Friday, 5 April 2013

Life gets hectic, don't it?

April already!  Can you believe it?  I seem to have been very busy but I don't seem to have been particularly creative in the last few weeks, although I do have a few things to share with you.

First of all and most important, my baby brother and his partner made me an auntie towards the end of March.  As with all babies J is the most gorgeous little boy and I can't wait for a cuddle!

He looks so much like his Daddy and I am delighted for his parents as I know my brother has always wanted to be a Daddy and now he has this beautiful little boy.  I made J a quilt with these Riley Blake stackers and a cloud fabric to my own design but I was in such a rush to post it that I forgot to take a photo.  Hopefully my brother will send me one soon so I can show you.  Doh!

I promised myself this year that I would explore mark making but I havn't been very good at it so far.  I did however get my Gelli Plate out and have a little dabble and I'm quite pleased with the results so far.

The one above is the print from cleaning off the stencils.  Cool!

These are all made with Artist Cellar stencils and at the moment are not much more than backgrounds to be worked on but I do love the marks I've achieved.  The last one is done on tissue paper.  Not only can I play about more with these prints they will make great photo textures!

I am supposed to be joining in with the Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilts challenge this year and with the deadline looming I have only just made a start.  Goddness knows whether I am going to make it!  Yesterday I got out my oilbars, long neglected, and made a start on preparing some surfaces to stitch on my theme of Making Marks.

I used children's texture plates and a bottle holder from an old fridge to get the marks and decided to stick to one colour for these first four.  They are 8" x 12" in a landscape format and after the weekend I will be furiously practising my free-machining in the hope of completing them all before the deadline, otherwise I will be shuffling off in an embarrassed way and withdrawing from the challenge.

I have loads more to tell you about, including a coach trip to Cardiff last weekend and a fabulous day out with my lovely friends Linda and Maggi on Wednesday to see the Living Threads exhibition at Long Eaton which is definitely worth a visit if you are withing reach of Long Eaton, Nottingham.  Sadly I don't have any photos of the exhibition as none were allowed.

Sorry to be so brief but I should be getting ready to go to the Quilters' Guild AGM today so I must dash.  I may be a bit delayed in answering any comments as the next three days are going to be a bit hectic but I do value all your comments and support.  It's really lovely to know such friendly and warm people.  I hope I'll see some of you in Nottingham later today or over the weekend.  Kick me in the shins if you see me, I'm a bit bad at noticing people sometimes ;-)  

PS  If you are within reach of Grantham, Stitchcraft are having a 4 day Spring fabric next Wednesday 10 April and I've heard they have some fab fabrics. 


Amanda said...

How cute is Baby J!! Congrats all around. And all the marks a looking great, can't wait to see what you do with them. Have a fab time at the AGM too.

Gina said...

I bought myself a Gelli plate this week and your lovely results have encouraged me to make a start with it.
Conratulations to your brother and his partner on the arrival of their beautiful baby boy!

Françoise said...

Congratulations! He's a cute little boy.
The prints look cool. Now you "just" have to quilt them. I know you can make it!

The Crafty Mugwump said...

I really like those prints, I actually made gel plates from gelatin some time ago for a workshop with a couple of friends - gradually throughout the day they broke down (the plates not the friends) and we ended up squidging it through our fingers like a bunch of toddlers at play school.I shall be interested in the 'lasting' quality of the commercial gel plates.
Lovely little baby Julie!

Libertybelle said...

Congratulations aunty! What a cute little baby. I love my gelli plate -I just need some more time to play with it!

Heather said...

Your nephew is a dear little chap - lovely to have a new baby in the family.
I love your Gelli plate prints and am trying not to want one myself! I have so much to do at present and no time for anything extra.
Enjoy all your projects and days out and tell us all about them when you have time.

Jackie said... are a new aunt!
And isn't your nephew the cutest little baby. Congratulations all around!!!

Angela said...

Congratulations on becoming an auntie, isn't he a cutie.
Your mark making results are fabulous.

Peneller said...

Lovely marks Julie. I'm sure the journal quilts will turn out just fine. Enjoy the AGM!

Emma said...

Oh congratulations! Can't wait to hear about the day out with M & L but what a shame no pics were allowed. As life goes by so quickly these days just make sure you enjoy a little bit of each day, coz you're worth it!