Tag Archives: Fibre Art

Chinese Whisper Challenge Continues…

17 Jan

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Today I completed my second A4 Quilt top for our local quilt group challenge.  The top quilt in the photo above was the inspiration and the bottom my interpretation of it.  It couldn’t be more different, I tried to follow the lines of the quilt for the basis to it, not sure.  Not sure I succeeded, it certainly changes the direction for the next quilter in line.

Linking with Nina’s ‘Off the wall Friday’

and Richard and Tanya Quilts

Enjoy your weekend.

Dianna

Nearly Quilting

11 Jul

Just a few finishing touches before basting and quilting this piece -

I have had such fun doing it,

learnt so much too…

Thanks for stopping by,

Dianna

July Modern Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Begun

18 Jun
[ H ] Friedensreich Hundertwasser - The Promis...

[ H ] Friedensreich Hundertwasser – The Promise of Berlin (1965) (Photo credit: Cea.)

Hundertwasser inspired, I cut into some of my Oakshott Solid Fabric today…

and started my Quilt

This is my version of a curvy log cabin:)

Now I have this

I love the design process and sewing it together always gets me so excited, I can’t wait to watch it grow.

Happy Monday!

Dianna

Finding My Voice

25 Apr

Is there an unconscious global Quilting network?

It’s interesting exploring different design and colour in textiles – finding my own voice is something that’s been on my mind.  There are so many talented fibre artists.

I’m finding that, when contemplating a design, and trying to create ‘new’ designs that I think are unique – something I’ve not yet seen – often I stumble upon something remarkably similar to what I thought – and bang it hits me in the face – there it is, the’ global unconscious quilter’s network‘.  hmm, maybe or maybe it’s all those lovely blogs I read which  are merging and seeping into my subconscious to re-emerge in my work:)

I’m in search of my own quilting voice…

In the meantime some inspiration,

Frieda Anderson who has a fantastic website where she shares her work and much more.  She has written three books, on dying, free-motion quilting and fusing – all of these subjects I am fascinated in.

and for me some play out of my colour comfort zone

Happy Wednesday,

Dianna

Quilting Arts Magazine – April/May Issue – Lots of Food For Thought…

20 Apr

It arrived, finally, after waiting for what seemed like an age – two weeks, three days – to be exact, my most favourite magazine graced itself to a shelf in WHSmiths.  I was so excited about it I jumped for it, almost barging into someone with my enthusiasm.  She smiled and called it a red-letter day for me:)

This magazine has not yet disappointed me, it has so much in it that I selfishly want to shut myself in a room, just it and me until it has been read cover to cover with no distractions.

This issue includes one of my recently discovered and hugely inspirational Rayna Gillman who does a great article on ‘Stitch Therapy’  where she talks about free-form quilting and its meditative qualities – don’t miss it.  I have said before and I say again, the idea of improvisation within the quilting realm is a huge buzz and I feel very drawn to this side of working with textiles.

There is also a fascinating article on Alicia Merret who uses colour brilliantly and her quilts are stunning.

Another regular in here is ‘Sketchbook Keeping for the Textile Artist’.  Each issue features a different artist and how they use their sketchbooks to help future projects.  Annie Helmericks-Louder shares her sketchbook ideas – a great insight and since starting to buy this magazine I’ve also invested in my own sketchbook and have begun to log ideas and thoughts down too.

I also like the article on ‘Quilting in Circles’ by Carol Turner.  I was particularly interested to read it as I was considering this type of quilting on my 12″x12″ block for the LMQG challenge this month.  The technique looks good and I’m especially keen on it because there is no need for using any form of markings on the quilt top, and it uses a mixture of free-motion and standard quilting methods.

There are other good articles too – dying with the ‘arashi shibori’,  a Japanese tie dye technique, ‘extreme embellishing’ -free-form, online groups for fibre artists, and more, much more!

This magazine is fantastic – I look forward to trying out some techniques explained – and sharing them with you.

Happy weekend and thanks for coming over,

Dianna

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