New work

Only a few Christmas cards made this year, and a stack still on the table that should have been posted, but I have almost finished a few quilts ready for my exhibition in Holland in May of next year.

Here they are in various stages of being finished. I am well on the way to having 20 new quilts!

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New Shops

We are so lucky here in Halifax to have 2 new shops – the Fabberdashery in Halifax Town Centre and the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge. They are both quite different and I dont think there should be any competition between them as they sell quite different things.

I cycled along the canal this morning to the Quilt cabin

www.thequiltcabin.co.uk. It was a bit muddy and I fell off my bike – fortunately I didnt fall in the canal! and because it rained so much last night, it gave me a soft landing! They have some lovely fabric!

I taught a felt Making Class at Fabberdashery on Saturday. I love teaching Felt Making – 1 because it is a bit more energetic than quilting classes and 2 because i just love making felt myself.

We made felt on a sea inspired theme as I didnt want to do anything to do with Christmas. I really enjoyed the company of the students, as always, and find it so difficult sometimes to be teacher and not student!

Here are some of the pieces of felt that the students made

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Since I have been asked to exhibit in Holland at the Open European Quilt Championships in May next year I have been working so hard to make some new quilts. I have lots more to make!

Here are a few of the new Notan and Pomegranate finished quilts

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I have an idea to make a piece of work based on the photos I took in Israel of the faded and well worn dresses. I bought some old jeans from the charity shop and started to make a small quilt. But it is not right, some of it I like so this afternoon I cut it up and have almost finished it and now I’m happy with it. I will photograph it tomorrow.Image

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I have been excited most of the day, since I received a letter this morning to say that i have been awarded the Quilters Guild Teacher Travel Bursary – so India here I come in February to study block printing.

I have been asked to exhibit my work at OEQC in Veldhoven in May of next year – I would like to have lots of new quilts for the show so have been busy since receiving the email. I have a plan of what i intend to do and have been working first on my pomegranate series and will do some more Indian quilts after that.

This one is the first of several

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This grey quilt is one that I have made for the International Threads Challenge. It is based on a photo I took whilst in iceland and the embroidery is from icelandic costumes. The challenge was to make a quilt that was to be 90% grey and 10% of colour. I usually would not enjoy working in grey but I do love this quilt – maybe it just has happy memories

 

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As it is the end of the year i have photographed my finished Journal Quilts for 2013 and my finished Voyage Quilts for 2013.

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