Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Little gems

I've been wanting to make a quilted book cover for a while and an opportunity has presented itself in the form of Bookwrap Gems, a project in support of The Quilters' Guild Museum and Gallery in York. The project is being run by the Contemporary Quilt group and invites people to make a book wrap or cover to be  offered as tombola prizes at the Festival of Quilts 2013.

Using these gorgeous batik fabrics, I have paper pieced some little one inch hexagons with which I will create the book wrap. Lots of nice hand piecing to look forward to on holiday in the Lake District next week!

Work in progress - batik  hexagons for Bookwrap Gem

Friday, 8 February 2013

All Squared Up

I happened to be organising some fabric when I noticed that these cotton squares in rather muted solid colours went rather well with a piece of hand dyed fabric. I laid them out on the background and liked the result. But what to do with it? I left it lying around for a few days. Then, inspired by watching a session on Design Matters TV with Linda Kemshall (I've recently subscribed to this wonderful on-line textile art resource), where she created a lovely cushion using kantha quilting, I decided to give it a go. I'm sticking to simple blocks of kantha quilting for this, just to get a sense of the technique.  

This project also gave me the idea for creating 'Serendipity Quilts',  where an idea just happens by sheer chance.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Dyeing to transfer.....

We've been experimenting with transfer paints and disperse dyes in my Creative Stitches class. Here's a few samples showing the results of reds and purples ironed, some in layers, on to a range of synthetic fabrics.

Now....what to stitch on these? Or I may just keep them in my stash for future use in an art quilt.

Disperse dyes on synthetic fabrics