Journal Quilts, first 4 months of 2020

Journal Quilts, first 4 months of 2020

Every year the Contempory Quilt group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles set a challenge to make one small quilt a month.  Its a great way to try out new techniques or to develop your creativity.   This year I have decided to make quilts which all follow the theme of the magical creatures from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and any of the other Harry Potter Books and Films.  My three daughters really love Harry Potter, Newt Scamander and all things from JK Rowlings imagination, I spent the christmas holidays and early part of january sketching various creatures from books and re-watching the Fantastic Beasts films.  

The Contempory Quilt group specify that all this years quilts must be 9x9 inches; should relate to a theme and must contain an element or material that has had 'a former life'. I have a vast stash of upcycled bits and pieces, all these quiilts are backed in fabric given to me from a quilt shop, she had inheritied the roll from a skip!  The wadding is an old blanket, I will detail the re-used materials in each quilt as I go through...

Washing Raw Fleece

Washing Raw Fleece

So today I was asked if I could offer some advice on preparing some fleece ready for working with to make wet felt.  My customer had been collecting wool dropped from sheep during her dog walk and is keen to use in her textile art.

Charlotte Relf

Tactile Fusion

I finally made it to this exhibition, better late than never they say!  It was a lovely sunny day which means the light was just perfect to see the textiles, mixed media and ceramics in their full glory.  

Threads of Change - Alice Kettle talk and Exhibition

Threads of Change - Alice Kettle talk and Exhibition

Oh my we are almost at the end of January and a week has passed since my trip to The Said business school in Oxford to listen to a discussion / interview with Alice Kettle.  It took some organisation to get myself there in time but I managed to park and get the the Said Business school in time and had a great seat in the main lecture theatre. 

A Sense of Place and Time

A Sense of Place and Time

Art 2 Stitch present a major exhibition of contempory textiles at Milton Keynes Museum until 26th April 2020

Today I did the usual Saturday morning guilty scroll though Facebook - but lucky for me I can accross a post about this exhibition, I had planned to get to Milton Keynes to do some shopping so rather than dash back I took the opportunty to allow myself some time to soak up some textile inspiration.  I am so pleased I did.  

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