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The Shame of IT!

How dreadful to hear from several people that they love reading my blog but that I have not posted for some while.  And they are right.  5 months to be exact!  What in the world has been the matter?  

To be honest, I am not sure why I have not posted.  I suffered a huge mental block on the quilting front and it is rather an embarassment to say "I don't know what to do!" but that was the long and short of it.  Now on reflection, I am nowhere near that situation.  In fact my head is spinning with creative ideas which seem to fly off all over the place.  Some nights I can hardly sleep for thinking about random stuff which is quite silly really as the ideas never are fully formed enough to be able to write them down.

I had a wonderful time at Ineke Berlyn's Retreat.  It was inspiring and I enjoyed working hard.  Ineke is just such a lovely teacher and I think there is a lot to be said about being amongst strangers and then not feeling too intimdated by what everyone else is producing.  I spent the 3 days working on a small wall hanging about my garden.  The New Zealand tree ferns are such an important feature that I took ther fern as my inspiration.

Here is some of my work towards my finished piece.


And finally the finished piece.  I used Lutrador on some square, sheer fabrics on others and I made my own stamped and stencils.  Some fabric is discharge dyed and some is painted.

I think I dyed and printed all the fabrics.  The colour in this photo is not too hot but it gives you an idea of what I was up to.

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