Sunday, 11 February 2007

January's Journal Quilt

Today I finished the January Jounal Quilt and posted the photographs on the Group web page. I am quite pleased with it. I used my hand painted fabric for the background and printed one of my photographs on to Bubble Jet fabric which I then appliqued on to the background. I added stitching to the image to accentuate the lines on the Palm Tree trunk and then layered up to sheer fabrics over the whole piece and stitched the two palm leaves from the back. I used pink thread for this to echo the pink flowers that were on the bushes behind the leaves. I then cut away practically all the sheer fabrics leaving just a trace of them . The stitching for the palm leaves forms the quilting and I have also machine written the words 'Barbados Rocks' underneath the image.
I have been fiddling with the February one. I have pieced the background and am trying to decide which techniques to use for the Pisces logo.

I have had a very busy day. I spent the morning and part of the afternoon making up a Quilt for the Linus project. The day was held at East Coker Village Hall. There were about 25 people in total. All busy with their own particular projects. We all came away with what we had been doing to finish off at home. This is a particularly good Charity event to be involved in as the little quilts are given to children in hospital or temporary accommodation such as refuges and hostels.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

February Journal under construction!!

I have been playing about today with designs and ideas for my Journal Quilts. I have painted some fabric, made stencils and am waiting for an image transfer to dry. Because I am behind with this project I am working on January and February!! The great Christmas clear up has left me wondering where things are! I do know what I am supposed to be doing in both cases. It is my daughter's birthday this month on the 23rd so Pisces will feature in there somewhere but still maintaining the Caribbean influence with colour. Here is a picture of the stencil I have made. Her colours are pinks and purples so I have found just the right piece of my hand dyed fabric for the background and the images will be stencilled on top somewhere. Haven't decided where yet so need to do some drawing. Its a good job these little quilts are only A4 size! Shall have some more fun deciding about stitching and other techniques. Sketchbook Class tomorrow so must put on other hat in a minute.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007


This palm tree is on the beach at Cocomos a beach bar on the West Coast. It was my first day on the Island and I met a very amusing man who tried to turn my head with his Bajan accent!
I am going to use this tree and the beach at Crane as the subjects for my January Journal Quilt. I know I am late but I have been away resting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 5 February 2007

Planning my next trip!

I started planning my next trip before I got back! I am going to do what I have been talking about doing for the last few years. I am going to have a huge clear out of all my unwanted things. There are still a lot of things hanging about from my old shop. These are not necessary and their removal from my life will give me space and hopefully funds for my next trip to Barbados. Items I can't sell I shall box up and put into auction - I am afraid I don't have the temperament for selling at Car Boot Sales - all that haggling over a few pence drives me mad. Ebay will also come in to the equation. I do have some lovely things and I also have a lot of rubbish but we all know one man's meat .............

The other important thing I have to do is send a letter and Birthday card and little present to the African boy I have sponsored. He lives in Malawi and is 10 years old the same age as my youngest Grandson. The only thing they share is their age - his life is much different from my Ethan's. I added this extra child to my life before I knew that my eldest Grandson was going to join the Navy. My daughter and I are still coming to terms with him leaving the nest but it will be the making of him, and I can't wait to see him in his uniform!!

Reluctantly home again.

Well my holiday in paradise is over. I returned to the UK on Friday 2nd February and immediately had to get ready to go to work in London at the week-end. While I was away I did manage to produce some Art work. I collected tiny shells from the beach and some sand as well as some long strips of coconut palm bark. After I have washed the bark I am going to incorporate it into one of my pieces for the Journal Quilt project. I am lagging behind a bit with this due to being away but I have done all the necessary planning so will be up to speed soon.