Thursday, 26 September 2013

Phew, and it's only Thursday!

Hello my dear fellow Bloggers.
Thank you for all the lovely comments. I do love to get them.  I now do a lot of my communicating on Facebook, but blogging does give the opportunity for a more considered post. A month or so back, you may remember that I was bemoaning my lack of motivation and get up and go after finishing my C&G Creative Quilting in June.  Well I have to say I'm certainly back up to speed and I will try to pass on what is happening.
I decided to treat myself to a set of lights and a light cube to picture my work for me Etsy shop which is still sadly empty. On eBay I saw a seller who had a set up for auction twice a week.  After chickening out on three auctions, a went for it and bought this set, for considerable cheaper than anywhere else I could see.

 I am impressed with the quality, but it did take me twenty minutes of trying to refold the light cube. I had almost given up, but resorted to youTube where I found a useful video and had it folded in moments! I'm not taking it out again until I'm ready to use it!

The other thing I decided to do was to have my three poppy paintings, which are now hanging in the Red Dot gallery, printed onto cotton poplin. I had them blown up to 45cm square by Laura Kemshall at Fingerprint   Think I will have a go at quilting them and may be making cushion covers. Here they are hanging up sideways on the back of my door.

I have also started a couple more small paintings of another favourite subject of mine.

On Tuesday and Wednesday I spent a couple of wonderful days at Art Van Go with Angie Hughes Exploring Velvet.  Everyone produced the most magical pieces of work.

Here they are (above) at the end of the first day ready for a layer or organza and machine embroidery.

And here they are at the end of day two.

 Here is mine, I have started snipping away at the organza.

So today I could have worked on my velvet, set up a photography session, started quilting poppies or finishing off a painting.

But instead Mr T and I have just prepared our second batch of apple and plum chutney.  Might manage a bit of something creative this afternoon, but I should really cut the grass as the sun is shining.
Catch up again soon, hope you're having a great week too.


sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Fantastic Jill, love what you have done. Definitely got your 'mojo back'! Lesley x

ju-north said...

Wow! You've certainly got up to speed! I have never had the courage to bid on Ebay either but might try buying something - I'm also on the lookout for lights etc, so you've encouraged me to try!

Printed Material said...

Jill, you're a powerhouse of activity. I can't get my head around Facebook so miss out on that level of communication but love to catch up with your blog. Your paintings are so beautiful and I think the cushion idea will work so well. I'd love to see the detail in the digital fabric. Are you pleased with it? Please don't keep writing that you're not doing anything.... compared to you I feel postively sluggish!

Emma said...

Lots of beautiful color here. Isn't it strange when we can feel it inside but can't seem to get it onto the page or cloth? Great to have got the kick start you need.

Gina said...

Wow! I love the paintings and your poppies work brilliantly blown up on the fabric.

Maggi said...

The paintings are great. I really like the way that the poppies have printed and the Angie Hughes workshop looks like it was exciting.