The Scottish Quilting Show Glasgow 2018
Our theme for this exhibition was Trees. Each member of the group made two new quilts, one 36 x 36 ins, the other 20 x 60 ins. Inspiration came from a wide variety of sources and an extensive range of techniques were used to turn the intangible inspirations into tangible pieces of textile art.
Fantasy forest 2018
I was inspired by the unconventional landscapes created by Art Deco artists especially Clarice Cliff. I liked their use of alternative colours and shapes. I also studied stylised tree shapes in art from Ancient Egypt and India and let my imagination run riot. 36″x36″
A large single tree growing in the countryside is a truly majestic sight. I decided to stitch this one on a winter’s day which might be the reason for the colour scheme but my aim was to make the tree the strong player in the design.
Northern Delights 2017
Sometimes the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights can be seen over Northumberland. The combination of that sight with the famous ‘Sycamore Gap’ on Hadrian’s Wall is, for me, the essence of Northumbria. 36″x 36″
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″
Winter Tree 2018
Trees denuded of leaves demonstrate the complexity of their structures. I was inspired by the contorted shapes of winter trees in many favourite places, often seen with frost on the branches.
Winter light can be a beautiful combination of cool colours varying from bright to dark and give a strong setting for a bold tree. 20″x 60″
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″
Silver Birch 2018
I see a silver birch tree every time I sit at my sewing machine. It grew uninvited at the bottom of a neighbour’s garden and I enjoy its company while I contemplate my next move. The coloured blocks represent the gardens and the simple background represents the open countryside beyond.
Colorado Fall 2018
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are spectacular at any time of year, but in the autumn or ‘fall’ the slopes turn to gold as the leaves of the aspen trees take on the glorious hues of autumn. At closer quarters the leaves shimmer in the breeze, yellow, orange and sometimes red and, if you look carefully, you can sometimes see the mountain bluebird.
Second in a Colorado series inspired by my daughter’s wedding in Frisco CO. 20″x 60″
The Scottish Quilting Show Glasgow 2017
We chose two themes for this exhibition.
Each member produced a new piece of work celebrating our group’s chosen name.
The group visited Kenmore in Perthshire to gain inspiration for a new set of quilts. We admired the scenery of Loch Tay surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, studied the buildings in the village and the stonework in the landscape and examined the wild flowers. Ideas for quilts began to emerge and eventually crystallised into this collection.
One location, four completely different interpretations.
The inspiration for this design came from a photograph taken at The Climatron, St Louis where a Heliconia caribaea var. purpurea can be found attempting to reach the 60ft high glass roof built using a framework of hexagons. It certainly brightened up a grey morning. 24″x 40″
Hot Rocks 2017
The landscape of the Sonora Desert in Southwestern USA has been shaped by extremes of heat and absence of water. Massive blocks of terracotta coloured rocks make bold statements against a brilliant azure sky. The arid landscape is studded by bold shaped cacti. Many subtle shade variations exist in the horizontal rock strata and scrubby vegetation struggles to survive the intense, arid heat. The Saguaro Cactus is a bold, iconic example of a plant evolved to survive its environment. The skies, clear of clouds, often show the ‘con trails’ of high flying aircraft. 24″x40″
Evening reflection 2017
This is the second quilt I have made inspired by an overnight boat journey through Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. As the sun went down over the Tasman Sea after a glorious cloudless day, the light danced over the gentle waves and the intrinsic peace of the place intensified giving rise to physical and spiritual reflection. Hand dyed cotton, machine strip piecing and raw edge piecing. Machine quilted. Bonded appliqué and Angelina fibre. 24″x 40″
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 Rose 2017
I have always loved flowers and close up photographs of flowers which go beyond the first impact. This quilt was inspired by the wild flowers growing in the hedgerows around Kenmore. Digitally manipulated photograph printed onto A3 cotton sheets. Machine pieced and thread painted and machine quilted. 24″x40″
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.
The Old Farm Wall 2016
It was a beautiful sunny morning as we followed the Tay through the valley on our drive up to Kenmore. The quiet peaceful village beside the calm flat loch set the mood for our day. I have tried to capture this in the choice of colours for my quilt.
I based my design on the old farm building at the edge of the village. I was attracted to it by the sight of many birds darting around and nesting in the walls. Lots of different plants were also happy to make their home in the interesting old wall. 24″x40″
Timeless Tayside 2017
The landscape is superficially simple, hills and water, but every hillside is a detailed patchwork of infinitely varied slopes and land use, colours altering with the seasons. Loch Tay may appear smooth and calm but it reflects a constantly changing sky and contains abundant aquatic life, busy below the surface. In certain light the distant boundary between land and sky becomes difficult to discern. 24″x 40″