A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

......and a golden pear!

My Journal quilt for May. This next batch of four will be in shades of yellow. Quite a difficult colour in my opinion, but I decided that my 25% of another colour would be black. Here, I have used black knitting wool which I have free machine couched down to both outline, and to 'draw' the patterns inside. I have also free machine quilted with black thread, and then filled in two areas with a gold Markal stick, and four or five other areas with a lemon yellow wax crayon. The background is echo quilted in yellow thread. The fabric is the reverse of some hand printed and dyed cloth that I made a couple of years ago. It was a complete disaster, but has come in very useful for this months JQ.

On another note, I had some very exciting news this week. My challenge quilt for CQ@10, (Contemporary Quilt), has been juried in, and will be premiered at The Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham this August, before touring other venues. It will also be published along with 22 other quilts in a book produced by CQ. I'm really chuffed, because I found the inspiration for this challenge quite difficult. It is partly to celebrate the 10th anniversary of contemporary quilt, (a specialist branch of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles), and we were provided with a black and white photograph of a Cornish tin mine. Anyway, in the end, I came up with my interpretation, which I will be able to show on here after August. I am also looking forward to seeing the other 22 quilts, so if you fancy a trip to Birmingham in August, I'll look forward to seeing you there too!!

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