Thursday, 29 April 2010


This is a very late post for which I apologise but have been so busy it slipped my mind and now the day is almost here.

If you are in the Bridport area on Saturday 1st May evening and are interested in Victorian Fashion, this Fashion Show is a must.  The clothes will be modelled live.  The show starts at 7.30 p.m. but I advise to get there before that to make sure you get a good seat.  We have a Raffle and Refreshments.  All proceeds of this Show are going to HELP FOR HEROES.  This wonderful Charity provides help and support for our Wounded Armed Forces in current Conflicts.  As I have mentioned before my eldest Grandson, William, is a Helicopter Engineer in the Royal Navy.  He has come safely through one visit to Afghanistan and is due to go back at the end of next Month.  He will spend his 21st birthday in Afghanistan.

If you are unable to come to the Show in person perhaps you would still be willing to donate directly to the Charity using the link to their website.  There is a link in this post and also in my sidebar of useful links.  Any contribution no matter how small is always gratefully received.

I will post photographs after the event. 

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Breakthrough at Quilt Museum

I think I made a post a while back about my Quilt 'Chesil' being accepted for the Contemporary Quilt Challenge 'Breakthrough'.  The exhibition of the quilts has now opened at the Quilt Museum in York and I can now show you photographs of what it looks like.  I was extremely excited when it was accepted and would love to go to York to see the quilts in situ, the trouble is it is a long way away and fitting a visit in with work commitments is a bit of a headache.  I took the Chesil Bank here in Dorset as my subject where it breaks through the land to form an inner lagoon at Fleet.  The photograph I used I took one evening at sunset last August.  Not a fiery sunset but one of those lovely watery ones.  This lovely coastline of ours here in  the West Country is a continual source of inspiration to me and I never tire of it.

I made this quilt by first painting up a board in  acrylic paints, layin g the colour down to create an impression of the photograph of the Fleet.  I then made a monoprint on to the background fabric.  When this was dry I added strips of torn fabrics, both sheer and hand dyed.  I had previously painted up a piece of 'Bondaweb' in the same way as the monoprint and when I had finished adding all my strips to the monoprint and the Bondaweb was dry I ironed it all over the surface therefore transferring the paint and securing all the strips.  This was the first time I had used this technique and I loved the result.  The next step was to make the quilt sandwich and do the machine quilting.

I haven't managed to get the photographs in the right order but I think you can get the idea of the process.

Having the freedom to work like this and still come within the bounds of quilting is one of the reasons I so much enjoy bing a part of the Contemporary Quilt Group. I am always pushed for time when I decide to produce something to a deadline and beat myself up all the time about not giving myself enough time to plan things properly incase thins go wrong and I have to start again.!!  However, if I do too much thinking before starting to do things, I go off the idea and think of something else so I usually start to do and think along the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Easter in Cornwall

I have been in Cornwall for the last few days.  Linda and I travelled down on Maundy Thursday to our B&B in preparation for the two day Antique and Collectors Fair at the County Showground, Wadebridge.  The weather was abysmal.  Lots of rain and wind and very cold.  Friday was quite busy and our spirits were lifted when  we had a customer for our French linen and tickings.  He was very discerning and knew his textiles, renovating a 17th century Inn, he was buying tickings and linen for cushions etc.  He made our day.  Thank you Robert!!!!  The second day, Saturday was another story.  Freezing cold and lashing with rain intermittently all day we hardly saw anyone.  A few brave souls ventured out but not enough to raise our takings by very much.  When we packed up on Saturday we drove on to Truro where we are staying at the moment.  We have been out and about today, the weather has been glorious and we spent a few hours in Falmouth.  It is about 25 years since I have been to Falmouth and there has been a lot of re-generation since then.  The harbour area has a very smart precinct with shops and 'Rick Stein's Fish and Chip Shop and Restaurant'.  I was happy to see that 'Trago Mills Shop' is still there but we wern't able to go inside as it was one of the shops that was closed today.

Falmouth is quite a large town and is very pretty with lovely Georgian houses that look out to sea.  There are lots of little alleys  with steps which run down to the sea from the main street.  The way that the sea comes right in to the back of the houses reminds me of Roscoff in Brittany. 

Tomorrow we head off early in the morning to Portscatho to work at the Homespun Fair.  We are hoping for a good day.  It has been a lovely week-end here in Cornwall even though we have been working hard and both Linda and I look forward to coming back to Cornwall in May when we are at Cowslip Workshops on 7th and 8th May.