2 weeks without any teaching, so it could have been getting up late, lazing around, watching the TV etc but anyone who knows me well with know that’s not what I have been doing for the last 2 weeks.
It has been good to catch up with some friends. I have had a few visitors to my studio, been to lots of exercise classes at the gym, been out on my bike and done a park run (a new PB). My legs seem to permanently ache from pilates, body conditioning or running but it does mean I can eat cake and drink gin without feeling guilty.
I needed to finish some quilts ready for Festival of Quilts. I now have 4 Uzbekistan A2 sized quilts finished and 3 Guatemalan A2 sized quilts finished. These are all painted and stitched.
Here is another hand stitched small one is the Guatemalan costume series. One more to finish to complete the series
And some small teaching samples inspired by my trip to Poland
This quilt is a version of Interchange Applique and is inspired by Uzbek suzani. It is quilted using Mettler variegated thread. I rarely use variegated thread but I love their silk finish thread and it worked well, and I used lots of it.
My Aurifil Artisan pack arrived this week – full of useful thread. I have been using some today – performs so much better than the cheap polyester thread that I have been using.
So good to be supplied with some quality thread
I now have a set of Uzbek quilts that will make up my new Journeys in Stitch gallery.
These quilts along with others inspired by Sri Lanka, Guatemala, South Africa will travel to Beaujolais in France in April 2018, and then to Karlsruhe in Germany in May 2018, and then in September will be at the West County Show in Bristol.
I made some small quilts that will act as labels
My Portugal quilts will travel with the Mancuso shows around the States – good but it means they will be out of the country for a long time
I had an email this week from Grosvenor Shows and my Interchange and “Jumper”quilts will be at Ardingley in January, Edinburgh in February, Harrogate in February, Duxford in March, Exeter in April, Malvern in May and Spalding in June.
The Journeys in Stitch quilts will be at Sandown in June, Harrogate in September, Edinburgh in September, Malvern in October, Duxford in October and Kent in November.
I think I need a spread sheet!
I completed my Portrait shuffle piece this week – an Uzbek woman, it will be at Festival of Quilts in August in the Through our Hands gallery space. Its only small.
And another that I finished last night.
The coloured circles are the Uzbek plates, seen everywhere.
I think now I’m ready for Festival of Quilts and ready for my next teaching trip
It feels good to have all the quilts that have been lying around my studio for months finished. No UFO’s here
Looking forward to meeting up with lots of friends at Festival of Quilts
Time to book a holiday?