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. "

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It's over

The 2014 edition of the Belgian Patchwork Association exhibition is over. It took me a full day to recover from it, but I absolutely had a great time at the show.
There was a large variety of quilt styles both in the competition and in the different exhibits. I think all the visitors really enjoyed it.

In the room next to the Colorplay Twelve by Twelve display, there was a very moving exhibit dedicated to the quilts of Lutgard Gerber who was the guild's president from 1996 to 2005 and who passed away last year.
The weather was summery for the first three days. It turned a bit cooler on Sunday but it stayed dry, which is nice.
As you can see in the mosaic, there was even a little train going around the park and linking both sites of the show.  So much fun!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Colorplay in Belgium

I'm glad to report that the Twelve by Twelve Colorplay quilts are ready for they final show!
It's in Enghien, at the Belgian Patchwork Association exhibition.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Twelve by Twelve in Alsace

Here are a few pictures of the Colorplay quilts at the European Patchwork Meeting.

It was great beeing able to show the quilts there and to talk with so many people, and of course to at last meet Brenda in real life!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back from beautiful Alsace

I'm back from the 20th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork. More to come very soon...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reverie in Japanese

This is my "Reverie in Japanese". It didn't make it into SAQA's Wide Horizons, and I've learned a couple of things here.
First, I know I didn't send the best picture. I remember I was in a hurry to take the photo, the light was not great, and the quilt looks crooked...
And then, more important to me, I realized that I do not really enjoy making large art quilts anymore, at least at the moment.
I'm going to concentrate on what I like best, small, and colorful, art quilts.
Actually, although I like my quilt as it is, I can also see several smaller quilts in it. I wonder if I will have the guts to cut it up...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Fabric scraps and yarn play

I've been sewing fabric scraps again. Japanese fabrics mainly. Here's a picture of my design wall today...
Each block is a 4''x4'' square. The idea is to make a quilt for the sofa. Yes, I need to make many more blocks, but I'm going slowly... One hour of Japanese, 15 minutes of sewing, one hour of Japanese, etc..

During the summer, I started crocheting a ripple blanket, inspired by the lovely Lucy at Attic24. (Please have a look at her beautiful blog!)
I just wanted to finish up all my yarn leftovers, but of course I ended up buying some new yarn...
And now, I've got more leftovers, so I've been making these little granny squares...
I don't know yet what I'll do with them. Maybe a little blanket for my GD's doll.

Next are a few pictures of my GD's first try at counted-thread embroidery. First, she did straight stitches...
Then, half stitches...
I think she's almost ready for cross stitch.