Year: 2013

The Aggies.

I mentioned in a previous post just how much I love Aggies. The outer covering of the bud as its discarded. This was just creating and two of the sketches became quilts. In fact this quilt is pencil on fabric. Its about 3 years old and the colored pencil is as good as new.I traced my original drawing onto fabric with a black pigment ink pen and then colored it in. Its a fun class. Thrilled with the results of the fanciful quilt I wanted to see if I could create a realistic image…. yes I could. The image was cut out as seen in photo four and appliqued onto a background. I call it ‘drapplique’ drawing the applique. I have several more quilts but time is against me tonight.

Talk about Frustrating.

I use Apple computers.I have two large screen computers in the studio, it was just a bit of a fluke really, the screen on the one on the right was showing signs of wear and I was advised to buy a new computer considering the cost of repairing it. But 3 years later its going strong… the screen is a bit different to the good one… but its just fine.Last year I bought a  new lap top for travel because the 5 year old one  kept crashing with in iPhoto and I couldn’t take the stress of loosing all my photos while traveling.So that’s 4 computers that I use on a daily basis. +  a big iPad and a mini for travel. An iPhone, and an iPod.One could say I’m an apple fan. About 5 months ago, I updated one desktop (the newest) to  a new ‘you beaut’ system.Darn it. My Canon Pixma printer wouldn’t scan using that system. It was out of date. The printer was about 3 years old and …

Quilts from photographic inspiration.

My Aggies. As I write this I’m listening to a one finger concerto by an almost  2 year old and  3 year old.I would like to say its thrilling, but… really, I’m being patient and thinking how clever our offspring are. Concentration is just a little difficult in this situation.  Each year I marvel at the Agapanthus in my garden. I love the way they come into bud. Its the most delightful shape. Then suddenly it bursts into life. I love the purple ones, they have more impact than the white ones.Some species of Agapanthus are commonly known as lily of the Nile (or African lily in the UK )Agapanthus means summer to me. Our street is lined with them.So while babysitting today, we photographed the Aggies as we affectionately call them. So my images are just a little different Realistic Aggies. In my next blog, I will share how I …

Throwing things away.

I’m having a long awaited revamp of the studio.Its been on the list for a some time and today I evaluated  all my threads.My Studio was our office, warehouse, design studio for years and years when I was a fashion designer…. that was ions ago.We did get rid of a lot of fabric and notions when we decided to finish, but, there is still stuff lurking in hidden cupboards along with 15 antique machines…. goodness, I’ve just stored them for all those years and never used them. Threads… I have a few. But as the years progress I find that I only use a few types of threads, Superior cotton and silk and Aurifil cotton for the color range.They have been stored faithfully in boxes for years and I’ve set them free. Don’t they look lovely. The Ikea vintage storage shelves are on 3 levels and they are on wheels so they can be rolled from one machine to the other as I use them…. besides they look pretty speccy. …

Edward the Confessor

Edward the Confessor, King of England Written on 27 March 2013 by Archivist in Nobility Edward the Confessor Susan Abernethy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king who could trace his ancestry back to King Alfred the Great and King Cerdic of Wessex. He was the great-great-great-great grandson of Alfred and he died childless, leaving England open to conquest from overseas. Edward’s father was Aethelred the Unready, the hapless king who was besieged by the Vikings on all coasts. In 1002, he was widowed and contracted a marriage with Emma, the sister of Richard, Duke of Normandy. Edward was born at Islip in Oxfordshire within the first two years of his parents wedding. Edward’s mother was a formidable woman but his father was not someone he could look up to and he …

Finished ‘The darn Pigeons’

I’ve finished this funny little quilt, I quite like it now…. The balance  works. The quilt is straight and flat but photographing with the small camera on the floor  distorts it a little. The idea for the quilt. I love Pigeons. I photographed them in Rome, India, Thailand, Venice and LA I love the way they sit high on the light poles in LA, It was if they had a secret club or a pigeon meeting. These pigeons were in LA and I used the patterns on the buildings for the Quilting designs. The rest of the quilting shows the flow of the wind around the buildings, the pigeons fluff their feathers face into the flow and just sit there despite all the traffic and people walking past.

New Look.

Right now I’m refining a little.  This blog is in a new format and I will no longer be using Typepad. I’ve been working on the editing of a film of India. I really can’t beleive that I was actually there and that I took all those photos.   Memories.

Pigeon, Pigeon

“Persistence lies at a point beyond everything we have already tried, and all we have already done.”I’ve been working on this quilt without too much enthusiasm. But I have to finish it.Creating and designing are two different things in my mind. I don’t like this piece but I’m creating and I’m not sure how it will come out. I figure that if I keep working it, it will turn out satisfactory in the end. The design isn’t the best, the elements are opposing. I want a painterly effect for the garish pigeon… (I do like the colours) so I’m using free motion zig zag. I began quilting  free motion with the sweet 16 However, I was creating a  fan pattern and it wasn’t even enough, so I reverted to the Janome.The scrolls are fine to do on the sweet 16, but standing back and looking at it, I don’t think it flows as well as I wanted it to.I might cut off the top band of quilting. …

Just small things, home

Traveling for 3 months at a time really makes you appreciate home.The images below are the things I see and love each day at my house. (except the roast lamb) I share them with you, my friends. Right now the garden is messy, – but the gardeners coming on Tuesday!The cleaners next week.The window cleaner the week after.The washing is caught up.The outdoor settings need re-oiling (a job for next week)The christmas tree is up.A disaster diffused.Now I’m working to get the next set of classes ready for the new year. !!! AND I watched TV for 3 hours today with a coffee by my side and a piece of honey toast.

The 70’s

What were you doing in the 70’s…. I was newly married and began the 70’s with no children and finished the decade with 8.!!!!I disliked the fashion then and I still dislike it, but last night our Guild had a 70’s night, music, 70’s food and some brave should dressed for the occasion. 70’s quilts were shared and the macrame flowed. It was fun, thanks ladies for a great night. Because of feminism and the new craft movements of the 1960s and 1970s, quilting techniques, traditionally used by women, became prominent in the making of fine arts. The transition from traditional quilting through art quilts to quilted art was rapid; many of the most important advances in the field came in the 1970s and 1980s. Jean Ray Laury (1928 – 2011)is cited by Robert Shaw as the “most prominent and influential of [the] early modern [American] quiltmakers.” Laury was an “academically trained artist and designer who encouraged women to create their own new designs based on their own experiences, surroundings and ideas rather than traditional …