Two Posts in One Day..Whatever Next

Okay so heres my catch up post..we had an amazing week here in Ireland a month ago as it was National Quilting Week here and the group that I am involved with, apart from the Irish Patchwork Society held an amazing exhibition at St Mathews Church in Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow.

The church looked amazing and very kind of St Mathews to let our group use the venue. So here was our special visitor one evening, none other than Ricky Tims himself. He was over with a group for quilting week. Everyone ahd a great time, he was socharming and even signed Moiras Ricky Tims book!

All the girls and Ricky Tims

All the girls and Ricky Tims

Here are some of the pictures I took of the church and the exhibition.

Quilts on Pews

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My late return

Tinahely Show 2014

Tinahely Show 2014

This is such a late post but I am finally glad to be back online.Its been a rollercoaster year, and finally getting heavy treatment for Lyme Disease here in Ireland. The last year has been very topsy turvy with the drug regime but happy to say I am feeling a lot improved at the present….!

So backdated news. First of all I was encouraged to put two of my quilts into Tinahely Show, for the All Ireland quilt competition last year. I wasnt expecting much and the quilts on exhibition were amazing but I got the surprise of my life when I won first here with my garden quilt and a second with my childs quilt. here is the detail of the garden quilt which shows the embroidery on it …



The little elephant quilt that I had been working on came second!!

Elephant Quilt

Elephant Quilt

The overall winner of the quilt show was a lady from Dublin and she had hand quilted this beautiful piece. I thought it was stunning and every stitch perfect!

20140804_151206 (576x1024)This year I have been held up a bit with work but have entered two and am going up to Wicklow tomorrow so will be sure to post up photos!

Defining the AIDS quilt as Craftivism


  NAMES Project Foundation Quilt

I came across this thought provoking article by Cherisse Brown.. I had heard of the Names Project Foundation and the quilt made in memory of loved ones who had died from AIDS. The label CRAFTIVISM is an interesting concept – I feel that creative energy and action to change the political and social landscape for good has be a positive and challenging process.

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Regarding the differences between working in paint and working in embroidery to me it is easy to suggest that this gigantic quilt not only draws on traditional American folk arts of quilting but in its tactile, homely nature provokes a stronger response from the viewer. The symbolic nature of a quilt is that of a blanket, one which offers comfort. This community act helps to draw millions of people together over one significant issue of AIDS and the LGBT’s community. The quilt enabled this community to stand as one, representing themselves as one voice to be heard and noticed, fulfilling the speech of Milk where he said they needed to ‘tell the truths about gays’. As the quilt grows and grows it represents something which is completely beyond the capability of one individual, once again emphasising the need to stand together as one voice and one community to be taken…

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Building Blocks

I have sadly neglected my blog of late – we have been so busy with all our animals here at Casa Davies , and I have had to concentrate on quilting in my spare time..which got me thinking..does anyone else have huge problems fitting all their blocks together for the final quilt?

I sometimes see a great pattern and just cant decide about the colour combinations or where and how to place blocks on the quilt. or I think I can improve on it (!) For example I decided to make a small quilt, similar to the one I had seen in Alex Andersons book on wallquilts. So I lay all the blocks out on the floor and decided to play with them..ImageSo it sat on the floor for 3 days while I played about with what i thought was my new design and nothing was working..Big frustration! In the end I went back to the original pattern which had broken up the blocks using two horizontal lines between the top and middle blocks- the spacing really helped to creat a bit of visual tension (along with my own for being so darned stubborn in the first place)

here is the finished piece ..Image

it sure looks pretty different from how I started!! What do you think?


I thought these quilts were amazing!!

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February 28, 2013

The 2013 Tokyo Quilt Festival was held recently in Japan.  This slideshow features the work of Tomie Nagano from the photos of Luana Rubin. More photos to come from this fabulous show.  The Smilebox slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.  This event is the largest quilt festival in the world.

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Elephants in Wexford

Well no ..not real ones just on my quilt!!

I was online at one of my favourite places to buy fabric online  

Well I was looking through all the fabrics for a childs quilt- even though mine have flown the nest and no grandchildren on the ground yet! I found this amazing funky fabric by Valori Wells there and I just had to buy it, but how to make a quilt out of very large animals??

Fabric by Valori Wells for Fresspirit Fabrics

Fabric by Valori Wells for Fresspirit Fabrics

I didnt even know what I was going to do but just loved these my first design was born. That was such fun and many scribbles and overwrites. I thought if I cut out the Elephants using Bondaweb and appliqued them onto blocks along with star blocks it might work.

Embroidery panel hooped up and ready to go!

Embroidery panel hooped up and ready to go!

So I found some similar fabrics on the floor behind everything else and was thinking- the elephants are pretty, I thought the stars would need something extra, so I tried a few  embroidery patterns that might fit within the block on my embroidery machine.

I had an idea to blend machine embroidery with the blocks so this is what I came up with……….

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So this is what I came up for the free motion design on the star block……..

Free Motion on panel

Free Motion on panel

I found some matching Minky fabric for the back and completed all the blocks. The Minky fabric is gorgeously soft but I had used it before so didnt want to do anything to complex in the way of free motion quilting. it is a bit heavy for me to drag around on the machine but makes beautiful sculptural designs.

Minky Fabric on the Back

Minky Fabric on the BackAnd this is my finished Funky Elephant Quilt……………………..

And this is it finished , my Funky Fanta Elephant Quilt …..

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

I was so glad to get this finished, and folded up…no grandchildren to give it to yet though!! I am trying to find time to get on with my next project now although DH has promised me a revamp of my sewing room next week or so- its our spare bedrooma t the moment and I am working round a double bed and all the extras..have been promised a wooden floor and a sofa bed..Whoohoo!!!

Missing in Action!!!

Hi everyone,

Well firstly I had every intention of keeping up with my blog here but everything seemed to happen at once  at the tail end

of last year. I had an exhibition of my digital work based on the female figure in Wexford, and it took up quite a bit of time..

'Invisible' -Mixed Media 2012

‘Invisible’ -Mixed Media 2012

The exhibition went quite well and Tony and Trish Robinson of the Pigyard gallery in Wexford hosted the exhibition for me during the Opera Festival. You can see the rest of my artwork on my site

During the exhibition I had a special visitor in the form of Jimmy Deenihan, our Minister for the Arts who had come down to close the Opera Festival here in Wexford, and he came to the gallery to look at my work, which was a great thrill for me personally. Bryan was delighted to meet the famous former Kerry football captain who had held the Sam Maguire on a good few occasions over the years!

Exhibiton of 'Bodyworks' 2012. with special Guest Jimmy Deenihan Minister for Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht

Exhibiton of ‘Bodyworks’ 2012. with special Guest Jimmy Deenihan Minister for Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht

I have to say that after all the organising and  everything else I was totally shattered, as fellow Lymies know that have this disease, it really takes its toll after overdoing things. I think it took me about a month to get over things!! And then I had to finish submitting all the paperwork for the Arts Council Grant which funded the exhibition. I am not complaining though because without the Arts and Disability Ireland Award funding wouldn’t have been able to undertake the years work and it was very interesting but hard work.

So..onto matters sewing!! Christmas was looming large by this stage so I decided that i would make presents for family and friends instead of bought items. I found the most amazing site for embroidery patterns and projects..

Lace Wall Hanging 6"x6"

Lace Wall Hanging 6″x6″

Anyway that kept me busy up  until Christmas..the little lacy wallhanging was so cute,I

honestly never thought I would be able to make anything as nacky as this but it was in

mblibrary’s projects using one of their patterns and it really looked so pretty. Mind

you no-one sees the back do they!!

So Christmas was done and dusted and I was looking forward to 2013 and getting back to my quilt projects when hubby Bryan came down with a serious chest infection, and so did I, after him, although he was worse affected.It has kept both of us out of action for  a month which was worrying to say the least…..

So finally February has arrived and I am at last back in my sewing room.. Project number one finally completed..I am going to do a separate post about that one! So thanks everyone for sticking with me and hope to be talking to you all soon.