Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Catching up at the K&S Show in Harrogate

Hello again!  I can't believe how long it is since I last wrote on this blog.  Nothing major has happened to stop me from blogging, just, well, life gets in the way.  Teaching from home is going really well and I'm definitely enjoying it.  It has become a full time job, which is fabulous and wonderfully distracting, as I have to try lots of different techniques to share with students and I can see so many possibilities for each one that I just want to try... well, apart maybe from the suffolk puffs!
So when I have a spare moment, I'm finding myself creating in the studio rather than getting on with writing the blog.  Sorry!
In December, things quieten down work-wise and before I get overly absorbed in gift buying, card writing and fudge making, I'm hoping to get some blog posts written to catch you up on all that has been happening here.
Starting with one of the more recent events:  the other weekend I managed to arrange a visit to the in-laws in Harrogate for the same weekend as the Knitting & Stitching Show.  Lucky, I know!
The daughter and I had a great day at the Show.  She was particularly taken with the Quilters' Guild stand where we could stop, have a seat and make a little bird.  These are our attempts. 
 We also had a go at adding to the world's longest embroidery with the Embroiderers' Guild.  

This didn't leave much time for seeing the exhibits and as I was entertaining daughter, I didn't get as many photo opportunities as normal - in fact this is the only one I took of the exhibitions of the fantastic work by Ruth Singer and Bethany Walker, working together as 'Interlace'.

We also did a little bit of shopping and have many print blocks to try out soon.

As we were down seeing family, we were also able to give this baby quilt to the newest addition.  When it was in progress on my wall, some of my students thought I'd printed the fabric myself.  I didn't.  It is incredibly rare that I buy printed fabric, let alone a panel, but I knew I would need to make a baby quilt and this just seemed perfect.  Given that babies can only see in black and white to start with (or so I've been told), I thought the contrast would be really good and I brightened it up with some pieces from a jelly roll I bought last year.  The jelly roll was bought to make another quilt, which I've never got around to, so it was good to put some of it to use.


Margaret Cooter said...

Love the baby quilt! Using black and white - and having a face on the quilt - is definitely a good idea. Apparently it's faces in black-and-white that interests babies most in the early months.

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Margaret. Glad you like it - didn't know the bit about faces being the key, so I'm glad that there is an image in the quilt.

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