Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Getting the work sent out - or fixing things so you can

Sometimes I feel like it is easier to make the work than it is to get it all sorted to be sent off!
But Sew Large and Menina de Favelae Água are ready for collection in the morning.

First, though, I got the sleeves sewn on. Made sure a flap of fabric was tacked on to hide my name for the judging part. Then sorting 3 labels for each quilt. one to be stitched on the back, one to be included with the packaging inside, and one to be stuck to the parcel.
So, all was well. I even stitched the labels on in such a way that my name on the label still was hidden under the name flap. (There has got to be a better way for the organisation to do this!)

Then I tried to fit them both into the large cardboard tube. Hmm. okay, try using a smaller thing to wrap Menina around. hmm.
So, I unwrapped...
and then found I had swapped the labels stitched to the back! Even though I wrote the name of the piece on the back of the label so I wouldn't mix them up? I still did. So, a bit more unsewing and resewing. not so easy on paper!

Eventually I wrapped Menina around the outer wrapping of Sew Large... after finding the rules and re-reading to see if there were any notes about not sending them that way. I didn't see anything but that more than one quilt could be sent together if you put the outside labels for both of them on the outside. Shouldn't be too much confusion for them as one is much narrower, and I wrote a note to say there were two there.

And then the Thoughtful Man weighed and sorted the label business. Phew.

What I was doing yesterday.

Since Menina already had a sleeve from when she was in the Water,Water exhibition and then at the Spring Knitting and stitching show, it could have been easy to get her ready.

However, I was gutted to see how wavy the edges were when she was exhibited. At home she was fine! I thought it might be that it was over a radiator in the gallery for Water, Water. But even though she was nicely rolled, it still wasn't great at Spring K+S.
I realised I had to do something for Festival of Quilts as it is quite humid there and even some of the place winners in the traditional quilt section discover their quilts are a bit wobbly.

SO, I cut 2cm strips of pelmet Vilene.

unsewed the side bindings at the back. Slipped the Vilene under the binding and restitched them.

Then starched the whole thing back and front!

Well, it made a difference. (even with wadges of white sheets and cupboard door handles behind her.
Let's hope it stays.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

"And the Bead Goes On and on..." 14-20 July

2014 - Week 29 Daily Beads (if you were looking for the catch-up week of beads, it was posted here on Tuesday.)

This week the bugle beads have smooth sides.








Saturday, 19 July 2014

Something on Saturday

Rest for the weary?

And a little closer for the patterning on his tunic.

Also in Ely Cathedral

Difficult to photograph a dark alcove under streaming sun.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Inspiration in Ely Cathedral

On holiday I went round Ely Cathedral taking inspirational photos. Here are a few of the tiles in the choir and altar area.

I will show other features from the Cathedral now and then.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sleeve day

Today I have been putting hanging sleeves onto pieces that need to be sent off hither and yon.

I entered 2 pieces into FOQ "Menina de Favela e Água"
and Sew Large - which I realise I never showed more than detail shots. As it wasn't accepted into the 'Redirecting the Ordinary' exhibition, I am sending it to FOQ.
H46in x W31in (117cm x 79cm)
“Sew Large” - A closer look at one of the tools of my trade.
A simple hand embroidery needle stuck into a piece of cotton covered with additional trial samples of cloth.
Any number of these can be found here and there around my studio.


and will also have 3 of this year's journal quilts there.

I also need to put sleeves on the Illuminated Letters to be sent to America next month. And a sleeve on Drop in a Bucket to be in France by 1 September.

This is a good kind of busy!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Some signs make you want more information.

Spotted last week...

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

"And the Bead Goes On and on..." 7-13 July

Caught up now on the daily beads after my holiday.
2014 - Week 28 Daily Beads

These twisted bugle beads are a little shorter than the ones used in the first 6 days of July. So, there is a small size 15 bronze colour bead at either end to keep it from flopping around.








For some of these bobbins, the holes don't line up exactly, so it gives an interesting angle to the beads.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Found Art

Found Face
somewhere in the Thetford Forest.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

"And the Bead Goes On and on..." 1-6 July

So, we are back from holiday. Good rest from the urgency of deadlines and things. And so I have been working on catching up on the daily beads for July.

I worked out the order of steps and decided the grey beads were just not right for this project, so the white translucent beads will work for the whole month.

These bobbins were from a set of cheapy threads I was given by someone who 'saw them and thought of me'. My current machine doesn't use these bobbins. When I tried them before in the machine I had before that did use them, I discovered the bobbins are somewhat distorted and just don't work. So, I have been winding the thread off for things like tacking thread. And now the bobbins will not have gone to waste.

At this point I have caught up the first week, so here they are.
2014 - Week 27 Daily Beads (last part of week)







Saturday, 12 July 2014

Something (exciting) on Saturday!

I have just been catching up on email from being away. So, I just discovered that the piece Drop in a Bucket has been accepted for the SAQA Wide Horizons IV exhibition which will be at the European Patchwork Meeting, Ste Marie aux Mines, France.
Date: 18th to 21st September 2014

Woo Hoo!
Persistence pays off eventually. I don't enter all the SAQA exhibitions, I couldn't afford it. But in the last couple of years, I have done one or two a year. That and donating for the auctions. However, the last time I got had something accepted was 8 years ago! (actually when I first joined) and that was also in France.

But also, this is encouraging because this series I have been doing about the needs of children around the world really means a lot to me. And I was hoping that passion would be evident in the work.