Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Begin Patchwork

As Carolyn mentioned, Tuesday was our 2nd week of Begin Patchwork. The blocks from the previous workshop were quilted and looking beautiful.

We had two blocks on the programme this week, below are some blocks from week 1 and the first blocks from this week, ready for sashings and quilting.

                                         Work in progress on the 2nd blocks.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the beginnings of some lovely quilts. We'll keep you posted........

We have put our new workshop dates and newsletter on the web site.
Thanks for reading, back soon, Sue

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Itchy Fingers

It has been a busy couple of weeks for me, as I have had to do extra stints in the office, but now that is finished, I can start enjoying life again!

I seem to have a pile of projects lining up which I need to start tackling, and I am itching to get started.  The fabric that we made last week on our Turtle Thursday is looking at me, trying to catch my eye! Soon I promise!

But today we have the 2nd workshop in our Begin Patchwork course, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone and to see how lovely their blocks from last time are looking, no pressure ladies!!

We are off to the show at Westpoint on Friday, which promises to be a good day.  We will let you know what caught our eye next time.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Turtle Thursday!

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After havng to do paperwork on Tuesday we decided that we really had to have a play on Thursday.

So we did and it was great to re-visit 'trapping' fabrics and then zapping the new cloth with the heat gun.   

This is just the start, we will show you the finished items later.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Calling Textile Artists in Cornwall

We would like to put out a call to any like-minded Contemporary Artist in Cornwall, interested in joining a new a group ‘Textile Maids’, which will provide creative direction and develop techniques, with a view to collaborating in exhibitions.

We are not looking to form a teaching group, but hope that each artist will bring their own abilities & style to the table; be it Textile Art, Embroidery or Quilting.

If this is what you have been waiting for; we would love to hear from you.  Please email us on to record your interest and we will be delighted to get back to you.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sue & Carolyn

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

New date............

Our Twisted Bag workshop had to be postpone on the 13th September due to a flood at Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts. Thankfully, Sally didn't suffer to much damage and is back to normal. We have arranged a new date which is the 29th October 2012. We have run this workshop many time, always with lovely bags being produced, you will find photo's on our web site and on flickr.

If you're interest in doing this workshop we have a few spaces left.

Find all the details at  look forward to seeing you there, bye for now.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Finding inspiration and design

Hi everyone,

Our 'turtle' day was all admin, so nothing interesting to show you, but all necessary background work for future workshops.

However, I have been working into the little stitched book I used for the red JQ's. I enjoyed making the yellow journals and using the hand painted tiles as inspiration, so I want to continue with the theme and see where it leads me.
Here are a few pages which I think could have potential.

I've worked onto painted pages using inktense blocks and acrylics, not drawing the design first to try and recreate the hand painted look, the tile painters have a steadier hand than me.

Taking some of the elements from the designs, I carved into a lino block which I can use for printing and rubbings. After printing onto the page I free machine stitched and painted into the design. Incidentally, the stitched page makes a good print aswell.

It's the back of the stitched page on the left, but the piece on the right is a rubbing onto fabric, sandwiched and free machine quilted.
There's a few more pages but this post is becoming very long so I'll save them for another day, pop back soon.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Retreat Quilt

Here is our latest piece finished and ready for our Retreat Weekend at Degembris Manor Farm.

Ever Decreasing Squares

All those ends have been tied in, the facings attached and slip stitched down, which we think make a nice neat finish to the edges.
Hope you enjoyed seeing it completed.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Another Successful Turtle Day

Sue's beautiful collage

Carolyn's chocolate heaven!

Busy hands!

We had a lovely day today working in our Altered Books.

It has been a little while since we had the chance to experiment as paperwork has needed to be done, but today we well and truely made up for it..........

We used Watercolour Dyes and Inktense Blocks to create the colour, with a little bit of PV and Gesso thrown in.

It may be a little while before they are finished but we will keep you posted on the progress.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Quick post

Hello all,

Today we started our Begin Patchwork course and what an enthusiastic group of ladies we have. They got straight down to it, finished and quilted their first block, even with all our waffling. That's the beauty of the Quilt-As-You-Go method, once the block are completed and quilted you're not left with the huge task of quilting a large piece.
When we get some photo's we promise to put some up for you to see.

Here is a sneak peep of the wall hanging we have just about finished for our Retreat Weekend.

Ever Decreasing Squares

It's a play on the saying, ever decreasing circles, so we've printed circles over the squares and then quilted squares in the circles, and yes, all those ends have to be tied in.

Ever Decreasing Squares

Here's another view with yet more ends to tie in. Once that's done we've decided to put a facing on this one as it's a wall hanging.

That's all for now, I'm off to pack for a Painted Bondaweb workshop we're doing at Tresillian tomorrow.

Back soon