Apologies for having neglected my blog - I've been really busy - but I'm sure you have been too.
So - I'll start with the Festival of Quilts. I hope lots of you managed to get there - I had a great time and the photo above is from my short class with Alicia Merrett. It was really fun. I'd recommend going to one of these short classes if you go to the Festival for a few days. I also noticed they've started putting on twilight classes - from 5 - 8, I might give that a go next time.
I also went to the Contemporary Quilters Coffee Morning. It was great and a big Thank You to those involved in organising it. The idea was you moved around the room looking at 15 minute demonstrations - what a great morning.
Now - after the Festival I was very fortunate to attend a two day class at The Bramble Patch with Catherine Nicholls, It was great. Below are some photos of my sketchbook pages from the 2 days.
So we started with a photo. Mine was of a hedgerow with lots of flowers on the verge in front of it. We were to focus on the lines and shapes.
I then condensed these lines and shapes into 6 inch boxes.
I then isolated and highlighted different elements of the same drawing and produced printing blocks.
then sampled the block into two samples - one with Bond a Web and the second was machine pieced.
I've now made a full size sample and will see after quilting what the final size will be and see if I need to adjust the original size.
So by the end of the 2 days I was shattered. I've now got lots of ideas to make a number of small hangings so - watch this space and I'll show you how I get on.
Catherine was a great tutor and with a class of 9 we really benefited on an individual basis from her experience and comments. If you get the opportunity to have a class with her I'd highly recommend it.
I hope you;re all well and enjoying this Bank Holiday weekend.