I have been busy stitching fulfilling orders;
A commissioned cot quilt which includes fabric from a bridesmaid dress (So sweet,the bridesmaid is sending this quilt as a gift to the bride who is expecting a baby girl) is being sent to Surrey (¬ New Zealand where my client is currently residing).
What’s next week going to hold? Hope it’s a good one x
And now for something completely different…from Quilts (or not)
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the pictures&drawings from my forthcoming exhibition at my local M21 gallery; Arison
Back in the Day is an exhibition recalling people&places…
These drawings and paintings inspire and are a starting point for my quilt designs.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 29th September and runs through until Saturday 18th October. If you are in the vicinity do pop into Arisons for a look see x
WOW Just been inspired, and then some by the array and skill of quilts on display at The Festival of Quilts
Happenstance* a meeting&catchup with Maria Thomas, who back in the day I studied embroidery with, reminded me why I am so passionate about quilts…not only can you have fun playing with colour, textures and pattern, to create diverse and imaginative designs, the cloth has a magical quality which when stitched together can tell a story, be it poignant histories to political comment. A quilt can be a cherished heirloom, a contemporary talking point or a fabulous artwork and best of all A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul.
Lots more inspirational quilt pics on my Pinterest page
*Such serendipity as I have just read Happenstance by Carol Shields which is a celebration of a relationship (& quilts).
It’s exciting news, as The Manchester International Womens’ Day Quilt, (I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful) has a new home at, (drum roll please) The People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Back in 2011, The MIWD Quilt was on show at The PHM for the 100th anniversary of International Womens’ Day The inspiration to this exhibition actually started back in March 2010 when over 300 amazing people came together at The Monastery in Gorton to celebrate International Women’s Day. The key themes of that day were that SMALL ACTIONS CAN MAKE BIGGER THINGS HAPPEN & EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN STORY.
The MIWD Quilt does share a bit of history with The PHM, while the inspiration, context and fabric stitched into the Quilt really do bind&bond it well to The PHM&MCR. Bit more background detail on the MIWD Quilt can be found on my blog of an exhibition in 2012 at The Quilt Museum in York. https://lisawatsonmakerandeducator.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/a-day-trip-to-york/
Noticed the bra bunting in the pics? It raised a few eyebrows and elicited a few comments during the exhibition, which is all positive, as it got people interested&talking, and not just about the exhibition. The bra bunting was there to importantly highlight some useful bra recycling, so if you are interested in finding our more&getting involved click the link http://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/bras
Who knows, by the next International Womens’ Day in March 2016 I will be posting a quilt pic of the MIWD Quilt on display at The PHM…
Well, this is exciting news. I have been included in That’s English, a language teaching programme, similar in content to our educational OU programmes and aired on Spains TV2. The film is about Starts ups; how to turn your business idea into a reality and I was filmed for this last September. Here’s my previous blog https://www.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk/im-going-to-be-on-the-telly/
and more importantly here’s the youtube link for the whole programme (I appear at 2.25; 4.18 & 5.12!)
The programme might not be a youtube sensation (yet!), but I am really thrilled to be included in it.
Tempted by my quilts…Here’s my shop www.shop.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk
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