This weekend we are off to Hogsback to join in the spring garden celebrations. The mountain (as we call it) is always beautiful at this time of the year and the poster below is not a photo-shopped rendition of the spectacular display of azaleas. So if you are in the area, you should treat yourself to a visit. Beware, though, you might fall in love with the place. On Saturday morning we will be at the market, which as moved to the courtyard at The Edge.
Meanwhile, I have been stitching a garden. The quilt is called Rose Garden and grew after attending textile artist Paul Schutte‘s stimulating class, titled Abstract. It was a one day workshop and also a one day wonder! The method requires a lot of stitching and cutting and re-stitching. When I got home I continued to stitch and piece for a good few days and this is the final result:
The brief was to use two inch strips from one’s scrap pile, but to choose fabrics which which blended from light to medium to dark in order to get a colour wash effect. Well, my scrap basket yielded a rather garish combination. Others in the class, who used jelly rolls of blended Batiks, produced much calmer compositions.
During the class I was so engrossed in the piecing process of turning strips into triangles and then arranging them into a composition, that I took very few photographs.
Hopefully, these ‘action shots’ will give an idea of the cutting and piecing and planning that filled the day. I certainly had a wonderful time. Paul is a remarkable teacher with a good eye, a warm heart, and a lovely sense of humour. He helped each of us to create the best compositions possible from the sets of fabric we had brought. I can’t sing his praises highly enough — and that’s not because he helped me to iron my blocks because, he said, he does not like sitting idle. This was midway through the class when everyone’s sewing machines were humming away as we pieced the blocks. When it came to pinning up and arranging the completed blocks in the most pleasing combination, Paul was kept very busy giving advise and suggestions.
The above reference photographs were taken during the class. I ended up with a small piece (the individual blocks are 4 inches square, without seams) and decided to border it with the rose fabric that predominated in the piecing. But when I got home I unpicked the border and instead made more pieced blocks, each containing the rose fabric. The result is pictured below. To finish it off I used the same rose fabric for the binding. And now that difficult piece of fabric that has been in my cupboard for a good few years is all used up.
The Abstract class was one of two workshops that I took with Paul Schutte. I will write about the Gaudi class in a future post.