Sunday, February 26, 2017

February

It is still cold here. Not freezing anymore, but still too cold for me.
(Those icy pictures were taken at the end of January I think.)
I'm so ready for spring!
There are some little crocus and daffodil shoots in the garden, but not many yet.
In the meantime, I am still playing in my sketchbooks, drawing faces. Trying to simplify as much as possible.
I also started to print fabric for my new quilts. I made three new thermal screens and a couple of freezer paper stencils. I plan to experiment more with these next week.
Hopefully, I'll be able to dye some fabric too.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mid-January

 Already mid-January... We're having a little snow again these days. It's already the second time this year. The first time, it melted very quickly. But now, following the weather forecast, it should stay with us for at least a week.
These last days, I've been concentrating on drawing faces. I still have a lot to learn, but it's been a lot of fun.
I'm also working on my "Clouds" quilts. Well, not really working in fabric yet, but pondering, writing, sketching, printing... And also searching again my photo library...

 A few days ago, I took this picture of bird footprints on a frozen lake... Empreintes...
 This handsome fellow looked like frozen too...
He wasn't of course, but he let me approach close enough to take a couple of pictures before flying away.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bonne Année!


December

Here's a quick summary of this month in the studio...
It looks like there was a little bit of everything... drawing, painting, printing, weaving, sewing, studying Japanese, ...
Actually, it was mainly drawing and painting. And also thinking a lot about the work I want to do next year.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Empreintes

Here are my two "Empreinte" quilts.
I haven't given them a proper name yet, so let's call them "Empreinte 1" and "Empreinte 2" for now.
Next are two detail shots...
I made several stencils using prints of my right foot. I mean real prints... You know, like you do with kids' hands. I did the same with my foot. I painted it with watercolour, and then stepped on cartridge paper. That was great!
Some of the background fabrics were printed using a thermal screen inspired by pictures of footpaths I took in Japan. Hence the sakura flower on the second quilt and the ginkgo leaves on the first one.

In other news, I've finally put a new warp on my Louet loom, and then, of course, my GD discovered that she's now big enough to reach the treadles and that it's much more interesting to weave on a big loom than on a kid's one...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November

Both my "Empreinte" quilts are ready for my group's meeting next week. I really enjoyed working on these two pieces, and I'm thinking of making at least one more quilt using the same inspiration and imagery.
Let's see if I can keep the momentum!
My GD is again very enthusiastic about playing with fabric. She can handle real scissors much better than before. I fused her fabric pieces for the background. Next, she will do the stitching with my little Janome.

"Cloud" will be the next theme of my quilt group...


Monday, November 14, 2016

October

Last month, I did a demo at the annual exhibition of the Belgian Quilters' Association.
I showed three of my Twelve by Twelve quilts, and I explained where I find my inspiration and how I work from there.

I had picked my favorite quilts from the 2012 series and brought my sketchbooks, photos and some samples.
As always, it was lovely talking with many people, sharing ideas and techniques.

In October, there was also a short visit of the Open European Quilt Championships in Maastrricht..

And a quick trip to the seaside on another sunny day.

In the studio, my first "Empreinte" quilt is finished, and the second one is ready for quilting.

And, great news!... my GD is making a new quilt! :-)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Alsace

I only spent one day at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork this year, but look what I found on the racks of the Kaleidoscope bookstore... :-)
Yes, our book! Isn't it nice, my fellow Twelves?
I also found Deborah's new book, which must have sold really well as I was just able to grab their last copy on the Friday afternoon.
I didn't take many pictures at the show, but I think my absolute favourite was Ann Johnston with her exhibit "Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada". And then Denise Labadie with "Sacred Stonescapes", Lager Malin , the Hungarian Modern Movement and the group QuiltArt.

I took more pictures of nature and architecture...
The next one was taken from the top of the Hahnenberg, above Châtenois...
It was going to be a nice little walk. It was indeed very nice, but we ended up walking more than 13 km, up and down the mountain. A great way to take care of the extra calories from the (too) rich Alsatian cuisine.
Next is a picture of the Tour des Sorcières (Witches Tower) in Châtenois, with a a very photogenic stork nest on top of it...

In the studio, I've been printing more "Empreinte" fabrics.
This the state of my design board today...
On the right, my first top which is almost done. On the left, the second one. I think I can start cutting up the fabrics, although I still want to rearrange some patches.