Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Manipulating Media

This weekend I worked like a Trojan to get the final 5 design sheets mounted as part of my portfolio.  I had hoped to have it all done by Sunday night, but my goodness all that cutting and sticking takes so much longer than you might think! 
So it was late Monday night that I finally finished with the designs and here are a few of them. 

Newsvine Design Work

Picasa Design Work

Facebook design work

And I even managed to get my 'introduction' page mounted too. 

You may or may not notice that there is a 2cm border around each of the pages.  And there is good reason for this.  This module on 'form' has to be presented in 3D and as you can see, my work is very much flat as a pancake at the moment.  But I have an idea for how to present my work, and a border is required...can't wait to share what I come up with in a couple of weeks!
Sarah x

Friday, 15 February 2013

Is anybody out there??

I've not posted on this poor neglected blog for months and months now.  I have several excuses reasons for this. 

Firstly, I have been very busy making and blogging over here www.quiltcandygirl.blogspot.com
So if you would like to see what I've been up to all this time, I would love you to take a look over there, and maybe, just maybe, you will follow me there too :-) 
And I was away for a month at Christmas, so technically that month doesn't count. 
So if you are out there and reading this, then hello again and welcome back.  I would like to share with you my latest City and Guilds progress.  After all, that is why I set up this blog, and from now on I plan to post once a week about what I have been getting up to.  (If no one is out there, then that's ok, I still want to keep a record of all my work here anyway, so I shall just talk to myself!) 
I have been working on the design element of Module 5, Media, and here are my paintings, colourings etc. of 10 social media logos that I've chosen to work with. 

I've learnt that there are so many social media networks out there, how many logos do you recognise??! 

And from these logos I used the computer to generate different designs using repeat patterns, rotation, symmetry etc.


I've completed all 10 designs and so far mounted 5, it takes a while because each page is an A3 sheet and they are much bigger than they look. 
So I shall continue cutting and sticking my next 5 logo designs and hopefully I will be back next week to show you some more. 

Sarah x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Studio Surin

I would like to tell you about one of my dearest friend's Rachel, and her lovely mum Nicola. 

I have known Rachel since I was about 5 years old.  (Oh my goodness we have been friends for over 25 years - where has the time gone!)  We have such a lovely friendship.  It's one of those where it doesn't matter how long we haven't seen each other, as when we do, we just carry on where we left off.  We don't get to see each other anywhere near as much as I would like, but we always manage to come together for those important occasions; our respective weddings, my daughter's naming ceremony, and as many times in between as time and travel will allow.
In France, the day before Rachel's Wedding
Rachel has a wonderful mum, Nicola.  I have been very inspired by Nicola, as over the years I was lucky enough to see some of her work as she completed her Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting.  (You can read more about that here: http://www.quiltcandygirl.blogspot.com/p/about-sarah.html
Rachel's family have now moved to France, and Nicola has a beautiful little studio, Studio Surin, where she teaches patchwork, as well as continuing to make beautiful quilts and cushions using vintage French tapestries.
French 1950s Rose Tapestry Cushion
Pair of decorative cushions with 1960s Bird & Butterfly French tapestry panels
Beautiful French Tapestry Rose Cushion

Set of 3 Stunning Floral Tapestry Cushions
 I am sure Nicola would be thrilled if you took a look at her Etsy page, where she has a large selection of beautiful cushions for sale. 
And wouldn't they make the perfect, unique Christmas present!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed looking at Nicola's work :-)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Tea and a Chat

In case you haven't seen my other blog www.quiltcandygirl.blogspot.com then I just have to tell you my exciting news...I have been interviewed!


If you haven't already, I would love it if you spared a minute or two to take a peek, and I would love to know what you think. 
Thank you so much to all my loyal followers and supporters, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. xxx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Stitching Social Media

At long last I have finished all 6 samples for the latest module of my C and G course. Hooray!

It's taken me ages and ages, for excuses  reasons including procrastination and diverted attention (www.quiltcandygirl.blogspot.com) but finally, here they are:

From top left, clockwise: 1. English quilting, inspired by the Newsvine logo; 2. Corded quilting, using the 'Blogger' logo; 3. Shadow quilting using the Picassa logo; 4.Trupunto (stuffed Quilting) inspired by the Twitter logo; 5. Tied quilting, inspired by the Kiwibox Logo; 6. Suffolk Puffs, based on the Facebook Logo. 

So now to putting a portfolio together, which is great fun, before doing the dreaded paperwork!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tied Quilting Sample

So back to the business of my City and Guilds coursework.  This time, a sample using tied quilting, based on this logo.  Have you seen it before?

I know I hadn't till recently.  It's for Kiwibox, a social media network for teenagers...that's about all I know, but if you're interested, here's the link  http://www.kiwibox.com/
Anyhow, as part of the 'media' theme, I decided to interpret this into my tied quilting sample, and this is what I came up with.
The buttons, are tied on, and then the rest of the sample is held together with little green bows using pearle cotton thread. 
It was quite fun piecing this together, but I found the little bows quite fiddly.  I don't think this would really be a very durable method of holding a quilt together - a few of my buttons fell off and had to be tied on again, and that was with just a little bit of handling!  
Only one sample left to go for this module, corded quilting.  I have been putting this one off for ages as it sounds fiddly.  We shall see.  

Sunday, 4 November 2012

I'd love you to join me...

I really do promise this is the very last time I am going to mention my new venture

But I just have to share with you my new blog that I have been working on.


All Weekend. 

I am sure you will forgive me for hoping you will take a look. 


And I would be *delighted* if you would become a follower. But no pressure. Only if you want to ;-)

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I will be back soon with more sewing updates!