Hopefully everyone has had a lovely summer. Lots of Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles regulars were at the 2014 Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC. Many had quilts on display in various galleries and displays throughout the show.
Just a few of the highlights (just those I know about - I'm sure there were many more) were Kate Crossley winning the Quilt Creations category with her clock and the launch of Linda Seward's new book 'The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting' in a gallery which featured a selection of quilts that are in the book.
Through the Lock Gates 2013
We spend a lot of time on the canals and I have hundreds of photos of the canals, the locks, the "furniture" around the locks and other items of interest. I really like many of the images I have saved but making them into a quilt has never happened before.
A while ago I painted bleach on some black fabric and it looked just like the wooden gates on many of the locks - so finally, I have made a quilt which is inspired by the canals. The rusted strip represents the gap between the gates, where the water leaks or gushes through.
Black fabric, bleached fabric and rusted fabric. The fabrics have been improvisionally pieced and then quilted by machine. I have managed to dove tail the abstract way I like to work with images that I love.
Looking forward to the exhibition - Chrisse
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