Friday, 27 November 2015

Sharing our Exhibition News...

We had our last meeting of 2015 this week, and although we haven't posted a great deal lately we are all keeping our heads down preparing for our next exhibition,  
Cornwall. Collected. 
at The Poly in Falmouth from September 12th to 16th 2016.

I've posted a few snaps from this week for you to see some of our work in progress...

Margaret Garrood
Margaret Pellow
another of Margaret's
And finally, here is a detail from one of Jane's finished pieces...

As you can see there's a great variety of work being produced.

More exciting news to share with you. We will have several pieces from our 'Stitched Art' Exhibition at the Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint, Exeter from 1st to 3rd April 2016. 

Our exhibition had such a great response, it will be lovely to see some of our pieces back together again. As a bonus there will be new pieces of work on show. 

If you didn't make it to Heartlands, hopefully you'll get a taste of our work in Exeter and visit us at The Poly next September.

Bye for now

Thursday, 12 November 2015

A Quick Up-date...

Just to let you know that from our recent exhibition, Trelyn Quilters were able to donate £3000 to  Newquay RNLI.

Thank you to everyone that visited and made it possible for us to support this worthy cause.

Bye for now

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Something to look forward too...

This wonderful Christmas Fair held at Pencarrow has been organized by our very talented Jenni for the passed 15 years...

You'll find everything you need to celebrate the festive season and it's a great way to support your local suppliers.

Bye for now

Saturday, 10 October 2015

A response to our day out

In August most of the group spent a lovely day out at Pine Lodge Gardens near St Austell. We decided to make a piece of work in response to the garden visit, and try to finish this within the month, as some of us have been missing the fast deadlines of our first two years!

Clearly having a deadline worked for me, and I have been able to get this small 12 x 12 piece done in time to hand it over tomorrow to Margaret - she is organising a small display of some Textile Maids work in the village hall at the end of the month.  Here is my final piece, and below is the quick sketch done the day and a photograph I took for reference. I hope you enjoy as much as I did - its been great to work fast again. I seem to have spent that last year working at a snails pace!

Regards, chris

A Holy Well... finished at last!

I am very pleased to be able to post a finished piece of work, the first in a series based on the Holy Wells of Cornwall.  This work is based on St Ruan's Well near Cadgwith on the Lizard. I decided before I started any stitching I would so some drawing, and on one of the first hot days of this spring I sat down and quickly made this sketch.

 I do think that making drawing part of my design process has made me look more carefully at the subject,  and I am hoping to keep that habit going!

I also took a few photographs focussing on the vegetation surrounding around the well and close ups of the granite. In particular there was a great mass of bare blackthorn stems which had an amazing texture which I rather liked...  During the period that I was starting to develop this project, I attended a weekend screen printing workshop with Vineta Cable at Cowslip Workshops. I decided to create some textured fabrics inspired by the photographs, and these prints of granite stones, grasses and blackthorn stems were all eventually used in the final piece. I loved the images of the tangle of ferns but this was not used in the final work as I had decided it wasn't possible to include imagery of the inside of the well. So I think I will be saving that for another project!


Thank you for reading this post, 
I hope you have enjoyed seeing some finished work from me - at last!  
Regards, Chris

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Exibition time...

Today was set-up day for the Trelyn Quilters which also happen to meet at Fraddon Village Hall.

Our charity this year is Newquay RNLI, so we decided to have a seaside themed corner, which was great fun to set-up with shells, buckets full of sand and seaweed still with feathers and shells entwined.

As you may know I do love to make anything which involves the sea and the beach, so I could indulge to my hearts content. Here are my pieces...

White Lines on the Horizon

Tide Line 1 & 2

Beach & Cornish Sea
Not a very good photo with the reflections on the glass, but I had great pleasure in making them all.

I set a challenge to the members earlier in the year to make Prayer Flags and was very impressed when bags were unpacked to reveal this lovely selection...

Aren't they all wonderful!

Here is our beautiful group quilt which is the first prize in our raffle...

And finally, here are a few snaps to show you some of the quilts on show, enjoy...

Now I'm off to do some baking to add to the refreshments stall tomorrow, we always put on a good spread.

Love to see you if you're in the area and thanks for reading.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

"Little landscapes" workshop with Sheena Norquay

Dear all

I spent two days at the beginning of this week on a workshop with Sheena Norquay at Cowslip. (Jane Hawkins was there too, which was a nice surprise!)

I wasn't feeling very well, and consequently not in a very good mood, so I didn't enjoy myself as much as usual when I go to Cowslip - but she is great teacher and it was nothing to do with her!

I didn't feel I made the best fabric choices on the first day, but had to work with the decisions I had made. The grey flower/leaf shapes at the bottom and made using the trapunto technique - that was the first time I had done that!

So I thought you might like to see what I made - it just needs a narrow binding on now.

Thanks for reading, Chris

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens

      Wow! I've done it. First ever blog. Great instructions Sue (plus help from Lizzie whilst waiting for the rain to stop).

        Well, what a wonderful day out we had on Wednesday and we must be a lovely lot as the sun shone all day! Weren't we lucky considering the awful summer we've all been experiencing.
We met for coffee, a relaxing stroll round the beautiful gardens (want to live in the Japanese garden)  then lunch, then more coffee and chat.

     The Pinetum Park is a hidden gem in Cornwall and one of the most beautiful, tranquil gardens I have visited in the county. Highly recommended so please go and support this piece of paradise. Make sure you take your camera and dogs on leads are very welcome.

     Just a few photos from the day to whet your appetites.