I have really appreicated having the extra time at home which lockdown has given us all this year.  As part of this I was actually a few weeks ahead with my journal quilts but still it takes me until the deadline of 31st August to share them with you and the wider sewing and textiles community.  So here are the next four fantastic beast themed journal quilts all using recycled materials.  

my journal quilts, themed fantastic beasts

Every year the Contempory Quilt group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles set a challenge to make one small quilt a month.  Its a great way to try out new techniques or to develop your creativity.   This year I have decided to make quilts which all follow the theme of the magical creatures from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and any of the other Harry Potter Books and Films.  My three daughters really love Harry Potter, Newt Scamander and all things from JK Rowlings imagination, I spent the christmas holidays and early part of january sketching various creatures from books and re-watching the Fantastic Beasts films.  

So today I was asked if I could offer some advice on preparing some fleece ready for working with to make wet felt.  My customer had been collecting wool dropped from sheep during her dog walk and is keen to use in her textile art.

I finally made it to this exhibition, better late than never they say!  It was a lovely sunny day which means the light was just perfect to see the textiles, mixed media and ceramics in their full glory.  

Oh my we are almost at the end of January and a week has passed since my trip to The Said business school in Oxford to listen to a discussion / interview with Alice Kettle.  It took some organisation to get myself there in time but I managed to park and get the the Said Business school in time and had a great seat in the main lecture theatre. 

Art 2 Stitch present a major exhibition of contempory textiles at Milton Keynes Museum until 26th April 2020

Today I did the usual Saturday morning guilty scroll though Facebook - but lucky for me I can accross a post about this exhibition, I had planned to get to Milton Keynes to do some shopping so rather than dash back I took the opportunty to allow myself some time to soak up some textile inspiration.  I am so pleased I did.  

So yet again I have just made it! Phew. Four more journal quilts done and submitted to the organiser within the contemporary quilts group at the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. It turns out I really need a deadline to work too.

My next deadlines is for the South Northamptonshire Art Trail which runs from 5th to 13th October 2019. I will be exhibiting my textile art at home, some of which is for sale. I will also be running workshops and joining me will be my friend and local potter Judith Shaw. Make a date in your diary and do pop over to say hello.

An update on what 'washed up' at Stitching Kitchen

This wasn't what I had in mind when Fiona said the material for the quilt blocks was to be dropped off during the week! Lots of plastics - they type of materials which might find there way to be washed up on the shoreline. Ah, I see where this might be going - an island, make do and mend, recycle, keep plastics out of the ocean.... get my drift??

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