European Art Quilts VIII

Better late than never. 😉 I saw this exhibition at Tuch & Technik, the textile museum in Neumünster, Germany, in summer but failed to write about it several times. As usual, I took a lot of detail shots for inspiration.

Pebbles & Moss – Heidi Strand (Iceland)

Forbidden City – Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary)

Aerial Dancer – Leslie Gabriëlse (The Netherlands)

Ode to the vanishing rural landscape – Pirjo Kekäläinen (Finland)

Layers of silence, Christine Chester (UK)

Butter Blocks, Cecilia Gonzalez (Spain)

Purple Waters, Katriina Flensburg (Sweden)

Whirlpool – Yael David-Cohen (UK)

Elements VI, All in one II – Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst (The Netherlands)

Below this piece was a mirror so you could see the undersides of the pyramids. (Aerial Dancer by Leslie Gabriëlse (NL) and Dark Skies by Janine Ayres (UK) in the background)


Mallards And Mondrian – Finished

My slightly ill-fated project has finally come together. As you may remember, I got some of the blocks wrong and had to unsew them. Other mishaps followed but I managed to finish this piece regardless.

I found a leftover piece of batting that was exactly the right size, sandwiched the layers and used one of my sewing machine’s decorative stitches for quilting. The thread I used was Superior Threads Rainbows Col. 846 which was working great on all the different backgrounds.

Not a masterpiece in the end, but it’s off the list.


Exhibition – European Art Quilts VII

Back in May I went down to Neumünster where there was another fine exhibition at the museum Tuch & Technik (the textile museum). I took a couple of pictures, of which I’ll share some with you. As always, detail shots only because of copyright reasons.

Fenella Davies (UK) – Detritus Venice

Claudia Helmer (GER) – Alaska 1

Jane Lloyd (Northern Ireland, UK) – The Eye of the Storm

Karin Østergaard (DK) – Creepy crawly

Astrid Streng-Groenen (NED) – Information Overload

Jana Sterbova (Czech Republic, CZ) – Rift

Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst (NED) – ‘Twist’

Monika von H̦rde (GER) РVerbunden/Connected

My Current Projects

Some of my projects from the list  have already been finished. You may have noticed I didn’t blog about all of them – yet. I have been making a couple of scarves which I will introduce in an upcoming series of posts. There’s a new cross stitch project (still secret) and a new art quilt project.

As my German photoblog 54° 20′ N 10° 08′ W never appeared in the search results, I have created a new one called Kielgeholt (keelhauled) which has also got an English summary at the end of each entry. Both blogs show mainly detail shots from my photo walks. If you always wanted to know how a quite near-sighted girl sees her surroundings, just pop over. (Edit: I’ve closed it again.)

But I digress. Here are my current featured projects.

The ‘Strawberry & Cream’ scarf made in a knitted drop stitch pattern I designed inspired by another project.

The ‘Rainbow’ blanket – the blue part is finished and I’ve already started crocheting the purple part which is the last colour.

A new art quilt project. This is only an example of one of the blocks. The finished piece will look quite different.

It’s Quilted



Yes, I did it – quilted the Knotweed sandwich by machine. First try, instant success. Or just beginner’s luck. 😉

Remember I wrote that I was maybe going to quilt it if I had some matching batting in my stash? Well, I needed 62 x 83 cms. I went through the leftover pieces from my latest finishes and guess what? The remaining piece of batting from Protection was exactly the right size – 63 x 89 cms. Weird. That project really seems to work as a guardian as far as my efforts to finish my WIPs and UFOs are concerned.

As I had quite an amount of the yellow fabric, I also used it for the back and binding. It was just wide enough to fit lengthwise. And there’s still some left.

I quilted some tilting lines that echo the stalks in the center piece, just enough to hold it together. Instead of marking I quilted along some masking tape stuck to the surface.

Another one off the list. 🙂

The Pyramids Of The Boudoir/Knotweed

Just finished the small sample piece Pyramids I’ve already posted about here. For the binding I used the same fabrics as for Protection. The backing is made of a fabric sample I bought a while ago. This was the one from the set I did like the least but I think it’s looking not bad at all with this project.

Pyramids, back

Also finished the top for Knotweed of which you can read more here. Maybe I’ll try some machine quilting if there’s a matching piece of batting in my stash.

Knotweed, finished top

Exhibition: Nancy Crow + Color Improvisations

Back in February I went on a trip to see this exhibition at Tuch + Technik (Textile Museum) in Neumünster. The train I wanted to take was late, so I changed to another one which was late as well. And as usual, no announcements were made. (“Senk ju for trävelling wiss Deutsche Bahn” – my fellow Germans know what I mean.)

Anyway, despite using public transport I arrived in Neumünster and took a short walk to the museum. No photography weather, so I took pictures inside the museum only.

This was the last chance to see the ‘Color Improvisations’ exhibition and works by Nancy Crow in Europe before they travelled back to the US. And because such things usually never get ‘northier’ than Hamburg and this only if you’re very lucky, you have to take such an opportunity.

I’ve focused on the quilting and mostly made detail shots. Here are some of the pictures.

Mary Lou Alexander – Limnos/Benthos (detail)

Bonnie M. Bucknam – Canopy (detail)

Bonnie M. Bucknam – Tumble (detail)

Lisa Call – Structures # 111 (detail)

Violet Cavazos – Organized Chaos (detail)

Kathleen Loomis – Fault Lines 3 (detail)

Cathy Shanahan – Jewels of the Earth

Randa Stewner – Quadrat-Rechteck-Viereck (detail)

No Nancy Crow, you might ask. Well, that’s because there was only one of her previous works (of which I took two detail shots). I must admit that I didn’t like her new pieces very much because they were painted and monoprinted wholecloth quilts like this.

New works by Nancy Crow

This is not a promise, but I might put together a second part containing some of the remaining detail shots early next year.

Also, I have taken some pictures of their regular exhibition which will appear from January onwards once a week at The Pocket Camerade, my English photo blog. Watch out for TT Thursday. (Edit: blog set to private)

Fixed! Friday 19

Welcome to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

It’s been a short working week for me as yesterday was a holiday (Ascension Day) and since Monday I’ve been working two hours less per day. This will be the case until my holiday break (soon, I hope – as soon as I find someone to fill in for two or three weeks – tricky). I’m looking forward to it because I’m dealing with some health issues at the moment. Nothing serious, but nasty, so I hope the two extra hours are helping to recover a little.

The new computer at work still needs a little ‘education’ but it seems that at least the new dictation module is working which will save a lot of time.

Today’s piece is not actually a patchwork piece as such. It’s called

Unterm Mikroskop (Under the microscope)

While cutting fabrics for another project I noticed that a lot of the fabrics in my stash had a pattern like they appear in samples under the microscope – textures, cells, crystals. I made a little display from some of them.

reverse appliqué, sashiko quilting

Sewn from cotton fabrics using the reverse appliqué technique, with some added fancy knitting yarns, sashiko quilted with multicoloured polyester quilting thread (no batting). Made between June and September 2004, size is 42 x 42 cms, time spent making was 24’50 hours.


Next week on Fixed! Friday: Etruria antica

Knotweed, Not Bamboo

Japanese knotweed stalks

In my last Fixed! Friday post I introduced you to a piece with a yellow binding which had reminded Avis of Oh Sew Tempting of bamboo. I hadn’t noticed that before, but yes, she’s right. There are indeed some yellow species of bamboo, but most are green.

Knotweed (wip)

Strangely enough, just one or two days before I had thought of something – taking a backing fabric, cut it and insert a different fabric. I’ve even made some sketches. Avis’ comment led me to some pics I took last fall – not bamboo, but Japanese knotweed. Just the stalks without the leaves – and yellow.

After sewing on another project which had found me while I was looking for something else, I got out the yellow and brown fabric. Two of the extra fabrics from the other project, a brave cut across both of them. Sewn back together and cut again. Some strips from the yellow fabrics inserted. Voilà.

This needs a little more work – borders, binding, maybe some quilting. I’m currently exploring my sewing machine skills and there’s a lot to learn.