Friday, 26 May 2017

What I am working on today...

I'm working on another version of my Masu quilt, which was designed for kimono width fabrics (although it also works with fat quarters). This time, half the fabrics are chusen stencil-dyed cotton yukata and half woven stripes from Nukomori Koubou.  I'm using one metre pieces and only twelve fabrics, unlike the original (below) which had eighteen different silk and wool kimono fabrics.  Because the yukata designs are very large and there is a lot of variety in the strips cut from one fabric, I wanted to see how well the pattern would work with fewer fabrics.  It is taking a little more planning to keep them really well mixed up!

This time, I'm going to use a narrower border too, so the finished quilt will be slightly smaller, at approx 69 inches square.

Instead of alternating between light and dark fabrics in my blocks, I'm alternating between striped and stenciled, whether they are dark or light.  The amount of plain background in most of the yukata prints means that I've managed to get plain and patterned pieces from the same fabric.

Some of the stripes are very colourful.  I'm using the sixth (blue) stripe from the top in the photo above, and the one just below it, which is a pretty pastel stripe, also on the top in the photo below.  The yellow stripe is also in the blocks.

I have a printed pattern available for this quilt and will also be making some kits of the yukata and stripe versions - the colourful one I'm making, a greens/purple/yellow version and a blue/white/red/bright colours one.  Photos once I've got the blocks finished and the top made.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Region 16's Regional Day

Thanks to Tarja Burlison for the photo of my talk for the Quilters' Guild's Region 16 Regional Day in Perth last Saturday.  We had a very enjoyable day, including presentations from some of the Guild's specialist groups (Contemporary, Modern, Miniature and Traditional - I'm a member of the last two) and a lecture by Professor Malcolm Lochhead about Keeping Glasgow in Stitches, the community mixed media textile project he designed in 1990 (there is also a book about the banners available and you can see photos on his website on the link above).  If you get a chance to hear his talk about the banners, he is an excellent speaker and also very amusing with the stories about the imagery and creation of each piece.

The quilt on the table to my right is the beautiful Edwardian Welsh silk patchwork quilt I bought eighteen months ago from the Antique Textiles Company.  I am planning to make a new version of it soon and will be offering the pattern to Today's Quilter. One of the members on Saturday thought this part of the border looked like beach huts - what do you think?

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Talk in Perth next Saturday

I'm the main afternoon speaker at Region 16's Regional Day in Perth on Saturday 20th May.  My talk is 'Samplers and Settings', which is quite a new one and hasn't been heard very often.  All booking info is here.  Maybe see you there?

Monday, 15 May 2017

Workshop with Chichester Quilters last week

My second workshop last week was with Chichester Quilters, where members got started on sashiko kinchaku bag panels.  I don't have any photos of the workshop in progress, as Glyn took the camera into Chichester while I was teaching and enjoyed a mooch around some of the local architectural gems.

He spotted this piece of Roman mosaic in the cathedral, with a swastika twist pattern that later traveled along the Silk Route to China and later to Japan.

He thought the background on this embroidery looked just like free motion machine quilting!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Our trip to Kent and the South East of England - photos

We started our trip to Kent with an outing to see Hartley Morris Men dancing at The Windmill at Weald last week.  Glyn joined in for the public dance at the end, Bonny Green Garters (Bampton) -

We stopped briefly in Steyning on our way to set up for World Textile Day at Wickham, which is where I spotted the wonderfully sabi side of this old building -

At World Textile Day.  I have packed some kits for the Fanoe quilt (behind Glyn in the photo) now I've got lots of vintage blue and white yukata cottons in stock.

A rare quiet moment at WTD, during the morning lecture.

Our theme this year is 'Colour', so I showed a furisode karinui (tacked fabric) and a man's dance yukata.

Here's Glyn at Toad Rock near Tunbridge Wells on Sunday.  It is kind of traditional for us to have a family photo here.  There's a photo of my mum at the rock about 60 years ago.

On our way over to New Milton yesterday, we had to stop off at Arundel and have a short exploration.  The town looks so lovely when seen from the A27, with the cathedral and castle looking majestic and fascinating.  The rest of the town didn't disappoint, with lots of antique shops and galleries, and an interesting bath shop (closed on Monday - probably just as well!)

I spotted this lovely Japanese Imari ceramic cat, about 13in (33cm) long, so he's coming home with us.

After a fun evening with New Forest Quilters showing them (some of!) my UFOs, we had an Introduction to Shonai Sashiko workshop today, and they all have a few extra UFOs now.  Tomorrow's sashiko workshop is with Chichester quilters, so I'll get some photos from that too.

We saw this amazing orange washing machine and tumble drier as we were leaving New Milton.  If I was going to be looking at a machine in my workroom, I'd want one of these...

They would go only too well with my Frister Rossman Cub 3!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

World Textile Day South on Saturday

World Textile Day South is on Saturday, at Wickham in Hampshire.  We'll be attending, although it might be the only time we get so far south for WTD!  All the info is at  This event will be a special one for indigo and shibori fans, as Jenny Balfour Paul and Jane Callender are joining us.  We will be bringing lots of blue and white yukata fabrics to fit with the theme, including the new kits for my Fanoe quilt.