Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journal Quilts

The Contemporary Quilt Group of the British Isles run a journal quilt project every year. This year I decided to join in, so I'll be making a small quilt every month.

The journal quilts  have to be 8 x 8" square, the only rule this year is that each quilt has to contain a line that runs from one side to another.

I've also decided to use up my leftover workshop samples and sample pieces for my journal quilts. I keep finding interesting bits and pieces that never got finished or completed, so this will be an opportunity to use them up.

Here's Journal Quilt no. 1. Snippets of organza etc. were laid on fabric, free-motion stitched and then the soldering iron was used to distress certain parts. I satin stitched a few thick lines to the quilt.

Journal Quilt no. 1
I have a few other journal quilts almost finished, just need to complete the bindings!

Cork Textile Network Weekend

Last month I spent a weekend down in Cork at the Cork Textiles Network "Making Tomorrow" Annual Conference.Had a great time there and met loads of lovely people.

On Saturday morning we had lectures from Rachael Howard, Cas Holmes and Liz Spillane.

Then on Saturday afternoon, everyone went off to their different workshops. I was lucky enough to get on Cas Holmes "Using the Found, Extreme Stitching" Workshop which booked out really fast.
A small collage I started at the workshop
 Cas Holmes had some really lovely samples that we could all look at and admire!
Some of Cas Holmes work

I spent the afternoon and next day working on altering paper, monoprints, rubbings etc. to make various collages.

One of the collages I worked on

One really nice thing about the conference, is that at the end everyone brings displays their work in the canteen area, so you get to see what the other workshops did!

Here are some of the baskets made at one class.

Nuno-felted pieces from the felting workshop
Lynn Kenny workshop pieces