Friday, 30 September 2016

Dahlias and Gladioli

Yesterday was a very sad days and there will be many such days to come. The house seems so empty without our sweet dog's presence. But life must go on and we are trying to establish a new routine. It's cold outside but there are still some flowers coming out such as the gladioli and more dahlias. As it's Friday I will choose one of these pictures for FlowerFriday on the Blipfoto site.
I want to thank everyone for the messages and love coming our way. I very much appreciate it all but am too sad to write much at the moment

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Where is Home?

 The latest prompt on Colour Me Positive was: Home. The art challenge  asked us to write where do you call home on the pages. I have dealt with this theme quite a few times already in my art journals, not to mention my thoughts! And I know the answer. Home is where my love is, when my beloved and my dog are. When I drive into our little one track lane I know I'm going home. But for every migrant it takes time (sometimes many years) before they regain that sense of being at home anywhere. And that is what I choose to portray in this spread, done in the A4 Dylusions art journal.
 I used a quotation by Warsan Shire that reads: "At the end of the day, it isn't where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I'm going and never have been before".  
 Techniques used: collage (with images from magazines as well as from vintage map and text), rubber stamping, and stencilling.
 Materials used: rubberstamps (a circular one as well as a patterned one (KAR204 Wave Texture from Crafty Notions), stencils (L167 Houses, as well as L435 Ancient Marks, both by Stencilgirl Products). I also used a Dutch postage stamp to refer to where my home used to be. The vintage text refers to Ducth too!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Embellishment Reward Scottish Quilt Championships

It was wonderful to see my quilt Ramsay Monument hanging at the Scottish Quilt Championships yesterday accompanied by a yellow rozette. It toned in beautifully with the fabrics I used. It also means that the quilt had won the Embellishment Prize.
I collected the quilt yesterday and could therefore photograph it this morning together with it's reward. You can read more about this piece (made with fabrics from The Linen Cupboard collection by Ella Blue fabrics) here. This has been a very successful quilt for me so far!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

MiniMini 15

Finally I have managed to finish another minimini quilt. At this rate it is going to take quite some time till I have reached the 100 mark. But there is no rush! At least that is what I keep telling myself.
Each minimini is sized 6" (or 15 cm square) and will eventually be applied to a background and become one large quilt in due course. I photographed it outside with some of the dahlias that are still in flower but had to keep retrieving it from the bushes as the wind whipped it away I seem to have ended up with some conversing diagonals but didn't have the heart to try it again, just in case it blew away completely.
Quiltlet is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching and hand beaded. 

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