Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
Apologies for not posting before but I did just want to say hello to everyone and to briefly introduce myself.
My name is Lesley Brankin and I live in the pretty town of Malvern, Worcestershire. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by all things arty and crafty, perhaps this was something to do with my Mum being a Primary School teacher and their generally being materials around the house? I love art and textiles of all forms and am always keen to try out new ideas and techniques that I might be able to incorporate into my own work.
Challenges are always good to get the old brain cells ticking over and the creative juices flowing so I am looking forward to being a member of this group and tackling the idea of 'A Long Walk Home' - thank you for letting me join.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
For the last few days I have been doing some tie dyeing and thought I could use a piece of it for the Long Walk Home theme. I seldom do pretty pieces and yet I just love this fabric so maybe!!!. Anyway here is a sample of one of my 5 fabric pieces I have made. I plan to do 2 more today. The input for doing these came from http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
As a long time member of the group, actually with it from its formation a very big welcome to all of you. It looks like we will live on. Wil Opio Oguta has been the mainstay of the group.
We were running it with members having posted themes to Wil and she picked them out of the hat every month but our numbers dwindled as people found they could not keep up with a monthly challenge.
The group more of less collapsed and I think only about 3 people were posting work so how about us taking up the February theme of LONG WALK HOME and setting our goal as 4 pieces each 12 x 12 inches per year. If we start as if at beginning of May then our posting dates for our pieces would be JULY, OCTOBER, JANUARY, APRIL. This avoids the Christmas business for people.
How about we take in turns to suggest a theme? As you can see I have jumped in taking the theme that was already running in the group but had no postings of work.
Work can be anything you want to do. It would be lovely if we got into the way of posting our thoughts progress etc during the making time. rather than just posting images of a finished piece.
It is up to us how we organise the group so lets have your views and we can work from there.
Everyone please feel free to respond to this so we get going.
Irene MacWilliam in a lovely sunny day in Northern Ireland.... I live outside Belfast.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
My name is Tricia Revest and quilting has been my serious hobby for over 20 years ever since I saw the Contemporary American Quilts exhibition at the Crafts Council in 1993 and met Nancy Crow before I'd heard of her. From that day I knew I wanted to quilt. I joined London Quilters the following week and an obsession was born.
In October 2014 I retired from a career in teaching medical sciences and now spend quite a lot of time in my studio. I have tried lots of styles over the years but now seem to concentrate on free-form strip piecing, often using hand dyed fabrics, but want to start stretching myself more into surface design (and better free motion quilting).
I love music, especially opera and choral, walking, gardening and travelling. I am also a bit of an IT geek. I recently learnt to scuba dive, although I only like warm water like the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer so joining an online group can help me get my quilting fix whilst being at home under treatment. I am a member of both the Contemporary and Modern groups of the Quilters Guild and love doing journal quilts, although I've yet to make a proper modern quilt (whatever that is). I look forward to being a part of this group too.