Saturday, 15 February 2014

Olympic Quilt

I know we are half way through the Winter Olympics at Sochi, but I wanted to share my delight at seeing Quilting playing such a prominant role. From the designs on the competitors bibs to the officials uniforms, Even some teams are getting in on the quilting theme.

This is the press release from the Sochi Games

The olympic patchwork quilt, developed by Bosco's creative department and given to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee will be the official look  of Russia's first Winter Games

Our goal was to represent a diverse range of emotions and feelings, connecting concepts like Motherland, Familym Culture, Time, Olympism, Peace, Nobility, Fiends, Memory, Honour, Dreams, Beauty,  Freedom,  Pride, Warmth, Happiness, Greatness, Reliability, Victory, Creativity,Hospitality, Creation, Future, Russia, Planet Earth.

Every region in the world is proud of its unique origins, and it is no different in Russia. That is why there are so many different local traditions, songs and crafts that highlight the individuality of their creators, each valuable in its own right. Bosco had a wealth of choices to represent Russia's rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.

In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia's 89 regions: in a single tapestry we combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian patterns. That is how we arrived at a modern, distinctive and unmistakably Russian Look of the Games.

The Olympic Quilt



Zhostovo painting

Kubachi patterns

Kuban patterns

Mezen painting

Pavlovsky Posad's printed shawl

Northern Dvina painting

 Volgda Laces

Yakutsk patterns

 Uftjuga painting

V shaped carving

Russian Calico

Rakulka painting

Palekh miniture

What a wonderfully diverse country

 It just goes to show there is inspiration and creativity all around us.


Friday, 7 February 2014

Back to the Drawing Board

Although I have a few projects on the go, ( I never seem to have just one) I couldn't resist a play with my Christmas present from my husband.


I am starting to get to grips with the programme and this was last nights design

It is called 'Up The Garden Path" and will be a Block of the Month project.

Hope you like it