New Journal Quilt

I havent put any posts on my blog for a while as I have been working on my piece for the FOQ.It is almost finished and I have completed 20 of the 25 planned.
Today I have completed the next Journal Quilt.
It is painted and appliqued and shows the women in the square in Meknes Morocco.


New Group

I am almost half way to completing one of my enries for FOQ. I started saying I was only going to make 17 but it seems to have crept up to 25.
No pictures until after the event!
Today has been a good day and we have formed a new textile group to encourage us to to keep producing innovative work. There are 3 of us from the UK and we are looking for a few other international quilters to join us. More details to follow.
Today have taken a few photos  and am working on / thinking about  the design of a new quilt.

Student Work

I taught a workshop at Bankfield Museum last month
Here is one of the students finished pieces
Prague by Lesley King
I am currently working on my entry for the Festival of Quilts so am keeping it secret!


Journeys in Stitch Review

My book was reviewed in the Contemporary Quilt Group Magazine by Dixie Bayly

I thought it would be good to put what she wrote here

“You will all remember Gillian’s “Babouches”, the Moroccan Slippers 2008, Baltic Mittens 2009 and Balkan Socks 2010 that have been displayed at FOQ. Well now Gillian has produced a book detailing her travels and research into European textiles, her sketches, photographs and the finished pieces of work. It is well produced and the photography is superb. We are taken on her journeys, chronologically, meeting the ethnic people from Morocco to Lithuania, from Estonia to Spain, Austria to the Netherlands, discovering their textile traditions, crafts and museums.

here is another review by Barbara Cheeseman

Do you look at other people’s journal quilts and say “Now how did she do that?”

In this book we can see clearly how Gillian has done it. She has a picture of a quilt, often a journal quilt, then photos from her travels where you can see the elements she has chosen to put in that quilt.

There may be a sketch of a possible arrangement of these elements, perhaps a print block or a printing sample, some trial stitching, also a few words outlining the techniques used.

It is so interesting to see the process of making a quilt set out in this way. Many of us wail disconsolately from time to time “I’ve got an idea, but just how do I translate it into stitch and fabric?” This book would be a great help to anyone stuck in this process, or not sure how to begin it, as you can see clearly what path gillian has followed to make these pieces.

There is more to absorb from this book besides the process, from examples of the use of colour, variety of layout, balenced composition, using paint, machine qiuilting, hand embroidery, the freshness of ethnic traditions of stitch.

It is the sort of book that gives me itchy fingers and sends me looking through my photos to see if I can do some of the same.

Thanks to both of them