Tuesday 5 September 2023


 I have been busy trying to tie up loose ends after having quite a busy year. I have finished a new quilt that I cannot show anyone yet and have been doing my Art Quilters homework for the rest of the year!

Next week, I am going on a European holiday to France for the European Patchwork Meeting and then a Rhine River Cruise. I don't want to come home to a mess and not know how to get back into things again.

I had signed up for an Art and Design Course using a gel plate with Tara Axford. It was a good class but trying to do the class as well as doing all the other things I do was a bit of a stretch and I have not finished doing the work!

The idea was to learn how to tame the gel plate and not have everything an experiment and left to chance. We made lots of prints onto paper and then had to put them into sketchbooks and write about  what we have learnt.

Here is some of the work that I did.

Leaf study



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I belong to Waverley Patchworkers and every two years they run a special workshop that is heavily subsidised by the club and lunch and morning tea is provided.

This year the tutor was the wonderfully talented Gloria Loughman. I have known Gloria for a while but we got to know each other better on the Morocco trip last year.

I packed a whole lot of fabrics for the class and when I got there, Gloria had her gorgeous hand dyes for sale so I bought her fabrics and did one of her patterns instead, for fun.

I really enjoyed the class and made a sunset scene which is something I have never done before.

First we fused steam a seam 2 onto our sky fabrics and then cut them into pieces and placed them onto a base fabric. Then we cut strips of fabric for the foreground.


When the background was complete we added a tree or whatever we were making.


I loved my finished piece and it was good to catch up with my friends from the club. 

Well, I have a long list of little jobs to complete before I am off on my holiday. My travel mate is a lovely friend that I met on the Morocco tour, you just never know where life will take you!

I'll be back at the end of September!!

Bye for now,