Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

I love the Indian Elephant wall-hangings, so decided to try one out for myself. The elephant is appliquéd to the blue background. I used Indian embroidery pieces to decorate the border. Kantha stitches were used to spice up the blue background. The elephant material was cut from a dress, mirror-work was added, along with embroidery stitching, and bits of ribbon. My aim was to make the whole piece colourful. This wall-hanging is smaller than my usual works, 53cm x 55cm. I'm looking forward to trying out another elephant quilt along the same lines,…continue reading →
Vintage Shabby Chic Art Quilt

Vintage Shabby Chic Art Quilt

This quilt was made from an old patchwork hippy dress I had stored away. I had found it in a charity shop many years ago, it was great for this latest project. Well, the dress became the inspiration for the quilt! The vintage materials went well with the old Indian embroidery pieces. The border is also made from an old hippy shoulder bag. On each panel I sewed on a bird, decorating each panel with some mirror-work and the birds each needed a perch, which was supplied using more of the Indian embroidery…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Bird Song

Art Quilt – Bird Song

Over the winter months, I worked away at various crafts, I knitted blanket squares, finally making two small woolly blankets for my cats, which they seemed to appreciate, but who can tell with cats! Then I started on a rag-quilt, my first, which I decided to do totally by hand, enjoyable to start with, before becoming arduous, and how messy! I didn’t realise just how messy it can become, loose threads everywhere! Although I did enjoy it, what I finished up with, isn’t even large enough for a cushion cover. It's currently hung…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Really enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the image of the golden elephant and it went well with some old cushion covers I had stashed away in my fabric bags. I cut up an old scarf and appliqued some of the glimmering attachments. The embroidery in the panels is superb and I lay no claim to them whatsoever, this work is done in India by very skilled seamsters, the skills being passed down from generation to generation. As far as I know, the materials are gathered from discarded sari's, etc, and re-worked into…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Peacock

Art Quilt – Peacock

The Peacock with its shimmering colours, blues, reds, some wonderful embroidery from India taken from cushion covers, an old boho skirt, a multi-coloured top I wore until it became too shabby... the finished quilt hung with bamboo rod. Much hand-sewing after two sewing-machine needles broke after a collision with beaded sequins...continue reading →
Art Quilt – Spring

Art Quilt – Spring

It took me ages to complete this art quilt, it has lain there all winter just waiting for those final finishing touches. Finally over a fresh Spring weekend, I finally found the inspiration to complete the project. It reminds me of Spring moving into Summer when again the life-force bursts forward with much noise and bright light full of colour and song. A very welcome time of the year in a cold and often grey, cloudy Scotland where the winters are long and the weather is inclined to storm-filled skies. As I type,…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Mandala Maze

Art Quilt – Mandala Maze

Mazes and labyrinths... I found that whilst I was creating this quilt, I was thinking about mazes and how the symbolic meaning of the maze suggests a journey with many twists and turns. I find quilt-making very meditative and use it as a means to enter a silence and drop any mundane concerns. There is something in mixing and matching the fabrics that create a kaleidoscope of colour, it begins a journey through the memories of the fabrics former uses and origins. The Mandala centre piece is a spiritual symbol representing the universe…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Batik

Art Quilt – Batik

The centre-piece of this art quilt is a batik produced by an artist in the Kiwanuka studios. The batiks are produced mainly from the Thika facility about 100km from Nairobi in Kenya. Kiwanuka, is an Ugandan-born artist with several studios throughout East Africa. The studios have many artists; however, all are produced under the original founder's signature to his original designs, colours, and templates. Although similar, no two pieces are identical even by the same artist, as each batik has slight differences in colour patterns and design due to the work being done…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Buddha

Art Quilt – Buddha

Buddha Art Quilt, my latest art quilt, it took quite a while because my trusty, old sewing machine broke down half-way through the process. I've tried to fix it to no avail, although I won't give up, as almost ALL Singer sewing-machines are fixable, sturdy, made to last, tough machines that they are. Anyway, the old 1912 has taken a wee trip to a local primary school for a couple of months where she is currently on display to let the wee Primary 1 children see the various stages of sewing machine development.…continue reading →
Red Deer

Red Deer

Walking through the hills of the Lomonds, a Spring day, the hills thick with dew-covered ferns, a movement higher up caught my eye, a red deer within my sights. We both freeze, caught in each others glance, no movement, frozen in time, we are in each other’s hold, bonded for an eternal, poignant moment, nothing exists outside our gaze, frozen in time, no distance between us, our awareness becomes one. The pungent smell of the wet dew on the ferns, the morning mist lifting from the top of the hills, the sweet call…continue reading →