Monday, 28 December 2015

Chinese Whispers

A little Chinese Whispers Challenge
has been taking place within our
Contemporary Group.
This is my little 12" quilt
based on the one I received.
The little quilt I received to 
interpret was a landscape.   It
had what appeared to me to be a
rock face as part of it.
I chose to focus on this and to zoom
 in and produce it in more detail.

I used rust dyed fabric, painted vilene, smocking
thread, sweetie papers, tin foil and sheers to create
the rock face. 

Machine and hand stitch added the layers of texture
that finished it off.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Hexies Hexies Everywhere

For the last 18 months I have been
going Hexie mad!

After having a huge sort out of fabric I ended up 
with a pile that consisted mostly of pieces
of fabric that I no longer really wanted to
keep, or weren't big enough to use for 
any of my projects.

So....rather than just giving them away the
decision was made to turn them into a new
quilt for our bed, and so the Hexies Quilt
was born.  

Three thousand, two hundred and seventy seven little
1" hexies later, along with some half hexies
 the quilt was finished!  
Yes, that was 3277 hexies!!

All that was left was to put the boarder on and
decide on how to quilt it.

It was at this point I wimped out and decided that
the best thing to do would be to get it 
Long arm quilted.

Luckily for me we have a lady not
far from me in Newbury who
provides this service!

Barbara at 
was very helpful and took plenty of time to discuss
pattern and wadding options.  Wadding
chosen was 70/30 poly which she supplied, so I 
only needed to supply the backing fabric.

My choice of quilting design is called Entangle,
quite approiate being that the quilt certainly 
entangled me, I loved making it, even though
I did question why I decided to use such small
hexies on more than one occasion!

It now resides on my bed, waiting for the cold
weather to arrive so we can keep warm and snugly.

Monday, 28 September 2015


These little beauties are currently
being used in a shop window
as part of their display in
the run up to 
Remembrance Day
and form part of a bigger raffle
that includes a 
Tower of London
ceramic poppy.

Altogether there are 45 of these poppies.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Restoration Work

I was asked by a local embroiderer, along with a few other ladies
if I would like to be involved in the restoration of a textile piece.
It was originally hung in the United Reform Church in Newbury, 
which closed recently.  The piece was then donated
to the United Reform Church in Hungerford but needed some
attention, lots of cleaning and some repair work before
being remounted on it's frame.

It is made up of 1200 squares, all made by members of the 
Newbury Church

There was a lovely feeling of  friendship amongst
us all, Though most of us didn't know each other
before we started new friendships have been forged.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Open Studios has finished for this year.
A big thank you to all who visited 
and for the lovely comments
 left in my visitors book.

The studio has been returned to normal
working mode so it's back to the
sewing machine for me!

Friday, 1 May 2015


It's that time of the year again!
Once again I am preparing for Open Studios
with the first visitors due tomorrow.

This years event runs from 2nd - 25th May
and there is some amazing work
to be seen!

Visit the web site for full details and 
opening times  of all the artists
taking part.

If you're in the area why not drop by 
 to say hello and have a chat.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Hag Stones

Been playing with one of the smaller pieces of
fabric from the last post.
Still got a little way to go before
it's finished.

Hag Stones is the theme for now
so I'll be creating more of these little 
They may even end up as one big piece.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Getting Creative

Now that we're well and truly into the new year
I thought it about time to get my creative mo jo 
working again.

So into the studio to play!

One Gelliplate and some seta colours later 
I'm well on the way to creating my stack of
fabrics ready for my sea inspired makes.

Seaweed mask cut out of paper,
I love the detail on this piece.

The possibilities are endless!!

More Seaweed mask pieces.

Lots of detail in this one too, is that 
a foot print I can see!