Monday, 14 October 2013

The Festival of Quilts 2013 - More of My Quilts and Other Stuff.........

The Pictorial Category

My quilt Ghost Mine did not get into the exhibition CQ@10 last year - but that meant that I had a ready made quilt for the Festival of Quilts this year. Great way to recycle, I think. Remember, if you don't get a quilt into one exhibition, you can always use it for another. It will join the very last CQ@10 exhibition:

 Level One Gallery, Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod, Nr Pontypridd, Wales - 16th Nov to 31st Dec

Ghost Mill

The Miniature Category

I also entered in the Miniature category, with one of my 2013 journal quilts. A category I was very proud to win in 2009 with Little Thin Blue Line. It is not strictly a miniature, but I still hope people will enjoy looking at it.

Beech Leaves - the black and white quilt with teal leaves

Robbie's quilt Portelet Wall [1025]

The Contemporary Quilt Group's stand:

Two more of my leaves quilts - lower right - Ash and Oak 

The Tombola

Contemporary Quilt Group was asked to run the Tombola in aid of the Quilter's Guild of the British Isles and we took in £8388 from nearly 3000 bookwraps in the four days the festival ran.
Sarah, who organised the stand with two volunteers - Robbie and Julie. Just before opening time

The Quilt Creations Category

Robbie with her kimono

The Loot - believe me, this is very restrained shopping............

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Festival of Quilts 2013 - CQ Horizon Exhibition

Contemporary Quilt Group's challenge Horizons 50cm X 150cm [aprox. 20" by 60"]

 43 quilters took part and I think it was a lovely space we were given.

My quilt 'Vazon Bay' second from left

On the table are two of the three sample books
 We all had to provide a sample as well as the quilt, the samples being sewn onto some stiff material and put in a binder. These are for the visitors to handle and are very popular.

 Great variety and very high standards. I'm so proud to belong to this group.

 I think that the organisers had done a fantastic job of both the hanging order and the sample books.

My quilt second from left 'Vazon Bay' and third from left 'Vanishing Point WA6014' by Robbie Le Poidevin

It was amazing that they were hung next to each other just as on my design-board in my studio.
Almost spooky.


Robbie Le Poidevin

Robbie being interwiewed by Bonnie McCaffery for one of her wonderful vidcasts.
I was next...............

A very popular exhibition

Always a proud moment when visitors look at your work

That's me there photographing one of the books - don't remember doing that

Monday, 10 June 2013

Journal Quilts 2013

The 2013 JQ challenge for the Contemporary Quilt Group 

Make a quilt each month of the year - 12" x 8" - horizontal orientation - pick a theme

Theme: Leaves
I have chosen to work to a very strict colour scheme. Black, white, teal and gold. This design is very much about balance and esthetics. All the backgrounds and leaves will be different.

January - Eucalyptus
February - Ash

March - Beech

April - Oak
The background is pieced and quilted, before the leaves and squares are fused and free-motion quilted in a sketch like manner. 
Cotton sateen, silk dupion, silk organza and florist lutrador.

Friday, 19 October 2012


I have resumed using my sketchbooks. I started the year well enough, doing something most days in January. Then I stopped - for no apparent reason. I have missed it, but this week I found the time have come to start again and have some lovely playtime.  And because this is the kind of stuff I love to see in other people's blogs - I thought I would share. 

This is my 'wet/play/messy' area in my studio. I have one in the conservatory too.

 In no particular order

Colours I rarely use - should try that more often

 Favourite colours

Mixed colours

Elegant colours

Not a lot of writing on my part 
Something new I have learnt this year: Zen doodling

Most relaxing 

This book by Sue Bleiwiss arrived in the post recently and it is as yummy inside as on the front. Looking forward to reading it. 

And see The Sketchbook Challenge blog here.

Why not have a go yourself? Enjoy!

Friday, 12 October 2012

I Have Passed My City & Guild Course

I have received my City & Guilds certificates Level 3 in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles
It was done via Design Matters and my personal tutor has been Catherine Nicholls

It has been a joy and a pleasure to take this on-line course and I  can really recommend it, or any other of Design Matters' courses. You need a lot of self discipline though, something I lack - but I was saved halfway through by my friend Robbie, who joined the course and showed up at my house twice a week. You just can't procrastinate when you are with someone else. I recommend doing any on-line course with somebody like-minded.

Here we are finishing the last bits - yes, I know, hard work - but somebody has to do it.
(It's actually the only time we have sat outside, 
normally we would stand on each side of my cutting table)

The course was in 10 modules divided into two parts, the first being the design training: Colour, Line, Shape, Texture and Form. Lots of activities in both mixed media and textiles. What fun!

The next part was making things: 3D, Accessory, Home Accessory, Wall Hanging and Free Choice. More fun and still doing lots of other activities on the side.

 This is my take on a 3D object; a box in patchwork inspired by architecture. (Shaker style)
See more here.

Next up was an accessory. I chose to make a bag meant for a sketchbook and  drawing stuff. 
Ready to go. Based on one of my sketchbook drawings.

© Mai-Britt Axelsen

 Home accessory. A cushion - based on one of my husband's photos.

©Ole Henriksen
Some of his photos are now available as cards at The Image Vault (Cards 432 OH - 440 OH)

 Wall hanging: Ghost Mine. Based on a photo by Tony Howell
East Pool tin mine ©Tony Howell

 The back of Ghost Mine
I also entered this quilt into the CQ@10 exhibition, but it didn't get in. More about that and the book about the exhibition and Contemporary Quilt Group later.

 The final piece, also a wall hanging. Shining Through. And my entry at this years Festival of Quilts in the Art categori.

And one of the judges really liked it and I got straight marks (thanks Judith), even though it hung in a tight and low corner. The other judge gave it a mixed scoring, so I didn't make it to the finalist list.

Dark Light - my entry in the Miniature categori.

All in all I have learnt a lot and would no doubt have learnt even more if I wasn't such a procrastinator.
There - I said it! Again. But it will not be the last on-line course I have taken...........

Last, but not least: 

Robbie on dicovering that she had won 2nd price in the Pictorial category 
with Hawthorn Sky
Roberta Le Poidevin (soon to have a web-site)