Last Thursday night we had the opening of the new exhibition, Coming Home, put on by the London Quilters. We were very lucky to get Tracy Chevalier to do us the honour of opening the exhibition.
Here I am with Tracy in front of her first quilt, made while she was writing her excellent book, The Last Runaway.
Valerie Nesbitt and I filmed the exhibition for http://www.justhands-on.tv/ during the afternoon. When Tracy arrived, she talked to Valerie about her quilt. These photos were taken by Matt Bigwood.
This is my quilt, Walk in the Woods, that can be seen in the exhibition. Do come along if you can! It will be on at the Swiss Cottage Library in London until January 4th.
I had a fascinating day yesterday with Valerie Nesbitt, Dave and Matt from Justhands-on.tv, who filmed me in my workroom.
Here are Matt and Dave setting everything up for the shoot.
Valerie and I posed for a photo by Matt Bigwood just before filming my first demonstration which was about adding tiny beads to fabric to embellish a quilted surface.
After lunch, Valerie interviewed me about the book. We also took a little tour of my workroom and looked in detail at some of my quilts. It was really fun and I can't wait to see the results! I'll let you know when the videos are online.
I was invited to feature my work in a gallery at The West Country Quilt Show in Bristol last week. I was sponsored by Lady Sew & Sew and GMC (my book distributors). I drove to Bristol on Wednesday to set up. As usual, it's hard to believe that a pile of quilts and stuff in boxes will turn into a gallery.....
but with the help of Martin, a vision became a reality!
I laid all the quilts out on the floor according to the plan I had devised at home. When I was ready, I grabbed Martin, who cut the battens and wielded the drill. I helped by checking whether the pieces were straight or not.
It really didn't take very long before everything was up. After these photos were taken, I was advised to push the tables together, which looked a lot better.
It was wonderful to see all my work hanging like this. I had never seen the quilts all together before. I was glad I had brought so many pieces as it was a large space to fill!
I hung a mixture of traditional, contemporary and art quilts in one half of the gallery, which worked really well.
Here are some of the smaller pieces.
I had a lovely chat with wildlife photographer Victoria Hillman (www.vikspics.com) who was there to support her mother Jennifer, who had another stall. Victoria took this photo of me--not her usual subject but looking wild nevertheless! I met loads of quilters over the 3 days of the show, and sold lots of books. Plus I had a great time with Vanessa, Judy and Jon of Lady Sew & Sew.