More quilting in Llandudno

During my short visit to the ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’, I stayed in a hotel looking out onto the promenade and beyond that to the sea. There were some over-eager morning visitors:DSC_0007The conference centre (where the Quilters’ Guild conference and AGM took place) is also placed in prime position looking out to the sea. So nice to step outside between sessions onto the wide promenade and breathe in the sea air. So nice to step outside between sessions onto the wide promenade and breathe in the sea air.DSC_0054The town was ‘dressed to impress’ for visitors. I liked the horticultural displays, like this:DSC_0035Meanwhile, inside the conference centre, there was so much to enjoy. Each conference is run by one particular region of the Quilters’ Guild, in this case Region 13. The conference had a particularly Welsh flavour, never more than with the appearance on Friday evening of a sixty-strong Welsh choir, who sang in both languages and proved that it was not necessary to understand the words, to take in the emotional impact of a particular piece.DSC_0032In one session, Diane Gaffney of Textile Traders gave an interesting presentation about the hand-made textiles she and her husband bring in from many parts of the world. Click here to find out more. There were examples to see after the talk, like this Hill Tribe skirt:DSC_0026.JPGI also learned from the Modern Quilt Group (a special interest group of the Quilters’ Guild) how to put a binding with a contrasting flange around a quilt, like the one below. Very useful. Click here for more about the Modern Quilt Group.DSC_0019.JPGI spent a very pleasurable hour watching a demonstration of hand-quilting by Jean Jeffery, an expert practitioner. She marks her designs in pencil (and the quilt is washed at the end of the quilting process). Marking-out takes a considerable time; Jean uses traditional motifs, partly drawn using templates and also including some elements drawn  free-hand.DSC_0018.JPGJean showed us how she hand-quilts with the work held in a frame on her lap. She gave us numerous hints and tips garnered during a quilting lifetime to help us with this kind of stitching. Such skill! I am determined to try and include this traditional stitching in one of my upcoming projects. Practice is everything it seems, so I shall have to start somewhere. Watch this space

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Llandudno Quilting

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Having finished my last post with Pauline Burbidge, I am pleased to be able to start the next one in the same way, for Pauline was a key-note speaker at the Quilters’ Guild AGM in Llandudno (April 2016). She spoke about her inspiration and her creative process, including slides of her sketches in the presentation.

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She showed a photo of the beautiful piece displayed inside the glass cabinet at the Bowes museum  (for more about my visit to that exhibition, click here).

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The exhibition of Quiltscapes and Quiltline pieces is on at the Ruthin Craft Centre, from 23 April to 10 July 2016. For more information, click here.

A second key-note speaker was Effie Galletly, who – like Pauline Burbidge – has had work shown in art galleries; textile pieces holding their own alongside painted works. She stressed how important this was. Effie’s subject-matter is landscape, in particular the views she observes around her home in the Hebrides.

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The slides accompanying the presentation alternated between photographs of stunning views in the Scottish islands and beautiful interpretations in fabric and stitch. Some pieces were available to look at after the talk, which made it possible to see the subtlety of the hand-dyed material and the lines of stitching.

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Effie has written a book about her creative process called ‘Patterns in Landscape’ and she also offers courses in using these techniques to depict landscape.. You can find out more on her website (click here).

The stay in Llandudno was enjoyable for all kinds of reasons, and I’ll write more about it in the next post. In the meantime, here are some photos of this pretty town.

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