Monday, 30 September 2013

Foundation piecing- with added fish!

 All a bit bonkers here currently- been waiting to have an operation, which has been cancelled once already, got a new date in a couple of weeks time, supposed to take three weeks off afterwards. Consequently trying to fit two month's work into this month. Bit of a marathon, quite looking forward to the operation as at least I will get a few hours sleep!
 Finished a little hanging for the Contemporary Quilt Group's 'Water Water' exhibition in Henley in November, 'Fishing with Mr Klee'. I don't usually go for batiks, years ago I bought some manufacturer's sample sets of batiks in a sale for ridiculously little money so I could play with them without too much outlay of dosh, every now and then they suit a project, might just squeeze one more out of them, though nearly all the ones I have left are deepest, darkest sludge!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Autumn Leaves 'Quilt as you go' Block in Popular Patchwork

 I'm delighted to say that this design will be appearing in Popular Patchwork magazine in the November issue, out 13th October. 
 This is a real favourite design of mine as it is a simple block, do-able by hand or with the machine, quilt-as-you go, so you can make one block for a cushion, two blocks for a bolster three for a runner, four for a quilt...looks great in batiks ( never thought I'd hear myself say that) and delicious in brushed cottons. This is very popular as a class and I can honestly say that whatever fabrics students have brought in to make it with, it looks great- she said, modestly!
You can have a cushion made in a day. If you want to come to a class for this design, just look at my SHOWS TALKS AND CLASSES page for details of upcoming classes.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Friday, 13 September 2013

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Plenty of Painting

 I have been commissioned to do some paintings. Twelve to be precise. A new Psychiatric Ward is being built at a local hospital and it will have plenty of art happening in it. The theme for the work was 'outside in" and they wanted work that would bring the natural world into the building. I have been commissioned to produce twelve 30cm square paintings, four sets of three, that will also work as a whole group of twelve, loosely based on seasons, using plant imagery. I'm pretty damn thrilled by this, worked on painting number one yesterday. I'm starting in Winter as I think it will be more fun to go through the seasons from chilly starkness to luxuriant foliage rather than the other way round!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

All change!

I was away in Bridport for the Hat Festival over the weekend and on Sunday morning I took my Great nephew out for breakfast and a stroll on the beach at West Bay. As we left the house he said "oooo, I have Dragon's breath this morning!". It was chill enough for us to enjoy making misty spurts of breath as we strolled along, we rounded the corner where there is a fabulous view of the valley down to the sea, big swathes of mist were hanging on the hills opposite.    
 We stood on top of the ridge of shingle on the beach, arms wide, letting the strong wind inflate our trousers and jackets- a wind so strong it made me and the camera shake, so no photos! I rather wished I had packed socks and a jumper for my weekend away, the season changed on Saturday night.
 Back home to a rainy, grey, chilly Monday. All change in the house, time for Summer to go away and Autumn to come out. The cats seem to approve of the new arrangement with their winter blankets in the front bay window!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

I just don't know what to do with myself...

...broken sewing machine.
Oh lawks!

Monday, 2 September 2013

In September- why not come to a class?

I'm teaching at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley-on-Thames, come along and learn how to make the Autumn Leaves block. In one day you will have a completed block.You can stop at one and have a cushion, make two more for a table runner or make four for a knee quilt. 

 Go here for more details!

Latest design

Cottages in the snow...just when we get the last heatwave of the Summer, I am sewing snowflakes.