Back last summer, whilst at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, (UK) like many people I met up with a number of lovely ladies. Meeting up with friends is always something to look forward to, but making new friends is always an added bonus. Whilst at the show Stephanie Crawford (fellow CQ West member) and I met and started chatting to two lovely French ladies - Denise Gregoire and Lydie Bihlet. They were both delightful and after a few minutes we all realised we shared lots of the same interests. As we chatted we realised that an opportunity to create an informal 'friendly' group was staring us in the face and we made promises to 'keep in touch'. I am happy to say that we did not let the opportunity pass us by and to cut a long story short, we took the opportunity to start up a new group based on our mutual interests. To make the group a little bigger we decided to ask two of our fellow CQ West friends (who also speak French) to join us and as such, our group was born. We call ourselves 'Six Dames' and we are (left to right): Denise Gregoire, Claire Passmore, Ana Kirby, Lydie Bihlet, Fran Griffiths and Stephanie Crawford.
As yet we have not all met together, but thanks to modern day technology we have struck up new friendships. To help us to easily share our work we set up a blog which you can visit by clicking on the link below:
We treat the blog a bit like our diary, so it is possible to follow along and see how some of our work is made too. Every 3 months one of us chooses a photograph to inspire the group. So far we have worked on 2 photos (see below) and are in the process of working on the third. Our aim is to create a small textile piece ( around 16 inches or so in size) in response to the photo.
Photo 1: chosen by Claire
To get our group started I chose the first photo. You would be forgiven for thinking it would be an easy task - just pick a photo!!!- but the responsibility of finding a photo that will hopefully inspire people to create something exiting is not as easy as you would think. In the end I chose a photo that was not the run-of-the-mill beautiful scene. It was of some shadows on a pavement (and a pair of curious boots).....this is it.
Rather than explain how it all works here, you can see the quilts we all made on our website by clicking here. It was fascinating to see the different quilts we all made using the same starting point.
Photo 2: Chosen by Denise
Three months later we were all very keen to keep going and Denise presented us with a new photo - again something very different. This time it was of a huge sculpture situated in the Port of Antibes.
You can read more about the quilts we all made in response to this fabulous photo / sculpture by clicking here.
Photo 3: chosen by Stephanie
And finally, our new photo, chosen by Stephanie. It is another fabulous view - this time closer to home. Do you recoginse the location? (It was he colour of the paint that gave it away to me). By the end of May the quilts for this challenge will be complete, so watch this space!
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