2018

 
 
DECEMBER
 


A partridge in a pear tree

Partridge pattern
 
I have just completed Module 8 of my City & Guilds course, and the two pictures are my version of a sample for a Baltimore album quilt. I wanted to finish the module by Christmas so decided a Christmassy theme would be perfect. The poinsettia wreath was machine stitched applique with the pieces bondawebbed in place. For the Partridge in a Pear Tree I tried needle-turn and padded the bird, the pears, the branches and the pot, to give a more 3D effect, though my needle-turn technique needs some polishing! The pieces are 12 inch square so will make up into a cover for a Christmas scrapbook. I have also started making some bottle bags with hessian, and using the little tomte applique. I will post a picture when they're finished.

Other than that, I have several lists printed for shopping and things to do before Christmas so hope to be ticking them off soon. I hope you have an enjoyable and creative December.

 
 


poinsettia wreath


 
SEPTEMBER
 


Brockton barn with geese

 
 
Our next Shropshire Art Society exhibition is fast approaching. This time it will be at the Bear Steps gallery in the centre of Shrewsbury. The above painting, the old barn at Brockton with geese, will be on display. It is based on a photo taken by Gordon Dickins, which features in his Shropshire Seasons book, and is with his kind permission. Meanwhile, the Open Art exhibition is still running at the Qube, Oswestry, until midday on 30 October, where my sea-going wallhanging is on view.

I am delighted to have now started Module 8 of my City & Guilds course, and the little Tomte pictured here is the first of the applique samples for it. I will use him either as a mini wall hanging for Christmas or as a centre for a Christmas scrapbook. I will post the template for downloading shortly. Now all I have to do is make that Gingerbread House in fabric... I will post some pictures of my progress. The next sample will be two blocks for a Baltimore album quilt. I have designed them and made a start on cutting out the leaves but I think this is going to take me a while to complete. Hopefully it will be this side of Christmas as they are both Christmas themed designs.

 


Tomte



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

 
AUGUST
 


Venice SOLD

 
 
A great month for exhibitions. Our printmaking group visited the RBSA in Birmingham to see the wonderful exhibition of prints in their Print Prize 2018. This celebrates the best of contemporary print makers in the UK, and is well worth a visit. The exhibition closes on 1 September. Another great day was my visit to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I came away inspired by so many talented textile artists. And the shopping was good too.

The Church Stretton Art Exhibition, which ran for two weeks to 11 August had some wonderful paintings and photographs by local artists, and I was very pleased to have sold my 'Venice' painting, above. I have just been notified that my wallhanging, pictured in February's post, has been accepted for the Qube Open art competition in Oswestry. It will be on display there from 6 September to 30 October, though after all the hours it took me to make, it is not for sale.

The days now have a distinctly autumnal feel, and today I bought my first cards and embellishments for making Christmas cards. I just hope I can now get into the mood to finish my design for a fabric Gingerbread House, to complete Module 7 of my City & Guilds course. Only five more to go then...


 
 
JUNE & JULY
 


Harbour textile

 
 
In early June we returned to beautiful Lake Como for a week. I could never tire of those stunning views of lake and mountains, and the picturesque lakeside villages. I took lots of photos so hope to work on some paintings in the dark days of winter.

June saw the Shropshire Art Society summer exhibition, and I am delighted to have sold one of my paintings, of the ruined white stone cottage in Inishowen. I am now getting ready for the next exhibition in Church Stretton. I have just completed a small textile stitched collage, above, of a harbour. I also managed to finish working on my painting of Runswick Bay, and this will shortly be for sale, unframed, on my Beanpole Books website, as well as the earlier painting of Malcesine on Lake Garda, another favourite holiday destination of ours.

Thanks to the exhibition season, my work for the City & Guilds course has taken a back seat, but I am finalising my designs for a textile gingerbread house so will be sharing some photos shortly.


 
 
APRIL
 


Red Cafe SOLD

 
 
Our painting exhibition in Shrewsbury closed at the end of April, and I am pleased to say I sold the painting of the red cafe, based on the photo I took in Provence last year. Our next exhibition will be in June, again at St Marys church in Shrewsbury, as part of the Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition. I am still working on the Runswick Bay painting I thought I had finished last year, but I felt it needed more texture. Having finally got to grips with colouring and dyeing fabrics for my City & Guilds course, I am about ready to start on the next batch of sewing samples. As this includes hexagons and cathedral windows, I think it may take a little while to complete.


 
 
FEBRUARY
 


Wall hanging

 
 
A belated Happy New Year. I had a busy January, finishing the wall hanging, above, for my City & Guilds course. Lots of practice still needed on the free machine quilting, but I had fun doing it. The next module will tackle putting colour into fabrics so there will be some dyeing to play with, which I have never done before. Should be interesting.

I am taking a short break from the sewing to concentrate on finishing some paintings as our exhibition is coming up at the end of March. This will be in St Marys church in the centre of Shrewsbury and runs for a month from 31 March to 28 April. As before I will be sharing the space with my husband's paintings, so there will definitely be a bit of jostling for elbow room. Below are two of the paintings I have ready, which feature some beautiful old abandoned farm buildings we came across up in Inishowen last summer. Such beautiful countryside. It was really inspirational.

old barn abandoned farm SOLD


 



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