Archive | May, 2017

Dian Smith describes her quilting journey.

16 May

Dian Smith came from Swansea to speak to us in May and told us about her quilting journey using some beautiful quilts. Dian’s work covers every aspect of patchwork and quilting, from large (10’6″ square) bed quilts traditionally pieced to tiny pictorial postcard size miniatures, from chenille teddies to silk evening bags. Kantha, Mola, Trapunto, Applique, pieced and foundation pieced. Although her favourite technique is freestyle and painted quilts, layering and stitching until you achieve the desired effect.┬áDian does workshops on various things including ‘free motion quilting for the terrified’, chenille, trapunto, lovely bags made out of old jeans and impressionist ‘painting’with fabric and thread.

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This is both sides of the same quilt!

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Christmas Tree with lights and bags with crocheted ring pull handles. Very clever!

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Stunning miniatures and postcards.

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Blodeuwedd (a beautiful woman made from flowers), one of the legends belonging to the Mabinogion, a famous collection of old Welsh legends.

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Thank you Dian, some inspiring work!

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GQ member Keris Howard has finished a quilt that she started 20 years ago which was originally intended to be a cushion! Over the last few years it took on a life of it’s own and became a beautiful quilt. Keris used the scraps from the borders to make a pair of matching crazy patchwork cushion covers!