The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Three – Art Quilts

My appreciation for art quilts has grown in recent years. When I first started quilting 22 years ago, my work was focused on the accuracy of the cutting and piecing, and in making sure all those points matched. My materials were 100% cotton everything – threads, wadding and fabric – and all I made were heirloom quilts. Since joining the Embroiderers Guild, I have been introduced to new materials, new ideas and a love of experimenting. I love creating texture in my work and adore mixing velvet and silk with cotton, then overlaying it with threads and even more stitch.
The Art Quilts this year were stunning.

Beyond the Black Hole by Natalia Manley
Here are my favourite Art Quilts from the Show. Enjoy.

Time by Sue De Vanny

 

Bike Boys by Lea McComas

 

Silence by Jean McLean

 

Scandinavian Jumpers by Gillian Travis

 

Jirickna’s Spiral by Kate Findlay

 

More posts from the Festival of Quilts to follow.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Two – Traditional Quilts

The quilts in this category were beautiful and the standard was as high as ever. Traditional patchwork techniques were demonstrated in abundance on each quilt – applique, piecing, hand & machine quilting.  Being able to examine the quilts up close, I could see the skill and appreciate the hours of work that went into each and every single stitch. These are the kind of quilts I aspire to make. I am full of admiration for the dedicated needle women who made them. I stopped making large bed quilts in 2011. A change in job and a re-evaluation on life altered my creative journey. I stopped quilting and started embroidery. These wonderful quilts have inspired me to take up the rotary cutter and quarter inch sewing foot once more. I am looking forward to making my new quilt.
Here are my favourite pieces from this catagory. Enjoy.

Ladies of the Sea by Jacky Field
Another Sampler by Jean Ball
Dear Jane Seattle to Surrey by Victoria Eyers
Passacaglia in Blues by Asa Holmer
Billings Coverlet Reborn by Lynne Johnson
Madame Butterfly by Edna Marie Nylen

 

This stunning Quilt ‘Subtle Differences’ by Kay Bell was the Judges Choice – looks amazing from the back too.

 

 

The show was brilliant. I have lots more to share. More Festival of Quilts 2015 posts to follow.

Jessie Chorley at the Guild

My place had been booked for months for this ‘Embroidered Handkerchief’ workshop. I was so excited. I love Jessie’s style of work. She incorporates found objects, re-purposed and vintage textiles, story telling, printing, and plenty of hand stitching.

By Jessie Chorley
Jessie Chorley
By Jessie Chorley
By Jessie Chorley
I have been following Jessie Chorley’s work for a number of years now and have been lucky to attend many of her weekend classes at Hope and Elvis – all truly wonderful.  This workshop was nearer my home and with my girlfriends at the Hertfordshire Embroiderers’ Guild.
I had offered to be hostess for the day (involves keeping the tea flowing throughout the day and providing lunch for the tutor) which kept me rather busy, so I spent more time thinking about my sewing than actually doing much of it. Which was quite nice.  I hadn’t really spent a day like this before. It offered me the opportunity to revisit the same piece of work throughout the day, audition threads, fabrics and ideas, until I was very content with my choices and started sewing (quite late in the day). I also stitched a pin onto the back of one of Jessie’s heart buttons and adding it to my apron. I love it!
Work By Jessie Chorley
Having met Jessie before, I knew that she loved vintage everything. A perfect excuse to raid my vintage linens and vintage china to make her lunch special.
By the end of the day, many of the faster stitchers had completed a tremendous amount of work. I am always stunned at the Show and Tell. Each person has been given the same guidance from Jessie and yet each has created such different pieces.
Our Show and Tell
It was a wonderful day. I haven’t been on any form of workshop for quite a few months and I really have missed doing them.
As a quilter in my previous life, I used to attend and teach a great deal of patchwork and quilting workshops. Each class (or rather the quilters) were rather driven to achieve something substantial or an objective – like a quilt top – by the end of the day (quite a lot of sewing). Since I have moved into hand embroidery, I am more content with the design elements of carefully positioned coloured threads and fabric scraps – ‘slow-stitching’ – and have enjoyed my workshops more as a result. Just giving myself ‘permission’, the time to think, has made a huge difference to my work. I now go home with my mind buzzing and several more projects developing.
I forgot to mention, Jessie gave us each a gift at the start of the day – some pieces of her new printed fabrics. They are so yummy.
Goody bag
She had also brought some goodies for sale. Some of her printed tea towels gave home with me.
Jessie’s new book is out 15th August 2015. More photos of it to follow in a later post. I have had a sneak preview and it’s a purchase I would definitely recommend.
The brand new book By Jessie Chorley