Time seems to fly be doesn't it? I can hardly believe that it is almost the end of July ....long summer days, glorious sunshine, juicy cherries and summer holidays - some of my favourite things. Before we know it the leaves will be rustling and we will be getting our sweaters out again, so make hay while the sun shines!
In between all that I am working on a few big projects at the moment, but they are in the early stages. I have been making lots of notes, models and sketches, trying out ideas and making small samples which are pinned all over my design walls. My studio looks a real mess, but the ideas are slowly coming together. For me this is the stage that takes most time - growing the idea. Sometimes though, I just want to have fun, so a few weeks ago I made a new small square quilt - no planning, no samples, just 'go for it'!
It started like this........... smeared intensely vivid printing ink on glass. I just love it; instant colour that is perfect for creating a monoprinted background.
With stitch I 'drew' 2 quirky characters, inspired by the fabulous work of Fernando Andriacci (click here to visit his website) and then spent a few hours painting them - so much fun! They make me smile just looking at them.
Once they were painted they seemed to me to look like two wacky friends who like to dress up as superheroes - so that is what I called them! Los Dos Amigos - 'superheroes'.
I took this happy little quilt to Midsomer Quilting a few weeks ago to use as part of a demonstration on how to mount work onto stretcher bars. It turned out to be quite popular, so much so that Chris and De have asked me to run a class where people can come and create their own quirky little characters from fabric, thread and paint. More information about this class can be found on my website by clicking here or by contacting De at Midsomer Quilting (Tel: 01761 239333, https://midsomerq.com/).
And now it is back to the mess! Thanks for reading.