Friday, 27 June 2014

Exhibition Reminder...

Just a quick mention that the Saints of Cornish Churches Exhibition at Truro Cathedral starts Monday 30th June until Monday 14th July.

Please try and support this exhibition, there is never enough of these events in Cornwall and a lot of people have put so much hard work into it, from the organisers to the makers.

Keep an eye out for our piece on St. Enoder and I'll be stewarding on Friday 4th July from 2.30 to 5pm if you would like to pop in and say hello.

Hope to see you there

Friday, 20 June 2014

Crossing the border...

At 7.30 last Saturday morning we set off for Honiton to visit South West Quilters at Awliscombe. It was a lovely drive up and leaving so early meant we missed the holiday traffic. We were invited there to do our Square Strip Cushion Workshop, which was inspired by a slate water feature I saw at Hampton Court Palace Flower Shop a few years ago.

After a brief explanation and a word of caution from us that Quilt-As-You-Go is an addictive method, everyone got into the swing of things. Here is a snap of the work in progress...

work in progress
Thank you to everyone for making us so welcome and to Gill for arranging our visit and providing us with a delicious lunch. We'd love to see some photos of finished cushions please.

Our Free Machine & Painting Workshop is booking up nicely, but there's still time for you to book and learn how to free machine a variety of patterns and then highlight areas of the stitched design with paint.

Free Machine & Painting workshop
You can book via our website through Paypal or by printing the booking form and sending with a cheque to the address provided.

I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather and like me, taking some time to enjoy the garden.
Bye for now

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Such joy and relief...

The Saints quilt is finished and ready for the exhibition at Truro Cathedral from 30th June to 14th July. As you may know we are great fans of Kandinsky's work, so we've used his style as our inspiration by stacking the carved images, then overlaying lines to represent the sundial, lead markings on the windows and the arches.

Obviously I can't show you the whole thing just yet, but here is a section and a brief summery...

St. Enoder
This piece is based on a time line starting with a painted footprint onto hand dyed fabric showing the changes St. Enoder has gone through over the years. We then used hand dyed scrim for the font and the carvings on the altar and pews.
We overlaid a window to represent looking through time made from bias strips using hand dyed fabric. It was then a case of bringing it up to date with machine quilting and finally the couched lines. For the binding we used more hand dyed fabric in purple this time, which is a colour often used in religion.

I'll put the whole piece up when the exhibition has started, but I hope you've enjoyed seeing this detail and if you get a chance please visit the exhibition, many people have put a lot of hard work into this and it's wonderful for Cornwall, so we want it to be a success. I'm stewarding on Friday 4th July from 2.30-5pm if you'd like to pop in for a chat about our piece or anything else.
Also, after this exhibition the quilts are going to be travelling to quilt shows around the country, so keep an eye out you may get a chance to see them there.

And finally, we had our Recycled Logs Workshop last week which was wonderful and everyone got into the spirit of recycling clothes, furnishings, even 42 year old lace. Here are a few pieces of work in progress...

Recycled Logs Workshop
Saturday we're off to South West Quilters in Honiton with our Square Strip Cushion Workshop, so we'll be sure to take some snaps to show you next week.

Thanks for reading