This is where it all started for me but times change and now all of my blogging takes place over at my
Quilt Routes blog and I hope you will join me over there.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Monday, 15 December 2014
My mind has been taken up with other matters of late, but I am applying myself this morning and here are my thoughts on this Journal Quilt Challenge.
|Jan, May, Sept|
I have enjoyed this far more than I expected. It is almost as if I was given permission to play, which is ridiculous when you think about it but I suppose we do put restrictions on ourselves even if we don't realize that we are doing it.
|Feb, Jun, Oct|
When the colour combinations are separated I like them all.
When they are put together I have my favourites.
Any which way is up!
|Mar, Jul, Nov|
I love my Gelli Arts printing plate even more and want to continue experimenting with it.
I have explored the buzz term "mark making" and find that I like it :D
|Apr, Aug, Dec|
Sometimes you can over do it and knowing when to stop is important.
I really like the combination of black, white and brown!
|The lot of 'em|
Okay, before I go can I just get a bit serious?
You might have paid no attention to the link I added to the first sentence, but the changes that are about to take place on Jan 1st will affect us all. If you live in the EU you will probably find that you can no longer buy from your favourite US etc sites because they will restrict selling to you, not really because of the extra costs but because of the compliance laws that are too complex to adhere to.
If you are in the US and you sell to the EU and you don't comply you will be breaking the law.
I could go on with lots more details but there are others out there who have put it far more eloquently than I can. If you do nothing else then please sign this petition.
Get the facts here and do what you can to spread the word via social media.
At the moment this is just about digital purchases but there are plans to increase it to physical sales as well. Hope you can help.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Well I am giving myself a pat on the back because I have done it! I have completed all of the Journal Quilts for the year.
Not that great an achievement you might be saying. What's all the fuss about?
The truth is that when I began this I wasn't completely sure that I would get the the other end. That I wouldn't be bogged down in the other things that I have to do.
Also....the group coordinators are quite strict. You can't go more than three months without having posted your efforts and you have to let them know if you are not going to complete. No slinking off into the corner and letting things slide.
I think I would have done it anyway because I have got such a lot out of the experience, but I will save all of that for an overview post soon.
For those beady eyed among you who have noticed the red seepage I have to inform you that it was deliberate. I was actually hoping for a bit more and I hope to experiment with this a bit further in the future.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
This one has got a bit too busy for my liking. Too much going on with the printing and the stitching.
Out of the four colour schemes I chose for these this one has turned out to be my least favourite too!
I am still enjoying doing these little 8 x 8 in pieces though :D
One more left. It is already finished but you will have to wait for December...
Sunday, 23 November 2014
This piece is looking across the estuary.
Lots going on this side of the water, even some hand stitching.
So there we are.
you can see more of my stitched seascapes and landscapes here and some are available for sale here.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
This is the third in the Walnut Shore series.
I was going to slice this into two pieces but decided to stay with the whole piece.
I hope it captures the wide open space of the beach.
Not forgetting some pebbles of course!
Monday, 3 November 2014
I first showed the beginning of these small pieces in October 2012! Oh dear :(
I did get around to complete one piece in 2012 and now nearly two years later I have got around to finishing the rest.
I have named them Walnut Shore and this is number 2.
There are others, and they have been completed :)
Sunday, 19 October 2014
This whole process is definitely helping me to think more about when and where to place my stitching.
I am not saying that I am getting it right, but I am thinking about it more, not just ploughing into it and then wishing I had given it more thought.
I do like the painterly quality that I get from using the Gelli Plate to create the backgrounds.
Not so sure about the feel of the fabric. I could have added textile medium and I did try at the beginning of this process, but stopped because it added another step to something that is after all just experimentation and because it made the paint a bit too loose.
That is why I am enjoying doing these pieces because I am learning as I go.
All caught up now! Only two more to go.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
I am catching up slowly with these. This one is my offering for August.
So far I am quite taken with these subdued greys and browns.
The previous one can be seen here.
I am also happier when I stick to liner marks.
I am also trying to repeat some of the printed marks so that there is some sort of cohesive quality to these little pieces. The large circle was previously seen here, here and here.
Stay tuned for September's offering.