Monday, 18 August 2008

Festival of quilts

the day didn`t start too well, when the train pulled into the station it had 2 broken windows and was packed,I did manage to find a seat with a carriage full of welsh football supporters on their way to Doncaster! All knocking back can after can of lager and effing and blinding at the top of there voices all this at eight in the morning.When Madi got on at Cheltenham there was hardly any standing room left,I had prebooked my ticket and so had the football fans so why hadn`t British rail put on another carriage.I asked one of the fans what time they would be coming back and he had a little smile as he knew what I was getting at but no way did we want to be on the return journey with them .What is still puzzling me now is they put all their empty cans into a black bin bag,had they brought it with them or had the guard given it to them?the tidy behaviour didn`t go with the rest of them, mind you we all had to step over the bag to get off the train .But the great sights waiting for us made it well worth while.
This is the work of Dorothy Caldwell, impressive if a little sombre.

These are details from quilts made by Jacqueline Heinz the colours are much brighter in real life and her colour combinations were superb the one on the left should be a limey green.She had sold a lot of her work and it was very reasonable about 500.00 for a quilt with hours of work in it, hers were definitely my favourite

Details taken from some of the quilts on display the pink and the black were so tactile.

I have wanted a play with a thermofax image for a while,so to find a stand at FOQ was a treat,I bought this image of a feather it comes in its own screen so you can use it at once, very easy to use with clear instructions, their site is you can order the screens they have already or get them to make one from your own designs, well worth having a look,there is a lovely one of cow parsley and having tried to make a stamp of this and failed I think I may be getting another one

This is what I achieved with my stencil on the left using discharge paste on procion dyed calico,it bled a little so not as well defined as the paint which I did on calico dyed with cochineal, all those poor little beetle bodies I felt like a mass murderer.It is pink the camera has just bleached the colour out.


Liz said...

How funny!! We must have been on the same train except that I put up with them all the way from Newport! (and managed to get one of the few remaining seats, luckily!). Did you get on at Gloucester? But the FOQ more than made up for it, didn't it?

sharon young said...

Hi Pippa
What an awful journey, but at least you had a great time at the show, by the look of your lovely pics. It just goes to show the difference in all our tastes as we've all showcased different quilts.
I absolutely love your screen printed feathers, how I'd love to have one of these machines, but at least it makes it possible to have a screen done at a reasonable price.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Purple Missus said...

Hi Pippa
Your train journey story made me smile, but how awful for you. I wish I had gone to FoQ now. Love the quilts you have shown - our tastes are obviously very similar. And your Thermofax prints have come out really well. Like Sharon, I would love one of those machines - not sure you can buy them over here though.