I am a maker and designer of handmade quilts based in the UK, having begun my quilting journey back in the early 1990’s. I have studied on a number of courses and workshops and am now embarking on a City & Guilds course. I enjoy  making contemporary quilts inspired by traditional patterns and in particular  learning about quilting from different geographical areas. I use a variety of fabrics and especially love to incorporate Liberty cottons when I am able.



Module 3 Chapter 1

 Pieces & Patterns

Module 3 is an introduction to traditional patchwork and depending on the fabric used will either reflect past times, memories, cottage crafts or become enigmatic, vibrant and contemporary.

I will aim to use both styles of fabric and maybe even incorporate both styles in one project. I enjoy experimenting with different styles of patchwork and fabric and thus creating pieces of art rather than just a functional piece. I enjoy experimenting with both colour and pattern and as I’ve been reading through the course work for this module I can see I will have some challenges ahead.

Chapter 1

Nine Patch Blocks

Task 1

For this task I was asked to scan some of my fabrics and/or find recycled papers, plain and patterned, to use for experimental layouts and trial designs. Here are a selection



Task 2

For this task I was asked to produce several ‘nine-square’ grids on plain white paper.

These are to glue or Blutack my coloured paper squares onto when planning my blocks


task 2 grid

Task 3

For this task I cut 2” squares from PLAIN coloured papers to arrange on the grids. I chose to use Blutack rather than glue so that I could reuse the pieces and the grids.I then scanned these patterns to use again later when adding to my designs


Task 4

Here, I exchanged one of my plain papers for patterned paper which contains the plain colour within it.


Task 5

I used scans of some of my personally decorated fabrics from Module 2 where I had made rubbings using transfer crayons.  I cut 2” squares and used them to replace the plain squares, changing the layout.

Task 6

Here I have created colourful nine patch blocks using colours which are randomly or innovatively placed


                                                        Diagonally symmetrical


Randomly placed, here I have used monochromatic colours where each of the squares contains shades of the same colour


Complementary colours


Task 7

For this task I produced different diagonal layout pattern repeats by arranging my squares in various ways. I made up my nine-patch block by using some easily identifiable squares with a pattern that could feature within the design.


Single unit/random layout


Regular repeat


Rotational repeat. New patterns are created as blocks rotate and different corners meet.


Rotational repeat on a larger scale


Task 8

For this task I have used complementary colours and rotated them to make different designs.



For this design I have rotated each alternative block once giving a symmetrical block design


Diagonally symmetrical layout with regular repeats

Task 9

For this task I am working with fabric and stitching. I have been asked to make four different nine patch blocks. Using plain, patterned and plain, diagonally, symmetrical or randomly placed, based on some of my paper layouts in Tasks 3-8.

The notes have given me an option to try either or all of the methods described in joining the squares.

Method 1A is using a square template cut to required size, placed on straight of grain of fabric, drawn around with a marker and cut out. I chose NOT to use this method as I find it very time consuming and the fabric slips around when I’m trying to draw around the template.

Method 1B This method is used by rotary cutting squares from strip of fabric, I prefer this method as a number of strips can be placed on top of each other and more squares cut at a time. I used this method and used squares that I already had cut and left over from previous projects.




The squares from both methods 1A & B are then stitched together. These can be chain stitched in pairs with a third square added to make strips of three and then the three strips of three joined to make a nine square block. I have rarely chain stitched fabric pieces before and did find I had to concentrate on getting the next pair of squares in position ready to stitch which was a little fiddly, but I’m sure with practice this will be a method I will use in the future.


Method 2 For this method two sets of three strips of contrasting fabric are joined together. These assembled pieces are then rotary cut horizontally making strips of three squares. Three of these strips are then joined to make a nine square block. I haven’t used this method in the past as I always thought the cut stitching would unravel, but in fact it didn’t and I am sure I will use this method in the future.


I chose to use both Method1B and Method 2 for my blocks

When making the blocks  I regularly ironed the pieces flat, making sure that seam allowance is ironed towards the darker colour fabric, which makes sewing the strips together much easier and neater.

At the end of this task I was asked to experiment with a variety of fabric colour and pattern coordination’s

I have enjoyed this first chapter of Module 3 and can see the benefits of scanning fabrics and planning blocks by laying out the pieces on a grid, although in reality I know I will probably never do it 🙂


Module 2 Chapter 6

Tactile Surfaces

In this chapter I will be looking at translating craft collages from the using fabric previous chapter into patches of rich textural ideas

I will be using the paper manipulations to inspire the fabric manipulations.

Manipulation is another method of sewing cloth and includes quilting, gathering, tucks, smocking, pleating etc. These techniques change the way cloth looks and feels and enhances decorative and functional items.

I have chosen to use calico for each of the tasks in this chapter, calico comes in different thicknesses, thread count, shade and quality. Calico creases well and creates shadow, I enjoy using natural fabrics.

Task 1

For this task I was asked to create a number of different manipulated fabric shapes. Filling an A4 page of my work book, I chose to mount these onto black paper before sticking this into my book

  • I folded a rectangle with concertina folds
  • twisted a rectangle and stitching the twists in place
  • concertinaed and fanned out a square, stitching the pinched centre in place
  • folded a square across into a triangle, pinching the centre and stitching this down to create a butterfly type shape
  • twisted a narrow-frayed strip and
  • rolled a rectangle leaving the end unrolled and glued to the paper.

task 1


Task 2

For this task I was asked to choose one manipulated shape technique and repeat it several times to produce a creative textural ‘patch’. I chose to use the butterfly type shape. With the centre of each ‘butterfly’ pinned down the ‘wings’ popped up as if in flight.

The first ‘patch’ I made by facing the ‘tails’ all together in the centre to form a square.

task 2 a

For the second patch I lay the triangles with the tips slightly overlapping the previous triangle, I made two strips side by side thus creating a flying geese quilt style pattern. Flying geese is one of my favourite quilt patterns.

task 2b

The third ‘patch’ was created by continuing the flying geese design but by laying the ‘geese’ in a curved design as if a flock of geese were flying across the sky

task 2c


Below are photos of Flying Geese quilting work I have carried out


Task 3

For this task I needed to refer to my craft collages in Chapter 5. I was asked to translate one into a small A5 fabric collage by manipulating the calico fabric and attaching it to a calico background.

I chose the photo and collage of bamboo for this task, I tore strips of calico and then rolled some and twisted some, laying them in different directions just as the bamboo is in the photo.

I have shown in the photo’s below, the development from the original photo of bamboo through to the fabric interpretation

Image 1: bamboo; Image 2: paper collage; Image 3: rolling and twisting of fabric;                Image 4:the pieces pined to the pin board; Image 5: finished piece after hand stitching to backing

task 3

This photo shows how a block could be produced by making identical individual patches, placing them in different directions, then joining them together to form a block.


For this task I have taken a plain piece of calico the same size as the patch of manipulated fabric and continued the lines across with a pencil. I then backed this with wadding and hand quilted along the lines using a coordinating thread.


By placing four images together, I have formed a picture of how this could look made into a bigger block

As this is the end of Module 2 I have added below, my Time Log, Material Cost Sheet and Health & Safety Rules Observed.

Time Log


Date Activity or Chapter Approximate time spent
1/4/17 Download and print module 2 1 hr
3/4/17 Order equipment/materials 45 mins
3/4/17 Searching mags for coloured paper 1 hr
7/4/17 Chapt 1 cutting out photos 1 hr
11/4/17 Writing up notes 1 hr
  Sticking pictures/notes into book 1hr
12/4/17 Cont chapt 1 2hrs
15/4/17 Writing up blog, posting 2hrs
18/4/17 Chapt 2 tasks 1-4 2hrs
19/4/17 Chapt 2 task 5 1.5hrs
2/5/17 Chap 3 tasks 1-4 8 hrs
4/7/17 Task 5 and writing up 3hrs
7/7/17 Task 6 1.5 hrs
8/7/17 Tasks 7,8,9 4hrs
10/7/17 Finish writing task 7 post whole chapter on blog 3hrs
7/8/17  chap 4 choose sample pieces to use cut wadding and backing, tacking/pinning together into sandwiches 2hrs
8/8/17 Quilted each piece for tasks 1,2,4 3hrs
9/8/17 Task 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and typed up 5hrs
10/8/17 Task 5, Xtra and typed up and blogged 4hrs
20/9/17 Chap 5 collecting craft materials, photos, printing, cutting out 2hrs
21/9/17 Making collages, writing up blog 3hrs
4/10/17 Chapter 6 task 1, 2 & typing up 3hrs
17/10/17 Task 3, Xtra & typing up 2hrs 40mins
Materials cost sheet        
Date Item Supplier Cost of item Estimated total cost
4/4/27 Glue online 2.25  
  Fabric paint Local craft shop 3.00  
  ink  “”    “” 5.95  
  Glue spreader   0.55  
  Tracing paper   3.50  
  Cartridge paper   2.50  
  T shirt paint   6.50  
3/4/17 Stiff plastic online 2.95  
  Dye sticks   3.89  
10/5/17 Oil pastels   3.43  
7/17 Fabric transfer paint online 20.00  
  Transfer crayons   2.99  
  Spray mount   5.00  

Health & Safety Rules Observed for Module 2

Health and safety rules observed for this module are much the same as for Module 1.

I have used my rotary cutter for cutting fabric and pictures and my large ruler which has a handle attached, HOWEVER, for one task I used a smaller ruler with no handle and managed to slice a small piece of flesh from the tip of my finger….lesson learnt!

I have used spray mount for some of the tasks in this module and recognise the need to cover my nose and mouth when using this.

I have also acquired some shelving and clear boxes to store my fabrics and work. As I mentioned in Module 1 H & S, I suffer with back problems and this has made it easier for me to find my work and not have to bend over boxes searching for things.

I always keep scissors, rotary cutters,  glues, inks, paint etc out of the way of little fingers 😊

My Work book


Module 2 Chapter 5

Contrasting Textiles

For this chapter I will be looking at stripy textures in nature and how I can incorporate these designs into  quilting patterns by researching their natural forms. I will also be looking at ways of manipulating fabrics to incorporate into decorative patchwork surfaces.

I have taken some photos of plants and chosen some photos from my collection.


Task 1

I have chosen the following four photos to select line and shape from and to create textures





Task 2

For this task I was asked to collect a range of craft materials and fold, tear, scrunch etc to explore and create different textures as an experimentation in preparation for Task 3




Task 3

For this task I was asked to produce 4 collages approx. A6 in size, to represent the 4 photos that I chose in Task 1

The first photo is one I took of a view on the South Coast showing the stripes formed by sand, rocks, chalk cliffs and the sky.

For the sand I used part of a coffee filter paper, the rocks are represented by scrunched thick, black paper, for the cliffs I used twisted, white netting fabric and for the sky I used strips of pale blue linen selvage


The second photo is of bamboo that I took at the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives. To make this collage I used folded strips of brown paper, corrugated card and pale green paper.




The third photo is of agapanthus taken at Kew Gardens, I used folded strips of green wrapping paper and thin strips of purple paper, folded over at the centre.


The fourth photo was taken of wild grasses whilst out walking. For this collage I curved black paper strips using the back of scissor blades and small pieces of netting fabric for the heads of the grasses

Task 4

The final task for this chapter was to mount and label the collages, photograph and record


Module 2 Chapter 4

Quilting Quests 3  Section A Hand Quilting

Hand quilting is my favoured way of quilting, I find I have more control over my piece of work and I think the outcome is much more pleasing to the eye. I also find machine quilting to pucker even when using a walking foot. This may be more to do with my machine than the act of machine quilting itself.

Task 1

For this task I used three of my small transfer fabrics from the previous chapter, as top layers. I used a light weight natural wadding for the middle and fine cotton for the back of the quilt sandwich.

I sometimes tack the sandwich in place and sometimes use quilting safely pins, I used both these methods on different pieces of work.


I used outline quilting on the first piece, for the second piece I quilted on the outside of two circles and the inside of two and on the third piece I stitched in the spaces between the lines


Journey: this refers to the ‘route’ of a drawn or stitched line. Either travelling along a quilting line from one part of a pattern to another, or by choosing a straight/horizontal/vertical or diagonal passage to stitch along.

I had never heard this quilting term used before

Task 2

I was asked to produce two or more small samples of echo quilting using fabrics which I had designed in the previous chapter

Echo quilting uses two or more parallel lines and echo’s the shapes of the patchwork or applique but in this case the stencilled edges have been echoed.

To carry out the quilting I used two threads of embroidery silk in co-ordinating colours.


Complementary Colours

In chapter 1 we looked at colour wheels and which colours complement each other. As in my stitching for task 2 I used thread to complement the colours of my stencilled fabric.

For Task 3 I was asked to fill a page in my coursework book with four photo’s showing colours which complement each other.

task 3


Task 4

For this task I used a mono printed piece of fabric from a previous chapter and stitched in the spaces between the pattern. I chose red embroidery silk to stitch with to complement the green fabric paint which I used in the mono print process. The pattern in the paint was made by me using the edge of a wooden clothes peg and as I wiped this through the paint it formed a calligraphy type pattern giving a shadow effect. I stitched along only one side of the quilting journey to help enhance the shadow.




Template Quilting Designs

 Task 5

For this task I searched through my research photos and magazine cuttings and found a picture of a leaf which I chose to make a card template from.

I enlarged the outline of the leaf by drawing it freehand onto card which I then cut out. I lay this template on paper and by positioning it in different ways I produced four different quilting designs for Task 6 I then mounted this sheet into my coursework book



Task 7

For this task I produced a quilted sample using my chosen template design.   I chose patterned fabric as asked,  in a mustard colour with a rust colour embroidery thread for the stitching. I drew around the template with a fabric pencil and stitched on the lines. I was half way through the stitching when I remembered that I was going to use a thicker and polyester wadding to bring a puffier effect, but instead had used a lighter weight natural wadding, as is my usual preferred choice.  So I will use the polyester on my Xtra piece

task 7 a

task 7b

task 7c

Section B: Machine Quilting

Method 1: On the Design Line

Task 8

For this task I chose two pieces of my designed fabrics from a previous chapter to produce machine ‘on the line’ quilting samples


I prepared these pieces into quilt sandwiches as before, chose complementary threads for stitching and used the walking foot on my machine. I followed the decorative lines printed on the fabrics. I enjoyed this task and was happy with the outcome.


Method 2: Outline Quilting

Task 9

For this task I used two fabric paint printed fabrics and stitched parallels to the stitching journey, firstly through the centre of the circles and then along the pale blue lines and one masking tape designed fabric where I stitched along the edge of the pattern




Task 10

I used seamed blocks from Module 1 To produce two samples of quilting ‘in the ditch’. One of these I missed the ‘ditch’ in part and so I did another one as well.

In order to do this task I made the quilt sandwiches as before, using a four-patch block, a tapered sample and a strip sample. To stitch ‘in the ditch’ I needed to make sure the seams had been pressed well and with the RS of the fabric towards me I positioned the presser foot so that the needle would fall directly into the seam by spreading the fabric a little with my hands on either side of the seam.


15 (1)



I have hardly tried any of the automatic stitches on my machine and so decided to go ahead with the Xtra option.

I used one of my sample blocks made with inverted seams and tried out three different stitches using a complementary coloured thread and heavier weight polyester wadding. I really like the finished piece 😊although will no doubt revert back to my favoured wadding for quilts in the future.


task 2 workbook

Module 2 Chapter 3

Chasing Lines – Man made Structures

For this chapter I will be looking at linear and interesting shapes in my environment and using images from my collection of photographs and magazine cuttings.

Task 1

For this task I gathered together pictures that show strong lines within structures and bold shapes.task1

Task 2

For this task I selected 8 images and mounted them together into my cutting board, this collage was a little too big to fit into my course book so I photographed it and have stuck that into my book. I have also used some of these images for following tasks and have stuck the original pictures in where I have used them.

task 1b

Decorative Papers & Fabrics

Task 3

For this task I was asked to use Edge Stencilling technique with coloured oil pastels and fabric crayons

I laid down newspaper to protect my surface and chose 2/3 colours for each piece, using cartridge paper and calico.

The technique required me to cut strips of stiff paper and to thickly colour the edge of these strips with the coloured crayons. I taped the paper/calico to my cutting board with masking tape, then holding the strip onto those background pieces and I used my fingers to press down and slide the strips across the background, causing the strip to leave a stronger colour to begin with, gradually fading to a lighter shade.


task 4

I used further strips of stiff paper to add different colours and place them in different positions on the background, using the same technique to make more marks.

I chose one of my earlier images and with Edge Stenciling reproduced that image onto pieces of cartridge paper and calico



I chose colours next to each other on the colour wheel plus a contrasting colour.



Task 4

For this task I was asked to choose an image with curved lines to edge stencil colour onto a background of paper and calico

task 4a


To make the curved stencil I drew partially around a small bowl then echoed this line by drawing, freehand, another line, cutting the curve out and then coating the edges with colour.



Method 2

Producing Decorative Fabrics with Masking Tape and Fabric Paints

Task 5

For this task I was asked to produce 2 or more decorative fabric examples using calico, masking tape and diluted fabric paints

I chose two images from my collection. I needed to use pictures containing straight lines and so I found one with ladders and the other of a kitchen ceiling with beams.

I cut two pieces of calico and chose two colours for one design and three colours for the other design.

I put newspaper onto my work surface, lay the fabric on top and applied the masking tape to reflect the lines in the pictures.

task5 c


I started with the ladder picture, applied masking tape followed by the lightest colour, yellow, then after applying more tape I added the darker colour of red. The two colours blended in places to produce orange. I wasn’t entirely happy with the result, I found that the watered-down paint spread under the tape and so the result was more of wobbly lines in places rather than crisp straight lines. I didn’t add a third colour to this piece as I thought the result would be too messy.


task 5l


For the second design, I chose the kitchen ceiling image.

task5 b

I applied the tape in the same way as my previous piece, beginning with white paint, followed by blue and then finally aqua which I made from mixing blue and green.  I used slightly thicker paint which gave a better result although it still spread in places.


task 5m

After finishing each piece, I sandwiched them between baking parchment and ironed over to fix the paint.


Decorative Papers using Transfer Crayons and Rubbings

Task 6

For this task I was required to use transfer crayons to produce surface decoration rubbings on paper. I produced several small trial examples and then chose two of these to reproduce onto larger paper (A4)

The surfaces I chose were, wire baking rack, radiator grid, rubber bathroom floor tiles and the top of a Lloyd Loom laundry basket and a wicker shopping basket.

I used transfer paper to begin with but as these didn’t transfer well onto fabric, I tried again using computer paper which I found worked better.

I took the rubbings and over lapped with a different colour and position onto the same paper with most of the rubbings. I then cropped the paper rubbings to neaten the edges of the patterns.



From top left

rubber bathroom floor tile, wicker basket, radiator grid, top of Lloyd Loom laundry basket and wire baking rack


Task 7

Decorative Papers with Transfer Crayons and Outlines

For this task I was asked to produce several trail examples and to select two of my favourites to make into A4 examples

I chose an iron, the bottom of a triangular grater and the top and bottom of a glass, the bottom being hexagonal and top circular. As I had made these examples on transfer paper and once again they didn’t transfer onto the fabric well, I decided to leave out the shapes from the glass and re drew the others onto computer paper.

I drew around the shapes with a pencil to begin with and then went over the lines with the crayons. I overlapped the shapes to produce linear designs.

I will choose my favourites to stitch later.


Task 8

Decorative Papers using Transfer Paints

For this task I was asked to use man made items to make marks with transfer paints onto paper by producing trial examples and choosing two to reproduce into larger examples.

I lay newspaper onto my work surface, set up my brushes, water, pallet and items to print with.  I used a pastry cutter, the prongs of a large plastic kitchen fork, the bristles of a vegetable brush and a wooden clothes peg.



Task 9

Transferring Crayon/Paint Paper Designs to Synthetic Fabrics

I was looking forward to this task but will admit to being a bit disappointed with my results.

I chose a three synthetic fabrics from my collection, polycotton, polyester and a polycotton with satin finish.

To transfer I lay a piece of cardboard onto my ironing board, turned the iron on to non-steam

I placed the fabric RS facing up, onto the card, lay the paper, design facing down onto the fabric, lay a piece of parchment on top and then applied heat with a hot iron.


I kept checking the corners to see if it had worked but found the results really weren’t very successful. I removed the parchment and ironed directly onto the back of the paper and this worked a little better, although still not great.


I have used coloured background fabrics for some of my examples.






I have mounted some trial examples of my work from this chapter in my course book and kept some back for hand quilting in chapter 4. I was getting a bit confused with which pieces I am supposed to be saving for use later in Module 2 and which for                 Module 3 so I hope I have them all. I have had a read through Chapter 4 and am looking forward to getting started on it 🙂

Module 2 Chapter 2

Curvilinear Journeys

Section A Lines and Patterns

For this chapter I have been asked to look closely at the patterns made by lines in some of my collection of natural images and objects

Task 1

This task asked me to make several line drawings with a variety of natural form shapes.

I hand drew my objects, a cedar rose, a sea shell, a pine cone and large pebble from the beach.

Task 2

This task asked me to pick out the prominent details from my natural objects and draw them in black, I used a fine liner and drew them by hand.


Drawing with ‘dry’ materials

For this I referred to chapter 1 and used 3 images that I had used before. I glued the images down the centre of the page and drew the images down each side. On the left I used a fine liner for each image and on the right I used a variety of ‘dry’ mark-making tools.

Task 3

First image a charcoal pencil, second image a black pencil crayon and the third image an italic pen. These produced a variety of lines, curved, wavy, straight and both fine and thicker lines.  Due to the nature of my chosen images, I could concentrate on inner and outer lines.

3 images


Task 4

This task required the use of a variety of ‘wet’ drawing materials to produce 4 x A5 contrasting line designs on paper, dark lines which show up against a light coloured background.

task 4 cedar rose

First image I used the cedar rose, painted black water colour paint onto the centre and rolled it onto the paper to print the pattern


task 4 pine

Second image I used a photo that I had taken of a type of pine tree, I used a glue spatula and black water colour paint to transfer the shape of sharp needles onto the paper


task 4 compound

Third image This photo is taken from a magazine, I used a paintbrush and black ink to replicate the smaller parts of a compound leaf.


task 4 lemon

Fourth image  This image of lemons was also taken from a magazine, I sliced a lemon in half and using green acrylic paint I printed the inside flesh of the lemon onto the paper.


Make patterns with a variety of mark making tools and fabric paints

 Task 5

For this task I was asked to produce 4 test pieces made from using fabric, fabric paint and mark making tools, making marks which reflect natural form details.  I ended up making 5 as I didn’t read the instructions properly and missed out the first experiment where I was asked to completely cover the background with one colour.

I used four post card sized pieces of calico and two different pairs of colours for each piece.



For the first sample, I painted the whole piece yellow and then dipped the edge of a shell into red fabric paint and printed this shape all over the yellow background.


For the second sample,  (bottom left in both images) I painted a group of three leaves with green fabric paint and printed these leaves over the fabric I then used the cedar rose from a previous task, painted it with yellow paint and printed it over the leaves

For the third sample, (top left in both images) I used the shell again, dipped it into blue paint and printed the fabric, then mixing blue and red paint and making purple I used a glue spatula and painted a pattern over the shell print.

For the fourth sample, (bottom right in both images) I used the end of a cork, dipped it into the yellow paint and printed over the fabric, then painting the edge of the large pebble from an earlier task I made a trellis work pattern by printing the pebble onto the cork background

For the fifth sample, (top right in both images) I painted a fir cone from a previous task with orange paint, mixed from red and yellow, and then rolled the cone across the calico. I then dipped the end of an old cotton reel into the green paint and stamped a pattern across the cone pattern.


After finishing these samples, I then chose two that I thought produced the best finish.

I really liked the leaf with cedar rose print and the fir cone with cotton reel print so I reproduced both of those onto A4 pieces of calico


Task 6

For this task I was asked to produce 6 test pieces and then 2 x A4 fabric mono-prints

The examples need to have a selection of integrated and linear lines using a range of colours.

To produce these Mono Prints I used old baking trays, fabric paints and calico. I used a range of mark-making tools, the end of a paint brush, a cotton reel, a glue spreader and the tip of a pen.

I spread fabric paint onto the baking tray using a sponge ended ‘brush’ and a paint brush, from the test pieces you can see that the sponge worked the best without leaving brush strokes. (red and yellow test pieces)

I then made a pattern into the paint with a mark-making tool, lay the fabric onto the paint, gently pressed down with my hands and then peeled the fabric off to reveal the mono print on the underside of the fabric.


 Two-colour mono-prints

Task 7

For this task, I was asked to produce at least 2 x A4 two-colour prints using different background fabrics. I made two with calico and one with grey and white ticking fabric.

To do this I covered two baking trays with different colour paints, making a different pattern in each with my mark-making tools.

For the first print, I used red paint for the base pattern, made wavy lines with a paint brush to give the effect of a plant. I lay the calico onto this and pressed gently with my hands. I left that to dry a bit before putting green paint onto the other tray in the same way, using a cotton reel to make a pattern across the ‘plant’ giving the effect of leaves. I then lay the calico onto that tray and the green pattern printed over the red.


For the second print, I covered the tray with blue paint, I used the fir cone and rolled it across the paint, giving the effect of sea water, I lay a fresh piece of calico onto it as before. I then spread yellow paint across the second tray and used the tip of a wooden clothes peg to make a trellis pattern across it then lay the calico onto it giving the effect of a fishing net on top of the sea water.


For the third print, I spread green paint across the tray, as I did this some yellow paint which hadn’t completely mixed in showed a little and so I decided not to add another colour. I used the end of the peg again and as I twisted this from side to side it gave the effect of an italic pen, which I think looks quite good.



City & Guilds Level 1 certificate Patchwork and Quilting Module 2: Twists Twirls & Swirls

Module 2 is all about creativity and is to encourage me to look afresh at line, shape, texture and colour. For someone who likes to use plain fabrics with just a dash of pattern, this will be a challenge but one that I am definitely up for.

Chapter 1 is taking me into the natural world, which I love and am looking forward to exploring more to relate it to my patchwork.

Chapter 1

A Wealth of Colour

Task 1

For this task, I was asked to gather together images which reflect a variety of colours and fill a page in my coursework book with a range of these images.

I chose flowers and leaves; these images are collected from photographs that I have taken and from magazine cuttings.

task 1 a

This first page shows a selection of natural images, mostly flowers, but also some leaves, in a variety of warm colours and natural shapes.

Task 2

I was asked to fill at least one page of my coursework book with categories of images

task 2 a

This page shows a selection of images grouped together according to colour and species I chose leaves.  I enjoy looking at leaves, I like the natural colour of green and am amazed at the huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours on this page alone.

task 2 b

This page shows a selection of flowers. The hydrangea photo is taken in my daughter’s garden which is full of these beautiful plants, in all different colours. The red rose photo is taken in a friend’s garden and the other pictures taken from magazine. The pictures show an array of  colour, shape and size.

Task 3

For this task I was asked to produce a paper collage by tearing or cutting papers into small pieces.

I used green papers and my grouped images of leaves as a guide. Using a variety of shades of green, some plain and some with patterns on. I found this task quite satisfying, I enjoy choosing colours for my quilts and am quite fussy about which colours to put together. Using different shades of one colour is quite a challenge.

task 3

Task 4

For this task I was asked to produce 2 more examples using different colours and different techniques.

The first example I used purple papers and papers with purple in the pattern, I cut these into strips and wove them together, spreading PVA glue along the top of backing paper, sticking down the tops of the vertical strips, weaving the horizontal strips into these and then gluing the bottom and side ends to the backing paper.  This is a great way of seeing how different patterns/colours blend together.

task 4 a

For the second example I tore strips of different shades of blue paper, spread glue across the backing paper and then lay the strips horizontally onto it.  Although these strips has rough edges to them, I feel that they show a clearer  and less fussy example of how different shades/patterns blend together.

task 4b

Colour Diagrams

For the following tasks I am looking at ‘how to create harmonious and exciting colour schemes in textiles’. In order to do this I have been asked to look at the composition of the basic Colour Wheel.

The Primary colour wheel on the left, contains red, blue and yellow. These colours cannot be made up from other colours

The Primary & Secondary colour wheel on the right, shows the 3 primary colours and in between each are the 3 secondary colours which can be made when equal parts of two primary colours are mixed together

Red & Blue = Purple                 Blue & Yellow = Green                       Yellow & Red = Orange

Task 5

For this task I was asked to use fabric paints to produce a simple colour diagram, painting the primary and secondary colours onto calico fabric.

I cut squares of calico, taped them to my work bench with masking tape to prevent fabric from slipping.

Task 6

For this task I was asked to blend the primaries to produce secondary colours by painting four stripes, red, yellow, blue and red again onto calico and then before the paint had time to dry I used clean water to blend the colours by painting water down between each stripe. I tried this task twice as the paint dries quite fast. I probably should have made the original stripes thicker by using more paint.


Limited colour schemes found in nature

When I make quilts I do usually limit my colours, I may use more shades of each colour but I prefer to use less colours to create a less busy result.

Task 7

For this task I was asked to create some limited colour schemes myself by looking closely at images from nature, identifying all the main colours and then picking just three of those colours, the one standing out the most, a really dark colour and then one in between.


I chose three images from my collection of photos and magazine cuttings. I went through my cuttings and pieces of fabric/ribbon to find pieces that matched the colours in the image, I also used some fabric paints. The following three pictures show my results

task 7 a

This image is of stones and leaves in a water, I think the blue is from the sky reflecting into the water, I didnt find it so easy to focus on three limited colours but I enjoyed finding paper to match what I saw in the image.

task 7 b

I was quite excited when I found some gold ribbon in my tin to match the gold in the top right hand corner of this image and I found it easier to pick out three main colours.

task 7 c

I liked the colours in this image of leaves and berries which is why I chose it, but once again I found it quite hard to limit it to three main colours.