Another year vanishes

How did 2013 disappear so fast?? It has been a busy and productive year. I now have 7 Pieces of Crow made – the last two just need binding.

Project 2013 is leaking into 2104. Here are the relative piles. I am winning but there is still a way to go.


And here are a few of my favourites:


I have also joined SAQA this year which is an American/International quilt art group. I have joined their Visioning Program which enables planning and reporting on progress. I also joined their Art Critique group. Currently, I am uncertain about it as most of the group make representational quilts and the critique is sometimes very directive as if they were experts – “do this, move this” without any reasons rather than suggestive! I may reassess my membership of this sub group if it isn’t more constructive for me.

Next year brings lots of calls for entry which is going to be a challenge but an interesting one.

Wishing you all the best for the new year.

Yellow Pieces of Crow

I have made a start on my next Pieces of Crow quilt. This time I am working in a mustard yellow with the black and white. It is only 4ft by 3 ft as I cut some of the pieces too thin and the top began to waffle too badly to quilt out. The technique is improvisional so I improvised and slashed each side and inserted a horizontal piece of black fabric. Here is the detail of one of the inserts:

It was a good learning curve – I found I could put inserts in without making the original problem worse, it helped move my designs on to a new place and I won’t be so economical with cutting the pieces of fabric.

Disaster rescued!!

About time too!!

A few weeks ago, I was gently chided for not keeping my blog up to date so I think I had better add “update blog” to my list of New Year resolutions.

What have I been doing? I spent most of October in the States. My eldest son lives in Washington DC so we went to visit him and a close friend who lives in Seattle. Obama closed down DC whilst we were there so we did not see the National Museums and Art Galleries – but found lots of other things to do. Then we went north to Seattle and Vancouver. It was a great holiday but I have really only just managed to catch up all my paperwork and other stuff as well as spend some time sewing as I needed a “fix”!!

I did need to finish a piece for my small quilt group which I belong to. Here it is, using my improvisional cutting:

Ode to autumn

I have also finished the quilting on the red Pieces of Crow piece.  I still need to trim it and bind it.

Pieces of Crow 6 -  Red detail

Must try harder!