Monday, April 07, 2014

From the studio

I started quilting the little scrap quilts that I did last winter. (Or was it in autumn?)

The larger quilt is going well.
I printed the last pieces of fabric. And today I finished piecing the top. Saturday, I dyed a large piece of blue fabric for the backing.
I'll try and prepare the sandwich tomorrow.

I also did some cross stitch embroidery that will be used for a surprise gift. (No picture, it's a surprise!)

And then, a collaged postcard made with some of my gelli prints.

Last week, I spent a lot of time in the garden, cleaning pots and planting new flowers. I forgot to take pictures, but it's great to be able to work outside again.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A small quilt and more prints

Here's the small quilt that I made using four of my tree prints.
Last week, I did a demo about gelli printing at my guild meeting. I really enjoyed it and made of course lots of new prints while demonstrating. When I came back home, I had to put all the prints on my studio floor to let them dry. Here are some of them, waiting to be ironed.
I've been thinking a lot about Kyoto and its beautiful cherry blossoms these days.
I spent some time practicing my hiragana,
trying to write さくらのき (sakura no ki), which means cherry tree, as nicely as possible.
I burnt a few thermal screens from the best ones and started printing on fabric.
I'm working on a larger quilt using more gelli prints as the starting point. I'm almost finished with the top. I'm thinking of entering it in a show, so I'm not sure I can show it here yet.
It looks like the weather will be gorgeous this weekend. It's good news because the garden is in great need of attention after this very wet winter.

Monday, March 03, 2014


The tree quilt is finished. I just need some sunshine in order to take a good photograph of it. But it's raining right now.
Yesterday was bright and sunny. So, I took a little walk near the water. The plum trees are already blooming. I even saw a Japanese cherry tree almost ready too.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv - Orange

I know it's one day late, but here's my contribution to the Roy G Biv challenge.

Go have a look at Jennifer's blog to see the other contributions to the challenge.

And I can't resist adding one more photo...
Not exactly orange, but so cute... A beautiful painting my GD did a few days ago...

Monday, February 03, 2014

More trees

I did more gelli prints, on fabric and paper. I chose four of the fabric prints and pinned them on my design board. I thought that they would look good together on a dark "vieux rose" hand dyed fabric.
Not bad... but finally I like them better with very narrow medium blue strips between the blocks. (Oops... sorry for the bad photo!)
I prepared the quilt sandwich yesterday night.
I'm ready to start quilting now.
And I've got three other fabric prints that I plan to use for a second quilt.

Yesterday was a lovely and sunny day. So, I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of... trees...

In other news, I'm glad to report I finished the second unit of "Japanese for Busy People II" yesterday.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gelli prints

These are my first experiments on paper using the Gelli plate.
The next two are my favourite prints.
I guess you can see that I'm into trees and cherry blossoms at the moment.
I find that the most difficult part is not to forget taking notes about which paint and medium I'm using. It's especially true when I get a nice texture effect I'd like to be able to reproduce.

The sakura quilt is still on my mind, but I got a bit carried away with all this monotype thing.
Next is a picture of the first Gelli prints I did on fabric.
I did many more prints on fabric using different kinds of acrylic and fabric paints. I'll try and take pictures tomorrow.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv

Here's my contribution to the Roy G Biv challenge initiated by Jennifer and Julie.
I had not heard about this challenge before today. I just discovered it this morning while reading Bridgette Guerzon Mills' blog.
There was no time left for a big search, but I found these pictures in my folders...
Mushrooms in the nearby woods

Back from the market, some day in June I guess

Two pictures taken in 2009, in the mountains North of Kyoto

たこ焼 (Takoyaki) lanterns, in Kyoto 

Next month colour will be Orange. I'll start looking for it tomorrow!