8 oktober 2015


I have bought Bobby Britnell's "Stiched Textiles:Flowers" and got interested in her technique Dyeing in a jam jar. She says that the aim is to cram in as much fabric as you can in a jam jar so that parts of it resist certain colors while other colors seep through. I have tried her technique twice and got some lovely colors and today I cut the fabrics into a small 12 by 12 inch quilt and will start the quilting, I'll call it "Marigold".

7 oktober 2015

What's on

I haven't been  an active blogger for a long time, but I have been an active quilter. Yesterday I finished a scrap top, my blue "Sunday Morning" from Sunday Morning Quilts. I started the top more than a year ago but it was a kind of project I brought to our meetings when I had nothing more interesting to sew on. I am waiting for a blue wide backing now and then I think I will quilt it with rather narrow vertical lines (crosswise the scraps). It measures 162 x 251 cm.

"Sunday Morning"

Another finished quilt top is "One Block Wonder", now ready to be long-arm quilted. I have used Philip Jacobs "Brassica Grey" which has rather soft colors (a bit too pale on the photo, I think). It measures 236 x 163 cm

 A lap sized quilted top waiting for the binding to be finished. I made it from a charm-pack of Amy Butler's "Lark" and bought the border fabric when I visited FOQ in Birmingham

I have also made another, my fourth, "Shimmering Triangels" quilt top from Jenny Bowker's pattern. This one is called "Autumn" and I have only used fabrics from my stash, but of course Kaffe Fassett Collective :-)

Finally I'm pleased to know that my donated quilt Österlen, Sweden to 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction was sold.

21 augusti 2015

Dearest Darlings

My quilt "Dearest Darlings" is returned from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, the Art Quilt competition.

"Dearest Darlings", 36" x 40"
From the Review I could read "Warm intimate quilt with a great use of non conventional materials. Images are very well printed". The quilt is from my series "Mothers", a story about my Grandmother and my Great Grandmother. The top is made of  different kinds of silk. The purple is home dyed raw silk, the teal is another homedyed and painted silk, habotai I think. Upper center part is shantung. There is also an old yellow silk ribbon with silk embroidery and an appliqué with an old flower embroidery. I remember the flower as this was a small running cloth on my Grandma's drawer. Just this little part is left. I've made collages in Photoshop from letters and photos and they have been ink jet printed on cotton or soft linen. Letters are also printed on coccon silk fibers.

Detail, letters and linen lace
Detail with an old embroidery
 It's Friday and I'll link this to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday

14 augusti 2015

FOQ - again

I took another workshop Barking Up the Right Tree with Bobby Britnell as tutor. She is involved in a Charity Project in Southern Uganda and we were using Bark Cloth which we embellished with handstiches. Bark Cloth is 100% organic fiber. The inner bark of the Mutuba Tree is peeled off from the base and upwards. The tree is then immediately protected by wrapping with freshly picked banana leaves. The bark cloth is soft and very nice to handle. Here are some photos I took from Bobby Britnell's work

Luke Haynes had an exhibition, Clothes Portrait. It's a series of portraits made from the clothing the subject was wearing sitting for the portrait. Some were self portraits.


I also took some photos at an exhibition where ten shortlisted students who have completed City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Certificate or Diploma showed their works.

I think I'll stop telling about FOQ now, at least for a while. I also had an art quilt at the exhibition but I found the photo I took wasn't good. I'll take a new one and show you when I've got the quilt back again. It's the same with some of my friends quilts so I'll come back later.

It's Friday so I will post this at Off the Wall Friday, please visit and enjoy.