My plan to make a new Journal Quilt, every week is going well, I have made a few in the last couple of days so that I am a few weeks ahead. I want to make quilts featuring many of the places I have been throughout the year. I have so many fabulous trips planned this year that I may find it difficult to make quilts and also travel.
Remember – these quilts are small 9″ x 7″
Here are a few more – week 5, 6, 7 and 8, so i am 3 weeks ahead
Simple, applique, on a painted and quilted background. The edge is what I call my skinny skinny binding (about 1/8th inch )
I have found Mary Ellen’s best press so useful for making perfect tiny bindings
My new Moroccan bowls.
I love the geometric patterns. Thanks Donna for some of the black and white fabrics. I like the pots but I’m not sure about the background
I have made this one as a sample for a larger quilt I am in the process of making. I stitched in black thread first, adding the colour after stitching.
The colour has been made using Liquid acrylic colour and inktense crayons, with a little extra colour added using a Sharpie felt pen.
Grey and Black thread is on it’s way from Aurifil so that students will be able to experiment with the different weights of thread on my Photo to Stitch workshop.
It will be a good opportunity for me to explain the difference between 12, 28, 40, 50, and 80 weight thread ie which one is thicker etc and how the best way to stitch with them.
Another small quilt to come later in this post
Last weekend I went to Ramstein in Germany to the US Army Base, I went last year and the ladies invited me back again.
Before arriving at Ramstein I spent a day in Heidleberg. The weather was grey and rainy but it didn’t spoil my day. I had wanted to go to the Ethnographic and Textiles museums, one was closed and the other only had one room open.
The town has some fabulous Art Nouveau buildings especially the Library
I went to a couple of other museums, I particularly enjoyed the Naive art museum where I took a photo of some small wooden structures that looked like they may have come from Africa but without a label I am not sure.
I made this small quilt this afternoon featuring the wooden structures
I think i need to do something with the edging, as I’m not happy with it as it is, maybe I also need to do some quilting.
I also found a shop that I managed to spend rather a long time in, I think it is called Idee and has many products by Paper Poetry. Of course I bought a few things.
I find Ramstein such an interesting place, I love meeting all the women, every one has a story about why they are there, and how long they intend to stay.
I feel like I have been to Germany and the States for the weekend. there is American food in the supermarket, American voices, and sitting in the food court it felt as if I was in a food court in an American town.
Sometimes I feel so lucky (or to use the more modern social media terminology – blessed) to meet such lovely women who are so much fun, and we can become best friends in such a short time. Our mutual love of travel and quilting means instantly we have so much in common. Thanks Donna and Peggy, I look forward to seeing you in Karlsruhe in May
My Journeys in Stitch exhibition will be there
More exciting news
I’m going to Houston Quilt Market in November!
Many of my quilts have been on show recently with Grosvenor Shows at Newark and at Ardingley. I haven’t seen any photos but have received some lovely emails from some visitors. I would love to have the time to send lengthy replies to everyone but my admin seems never ending. I hope to be at the Duxford show at the beginning of March on the Saturday of the show.