Sunday, 25 April 2021


Just seen this on the BBC website.  Might help, but might confuse...

Your pictures on the theme of 'fences' - BBC News

I have two ideas in my head but haven't started either.  (The Christmas projects from Makower arrived very late this year so a mad rush on.)

Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

H xx

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Hello, I am Momo from Taiwan.

 Hello, sorry I'm so late in introducing myself, thank you Claire for introducing me to this group!

My name is Momoko, which is my Japanese name, meaning peach

 (but I like to be called Momo, so please call me Momo)

Although I have a Japanese name, but I am a native Taiwanese!

(You should not be unfamiliar with Taiwan anymoreright?!

In 2012, I was introduced to quilting by my mother and started my quilting journey. I studied the Japanese Association's patchwork certificate with my inspirational teacher, Mr. Chiu. At the beginning, I learned basic hand sewing techniques and machine stitching, and my work was mainly about bags and home decorations, but after attending Claire's class in China in 2019, I slowly became interested in wall decorations.

This year 2021 is my 9th year of quilting, and it is also the most crucial year for me. I'm glad to join 12 by the dozen and meet all the quilting masters and share my work with everyone.

Although  I am a freshman in quilt and do not have profound skills, I use my own unique world view to interpret the subject matter and add Taiwan's unique culture and spirit to my work, I hope you can give me more advices and encourage! 


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Time worn door, Labrousse

   Years ago I took these photos of an old door  in the hamlet in Limousin where my father-in-law came from. I was attracted to the textures of the peeling paint and rust on the wood and the iron bars. I knew that I wanted to use them for this quilt when I came across them in my collection of photos.

  I had two ideas that I wanted to try out, so I decided to make a double sided quilt. I made up a quilt sandwich, so that all the edges were finished before I started to quilt (no facing sitting around for ever afterwards waiting to be finished off!) After quilting I used Markal Paintstiks to colour one side This reminds  me more  of a tree trunk, than a door. The photo looks as though it is out of focus, but it looks a little fuzzy in real life.

   I used gesso and acrylic paint to add colour to the other side of the door.

   I made rusty iron bars out of crinkled brown paper glued to felt, and used a faux rust paint technique that I found by chance on internet. I was going to use paper fasteners for the bolts, but when Phil posted her quilt and I saw that she had used buttons, I thought I would have a look in my button box. I found six red fabric covered buttons that were ideal. I just needed to give them the faux rust treatment.

   I enjoyed making this quilt. It was very much an experiment, and I'm pleased that it came out as well as it did.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Alcatraz Doors

Large, imposing doors conjure up images of secure, dank prisons or dungeons.  While working on my piece I kept thinking of the few infamous prisons I had heard of.  The Bastille doors in Paris would have been much bigger than my final effort, so I named it Alcatraz doors as they were the right size, and of course, equally well known.



Old teabags became the walls and bricks of the building.  The first ‘door’ was rejected as it was too small but I then used it for the label, at the back.  Purple organza and netting scraps were used to bring depth, the shadows.  I kept jotting down ideas on my ‘design paper’ as I went along, using some and rejecting others. Found 2 circular washers for the door handles. Applied Oil Pastels on the doors to give them an aged look. Couldn’t resist embroidering some grasses and leaves as they definitely start growing on these old walls.

The hardest part was finding the picture of a door I felt I could recreate in fabric.




 Many years ago I made this wall hanging of a Zanzibari door for an exhibition in Cape Town, where it was bought and sent to England as a present.





Door Numbers

 Goodness, how many things can go wrong with one piece? 

  • I lost track of time and left myself with just a few days to make the piece
  • My paints, unused for some time, are drying out so the overprinting didn't work as planned
  • I carefully reversed my numbers on the bondaweb when I didn't need to
  • And last, but not least, my main machine decided to abandon all pretense of maintaining an even tension!
But I still enjoyed making this piece and it makes me smile - whether that's the colour palette or the memories or a bit of both I don't know but I like it!
  • It was good to start and finish something in a short space of time
  • I didn't mind that my patchwork pieces weren't flattened with paint as intended. I'd already decided that I want to get back to my patchwork roots this year!
  • I bonded organza to the right side of the numbers so that I could still use them
  • I'm fortunate to have a second lightweight machine for classes which has far fewer functions and doesn't have a wonderful free motion foot, but does an amazing job with the foot removed! 
  • And last not but least I re-discovered how much I enjoy scribble quilting.

As for the piece itself the numbers represent, with the exception of a year in hall, all the doors I've ever lived behind. The size of the numbers represent time spent at each address from less than six months in a disastrous college lodging house to 45 years in our previous home. The colours were just a personal response to the grey skies we've been living under recently, though today there isn't a cloud in the sky  and I had my morning coffee outside in the sun!

Door hinge

I have a large collection of photographs of doors taken in many countries over several years. When I went through these I noticed that I had a tendancy to focus on old doors with elaborate hinges. Not only do these hinges allow the door to move, in many cases they also hold the planks of wood together. I took one of my favourite doors, and enlarged the hinge section (actually, in this case, a section of iron work purely there to hold the door together) before tracing the design using Illustrator.
My first attempt used a centrally positioned image, sewn then painted with Tsukineko inks.
I was dissatidfied on many levels, artistic and technically, so I went back to the drawing board. Here's my final version, using the image off-centre and fused applique for the hinge. I'm pleased with the result - finally!

Jinnie's Door

   I have finally been able to get down the stairs, and get to the sewing machine. I have quilted my quilt, but it now needs an application of paint and 'rust' for my experimental decaying doors and iron bars. I hope to post it in the next few days.

What's behind the green door?

Like Phillida, my first thought was the wonderful carved doors on Zanzibar, then this song popped into my head and that was it.  Definitely showing my age.

I found the interesting looking door and liked the idea of creating the 3D effect but my first thoughts were so complicated I nearly gave up.  So I have kept it very simple and almost poster-like.  



Raw edge applique, printed image of record cover slightly adjusted.  Satin stitch edging.  Record separate with stitched 'grooves'.    Fun, thanks Linda F.   


Design for a door

 I decided to do a design for a door so went back to Art Deco and used one aspect of  a shape and the rest of it is my own.  It just evolved as I went along.  Appliqued and quilted.  I did enjoy doing it and had fun.


When Patricia visited us a couple of years ago we went to Hobbiton together and enjoyed our tour and a meal at the Green Dragon Inn. The doors to the Hobbit holes there are undecorated so I decided to add decoration to mine.. Rosemary

Doors - February 2021

 Hi everyone

I thought I would try just a piece of a door - so here it is. I think I'm going to call it Knock Knock!

Years ago I made a day visit to Manda island and saw lots of really old heavy doors, some of which you could peep through into fascinating inner courtyards. I thought heavy old iron door furniture was fascinating so decided to focus on that. The pattern is a simplified version of an old piece of wrought iron which I carved in lino and then printed onto heavy interfacing. This piece has a total of 4 layers - 2 for the dark front section and 2 for the paler back section. I cut out all the voids on the darker print and have stitched it on with spacers so it hovers over the background. By rotating the front print it makes for an interesting contrast to the rear. 

The moveable 'knocker' part was the biggest challenge. I have been exploring curved folds for a while and making extreme curves allows fabric to fold over on itself; this is the result - the origins are in god old Bauhaus again. I think it makes the perfect 'knocker'! Prints made with water soluble printing ink, knocker coloured with acrylic paint, gold flake and fabric medium. 

Hope you like it!

I also have some news that is good and bad at the same time. I have agreed to taken on a new role at SAQA which is going to demand a lot of time, which in turn means I have to stop doing so much. I have absolutely loved being part of this group, everyone is so creative and supportive and I have had great fun with the challenges, both making my own and seeing the incredible things everyone else creates. So sadly this is going to be my last piece - kind of fitting being a door!!!! Of course I will still look in every month and admire your work. 

Thanks for having me as a member. I have loved it and I hope you will welcome Momo who is going to take my place. Have fun Momo, I hope you love trying out new ideas as much as I have. Everyone in this group is so friendly and supportive I'm sure you will fit right in in no time. 





“Unhinged “ is my idea of an old Medieval/Tudor door, with the old hinges falling of due to age. It only exist in my head. As so often, my inspiration came from the fabric.


This has been a dream challenge, I have always been attached to old doors. Thank you, Linda.

So these pictures of old doors are just a reference.
It helps me to use black and white, so I do not get distracted by the colours.
Old Doors by Ole Henriksen

This was my starting point

Materials used:
Hand printet cotton sateen (made in ca. 2014), mulberry bark, unspun wool and silk. Cotton and silk thread. Mother of pearl buttons (back to front).

Note: Due to lack of time the quilt and the starting point was photographed using my iPad, proper photos will be taken later.