Sunday, 25 October 2009

'Out Of The Fold' Textile Exhibition, Bury St. Edmunds, update...

Friday evening, the 23rd October, we officially opened our Out Of The Fold with a private viewing. The ladies, who had been setting up the exhibition in the morning, had done a fantastic job! I just couldn't wait to get there in the evening to see the result! And it was lovely!!! The exhibition is in the down stairs gallery in the very center of Bury St Edmunds at Cavern4. The building is very old and the exhibition space has a lot of rustic character with white walls and black wooden beams. One of the ladies sold her stunning 'inside out' piece on the opening evening. I'm so happy for her. She is so talented.
I was stewarding the exhibition Monday morning and it was lovely chatting to the people who took time to stop by on a dull autumn morning. I will be stewading again, Friday afternoon (1pm-5pm) and all day Saturday the 31, which will be the last day the exhibition is open.

One of the themes for the exhibition, was that we were all to make a long slim quilt 18 inches x 48 inches on the title 'inside out'. I know that I'm biased, but it was superb to see all the 13 quilts hung side by side. Having all worked to the same size really had a strong visual impact, and for me emphasised the group identity. As a wonderful 'add on' these 13 long art quilts will be traveling to Australia in April/May. Annette Morgan, the groups mentor, has been invited to teach and to bring some British art quilts Down Under, and has asked if she could borrow our quilts. It is so exciting!!! The Australasian Quilt Convention 2010, Melbourne, Victoria
The quilt in this blog post is my 'inside out' quilt: "Through The Layers".

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Stars, lots of stars....

Did I have a lot of fun last night :-) I belong to a quilting group called 'Material Girls'. We meet once a month for two hours at a community center. I have been coming to the group since we started it about 10 years ago. It is mainly a quilting group, but others crafts are represented as well. Everyone is welcome so we have the absolute beginners and new to quilting/patchwork to the very experienced. Usually about 15-25 ladies show up when we meet. Sometimes we have a lecture or a workshop, other times we help each other, if somebody has come to a grinding hold with a project. Last night I taught the 24 ladies. It was such a good laugh.
I had been asked to teach them how to make the very traditional Danish Christmas ornament, an origami star folded in paper or fabric. When I told my sister that I was going to teach star making to the group she just looked at me and said "you are a very brave lady!" She claims that she is yet to figure out how to make the stars after countless unsuccessful attempts. Anyway... All I had asked the ladies to bring was a small pointed pair of scissor and patience! I would provide a kit with pre cut strips and instructions. And I'm proud to say that most of the ladies went home with a star and a big smile on their face and no one broke down in tears..... :-)