The private view of my show on 26 April was really well attended with over 60 visitors, and I don't think the samosas and wine were the only draw! It was great to see so many familiar faces and many new ones. Here are some photographs of the afternoon:
I made a lot of samples when developing the work for this exhibition. At first I thought I could get away without doing so but days of painstakingly unpicking heavy machine quilting convinced me otherwise....
For a couple of the samples I replicated the techniques on scrap fabrics, made quilt sandwiches and then auditioned stitches and threads. For other samples I did something which might be considered extravagant - I took a photograph of a work in progress and printed it out on ready printable fabric. This was a direct way of testing stitches and thread with the added benefit of creating a good collection of samples, all of which are now in my sketchbook, a permanent reminder of the works.
Some of the samples are shown below; click on each image to see a larger picture.