Monday, 17 December 2012


I am not sure what happend to this year but it has gone very quickly, its very hard to believe that there is only one week to go...and as usual so much to do.

I have been busy trying to get a few presents made and was starting to panic about the Gingerbread house........but I am pleased to say that it is now made and will be constructed on Wednesday!  This is a tradition that I started 24 years ago (very scary) and I am rather proud to say that all my girls now make them for their families.  And it has to be said theirs look like houses where as mine is often a ruin!!  But at least it tastes good.
 Along with the Christmas gifts, I have manged, eventually, to finish the quilt for my new Great Nephew who arrived in September and who I will be meeting for the first time this week.  It is an old favourite Log Cabin, but cut on the slant with un-even panio keys as the border.  I have put fleece on the back so it is very cosy and I am rather pleased with it.  

Harry's Quilt
  I have also just finish this bag, which is made from a pattern I picked up at a quilt show many years ago, and although I have now made 4 of them I still don't have one!  I'd like to say that this is all my presents completed but I'm afraid not.........  I remember as a small child, seeing my mum, on Christmas Eve, still working on outfits for my Sister and I for the next day, I have a feeling this may be me this year! But hey, it is worth it.

Harry's Bag
Well, I think that Sue and I have had a brilliant year with Beyond Patchwork.  We have met some lovely ladies, have had fabulous comments and had a lot of giggles. Roll on 2013 and more of the same please. 

Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this.   

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2013


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Not beginners anymore............

Hello again,
Yesterday was our last Begin Patchwork Course workshop, just take a look at our wonderful ladies and their beautiful quilts.

We're so proud of them and what a bonus to take home a quilted, almost completed project (just some finishing touches) instead of a UFO is so rewarding and far less daunting.
Unfortunately, Kathy broke three bones in her foot and was unable to continue, but in the new year she will be well enough to carry on with it, get well soon Kathy.

Well done ladies, you were perfect students and we had such a laugh, keep up the good work.
Sue and Carolyn

Monday, 3 December 2012

Mixed Media playtime................

Hello all,

I have finished my blue JQ's, (can't believe this project has finished and a year has gone by) and posted them on the contemporary site. Before I post them here, I thought I would show you a few pages from the little stitched book I've been working in for all my JQ's. Blue being my favourite colour I had to do it justice and took a while pondering what to work on. In the end I decided to work from my photos of agapanthus, which come in many shades of blue.
So, it was a case of gathering everything blue together and getting stuck in, don't you just love it when being creative means you get to make a mess, dive in and play..............
Spiral of ransom letters spelling 'blue' and mixed media framed strips
Adding a wash over the ransom letters
Reference to agapanthus, torn photo and fabric strips
Mixed media collage and gel medium transfer
Mixed media weave
Some of these pages are not finished and will be worked into further.

I liked the mixed media collage and decided that was the way to go with my JQ's. I had some lovely spent A4 Transfer Dye papers, that were the perfect candidates for this project and already the right size.

You've probably realised by now that Carolyn and I like to change the surface of fabric and paper whenever possible, to that end I used wax pastel to do a  rubbing over lace and painted lace to use as a print, all adding more texture and layers to dyed fabric and transfer papers.
I also like the gel transfer, the edges have a nice distressed look, so I used that method onto rusted fabric as my feature photo of agapanthus, then built up around them with a varity of mixed media, which included.....painted bondaweb release papers, hand dyed scrim, silk rods, indigo dyed fabric, torn transfer paper, torn hand written paper with reference to agapanthus. They are all backed with cotton wadding, tea dyed fabric and free machine quilted. I then embellished where needed, with fly stitch, cross stitch and hand quilting. The edges are satin stitched and painted, so here they are.........

Agapanthus Blooming
Agapanthus Garden
Agapanthus at Sea
Agapanthus Dreaming
So there we are, all twelve JQ's done and dusted, I've enjoyed making them and the extra sketch book work has got me wanting to continue 'playing'................
Hope its inspired you to make a mess and get creative!
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