New Red Journal Quilt

I know I am a day early but it is 29th Feb. I have started on my new Red March Journal Quilt. It is based on a porter from Ajmer station in India. I have painted the first layer but tomorrow I will paint the face again adding more paint on the hair and beard etc. Stitching to follow.

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Today, whilst teaching I have been demonstrating how to do this technique, and made this piece with the anklets

Jackie’s group have a new challenge this month to do a small piece of work 4X6ins titled babies. So I painted this piece with added applique and tomorrow should be able to stitch it, although I plan tomorrow is to write up the instructions for my flower kits.

I dont think I posted on my blog a picture of Februarys Red Journal Quilt. Seems to have loads of comments on the CQ yahoo group web site which is nice.

 

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Crazy week

last week seemed to be such a busy week. Coming back from India my head seemed to be fill of ideas and images. All this and my computer didnt seem to work properly. The reason for this seemed to be that Photostream just could cope with the number of photos I loaded on to my computer. It seems to be ok now. Yesterday i spent the day with Linda Bilsborrow, well it should have been the day but the traffic on the motorway meant I was very late. Anyway it was a useful day and we hope that i can get my blog working better and get the photos displayed better. Thanks linda.

Whilst in india I met up Fiona from Creative Arts Safaris. (- she mentions me in her blog today. Now I have to work out how to make a link to her web site and blog?) We have some great plans for the future, I am hoping to bring a group of students to India next Feruary, and we are developing some designs for a kit for my fabric flowers that I intend to sell at Festival of Quilts in August. there’s also the prospect of leading a tour to Romania and Hungary. It’s all so exciting!!

Friday i met up with the graphic designers about designing the leaflet for the kits, I just need to write it all up and make some more flowers so that I can photograph them for the instructions.

Thursday I met up with members of the  NW Contemporary Quilt group in the Lake District, at Glenthorne where we have had several visits over the last few years. I love it there, unfortunatly we are unable to go there in November but we are going to Rydal hall instead which looks even better. i am running 2 weeeks of courses

5th Nov and 12th Nov Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime Some design skills, some design skills. they are always great weeks. There are a few spare places if anyone is interested.

Saturday  I had a lovely walk in the Dales with friends, I loved India but I also love the Dales!

Amongst all that I have managed to produce my Red (Pink) A4 quilt for the Contemporary Quilt Group, my voyage quilt and a 4×6 for another group.

This week I really must get on with finishing a piece for the FOQ in August and now that it is almost march i have a new A4 quilt to do and a new Voyage quilt.

I have masses of Indain pictures on facebook – you will need to be a friend to view them but that should be easy to do

 

 

 

Voyage Quilt

Here is the posting I have just put on the Voyage art blog
I have just returned from 2 weeks in India and feel so inspired to make lots of new pieces of work. I usually manage to have a few trips away but this year we seem to have had a few family problems and I just didnt dare go away. My daughter and her 2 friends are currently travelling throughout Asia and they asked me if I would like to join them for a couple of weeks.
Being home for a few months I had decided to do my Voyage quilts based on Yorkshire and I made the piece I first posted but I was never happy with it. The colours were just not right and working with the woollen fabric was awful!
I never ever redo work but this time I have decided to start again….
Whilst in India I took masses of photos of the men in turbans and the beautifully dressed women. They can be seen on my facebook page. Whilst at the Amber Fort near Jaipur I took a photo of lady coming through an arch.
Here is the quilt and I am very happy this time. I painted the background added some painted bondaweb to give some texture and appliqued the sari. I hand stitched some “Kantha” running stitch.
I put the new quilt next to the first one I have now abandoned and the old one is half an inch too short!!
Gillian
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4×6's

My students have been asked to produce some fabric postcards with another local group for an exhibition in May, although I hope they will keep producing them throughout the year.
Quite a few made a postcard for January
Here is mine – not strictly january more February
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4×6’s

My students have been asked to produce some fabric postcards with another local group for an exhibition in May, although I hope they will keep producing them throughout the year.
Quite a few made a postcard for January
Here is mine – not strictly january more February
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Patchwork and Quilting

Quite a few readers have seen the article about me in Patchwork and Quilting. It’s a lovely article although I feel kind of embaressed reading about myself

Indian photos

I am not sure if you can see these photos if you do not have a facebook account but there are 100 photos of men and 200 of women
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More to come in the next few days
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