Monday, 14 July 2014

Lynne Selected for CQ Gallery

Lynne Pretty has been selected to exhibit as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group Gallery at the Festival of Quilts 2014. The theme of the exhibition is 'Dislocation'  40 quilts will be on display at the NEC, Birmingham from 8th - 11th August 2014

Here is a just a glimpse of part of Lynne's wallhanging..............

Lynne Pretty
'Dislocation' detail

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mary wins a yellow rosette at Uttoxeter

Mary's quilt, first seen at the Out of the Fold Finer Focus exhibition in October 2013, won 3rd prize at the British Quilt and Stitch Village show at Uttoxeter last weekend. The competition category was 'Lest We Forget' to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of World War One.

Mary says
"This is the first ever competition I have entered so am absolutely delighted to have my work recognised with a third place. Feeling brave now so off to fill in my entry form for the Festival of Quilts" 

Mary McIntosh 'Finer Focus' triptych
30cm x approx 230 cm
Recycled calico coffin cover. Dyed, stamped and stitched. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Janet at Olympia

Out of the Fold member Janet Valentine will be exhibiting work as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group at the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia from 13th - 16th March 2014

Janet says:
"After being chosen to represent QGBI Region 8 at the NEC for the 'In the Spotlight' competition in 2013, I really didn't think I would also get a chance to have two of my quilts at the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia, London in 2014 
'Underground 150' by Janet Valentine

'Underground 150 (detail)

Underground 150 was the quilt made for the NEC last year. Using hand dyed fabrics to represent the different colours of the Underground lines in London I then stitched station names onto this to create a background for the tube trains. Where the lines connect the station names were them stitched in the connecting colour. Sounds complicated but there was a system/pattern to it which seemed to work. It was a very exciting exhibition to be involved in.

'From Near to Far' by Janet Valentine Triptych
From Near, From Far and In Finer Focus was the triptych I made for OOTF's exhibition last year entitled Finer Focus. I hand dyed the recycled calico in the colours that appeared in my photos of Melbourne, Australia. Using these fabrics I pieced a backdrop gridwork and then top-stitched the sun and it's rays onto it. Using a combination of black fabric, net and felt, I used the set patterns in my sewing machine to sandwich these together and to create a textured fabric for the buildings"

From Near to Far (detail)

From Near to Far (detail)

Thursday, 20 February 2014

CQ Suitcase Collection

Two Out of the Fold members have had work selected for the Contemporary Group of the Quilters Guild latest suitcase collection. 
The theme of the collection was 'All in a day's work' and an A3 sized quilt could be made in any style and technique. The collection is made up of 60 quilts from contemporary quilt designer makers and can be hired by groups from the quilters guild 

Janet Valentine has made a piece called 'Mornings only'

'Mornings only' by Janet Valentine

'Mornings Only' view on the reverse

'Mornings Only' detail

Janet says
"As the quilt title suggests, I work ‘Mornings Only’ or 20 hours a week at a windscreen company called Car Glass & Trim Ltd in Ipswich, Suffolk.

On reading the title for the New Suitcase Collection, I thought I could fit my mornings work into a quilt and bring my ‘work’ and ‘play’ together.

The background fabric is Thermofax screen printed using fabric paints and reads’ Good morning. Car Glass and Trim. How can I help you?’. When answering the phone I say this, which could be 20 or 30 times each morning.

The appliqu├ęd wording is all the types of jobs we do. Each section begins with a red letter : Windscreens, Sunroofs, Body Glass, Window Tinting, Water Leaks, Cars and therefore these are the subjects I discuss all morning.

I always have 3 mugs of coffee and my mug is red. The majority of my time is spent talking on the phone or working on the computer. The 3 line drawings added as a top layer.

If you do look at the quilt and think it’s a bit muddily . . . . .  that’s because that’s how it is at work! But we always get the job done!!

Methods : Thermofax screen printing, procion fabric dyeing, applique, machine trapunto, free machine quilting.
Materials used : Cotton fabric, organza for the details.

Jan Valentine  2013                              

Mary McIntosh spent 28 years as a Bookseller and her piece combines her love of rust dyeing with the titles of some of her favourite contemporary writers. The term 'Slightly Foxed' is used by Booksellers to describe the rusty speckling of the pages often found on antiquarian volumes. 

'Slightly Foxed - All in a day's work'  by Mary McIntosh  
Rust dyed calico, stamped and stitched. 

View of the reverse 

Monday, 10 February 2014


Jane has made a quilt as part of The No. 1 African Fabric Shop Quilt Challenge organised by Maggie Relph of The African Fabric Shop. to raise funds for a clinic in The Gambia.
A quilt made by Helen Conway and displayed at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in 2013 was cut up into 30 'planks' and each one was bought by a quilter to remake in the style and technique of their choosing. All 30 of these new quilts will be exhibited at the British Quilt and Stitch Village event in Uttoxeter in April 2014 and then auctioned by sealed bid to raise money for Musas's clinic. 

'Peanuts' quilt made for The No. 1 African Quilt Challenge 80cm x 120cm

Jane says "Peanuts are the only cash crop in the Gambia and I liked the serendipity of the fact that my upbringing in East Africa  started when my father was sent to work on the Groundnut Scheme in Tanzania (Tanganyika) after WW2. Having lived in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana I always find myself strongly influenced by the colours, designs, crafts and music of Africa.

My "plank" was used for the flowers, peanuts, letters and label on the back"
The original 'plank' bought by Jane

Detail with African print  fabric used for the flowers                  

Detail of the peanuts

Label on the back of the quilt reusing some of the original quilt  

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Czech this out

Lynne Pretty will be exhibiting her quilt 'JaVal' at the 8th International Prague Patchwork Meeting held from 4th - 6th April 2014.

'JaVal' was made in response to the theme 'New Horizons' and inspired by a gift of tulip bulbs by friend and fellow Out of the Folder Janet Valentine when Lynne moved into a new home. This work was  first seen at the Festival of Quilts 2013 as part of the New Horizons exhibition staged by the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild and has been selected as one of those to travel to Prague.

JaVal wallhanging

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Monkeying around

As a special treat for our last Out of the Fold meeting before Christmas Jane Rowland taught us all to make a monkey from a pair of socks. Here is evidence that the day was not wasted...........Merry Christmas to all.

First there were 2 monkeys.....

Then there were three.....

Joined by more monkey friends.......

And finally.........Twelve sock monkeys sitting on the fence

Janet's 'dude'
Jane's Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil monkeys