Thursday, March 27, 2014


The last  two weeks have been incredibly busy, with teaching dismounting the  Sentinelles exhibition delivering them to Villefranche sur Mer  next to Nice so they can go home as luggage and teaching a day in the Aude region. I feel like I have done a whirlwind around France with barely time to stop and I also teach a class today, the last class ever at best of Quilting in Marcoussis before heading off to the United Kingdom early tomorrow.

So one last look at all the sentinelles as they were hung..

And that is not quite all of them- the room looked so bare when we had taken them all down, and the staff at MJC Palaiseau said they would miss them too. Unfortunately the sentinelles are now  not going to be shown in Canberra, which is a great pity but sometimes logistics and costing gets in the way of things especially as I could not be in Canberra in the beginning of May as I have to be at an event in Germany later in May.

I shall be at an ICHF event in London at EXCel 3/5 April- will have work on display and will also demonstrate some printing, plus the Voyageart work will also be on display. If you come to this event please come and say hello.

Then straight after this event i shall be off to Quilt en Beaujolais with all the new Chartres work- it's going to be a busy couple of weeks that is for sure as I intend to  also make some more new work.

I shall be starting a new On-line Travellers Blanket class after Easter this year. If you are interested please email me!

And finally some of the things encountered int he last few weeks..

Love the juxtaposition of the brightly coloured simple little boats with the more heavy duty hardware in the background!

The Lady & the Unicorn tapestry, marvellous as always:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sentinelles and Palaiseau

I should have posted the exhibition flyer on my blog much sooner than this, but time and internet access the last 10 days in Australia got away from me. Still you are invited to come and see the wonderful 137 embroidered sentinelles that have been embroidered and stitched and even mosaiced by many women- les brodeuses!
To say I am absolutely gobsmacked by the invention and imagination is an understatement and seems to be the general opinion of everyone who has visited except for one lady who didn't like all that "textile stuff"- I guess she worked in hardened steel lol!
So I will share a general view or two with apologies for the lack of names ( I will get around to marrying the makers names with images when i have time)

And some more detailed photos ( if you are on FB Elizabeth Dubbelde from Berry Patchwork, where the sentinelles will be shown later this year is doing a great job of showing each image)

I know the bottom left is Bronwyn Cooling and unfortunately when I zoom in on the photo the writing is not clear enough to see the  names- so my apologies.

It has been busy,  firstly installing the exhibition and then  minding it every day. Fortunately it has been helped along by the awesome sponsorship of threads by Aurifil Threads who have sent me some gorgeous  Mako 30 cotton threads so that i can get going on the sewing machine. I could not fit any threads into my suitcase coming over here so  it is much appreciated!

And spring is springing here, daily more flowers open their petals and the colours are changing and the sunshine has been gorgeous! I love this  bare paulownia tree ( I think that is what it is) in my friends garden

 I am lucky to have a space to exhibit  at MJC Palaiseau and I seem to have brought just the right amount of work for the space. I wanted to share this video of the  lovely impromptu  singing by Delaney Nguyen-Xuan and her mother Christine Skarie singing a traditional French Canadian and is called "C'est Dans le Mois de Mai".

And last but not least- my friend Christine Moulin has the funniest cat- so yes I am joining the minions of cat video loaders because this tail cleaning routine had us all laughing!

That's it for a few days!

Workshops for March:

Saturday 15 March- Best of Quilting Marcoussis-Form and Variation ( a fun class looking at how to change things up when  you are designing and making)

Tuesday 25 March- in the Aude ( south of France)- tifaifai

Thursday 27 March- Best of Quilting Marcoussis working with Solufix.
If you want to join any of these classes email me!