Friday, December 19, 2014

SAQA Europe/Middle East

Today, my work is featured on the SAQA Europe/Middle East region blog.
Thank you Uta!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December

Mid-december? Really?
It's time to share a small mosaic of what I've been doing in the studio these last weeks...
Weaving cotton and paper yarns (with dyeing in mind), choosing some rusted fabrics for a new quilt, blocking crochet squares, making Christmas cards, and playing with sumi ink.
The shibori quilt is finished. Actually, I didn't really quilt it. I simply stitched it on a heavy fabric background.
Apart from this, I've been studying Japanese, of course.
Yesterday, we've decorated the Christmas tree, and today, I'm baking gingerbread biscuits. But there isn't any snow in sight yet.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stitching

The quilt top is ready.
Now I must decide how I am going to quilt it.
I think I would like to use more hand stitching than usual.

And here's a little tiny weaving that I made some time ago with paper yarns purchased in Osaka and Kyoto.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On the design wall

Another project on the design wall...
I can see some pagodas in this shibori fabric.
I think I've dyed those fabrics for one (or two?) of the 2012 Twelve by Twelve projects.
This is how it's looking now...
I've started putting the quilt top together.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November

Silent but not idle...
Here's a mosaic showing what I've been busy with...
I finished this small chartreuse quilt...
It's probably the last of my Colorplay scrap quilts.
Today I picked out these fabrics for another quilt, but except for the small chartreuse piece, they are not leftovers from the Colorplay series.
In other news, I started knitting a sweater with a beautiful new Katia yarn (it's the "Merino Effect" yarn).
I've put a new warp on my Louet loom, and I'm experimenting with point twill, and also using floating selvedges (and loving it!).
Last week, I did some book binding with a new great little tool, I spent as much time as possible outside, I played a lot with my GD, and of course I studied Japanese.

I've also been working on this quilt with the Japanese fabrics. I pieced a lot of blocks, but it suddenly got very boring, so I started adding smaller pieces. This is where I am now...
Do you see the two small textile pieces on the right side of the photo? These are Tambani embroideries that I bought at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in September. I want to use them for making two little bags.
You can read here about the Tambani Textiles project in South Africa.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sewing again

I've been playing with my Japanese fabric scraps again and completely enjoying it.
Another Colorplay scrap quilt is almost finished. It's the chartreuse one. I'm almost finished sewing the binding on.
I'll take a picture of the whole quilt when it's done.
There are two more Colorplay scrap quilts waiting to be quilted. And also two completed quilts waiting to be put away somewhere, or maybe displayed on a wall, I haven't decided yet.
Next are two pictures taken a few days ago during a walk along the river Lesse. There is a kayak on the first one.
I did this river descent when I was 30 years younger... It looks very peaceful here, but a few miles further, it gets a bit wilder. I remember we had lots of fun.
The next photo is Dinant. Can you see the big colorful saxophones on the bridge? Did you know that Adolphe Sax was born in Dinant exactly 200 years ago? Many concerts and exhibitions in his honour are currently organized in Belgium.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Tree of Life

I made this quilt last year for the Quilt Whisperers challenge which was initiated by Georgina Chapman and is based on this children's game. Several European groups took part in the challenge and all the quilts were shown at the 2014 Loch Lomond show in Scotland.
The basic idea is that the first quilter in the group receives a photograph and has to make a quilt inspired by that picture. She then sends her quilt, without the photo, to the second quilter who makes a quilt inspired by the first one. When she's done, the second quilter sends her quilt to the next one, and so on, until the last quilter. Of course, each quilter only sees one quilt. She doesn't know what the others have done. The results are often very different and surprising.
In Belgium, two groups of 10 quilters took part in the challenge. The quilts were shown at the National Show in Enghien 3 weeks ago.
Here's a detail of my quilt...
And here's the statement I wrote at the time I made the quilt: "I decided to keep the bridge and the tree, and to go for a colourful abstract landscape inspired by some of the quilts I made with the Twelve by Twelve international group. All my fabrics are home-dyed. I designed the tree and the bridge from pictures I took during my travels in Japan. While I was working on this quilt, sadly my mother passed away. The tree and the bridge then took an even stronger symbolic meaning for me, as the tree of life and a bridge of transition. The Japanese sign き, which reads as "ki", means tree and also spirit. "