Author Archives: joanbrailsford

Challenge – Country – Artist

In the third quilt of our series based on a chosen country, we have been challenged to create a quilt in the style of an artist from that country. I think you will agree that this is an intriguing topic and one which will make our members think both of a design and then how they will make that design reflect their artists’ work.  As always I anticipate a varied and interesting approach and hope that you will enjoy our work. You can see details of each quilt, as well as the thoughts and inspirations behind each by clicking on the pictures below.

   

   

   

   

 

 

Challenge – Country – Landscape

In the second quilt in our series based on a chosen country, the topic is ‘Landscape’. Here we will base our designs on the impressions, thoughts and maybe memories, that our country evokes in us. As you can imagine, because each country is different, there will be a wide variety of designs and I am looking forward to almost a ‘textile map’ of our world.  Of course, it won’t be a conventional map (because I don’t think our quilts can ever be described as conventional), but I think that it will be a beautiful depiction of snapshots of parts of the environment around us. See what you think – as always you can see full pictures, descriptions and  thoughts behind each piece by clicking on each of the pictures below.

   

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Challenge – Country – Emblem

This year our group has decided to create a series of quilts which will all be based on the country of each member’s choosing. For each challenge a different aspect of the country will be explored, for the members to interpret in their own individual ways. In this first challenge the theme will be emblems icons or motifs –  something which defines the country. This could include the flag, the colours or emblems within it, an item which is typical of the country – but must not be views or panoramas of the country. The idea for this first reveal is that there will be an element of guessing the country which each member is using, as the title of the piece will not include the country name – you will only see that, and the details of the design, when you click on each picture to take you to its full description.

Please feel free to view the pieces and the thoughts behind each by clicking on the pictures below – and join the fun to see whether you can guess the country!

   

   

 

   

   

 

 

 

Challenge – Letter A

Our last challenge of the year finalises the ‘letter’ series which saw our members choose a subject and then include text containing the designated letter in each piece, the final letter being A. The full series for each member is visible by clicking on each of the icons below. This will take you to thew page which contains the thoughts and details of the final challenge, that are the followed at the bottom of the page by pictures of the completed set. We hope you will enjoy this year’s efforts as much as we have enjoyed creating them.

      

     

     

       

 

 

 

 

Challenge – Letter M

Our new letter for this month’s challenge is M, and continues the ‘letter’ series. This is the penultimate quilt for the year and the members series’ are evolving as each quilt adds to it. Once again we have a really interesting body if work this month and it continues to amaze me how varied and beautiful our members work is. Please feel free to view the pieces and the thoughts behind each by clicking on the pictures below. We hope you will enjoy viewing and reading about them.

   

   

 

   

   

Challenge – Letter D

Our latest letter in the series of text challenges is ‘D’, and once again it must be included in the design of the quilts.  Most of us are working the challenge quilts within a series on each member’s chosen subject (not as confusing as it sounds, I assure you). Each member’s series is evolving into interesting and special work which highlights their own interests and experimentation.  As always, you can see the details of each piece and the thoughts behind it by clicking on the pictures below. We hope you will enjoy viewing and reading about them.

   

   

   

  

   

 

 

 

Challenge – Letter C

Our latest letter for this month’s text challenge is ‘C’, and once again it must be included in the design of the quilts. We continue to use our imagination and creativity to focus on the happier aspects of life as we find it at the current time. Again the possibilities for the interpretations in the designs are many and  varied, with each member using it in their underlying themes. You may now see each series beginning to unfold, and I for one look forward to the next chapter in each, and I hope that you will feel the same way.  As always, you can see the details of each piece and the thoughts behind it by clicking on the pictures below. We hope you will enjoy them.

   

   

    

   

   

 

 

 

Challenge – Letter P

We continue with our challenges this year to base our designs on a given letter and this month our letter is ‘P’. We are being tasked to use this letter as text in our designs, and you can imagine that this has huge scope for interpretation, bounded only by whatever theme each person uses. This month has been stressful for many of us as the corona virus pandemic takes hold, but all of us have agreed that stitching has been an oasis of normality for us, and something positive to concentrate on.

Perhaps our pieces will spread a little happiness, so why not take a look. As always, you can see the details of each piece and the thoughts behind it by clicking on the pictures below. We hope you will enjoy them.

   

   

   

   

   

 

Challenge – Letter S

This year our group will be creating quilts which are based on given letters, and which contain that letter or a word  that contains the letter. The letters have been chosen in advance for the whole year, and cover some of the commonest letters in use. Our members can choose their own overall theme, and choose to work in a series of 6 or two series of 3.

This month our letter is ‘S’ – now although we have a letter, just imagine how many words you can think of with that letter, and you will see that the scope is endless. Perhaps pinning down an idea from so many will be more challenging than having a more defined theme. Why not take a look and see what you think. As always, you can see how individual members approached this by clicking on the pictures below to take you to the details behind it.

   

   

   

   

   

 

Challenge – Music

Our theme of ‘music’ once again lends itself to a wide interpretation. Think about how many places you hear music being played, and how many different types of music you hear, not to mention how many instruments there are – and you can begin to see that the possibilities are huge. Maybe the biggest difficulty this month will be choosing which one to use! Click on any of the pictures below to see how our members managed to do just that.