Mistletoe card Bethlehem card

I am enjoying my City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting course and am now getting to grips with making the wall hanging I designed for Module 6. Yes, half way through already. Only another year or so to go. But I am taking a break to get on with my Christmas cards. Above are the two designs I have made so far using the Silhouette Cameo to cut them out. The first, the Mistletoe card, is a cut out frame in silver card mounted onto a sparkly patterned mulberry paper. The image is from the first novel in the Quilt Detective series. The second picture, which I have called my Bethlehem card, is cut in white which I then glittered and mounted onto glittery dark blue card, and added a small sequin star. Now to get on with the fabric cards for the family.

At the moment our garden looks like a Christmas card, with deep snow and bright sunshine. And there is more snow forecast. At least the weather will give me chance to get on with my sewing rather than venturing out. I haven't even made a snowman yet.

I will post some pictures of the fabric cards as soon as they are finished. The designs for the two cards above are ready to download on the right.


Thanks to the heavy snowfall, I have had chance to finish my fabric cards, pictured below. I used Bondaweb to cut out and stick the shapes onto the background fabric, then free machine stitched around them. I definitely need more practice in free machine stitching.
Rudolph card Snowy village card Robin on birdtable card

mistletoe and Bethlehem GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.


Runswick Bay Malcesine

The Church Stretton Arts Festival opens on Tuesday 1 August at Church Stretton School, and I have two paintings in the exhibition. Above is a view of Runswick Bay, from our recent trip up to Whitby, and the second is a painting of Malcesine on Lake Garda, one of our favourite holiday destinations. The exhibition closes on Saturday 12 August, and is open from 11am to 6pm daily. As well as paintings and photography there will be lots of crafts on show so it is well worth a visit.

With the paintings finished I can now get back to my course module, and develop some of the designs into 3D which will be a new experience for me. Not long now till the Quilt Festival at the NEC, so I am looking for inspiration!


Stained glass patchwork

The Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition is over for another year, but we are now looking forward to exhibiting at the Church Stretton Arts Festival in early August. I am hoping to have two paintings finished by then. In the meantime I have completed Module 4, Texture, of my City & Guilds course, and above is the example of Stained Glass patchwork I designed. It's based on a photo I took of the countryside looking out from Lyth Hill, near Shrewsbury. I am now working on Module 5 which so far is great fun. I am hoping to incorporate some 3D books and pop-up cards with it, as well as trying my hand at Trapunto and Italian Corded quilting. Our quilt group was fortunate to have Sylvia Crichter come to talk to us with her wonderful corded and trapunto work just a few weeks ago, so I am already inspired.



The Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition is looming fast. I have at last finished my painting for the exhibition, above, which is a view approaching Malcesine, on Lake Garda. Happy memories! The Exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 June and runs till Thursday 13 July, 10am to 4pm every day except Sunday, in St Marys Church in Shrewsbury town centre. It should be a good mix of styles and subjects, and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up.

UPDATE The Malcesine painting sold at the Exhibition


Celtic heart applique

  We had a wonderful week in early May in Northern Ireland, for my son's wedding at the beautiful Beech Hill Hotel, Derry. We had a great time exploring the stunning north coast and the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal, all in glorious sunshine except for Malin Head which was shrouded in sea mist! The views from the stone ringfort of Greenan Fort are spectacular. Looking forward to going back next year to explore more.

Since we got back I have been ploughing on with module 4, texture, of my City & Guilds course, and the above photo is the bias binding appliqué which I finally mastered, making a Celtic heart. Just have to focus on finishing my entry for the Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition now. At least the new book , the third in the Quilt Detective series, is at last taking shape, having had several rewrites and revisions. My literary efforts take even longer than my quilts!

Looking forward to a creative summer. And finishing a few projects…



  Delighted to say I sold my two acrylic collage pictures at our recent exhibition at St Marys Church in Shrewsbury. I need to start on some new work for the Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition in June. I have just finished the design element of module 3 of the City & Guilds course in patchwork and quilting. The design below is one I completed, based on the tile patterns of William De Morgan. I had a great time researching at both the Jackfield Tile Museum and Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton for tiles and textiles of De Morgan and William Morris. The dragon, above, is from a William Morris textile, which I have made up as a collage mobile using the coloured foils from chocolate wrappers. No chocolates left now unfortunately, so I am hoping for a refill over Easter...



St Brides

  Thanks to the Shropshire Art Society, I have some more paintings in an exhibition at St Marys Church in the centre of Shrewsbury. As well as the Seedheads painting I finished last year, I have two new pictures using collage and acrylic paint, and a textural style. The first is a view of Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, based on a photo my husband took a few years ago. The second, above, is a view of the little bay at St Brides in Pembrokeshire, another favourite holiday spot of ours. I am enjoying this more textured style of painting, and trying to introduce some fabric elements, at the moment by printing through lace and net. The exhibition runs till 1st April.

I must start work on Module three of my City & Guilds course, which this time focuses on Colour, which should be interesting. I will post some pictures once I get started on the designs.



Pit head winding gear

  A busy January. I managed to finish the second Module of my City & Guilds course on Patchwork and Quilting. This module was based on industrial themed shapes. I designed the Pit head pattern, above, from my sketches of the winding gear at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge. I think it would make a good applique cushion or mini quilt.

I also have two of my paintings on view in the Coffee shop gallery at the Gateway arts centre in Shrewsbury. The exhibition of students work runs till the end of February.

My next goal is to finish the first draft of the third 'Quilt Detective' story, which has been delayed due to the Patchwork course. I really need to get some of my New Year's resolutions achieved before the weather picks up and we are out and about again.

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