Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Sewn Together Bee - April Block

Here is my finished block for April. Quite a tricky one, endless triangles and corners!

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Hot Air Balloon

We were driving home tonight and met this sight in our neighbouring village!

Potholder Pass 2

I have just recieved my potholders from Kristi. Thank you so much, I love them!!!

She also sent me this really cute fabric.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

New fabrics

I have been down in Buckinghamshire visiting my Mum for the last few days with the kids. Whilst here we did a trip to the Roald Dahl museum which just happens to have a fabric and wool shop next door! It would have been rude not to go in!!!

They had some lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric which spoke to me ...

And some other brightly coloured FQs which also had to be bought.

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

V & A Quilts - Part 2

For my second installment, I thought I would show some of the goodies I bought! The V & A in collaboration with Liberty have produced a range of reproduction fabrics which are absolutely gorgeous. I bought a fat quarter pack of their green collection.

Now I just need to decide what to make!

I also bought a copy of the exhibition catalogue and recieved a press pack. The book is beautiful with a wealth of photos and a history of quilting in Great Britain.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Baby Quilt

Some friends of ours have just had a baby, Rosalie Aline and today I made her a little baby quilt.

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V & A Quilts 1700 to 2010 - Part 1

I have been extremely lax in posting this, due to illness etc..... So apologies apologies

I was fortunate to have had my blog spotted by the V & A and was invited to a private viewing of their new quilt show which started on the 20th March.  The viewing was on the 17th and I was lucky to meet some of the artists and wander the show in complete peace and at my own speed - an absolute luxury for one who is usually trailed by three noisy children!  I had a marvellous time and the show was wonderful.

The show was so extensive I have decided to split my posts up and am starting with some of the contemporary pieces.

How many times do I have to repeat myself - Caren Garfen - 2010

As I was viewing this piece I was approached by Caren and I had the opportunity to speak with her, the quilt took Eighteen months to produce and was her first and possibly last quilt!  All the fabric was hand screen printed especially for the project and embroidered in silk.  The piece is a study of women, the workplace and home and depicts domestic objects and hand stitched text.  

Women were asked to contribute 'fluff' residue from tumble driers, she states - " 'A bit of fluff' has been used as a description given to women by men.  Small pieces of fluff are trapped within the quilt in the same way as women are trapped into working due to financial pressures when in reality they would prefer to stay at home."

Punctuation - Sarah Impey - 2009

This piece was absolutely stunning and so intricately worked, which you can't really see from my photo.  The quilt is a cream silk background which has been free machine quilted in coloured polyester threads.  Words have been quilted illustrating 'the narrative that imbues every quilt'.

My favourites were these two pieces by Jo Budd.

The colour combinations and the painterly style with which she approaches her work really spoke to me, and I feel inspired to print and dye some of my own fabric.



Right to Life - Grayson Perry - 1993

Done in a traditional style, this quilt contradicts with it's difficult subject matter - the American abortion debate of the 1990s.  Not one of my favourites, but thought provoking.

To Meet my Past - Tracey Emin - 2003

A multimedia installation of a brass bed dressed with appliqued blankets and sheets.  I am not a fan of Tracey Emin but feel I ought to include her as the piece was seen as one of the major features of the exhibition.

Sorry about the quality of the photographs, it was dark to protect the fabrics and I had stupidly only taken my iphone.  I will post again soon with more photos and more of the exhibition.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Pinwheel quilt

I have completed my biggest quilt ever! A king sized one for our bed! The pattern is a simple pin wheel in lovely bright colours, Sandy Henderson for Michael Miller, contrasted against a clean White (which will only be for a short while with my children around!).

I machine quilted in a stipple - getting the hang of that now. I will post some better pictures when the weather improves and I can take it outside.

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Pot holders finished and ready to be mailed

Not got much done recently due to illness after illness, but I feeling better today and have finally completed my pot holders for the Pot holder pass. I hope my swapee likes them, she wanted something bright and spring like. The fabric is the same as I have used for my pinwheel quilt, post to follow.

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