Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It Will Be Worth it....

Am I allowed to change my mind?...no I don't think so, too late.

A few bits and pieces that came home with me from the trip.
 Silk pieces for a textile piece on Morocco.
 Antique block made in 1800.
Not sure if I should unpick and re-stitch or frame as is.
There were some beautiful antique quilts for sale.
 Set of 4 blocks to go with the fabrics Emma bought me on her 2 African trips.
 Magnet, Mardie made me rubbings using her magnets.
 On a previous French holiday, found this hand wash clothing soap, found it at the supermarket.
Best soap for clothes I have used, should have bought more than one block!!!
These necklaces were made by the ladies in the Cherry Button Co-op.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hit Hard

I don't think I have ever had such a hard time getting over a holiday, came home with a horrible cough, leg weakness and just feeling so tired and out of sorts. 
A new week has dawned, with the builders coming at 8am this morning for approx 4 weeks (their prediction just in case) to give us a brand new bathroom.
I feel better, need to catch up on reading all your posts, so that is what I will be doing behind closed doors this morning.
 Comment made "why are you cleaning the bathroom when it is going to be gutted?"
New shower, basins, taps etc towel rails, floor and wall tiles......

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Few of the Quilt Exhibitions

Many thanks for all your Welcome Home messages, so pleased you could come along with me from your computers.
A selection quilts from some of the exhibitions I visited, too many to post. 

Trip To The End Of The World
International Contest.
As every year, the European Patchwork Meeting encourages the traditional and the contemporary  textile creation. The theme for 2017 was "Trip to the End of the World". Express yourself freely by representing your end of the world, real or imaginary, charming or paradisiac, serene on an island or in the excitement of a big city...take us in a creative and boundless journey. A few of the quilts chosen below. 2018 theme is "In the Course of the Seasons".

 Won Best of Show
"Pieces of Memories"
Misun Chang


Embellishment Embroidery by Lea Stansal - France
She presents her needleworks, all made in textile with the most diverse techniques. A poetic extension of her last book published in spring 2017 entitled Embellishment Embroidery.


Quilt National '15: The Best of Contemporary Quilts Collection B.
Quilt national '15, the nineteenth international juries competition for new, innovative quilts presented by The Dairy Barn Arts Centre in Athens, Ohio USA. It's curated by Jurors who were quilters Rosalie Dace (South Africa), Ann Johnston (Oregon USA) and museum curator Judy Schwender (Paducah, Kentucky USA)


Designs and Graphics  by Gabrielle Pacquin - France
This exhibition presents graphics based on stripes and striped textiles. Some works are purely abstract, others stylised figurative. Colour is always present, especially red, but the stripes create a particular fade between the colours. 
Gabrielle told me that she buys brand new men's shirts for her work.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I Have Come Home to Spring

Arrived home at midnight, woke up the next morning and saw my freesias flowering.

 I thought my tulips may have finished but hadn't.
Sadly the wind has got to them.
Pansies have popped up among the geranium cuttings.
 My Mothers' Day tulips.
 Clivia, last year it was about to flower, Harvey jumped over it and broke the stem off.
Native orchids.