It is almost here!
I need to say a big thank you to all the people who have helped me to get all this ready - it is amazing how long all these things take. My mum has been helping with needle, thread and sticky roller; my dad has been sawing wood and screwing in screws in the studio; my husband has been cleaning, shopping, cooking and keeping everybody fed, watered and happy, not to mention helping with the admin; the postman has been delivering mountains of things; Chris and De from MQ have been meeting with me to finalise the hanging arrangements; my friends have been Twittering, Facebooking and sending messages of support and encouragement. It just goes to show, we all need a little help from our friends.
So now I have a few days to go to sort out the last minute details - I am sure I have probably forgotten something...................... All I need is to be ready on Friday and hope that some visitors come. I warmly invite you and your friends and family to pop by. I shall be there all day, every day and look forward to welcoming you.
I will post some photos of the exhibition from time to time throughout the exhibition.
Maybe I should bake some cookies?
To add a little variety to this blog I thought it would be nice to write, from time to time, about some of people I know who also create beautiful art. Not necessarily textile based - just people whose work I admire. Here is the first.........
A small selection of Faye's original watercolours
Name: Faye Baines
Lives in: Nottingham
What kind of art is Faye known for? Watercolours
What is on her workspace right now?
I love Faye's work and find the detail she creates so inspiring. Although she uses watercolour and paper rather than fabric and thread, I want to share what she creates - I am sure you will agree, her work easily overlaps into the world of textiles and free motion quilting.
Interestingly, Faye's background is in textiles, but she is currently focussing on creating original pieces of affordable artwork for her clients. She loves colour and pattern and this shows in her vibrant and exciting work.
Faye began her work by creating greetings cards with original artwork.
Her one-of-a-kind cards proved to be extremely popular so Faye expanded her remit, creating small watercolour paintings. Recently her focus has been on flowers, plants and birds and she told me that she enjoys exploring patterns from their structures and interpreting their shapes. These are just 3 from a very large collection; each unique.
Faye has also explored transferring her designs onto fabric. I am sure you will agree, her designs definitely lend themselves to these busy all over patterned fabric prints; after all they are so beautiful. Who wouldn't love to have a metre or two to play with? What would you make? Personally I think I would love to try making a dress with a front panel made from one of these gorgeous prints.
Taking her watercolours one step further, Faye also creates them in miniature. She hand draws and paints tiny pieces and then uses them to make a beautiful collection of neck pendants.
To see more of Faye's work please visit her website or Facebook fan page. She also has an online shop at Etsy and sells her work in galleries in the Nottingham area. Click on the buttons below to go directly to Faye's pages.
Many thanks to Faye for giving me permission to reproduce her work here. I hope you have enjoyed seeing her art and finding out a little more about her.
I am delighted to extend a personal invitation to you
to attend my first solo UK exhibition
'Here and Far'
at Midsomer Quilting
Opens 1st May until 11th May 2015
10 am until 4 pm daily (Sunday 10.30am)
I very much look forward to meeting you if you are able to visit.
I shall be at Midsomer Quilting every day from 10 am until 4 pm
1st May until 11th May 2015.
As you can probably imagine, my sewing machine is busy busy busy! Time is flying and the 1st of May is rapidly approaching. Hanging sleeves and labels are all over the place - I keep asking myself why I leave these jobs to the end!
If you are not familiar with Midsomer Quilting it is a fabulous shop in the small village of Chilcompton in Somerset run by three lovely people, De, Chris and Birgitta. It is located in the grounds of Norton Green Garden Centre and has lots of free parking and easy access for wheelchairs. The shop is incredibly well stocked and has comfortable seating and endless free tea and coffee for those who wish to take a break from shopping, enjoy a chat or for those accompanying hardcore shoppers. The map below will help you find the shop; zoom in for more detail.
Midsomer Quilting, Norton Green Garden Centre, Chilcompton. BA3 4RR
Thank you for reading. I very much hope to see you soon!
Next: on to Sue's idea for keeping the quilt tin in place.
As I had neither elastic nor poppers I used what I had - some woven tape and pieces of velcro.
As you can see, I didn't wrap the straps around the tray table - but instead around the arm of my chair. I was glad the straps were quilte long as this was quite a 'chunky' armrest.
It worked perfectly - the items I needed were immediately to hand and not once did it slip - even during some pretty hectic turbulence. The straps worked well - I'm not sure elastic would have worked better or not. The only thing I can say is that there is quite a lot of variation on the plane with regard to tray and arm rest styles. Depending on where you sit and the type of plane you are on there are lots of different places you may need to attach your pockets and tin. By giving yourself lots of options with long straps or elastic you will surely find somewhere to put your essential equipment!
One last thing - at no stage did anybody challenge me with regard to sharp or pointy objects - I have yet to try this out on a flight to the USA - but in a few months time I will be travelling that way - so I will let you know how I get on then.
In the meantime - if you are planning a long journey, why not try making a tin, pouch or pocket to make your stitching life easier? Not only is it practical, but it is a very pleasant way to while away those long hours sitting in a very confined space!
This is roughly what I made..............................