Monday, 31 August 2015


what a month!
August turned out to be the busiest month of my year so far
the month started with a family holiday ... my family staying with me for a few days
we had lots of childish fun playing everything from charades to Cluedo
baked cookies, spent time in St. Ives and went beachcombing on the rocks
I helped my nephew make a crystal snowflake
and together we made a memory jar from the beach finds
which he calls his "summer beach star jar"
as usual I took a great many photos of colour on the beach
colours from the beach often inspire my work and hand made beads
below ... colours in seaweed
(macro photography)
just a few days later I attended Festival of Quilts 2015 at Birmingham
with my own entry inspired by watching the dark skies over the bay
"watching the dark sky"
I enjoyed making this abstract piece which is 50 x 134 cm
the background is hand painted cotton
and I used a variety of materials including my melted fabrics,
pieces of knitting and felt, silver paper, metallic fabrics and pieces of carpet!

pieces of silk were hand dyed or painted and I incorporated a section
at the bottom using the technique of reverse applique with french knots and beads
I was very pleased with the colours and the choice of materials
and especially like the reverse applique "rocks" which have since inspired some stitched pebbles

small rocks at low tide inspired the colours and shapes

however, the quilting needs more attention ... ie. it needs more quilting and stitching
(it was very hard to pull it through my sewing machine when I wasn't well)
but I didn't worry about that when I sent it up to Festival
I have a whole year to play with it before it goes on show again in 2016
this is what the whole panel looks like ...
"watching the dark sky"
I had a wonderful time at Festival of Quilts
my friend Margaret and I stayed at The Hilton for a couple of nights
and we had lots of time to meet up with many other stitching and textile friends
spent a fortune and, as you can imagine, took hundreds of photographs
I will share some of the wonderful quilts in a separate post
but here are just a couple of my most favourite art quilts
above - the work of Sandra Meech in response to the flooding of the Somerset Levels
above and below - the work of Genevieve Attinger - called  "La Rumeur"
part of the "Through our Hands" exhibition
which was my most favourite part of the show
it was while I was at Festival of Quilts I started to feel very unwell
(only in hindsight did I realise that I may have been ill for longer)
and I've since been diagnosed with quite a rare auto immune illness
which I'm having to learn about and come to terms with
so ... lots of medication and the need to rest
means I can't put in the long hours I am used to doing
I've had to take a bit of time out from the internet
because it was making me feel very tired and aggravated symptoms
(that's why I haven't been around quite so much recently)
but, actually, it was nice to step back and have more time to sew and make beads
I had my Mum and sister down to stay last weekend
and I managed a short walk out to the post office with them
it was nice to spend time down in the harbour
and just a few days ago ... I had a lovely day in Truro with friend Jo
we went to see "The Mousetrap" at Hall For Cornwall
meanwhile ...
I've also been working a bit on my pieces for St. Ives Textiles
we have our show in just under two weeks time
as part of St. Ives September Festival
12-19 September 2015
at Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St. Ives

samples and gatherings
card making

and sun printing

well ... I think that's all as we see August out
except to say I will be updating my etsy shop on Saturday 5 September
I will have some of my newest hearts and beads for sale
so please pop by if you are interested
thank you for reading today ♥

Friday, 14 August 2015

back soon ...

just to say I will be taking a little longer before returning to my blog and other online places as I'm really not well at all at the moment.  I will be back here as soon as I can ... thanks for visiting always xx

Saturday, 1 August 2015


gatherings ...

I just wanted to say many thanks to everyone who follows along here
and my other online places and for all kind comments, enquiries and messages
I'm going to take a little break online for a couple of weeks ...
it's summer ... the beach and garden are calling
I have family staying for a few days and then
I am off to Birmingham for The Festival of Quilts next weekend

St. Ives Textiles
I will be updating the St. Ives Textile website on Monday 3rd August
and I will be back online in a couple of weeks time
(next update - Saturday 15 August)
hope to see you then ...

Friday, 31 July 2015

across the bay

       from the window seat ...