Monday, March 27, 2017

My sister, Danél visited me for 3 weeks here in Ireland and inspired me to try to keep my blog up to date. She also brought me beautiful taupe fabric to bind a quilt that I made for our nephew, Nicolaas and his wife Jorette (Erasmus). I took remnants of the lace fabrics that Jorette used as bunting on their vintage wedding day in May 2016 and made a memory quilt. It was a wonderful project to work on and I tried to free-motion quilt feathers and some circle motives that I saw on the front door of the venue of the wedding. The bride and groom's names, wedding date and venue were all quilted in different blocks around the edge. Because the lace was stretchy and flimsy, I quilted it very densely to background fabric to try to strenghthen it. I am happy that Danél had enough room in her suitcase to take the quilt back to the couple in South Africa. Unfortunately I helped her packing in such a hurry last night after attaching a hanging sleeve and label that I forgot to take a proper picture of the finished piece.

I always try to make miniature versions of my bigger quilts to experiment with the quilting a made this small piece for my friend and colleague, Oxana to celebrate a special birthday last year in September.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hubble- explorations in space

I made for the 2014 Irish Patchwork Society's Explorations exhibition. Silk and velvet were used and I enjoyed every minute working on it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Forest

I made this for Jacaranda Guild's 'Square and Rectangles' challenge - of course a forest. The way all the small squares and rectangles came together was a miracle. I got the inspiration during an early morning walk on my way to the Glenbarrow falls in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Laois. I loved the way the light filtered through the trees and causing  patterns on the ground. 

Still Life

 I made this quilt for a Benatex fabric challenge and my first attempt at a still life.


Reflections was made using only linen and my first modern quilt. I enjoyed quilting on the solid linen. It was part of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's 'Patterns' exhibition, 2013.

Monday, July 27, 2015