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Peaceful Parkland 2022
This quilt depicts the sculptured park at Jupiter Artland just outside Edinburgh.
The cleverly created curves in this sculpture aroused my interest and resulted in this representation. The little bells (by Christian Boltanski) are actually in a different area but I thought they added interest to the quilt.
I used Gloria Loughman’s technique of “tiles” for the sky, water and foreground.
The hilly structures were applied using turned appliqué.
Machine quilted using quilting foot and straight stitch.
Four Small Quilts Based on Jupiter Artland 2022
A visit to Jupiter Artland just outside Edinburgh inspired the quilts for this exhibition. Sculptures are displayed throughout the 100 acre site as well as in the indoor galleries.
I was drawn to the cobweb (by Shane Waltener) within the woodland and after various attempts at creating this sculpture I used bobbin work and free motion quilting to create the cobweb. The trees were created on my embellisher using wool and threads on a linen background and enhanced with some hand embroidery.
Colourful curls 2022
Colourful Curls was inspired by the brightly coloured curled “flags” displayed at the site. (A Forest by Jam Lambie). This piece consists of 5 quilted squares sewn together and the corners turned inwards.
Triangles is my take on “Separation in the Evening” sculpture by Sara Barker. This piece was foundation pieced and machine quilted.
Circular Lace 2022
Circular lace is my take on a very intricate sculpture that was displayed in the indoor gallery. This one really tested my patience! It is constructed using organza on a cotton background. The shapes were cut out of the organza with a soldering iron and then placed randomly under the lacy creation.
Big wave 2020
This quilt was inspired by an image of a large surf wave. It was quite challenging deciding how to create foam on the wave.
Machine paper piecing, constructed using Indian silk. Free motion quilted with rayon threads. Embellishments: silk threads, fabric paint, Angelina and tulle.
Pictures in Puddles 2020
Jack Frost has been at work during the night. The puddles by the roadside are frozen revealing some interesting shapes.
How many images can you spot in the quilt? Hand dyed and commercial fabrics
Bonded appliqué, satin stitching and machine quilting.
Frosty Morn 2019
The background is eco-dyed fabric. Leaves were enhanced using promarker pens, layered with organza, net, lutradur and expandaprint. Free motion quilting.
Leaves made from lutradur and organza were applied for a 3-D effect.
Fruits of the Forest 2018
Autumn is my favourite time of year when nature has done its job for the year and is preparing for winter hibernation. Crisp cool days are accompanied by glorious colours as the trees prepare to go to sleep and shed their leaves.
This quilt was inspired by the work of Mary McIntosh. Bleach and decolourant were used to remove the colour from the black linen then I made leaf stencils from freezer paper and used Markal paintsticks to – create the other leaves. Transfer foil and gold Markals were used for the fruits/seeds. The background is free motion quilted. 20″x 60″
Big Beeches & Bluebells 2018
A few miles from my home is Kinclaven Wood where there is an abundance of bluebells in the spring. It is an old wood and there are several huge beech trees two of which are depicted here.
The bluebells are represented by raw edge applique. The background is hand dyed fabric, free motion quilted. Trees are bonded then embellished with stitching. The background trees are cut from painted lutradur. Leaves are bonded and appliqued. 36″x 36″
Resurrection of Rennie’s Rose 2018
This quilt won Silver Award at the Glasgow Quilting Show in 2018. The theme was “Risen from the ashes” following the destruction of the Glasgow School of Art in the fire of 2016. Rennie Mackintosh’s Rose is ever popular and seemed a fitting image for the theme.
The background is machine pieced squares. The ashes are represented by crazy patchwork. Organza is used for the windows on the left. The rose is bonded with silver bias tape appliqued. The quilt is machine quilted.
Tribute to ‘tricia 2017
New Reflections Quilters is a relatively new group and we were devastated by the sudden death of ‘tricia, one of our members, in October last year. ‘tricia encouraged us to try new techniques and in 2015 she and I attended The Contemporary Quilters Winter School. Together we learned new techniques using lutradur which I have used for the butterflies in my quilt. ‘tricia introduced us to Inktense pencils and those have been used to colour the butterflies along with acrylic paint. The butterflies in this quilt represent the five members of the group – the top butterfly (‘tricia) is flying away whilst the remainder continue with their challenges. ‘tricia is always in our thoughts and this quilt is a tribute to her. 24″x 40″
Kenmore Kirk 2017
Kenmore has a lovely old church with beautiful stained glass and etched windows. However, I was inspired by the wood carving on the pulpit and have adapted the design to form a stained glass effect quilt. This quilt has been machine appliquéd and machine quilted.
A Touch of Paradise 2016
This quilt was inspired by a wonderful art garden we visited in New Zealand. There was a surprise round every corner and I have tried to capture a few of them in this quilt. Bonded applique and free motion quilting Statue created with Xpandaprint.
23″ x 23″
Four Seasons 2014
Made for a quilt exhibition in 2014. We were challenged to make a quilt for each of the four seasons. Each quilt is 11.5 x 16.5 (A3)
Spring: Apple Blossom : Free motion stitching. Blossom is organza heated with a heat gun to give it a little texture. Beads added to centres.
Summer: Sunflowers – bonded and stitched applique, Centres created with Expandaprint and painted.
Autumn: Apples painted onto lutradur, cut out and stitched to background. Branches bonded fabric and machine quilting.
Winter: Withered sunflowers created with heat distressed lutradur. Bluetits painted on lutradur, cut out and stitched to background. Machine quilted.
Heart of Scotland 2013
Region 16 of QGBI set a challenge entitled “The Best of Scotland”. Living in Perthshire we were spoilt for choice. The main piece is Kinnoull Hill, Perth looking down on the Carse of Gowrie. The surround takes us on a journey starting top left – Schiehallion (The Fairy Mountain), through the glens viewing the red deer stag, Queen’s View, Loch Tummel at sunset, the Capercaille hiding in the woodland, the Crannog at Kenmore gives an insight of how life was many years ago on Loch Tay, the Grouse Sculpture can be viewed at Broxden roundabout on the approach to Perth from Stirling and Wades Bridge crossing the River Tay in Aberfeldy.
Bonded applique, painted lutradur, hand dyed fabric, free motion quilting.
26″ x 26″
JOURNAL QUILT CHALLENGE 2013
2013 was the first year I entered the Contemporary Quilters Journal Quilt Challenge making one quilt a month for one year. Lichen comes in many forms with fascinating structures. I tried to depict some of my favourite lichens in fabric and different textile media.
Each quilt 12″ x 8.5″
Orcadian Wheel 2013
This quilt was inspired by George Mackay Brown’s Poem – Hills, Woolcraft, Stone
The quilt represents the spinning wheel. The central circle is part of the weaving loom. The crossed shepherd’s crooks form a heart shape indicating the shepherd’s love of his sheep and the land. The outer circle is inspired by pick axes that would have been used by the quarryman to hew the large stone for the sculptor.
The quilt is hand appliquéd The centre is reverse appliqué Trapunto features in the shepherd’s crooks Quilting is by hand and machine stitching.
Shades of Autumn 2009
This quilt was the result of a workshop with Gloria Loughman. We each created our own design with guidance from Gloria. Fabrics were cotton, velvet and gold lame. A variety of techniques were used to create this piece.
18″ x 24″
The Quarryman’s Tools 2013
This quilt was created as part of the Creative Journey Course run by Pat Archibald.
Working from George Mackay Brown’s poem “Hills, Woolcraft and Stone” this piece was inspired by the tools that the quarryman would have used when hewing the stone from the quarry.
13″ x 18″
Wings to Freedom 2014
Another creation from Pat Archibald’s Creative Journey class. The theme was Freedom.
The tight spiral represents my working life when one is restricted by time schedules, rules and regulations. Then came retirement when my time was my own to do as I pleased. The outward spiralling feathers denote this freedom and my increasing interests in hobbies that I enjoy. Each “feather” was bonded to a vilene background and individually stitched to the background.
Celtic to Maori 2015
This quilt was the conclusion of the Creative Journey Class 2015 with Pat Archibald. The topic was “Crossing Borders” and depicts my journey from Scotland over many countries to New Zealand. The quilt represents Scotland. United Arab Emirates, Australia, Thialand and New Zealand. 24″x 40″
Dancing Feathers 2016
The Quilt Theme for the Glasgow Quilt Show 2016 was “Carnival Colours”. I pictured the colourful headdresses in the Notting Hill annual carnival which in turn inspired this quilt. The colours are bonded onto the background and stitched down with machine blanket stitch. The “S” shapes give the illusion of dance movement.
34″ x 28″
Fern in bud 2015
JOURNAL QUILT CHALLENGE 2015
Theme: Inspirations from New Zealand
Inspired by the multitude of tree ferns in New Zealand. Just love the curl before the fern emerges. Bonded applique, machine stitching.
Hole in the Rock 2015
Journal Quilt Challenge 2015
A boat trip on the Bay of Islands, New Zealand inspired this quilt Bonded applique,fabric for rock enhanced with markal paintsticks. Free motion quilting.
Tall Himilayan Lily 2015
Journal Quilt Challenge 2015
We observed this huge Himalayan Lily in a lovely Art Garden visited a few miles from Queenstown, New Zealand. Bonded applique and free motion quilting and fabric painting.
Whale watch 2015
Journal Quilt Challenge 2015
A whale sighting cruise from Kaikoura, New Zealand we were fortunate to see the whales surfacing and diving. Layered sheers over cotton, threads for waves, free motion quilting.
This quilt was initially a sample piece of thermofax printing on a hand dyed background. This was my first effort of free motion zig-zag and I was rather pleased with the result.
18″ x 20″
Take Five 2015
A challenge was set by QGBI to create a quilt from the theme “Elements”. I chose Chinese Astrology: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Fire was created by teasing out fibres of merino wool and stitching it down. Earth is represented in commercial fabric and hand dyed muslin, enhanced with hand embroidery.
Metal was created with a variety of metallic fabrics and free motion quilting. The water is hand dyed and commercial cotton overlaid with a silver sparkle net giving the illusion of the sunlight on water. Free motion quilted. Cut wood logs were painted onto the background fabric and machine quilted The outer circles of logs were enhanced with couched thread.