First draft

The first few “marks” on yesterday’s boring canvas. A good time to step back and look afresh. Many changes ahead. 

Also the first work inspired by my recent travels. I feel great pleasure in moving from the sketchbook to the fabric board at last. 

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Feeling the squeeze 

  Nearly ready for exhibition!
The gallery has a suspended-hook hanging system. Sometimes I envy painters and all those who frame their work, with that handy string across the back!

My quilts need “something for a hook to hook onto” plus  some structure to keep them spread flat on the wall.  I want to keep them as soft, light and flexible as possible. 
A bit of experimentation is required. The answer this time is to add a bar of very light stiff wood across the back with one or more cord loops for the hanging hook to catch. 

I quite enjoy this final bit of engineering, especially the opportunity to borrow tools -and a handy assistant- from the other studio in my home. 

With any luck this will all be invisible to you when you visit- Kumeu Arts Centre March 29 to April 9. 

Setting up shop

Today I opened my Etsy shop – a key item in my plan to be a self-sustaining artist. 

You’ll see the sofaQuilts I still have in hand from last year’s busy stitching.

Please take a look and do any or all of the following:

  • let me know what you think
  • Share with your pals
  • Buy a sofaQuilt!

Thanks as always for your interest and encouragement 😘

Lots of quilting!

It’s easy to gauge my progress with the quilting pile. Full safety pin tin = not too many quilts waiting. There have been a few times I’ve needed to go to the store for more pins…
Some people prefer a spray or iron-in glue to hold the layers together, finding pins hard on the hands. I make too much mess with glues! A teaspoon takes the pain out of closing all those pins.

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