Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.


I have used so much green and purple fabric in recent years that I decided to dye and print a pile of blue and orange material just to inject a little colour variety in to my work.  I have therefore given this piece the temporary name; Blorange.  I started it in a Lu Summers workshop at the 2013 Fat Quarterly Retreat for modern sewists.

  The workshop was based on her excellent book; Quilt Improv.  I didn’t take my (hugely heavy!) Bernina with me and was happy to discover that the organisers had provided a large bank of Pfaffs.  It was a really interesting class and Lu’s teaching style was laid-back and hands-on helpful.  I appreciated the opportunity to see some of her lovely work.

 Instagram plus filter!
It was an extremely hot weekend but the venue, Baden Powell House, was fortunately air-conditioned.  Here’s a statue of  Lord Baden Powell himself.  Be Prepared! (as they say in the Scouts).

 Next door to the Natural History Museum so I went to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition.

And checked out the dinosaurs.
I have finished the piece as a wallhanging recently in my Committed to Cloth sessions at Potter’s Farm Studios in Betchworth, Surrey.  I wanted to attempt some double curves and this seemed like an ideal project to experiment with.  Here are some pictures of the work in progress.

Piecing, batting and backing sandwich.

 I decided to quilt a grid in orange, light blue and navy blue, again inspired by Lu Summers.

Finished and on my wall.
I haven’t been able to post about my previous two recent quilts yet as they are gifts awaiting their special occasions so there has been a hiatus on my blog.  Nice to post something 🙂 
Love Melanie x

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