. I really wasn't sure about it but your feedback was amazing and very much appreciated and I would like to say a Big Thank You to you all.


Oh look! A bird :D

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

(another) Moon Gazing Hare

moon gazing hare

Anyone who has followed my stitching pursuits for a while will know that I have churned out the odd hare or two. I came to having a bit of a thing about hares simply because I married one, or a son of one, if you want to be literal.  

moon gazing hare

I hadn't planned to do another one but when I ended up with a piece of fabric like the one below, I just had to go with the flow. 

moon gazing hare

This piece came about because the infrared lamp that I use to dry my painted fabric at this time of the year got a bit carried away. It just had to become a moon. The rest led on from there.

moon gazing hare

I learnt a lot from the making. 
Don't know why it didn't occur to me to use my quilting foot when doing the straight line stitching on the background. It might have helped to eliminate some of the drag. However, some strategically placed Hares Tails and grasses can disguise a lot :D

moon gazing hare

moon gazing hare