Sunday, 22 January 2017

Contemporary Group

I decided at the last minute that I would respond to the pleas to make an A3 piece for the latest suitcase challenge. This is what I wrote to go with it:
Contemporary Group Suitcase Collection 2017
My Favourite Artist
I had a problem with this as my favourite artists are textile people: Yoshiko Jinzensi, Gwen Marston, Kathleen Loomis, Cindy Grisdela, and Erin Wilson. I spent an instructive half an hour online researching artists who use stripes and came up with 8 names whose work I found interesting: Annie Albers, Karl Benjamin, Paul Klee, Bridget Riley, Mark Rothko, Sean Scully, Frank Stella, Victor Vasareli.
Having looked at their work I thought I would put together some stripes where the Juxtaposition of colours interested me, so not really influenced by only one artist I’m afraid!
and here is the piece I have sent off:

Monday, 16 January 2017

January Journal

11"square this time, and we can pick our own theme so I'm doing improv which is what I like to play with.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Modern Quilt tutor box sample

Just finished this small quilt teaching sample for the Modern Quilt specialist group of the Quiilters Guild. This will be added to the others available for borrowing, with free instruction sheets, so that group workshop organisers can run some of their workshop sessions in house without the need to bring in teachers and pay fees and travel.

Modern Crosses

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Patchwork Patterns in Fijian printed textiles

There is an exhibition of Fijian artefacts at the Sainsbury Centre, an excellent museum at the university in Norwich. As there were few raw materials available to the islanders their skilled artisans made beautiful objects in wood and whale ivory, and textiles were made from plant fibres. Their barkcloth is beautifully stencilled and painted to produce large cloths which were used in ceremonies and given as treasured gifts. The patterns are geometric and there is lots of repetition..

There is a large bark cloth hanging in the reception area.

And a last piece that seemed to remind me of Diana Harrison's work.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


This year's first completion... Climate Change. My entry for the International Stash Challenge using four fabrics donated by a Dutch Quilter, and four of my own.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Ancient Trinitarian church at Ingham

There is an amazing 14th century church at Ingham, near where I live, with a wonderful tomb of a knight and his lady. Although it has been vandalised since 1380, and their arms have been broken off it is thought that they were lying hand in hand. There are very faint coloured lines just visible on the side of her dress. They would have represented the rich embroidery that would have decorated her dresses in life and there are good explanations of how beautiful the tomb would have been when first made and newly painted.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Contemporary v Modern part two

Generally speaking I believe Contemporary work is made as an emotional response to something - the environment, illness, struggles against adversity, close observation of something, historical events, and the like. Whereas Modern quilts are more playful, with an exploration of colour, line, pattern, scale, and made without any  deeper meaning attached... Just because I enjoy doing them!

My Quilt Eccentric Crosses was made because I had become interested in Modern Quiltmaking and saw lots of different Crosses quilts on line. I had a pack of Oakshott eighths and cut them into squares using the strips left over at the ends to make the crosses. They are free cut in slight curves, through both layers of fabrics RS up. I was playing with the colours so that each square had a different colour in the cross. I laid them out and only felt the need to move one square before I was happy with the layout.

Adding wide borders of uneven widths completed the modern look 

and super quilting by Mandy Parks helped us to a 
Judges Choice at this year's Festival of Quilts.

Below is another of my Modern quilts, Modern Wheels. Again, beautifully quilted by Mandy Parks in an interesting modern pattern. This came about because a group of local quilters wanted to do a block of the month in one of the new patchwork magazines, designed by Lynn Goldworthy of Lily's Quilts. I liked the wheel block but thought the rest uninteresting, so I just worked on that.