Tuesday, 6 December 2016

MiniMini 18

The same cactus I showed a few days ago is coming in handy again today to show the scale of my latest minimini quilt. No. 18 already and like all the other ones this one is sized 6" (approx. 15 cm) square. I started these originally as part of a challenge set by the Make Modern Magazine but liked them so much that I have kept going and am aiming to make 100 in total. They will then be put together into one large piece.
Like all the other ones this one is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching and beaded with size 11 seed beads in matching colour.

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Working Borders

On my way to the village to post some Christmas parcels I encountered lots of sheep, three dogs and their shepherds. It was a frosty morning and the scene put me in the right mind for Christmas for some reason. I know that despite it's idyllic look being a sheep farmer in the Scottish Borders is very hard work but on a splendid day like this it must also be a pleasure.
 You can see the village of West Linton in the distance.
One man and his dog (although there is another dog in the picture too! As well as another man).

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Something Creative

The Colour Me Positive challenge has been taken over by someone else as LuLu Art was sold to a new owner. This was one of the things I intended to stop doing in 2017 to make room for other activities and my heart sort of sank when our challenge this week was revealed as: New Beginnings. As you may remember we had the same prompt on The Documented Life Project not too long ago. However I had recently filled a 5 x 8" (13 x 21 cm) Moleskine Sketchbook Notebook using it as a repository of left over paints and sprays, stamps and stencils, simply because it seemed too wasteful not to. Now that all the pages have backgrounds I decided to go one step further and make a spread on those pages. This is the first one, somewhere in the middle of the sketchbook.
I can't tell you exactly what I did on the backgrounds as I simply kept adding things as and when the opportunity arose, and I have long forgotten the details.
 I do know that the little flowers came from a stencil designed by Tamara Laporte for Artist Cellar.
I also managed to find a quotation I hadn't used before, referring to new beginnings. It reads: "My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life". (Miles Davis)

I haven't decided yet whether or not to finish Colour Me Positive this year. I guess it depends on the prompts in the remaining weeks till the end of this year.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Journal Quilt

Just like that we have reached the last month of the year and thus also the last journal quilt for 2016. I've made these 8 x 10" journal quilts for the challenge on the Contemporary Quilt Group. The Group set the size and also told us to add a piece of orange at least 1/2" square to the piece this month. I set myself the task of using tweeds and tartans for these JQs, coming mainly from Lochcarron Woollen Mill and Fabric Affair.
This makes the pieces look quite traditional but instead of techniques such as piecing I have used raw edge appliqué with hand stitching to merge the individual pieces together. All the journal quilts this year were hand quilted, raw edged appliquéd with hand stitching and hand beaded with size 11 seed beads. This piece has been embellished  further with vintage buttons.
The binding came from a piece of ShweShwe fabric obtained from the African Fabric Shop. I have so enjoyed finding just the right such fabric for every monthly journal quilt.
This was the 12th year of Journal Quilt making for me and I haven't made any decisions yet about next year. The challenge will run again on the Contemporary Quilt Group but the details haven't been revealed yet. On the one hand I love making these little pieces but on the other hand it adds another task to my already filled to the brim months. I guess it depends on whether or not I suddenly get a great idea once the challenge is posted. You will have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


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