Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Niza's leaves

Niza has difficulties posting on the blog, so I do this for her. Here are her first 3 leaves:

I do not know the inspiration for the first two, but the third one is inspired by the leaves of the cactus adapting to life in the desert. Long and thin thrones not to loose water by evaporation.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


My name is Sally Westcott.  I live in Tasmania Australia. This is my first quilt in a series about seed pods.  I am looking forward to seeing where this takes me.  I have a few ideas but my quilting sometimes takes on a mind of its own.. Thank you for letting me join this group.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hello all together

I'm Heidi Drahota,  one of the new members of this group. Thank you for being part of it.
I'm from N├╝rnberg Germany - I think you can listen it because of my German accent.

My work is textile contemporary art. I almost like all textile techniques and do it since my childhood. After a lot of time making ceramique and painting watercolours I came back to my textile roots in 2002.  I started creating handbags. That's why my website is called 'Taschenkind' literally translated 'Child of bags'.
Since 2008 my work is totally changed. I started creating wet-felted large-sized wallhangings and installations. I exhibited all over the world. You can see more on my homepage but it is only in German - sorry.
Primarily I'm specializing in felting - I'm a wetfelter! - but nowadays I'm also be a quilter and I often mix the different techniques. 2 years ago I met with the ecoprinting and since that time my learning in dyeing is ongoing. 
Mostly my themes are affected by nature and human rights.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hi, my name is Peta Bos. Currently I live and work in Landgraaf (near Maastricht) in the Netherlands.
I am a self-taught quilter for more than 30 years. I became enamored of art quilts as a means of expression.
I relish the freedom and messiness of hand-dyeing my own fabrics, manipulating them, cutting and reassembling the pieces, and adding texture by stitching.
Textile still moves me!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


This weekend we had our first exhibition at the OEQC in Maastricht the Netherlands. During the 4 days of the show there were approximately 5000 visitors. Our 80 quilts were hanging next to and opposite the Tentmakers of Cairo and at the end of the pathway there was a restaurant. In other words lots and lots of people saw our work. Here are pictures I took before opening hours:

And some pictures taken during opening hours:

Our next exhibition will be in June in Minnesota USA.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Back to circles

My plan for this year was to create a number of quilts based upon microphotos of beverages. For some reason I did not get very inspired and up till now managed only one quilt with this theme. As November is approaching I think I better switch my theme for this year back to circles. I have been making quite a lot of them. Here are some of the recent ones:



no title yet 

Blue moon

Sunday, September 6, 2015

quilts 3 and 4 for Maastricht

Same techniques as the first pair. The series is called -
Environment Dwellers 1- Bird  see previous posting
Environment Dwellers 2 - Frog  see previous posting
Environment Dwellers 3 - Spider
Environment Dwellers 4 - Bees
I am very excited as I used the Speedball  Drawing fluid and the Speedball Filler to make my own screen of the frog and the bees. In fact the screen has two sizes of bee. I need to refine how I apply the filler as with these little home made screens applying the filler was difficult.The mesh is not nearly as taut as a wood framed screen and there is no frame to keep them raised when applying the filler. Hopefully I will refine the process. I am planning to make 2 more so that if hung together they might be large enough to show in some of the quilt shows. The applied fabrics are sun printing. The quilting in all four pieces relates vaguely to the movements followed by the various creatures, eg the bee quilting is lots and lots of intersecting straight lines for their flight paths.
I am just hoping the post works and they get to Wil in time.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 images - Irene MacWilliam

As I am a new member of the group here is a little info about me. I live in Northern Ireland.
I have been working with textiles for almost 30 years. Current interests are working with black of white striped fabric to produce optical illusions or producing my own fabric for use in my work. I am a member of both the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and the Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild.
The  pieces above are the first 2 of the 4 for Maastricht. I sun printed the applied fabrics - that has been tricky as since I decided to do these pieces we have had virtually no sun; so sometimes fabric had to be rescued from the rain or the printing hardly worked at all. I used a thermofax screen for the birds on the LH piece. For the frogs I made my own screen then put the frog image on it using Speedball drawing ink and Speedball filler- the first time I had tried them. Now that I know how to do it I hope to be able to make better images as I try and perfect the technique.
They are called Environment Dwellers 1- bird and Environment Dwellers 2 - frog. Although only 4 are required I plan to make an additional 2..... if the sun ever shines!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Here are my quilts for Series 1, my theme being LINE and Series 2 my theme being DESTINATIONS

The above are images of the selected quilts for Series 1 - LINE

Although I have three extra ones:

My theme for Series 2 is DESTINATIONS

Lyon, St.Ives, New York and Copenhagen



Saturday, July 25, 2015

These are my 4 quilts for our second series. The title is Color fracture and I was still playing with colors and black. Fused batik and machine quilted.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All done !

The jars are painted with ochre powder from Roussillon (South of France)

My 8 quilts are ready fro Maastricht !

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Although I am still making circle quilts, my theme for this group this year is beverages. Here is the first one:

Maybe not what you expected with this theme, but this quilt is based upon a microscopic photo of tequila. I used a combination of hand dyed and commercial fabrics.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Stitched will have it first exhibit coming October-November in Maastricht - the Netherlands. So if you want to see our work and meet some of our members, book a room at the MECC and enjoy a couple of days of textile art.  Click on this link to read more about it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 : I've decided to keep my theme "Tunisia Past & present" and to enlarge my collection.

The Punic Tomb Stone
The stone is made with distressed painted felt (with hot gun)
The background : hand dyed linen
The birds are discharged.
Close up with quilting
Market place.
Lino printing on hand-dyed fabric.
Ethnic embroideries on prints made with a piece of foam.
Close up