My latest art quilt has been made in response to the Cranwell Contemporary Group challenge titled Escape. When the theme was announced my first thought was of “escaping” to the Scottish Highlands……this area has to be my absolute favourite away from it all destination in the UK.
I worked from memory, rather than looking back at photographs, as I wanted this piece to suggest a mood and a feeling of being in this area and not a specific, identifiable place. The colours are very neutral and muted, built up using Inktense paint, layered fabrics, Mulberry bark and silk cocoon strippings to create a textural surface. The finished quilt is 28” wide x 40” high.
It’s been a terrific two days at Simply Stitch and I’ve been blown away by the standard of work that the ladies have produced!
We were joined on day two by a new lady, Jen – the pressure was on for her to catch up with what she missed on Wednesday and she did a great job of it!
Here are a few more “work in progress” photos featuring Ruth, Janet, Jen and Carole…..
and the fabulous finished (or almost!) pieces…..
Once again, thank you to Nicola for inviting me back to Simply Stitch and being such a great host! Also a huge thank you to all the ladies who took part in the workshop for their enthusiasm and hard work over the two days. It will be great to see you all again at our next class in the New Year.
We’ve just come to the end of day one of my “Tall Trees” art quilt workshop at Simply Stitch near Wetherby. There are thirteen ladies taking part, over two days, working with paint and stitch, layering sheer fabrics and netting to create beautiful backgrounds for their painted Vilene trees. We have some fabulous quilts taking shape, this is how they are doing so far…….
Even our host, Nicola, is making time to join in with this workshop!
LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) will be exhibiting their latest body of work, 22 art quilts inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, at the end of this month. Our first venue will be the beautiful Alford Manor House. Built in 1611 it is thought to be the largest thatched manor house in the country.
I’ve finally finished my Newton quilt. It’s 30″ x 40″ and the design is based on the fact that Newton spent a lot of his time studying and practising alchemy. It consists of appliqué commercial fabric, Tyvek and painted vilene applied to a background of tea stained cotton fabric. Other materials used include oil pastels, Inktense, permanent marker pen and metallic foil.
Inspired by the life and works of Sir Isaac Newton
These are just a few of the other fantastic quilts that will be on show……
Gravitree by Jean Proud (30″ x 40″)
The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson (30″ x 40″)
Snapshots of Isaac by Joan Plummer (30cm x 40cm)
This next quilt Is called “Wordsearch” and there are thirty words to find, all relating to life of Isaac Newton. An ingenious way of stopping visitors in their tracks and making them really scrutinise your work!
All the Louth Panorama quilts, being made by textile group Meridian, have now been handed over ready to be sewn onto a black background.
The individual quilts laid out prior to being sewn onto the black background.
Sheila had photographs of the two original canvases, painted by William Brown in the 1840’s, reduced in size and printed onto cotton fabric which she then quilted using free machine stitching. These two panels will form the centre of our collaborative quilt with the rest of them being grouped as shown above.
Centre two panels free machined by Sheila
Click on each of the images to see the detail that has been put into the quilts, they really are beautiful pieces of work.
Quilt created by Pat Cave
Quilt created by Sue Jackson
Quilt created by Gill Lewis
Quilt created by Eileen MacKenzie
Quilt created by Gwen Harlow
Quilt created by Sandra Goldsborough
Quilt created by Margaret Fulwood
Quilt created by Karen Lane
Art quilt based on a small section of the Louth Panorama
I’ve just finished working on my little section of a collaborative quilt with ‘Meridian’ a textile group who are based in the market town of Louth. The overall quilt will be a tribute to the Louth Panorama, painted by William Brown, which is an all-round view of the town and district as seen from the top of the spire of St James’s parish church in Louth as on a summer’s day in the 1840s. It depicts local life, the pattern of streets and the market place, with a roofscape little changed today. The painting consists of two canvases which have an interesting history and more information can be found on the Louth Museum website.
We each chose our favourite section of the painting to reproduce as a mini art quilt, either A4 or A3. My choice was the graveyard which I’ve made in A3. We were given free rein to use whatever techniques we wanted to use, I’ve created mine as a whole cloth, painted with Inktense and then hand and machine embroidered. I’ve used a bit of artistic licence to square up the layout and omitted the tiny figures. You can see the original section below.
My chosen section of the Louth Panorama
I will add an update once we get all of the quilts joined together.
The latest quilt challenge for members of the Cranwell group is A Walk in the Forest and this is my interpretation.
A Walk in the Forest
With each challenge we are also given a particular technique to use somewhere within our work, for this particular piece we were asked to include painted Bondaweb. This could be used over a large area or just included as a tiny piece, it was entirely at our discretion. Those of you with a keen eye might be wondering where my Bondaweb is…….it’s so insignificant it’s not even worth me pointing it out!
When the subject was given out I immediately had this image in my mind of the trees and forest floor cut out of several pieces of Lutradur and stitched to create the illusion of depth. I also knew that I wanted a shimmering backdrop to represent the daylight glistening at the edge of the woods. After auditioning several fabrics, and not being happy with any of them, I decided to go with wallpaper for my background. I had a sample of paper that was just large enough and created exactly the effect I was seeing in my mind.
The Lutradur trees were coloured from dark to light to suggest that the viewer is walking from inside the forest towards the light at the edge of the woods. I figured the Bondaweb would be used fairly discretely to create shadow on the forest floor. Unfortunately, as I had coloured the Lutradur with wax crayons, there was no way that the Bondaweb was going to bond! Having said that, a tiny piece is clinging on, allowing me to say I have included Bondaweb in my work……..just not a lot of it!
Last year I made a little 20 x 30 cm riverside quilt as part of the Hockney Challenge.
Original Riverside Trees
Overall I was happy with it but, 18 months on and feeling more confident, I thought it would be a good exercise to revisit the design and make a larger version…….. Riverside Trees II. This quilt is 68 x 108 cm and I’ve aimed to give the scene more depth by placing forests in the background and a near side bank with dried grasses in the foreground.
The main tree line is applied with forests behind
The colour of the sky was too dominant first time round so I’ve made it subtle and gone for texture rather than colour this time. The trees are pretty much the same as previously but I felt the original version was too fussy so I’ve reduced their number from 7 to five and left off the smaller branches. I think this has created a stronger overall image.
Auditioning fabric for the fields and river bank
The lighter hand dyed fabric was chosen for the field and a chiffon scarf was distressed and used for the riverbank
The river is applied
Finished Riverside Trees II
With this one finished I’m going to concentrate on my sketch book over the next couple of weeks and work on some new designs. The latest quilt challenge to be drawn out of the hat at Cranwell is to produce a piece with the theme “a walk in the Black Forest” so that will be right up my street!
I’ve just completed a commissioned quilt, entitled Horncastle – Gateway to the Wolds, for the local branch of the WAW (Walkers are Welcome). The two characters in my design are based on the twins from the old Start-Rite children’s shoe advert, but in this case they are carrying backpacks and are walking in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The old Start-Rite children’s shoe advert
After taking several photographs of the local landscape I chose the view which was taken just outside of Horncastle, with my back to the A158, looking across towards the Wolds and towards the village of West Ashby.
View of the Lincolnshire Wolds looking towards West Ashby
The 30 x 30 cm quilt combines several techniques including the use of Inktense pencils to draw and colour the background scenery. The twins are applique with 3D backpacks. The trees have vilene trunks and needle felted foliage created using the embellisher machine. The hedgerows were made from a lightweight scarf which was distressed using a heat gun while the stitching is a combination of hand and machine embroidery.
My preliminary sketch for the WAW quilt
Work in progress
I’m not a fan of borders so, as the brief was to include a border, I’ve painted it to make it an extension of the main image.
The finished quilt
This weekend the two Cranwell groups, Crafty Ladies & Cranwell Contemporary Textiles, held their first ever quilt show. I’ve been a member for just over a year and during that time have seen many wonderful pieces of work produced by the members but to actually see all of this work, and more, displayed together was amazing!
The show was split between two venues with the contemporary work by the CCTG in Cranwell village hall and the traditional quilts by Crafty Ladies on quilt stands and draped over the pews in the beautiful village church. The following photos show a selection of the quilts on display in the hall.
The next four photos are quilts made in response to our themed quarterly “challenges”.
Challenge Quilts….what Winter means to me
Challenge Quilts…..Flora & Fauna
Challenge Quilts….shape & colour
Challenge Quilts…..(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry
Dedicated to St Andrew, Cranwell church originates circa the 10th century and it made a wonderful venue for the more traditional quilts…….