Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my textile friends.
My usual refrain is that I don't know where the time has gone and the beginning of this year is no different. It is already the 4th January and I am hoping that this year I will not be playing catch up so much. With last year beginning with cataract operations and ending with a tonsillectomy I felt as if I was always playing catch up. I have made a resolution that this year will be different. 

The new year is already bringing new projects and challenges. Tomorrow, the Friday Focus group will be starting a new project when we start focusing on New York Beauty blocks. There will be 24 blocks by the end of the year and so far I have designed 12 of them. I am going to work in two colour schemes to see how the blocks look with such different colours. 

This is the first block worked in Citrus colour scheme and again in the Stone colour scheme. 
The Stone colour scheme is very subtle, where as the Citrus one will be much more vibrant.

I am also looking forward to starting my new Modern & Art Quilt group this month. Each month we will be making a small "journal quilt" using different techniques.

These journal quilts are based on a photo of a trench at Ypres. I have completed them with quilting lines to look like barbed wire.

The Sevenberry marbles fabric in muted tones fits the feel of the pieces.

One of the pages from my sketch book 

Each month there should be one little journal quilt but this has sparked my imagination, already I am seeing a series and even a larger quilt on this theme.
I am excited to see what this year will bring.

Happy Quilting

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Cambodian Adventure - Temples

We have recently returned from a fabulous trip round Cambodia. It has been a huge adventure and we learnt such a lot about the country and its history, both ancient and more recent. 

Our first temple visit was at Banteay Chhmar. This moated temple complex is near the Community where we had our first Homestay in Cambodia. A wonderful experience of traditional Cambodian life. 

Before we left Banteay Chhmar, we visited the silk weavers and saw the beautiful scarves and silk products that they were making. They were so lovely I couldn't resist a small scarf as a reminder of the trip.

At Siem Riep we had a very early start to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Unfortunately it was a cloudy morning but this did not alter the grandeur of this beautiful temple complex. 

We also met the local monkey troop which lives here.

At Ta Prohm temple ( my favourite ) the spung trees were growing through the walls and creating wonderful structures in their own right. This is where Tomb Raider was filmed.

Even though the spung is taking over, there are little glimpses of the temple between the roots.

The temple at Angkor Thom again was spectacular and everywhere you looked there were huge carved faces on each side of the pillars. There must have been hundreds of them. 

At  all the temples there were beautiful intricate bas relief carvings depicting  the battles and victories of the early Khmer Kings

I have such a lot of wonderful pictures to sort out and I am sure they will be a source of inspiration in my work in the next year. 


Friday, 27 October 2017

Autumn Catch Up

Firstly I would like to thank all my students and readers for bearing with me over the last couple of months whilst I recovered from my tonsillectomy. It really knocked me for six and only now am I feeling that I am on the road to recovery. The problem with being out of action is the amount of work that needs catching up. I feel as if I am getting on top of it now, thank goodness.

Last weekend we had a fun 2 day workshop at Tudor Rose Patchwork, Oakley making kaleidoscope quilts. These are some of the blocks and quilts in progress from the weekend. 

Christine, Fiona, Joy, Margaret, and Stephanie all worked so hard and I can't wait to see the finished quilts. 

There was also a flurry of quilts in the Beginners Patchwork & Quilting classes

Cherry with this lovely rail fence quilt

Judy and her beautiful king sized quilt.

and Margrit with her fabulous bed runner.

Lots of new projects were started this week and I am looking forward to seeing them as they develop.
Happy Quilting

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

More printing

It has been a busy weekend in the studio with more of my City & Guilds students joining me for a couple of days of printing and stencilling.

Lots of techniques and art materials were explored to see what effects could be made on paper and fabric.
This is a gallery of photos from the day.


I had a lovely time as well using one wooden printing block to make these  printed charm squares.

 Now to decide what to make with them


Sunday, 20 August 2017

City & Guilds News

Many moons have passed since my last blog post but believe me I have been busy. 

Nine students have completed their City & Guilds courses and I would like to congratulate them for all their hard work.

Level 1 Hand Embroidery - Helen Macintosh and Helen Atkinson

Level 1 Patchwork & Quilting - Anne Wilkinson, Wendy Harkness, Sue Ives, Clare Raymond Barker and Jon Massey

Level 2 Patchwork & Quilting - Paula Tidman and Deborah Moore.

Their work has been a joy to go through and I look forward to seeing them progress in the future. I will post pictures of their work soon.

Meanwhile I have been kept on my toes my by current City & Guilds students. 
We have been having wonderful messy days in my home studio, printing, silk screen, thermofax, mono printing and block printing. We have also been stencilling and using discharge pastes. 

We are busy again this weekend and I am amazed at all the work that my students produce in such a short time.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

In My Garden BOTM Quilt

It has been many moons since my last blog post but believe me it has been a super busy time. 

One very exciting project which I can now share is my Block of the Month Quilt exclusive to  Tudor Rose Patchwork

I was in my garden when I started this design, drawing and sketching ideas in my sketchbook. Flowers, butterflies, vegetables and lots of other garden inspiration. The only block I designed straight to computer was the flower pots as I didn't have my sketchbook to hand. 
Each month there is a new appliqué pattern and it builds up into this fun quilt.

Today it is being launched at the Tudor Rose Stand at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham. 
Pop by and see the finished quilt on their stand. 

I am looking forward to being at the FOQ on Saturday and seeing all the wonderful quilts on display.
It was also great to hear the FOQ mentioned on the Radio 2 Chris Evans show this morning. You can never have too much quilting chat.

Happy Quilting

Monday, 17 April 2017

Grasmere Cushion Pattern

I have now published the Grasmere Cushion Pattern based on my popular Grasmere Quilt design. This is a great small project if you do not want to make a large quilt.

 The cushions measure 18" square (45 cms) approx each.

The pattern is available from my Etsy Shop - RoeMayo and local patchwork and quilting shops. 

More new designs are coming soon, including a great messenger bag and handy tote. 
Happy Quilting