Monday, June 19, 2017

Made in Europe II - Selected Artists

Congratulations to all the artists who have had work selected for Made in Europe II.

The artists are:
Geneviève ATTINGER
Mai-Britt Axelsen
Louise Bell
Maria Billings
Maryte Collard
Stephanie Crawford
Kate Crossley
Fenella Davies
Heidi Drahota
Monique Gilbert-Oversteyns
Liz Hewitt
Bella Kaplan
Uta Lenk
Alicia Merrett
Sandra Newton
Tamar Ophir
Claire Passmore
Margaret Ramsay
Judith Rosenthal
Hazel Ryder
Christine Seager
Sandy Snowden
Tiziana Tateo
Gisha Wogier

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fine Art Quilt Masters

Congratulations to our SAQA European and ME members who have had quilts accepted for the Fine Art Quilt Masters to be exhibited at Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham UK.

"An international juried competition, the Fine Art Quilt Masters Gallery celebrates the finest examples of art quilts with work that has powerful artistic expression with abstract and figurative elements."
This year the shortlist of 20 quilts for Fine Art Quilt Masters includes work from the following SAQA European and ME Members:
Eszter Bornemisza, Home/Less
Fenella Davies, Horizon
Katriina Flensburg, Looking for Balance
Roberta Le Poidevin, To Walk Invisible
Alicia Merrett, Medieval “Island” City
Margaret Ramsay, Birchington Breakwaters
Christine Seager, Simply Grey
Here you can see all the quilts which have been accepted.

World Quilt Competition - Amelia Leigh

Congratulations, Amelia.

Congratulations to other UK SAQA members who also had their quilts accepted:

Stephanie Crawford
Liz Hewitt
Alicia Merrett
Frieda Oxenham
Claire Passmore
Linzi Upton                                                                   

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Brenda Wroe, Karma Chamelion

Karma Chameleon

Mastering the artistic use of a longarm machine to create this wholecloth quilt has been personally challenging, pushing my skillset towards a Wider Horizon. Inspired by a chameleon basking in the sunshine amongst some verdant foliage, I hummed the Boy George song and mused whether it might change in colour.

Wholecloth quilt, entirely hand guided free motion quilting on a longarm quilting machine.

Radiance silk cotton hand-dyed by artist. Double layer 100% wool wadding and 100% cotton wadding. Trilobal polyester thread 40wt.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Christine Seager, 1883 - Krakatua

1883 - Krakatua

The small volcanic island, Krakatua, off the west coast of Java, erupted in 1883. One of the most deadly in modern history, its effects were felt in Africa and Australasia. From a beach house overlooking Krakatua, we enjoyed evening vistas of a mildly smoking Krakatua against the setting sun. Amazing.

The hand dyed cloth represents the sea, sand, volcanic ash and fires of Krakatua whilst the mark making symbolises the turmoil on land and sea created by the event.

Own hand dyed fabrics, mono-printed marks. Improvisational cutting and piecing. Simple machine stitch.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Isabelle Wiessler, Horizonte III

Horizonte III

This quilt is one of a landscape series that are suggesting the skyline, each one does focus on the colors depending on the daytime or weather. My goal with my artwork is to give the public enough space to make up their own dream.

Hand dyed cotton, machine quilted, hand painted

Cotton fabric, batting, acrylic paint

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Tiziana Tateo, annequins

Figures are my favourite subjects because of the feelings, emotions and dialogue they convey.
The inspiration for my work came looking at a shop window, where two mannequins seemed to look at me saying: "Come in, please, and help us get dressed!".

Freely scoring and bonding on synthetic fabric and felt using soldering iron, hand painting, free machine embroidering

Synthetic fabric, felt, raffia,fabric colors, sizoflor, plastic net, tulle

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Sandy Snowden, Ramshackle: Country Community

Ramshackle: Country Community

Part of my series of Ramshackle houses about neighbourhood and community. This piece recognises the rural community. Distances and even differences do not matter when someone is in need of a neighbourly hand.

Fused raw edge reverse appliqué, Self guided quilting

Cotton, fusible web, cotton batting

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Monika Sebert, Lied


Working in my studio I'm listening to my favorite music... getting away from it all. My feelings are flying, I'm dreaming and creating new things and new horizons... getting high

Procion dying, free motion quilting, coloring with acrylics and bronze

Cotton, procion MX-Dye,thread, acrylics, bronze

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Cindy Richard, Dicovery


A child's discovery of the world is wondrous and exciting. Grandpa's role in teaching his grandchild everything from the beginning is huge and equally thrilling. Grandpa watches as his grandson reacts to every new and fascinating discovery. Grandson thinks his grandpa is the smartest guy. What a happy pair!

Raw-edge applique, collage effect with free motion quilting. Based on my own family photo.

Cotton fabrics and thread, tulle, synthetic fabric, polyester thread, buttons, cotton/polyester 80/20 batting,

Wide Horizons V - Claire Passmore, Am I Beautiful Yet?

Am I beautiful yet?

Why do we believe our natural appearance needs to be enhanced? At a makeup counter I watched a woman's face being painted by an enthusiastic 'beautician' using a rainbow of cosmetics which actually masked the customer's natural beauty. When will we realize, we are beautiful just the way we are.

Central wholecloth panel is fabric painted and dyed, applied by brush, stencil and airbrush. Pieced top and bottom border with some fused raw edged pieces. Quilted on a domestic machine

Fabric paint, Markal oilstick and Derwent Inktense blocks, fiber reactive dye, cotton lawn and poplin, rayon and polycore thread, cotton/poly batting

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Sandra Newton, Liberty


Inspired by the 60s: a time of changing social horizons when  tears in the existing fabric of society saw change bubbling up all over the globe, not everywhere victorious. A change someplace documented in placards and posters, yesterdays torn down rapidly replaced by new. A time of liberty and hope.

Painted and screen printed with procion dyes and watered acrylic paints. Bonded and stitched applique. Hand and free machine stitch.

Cotton, paper, tulle and net. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, River Junction

River Junction

The River Rhône slowly crosses the whole Leman Lake and when it arrives in Geneva(Switzerland) it is all clean and clear; then, it joins with the River Arve - which is agitated, muddy and brown as it comes directly from the mountains - in an area called the Jonction.

The journey ends in the Mediterranean see.

Mono-prints; thermo-fax printing. Machine sewn and free hand machine quilted.

Cotton hand dyed fabrics, commercial fabrics. Cotton batting. Cotton and Rayon threads.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Hildegard Mueller, A Haiku

A Haiku

This quilt shows a quiet landscape, lotus blooms on a lake behind a fence.
They illustrate a Japanese Haiku-poem, including the Japanese word for "lotus"

Soy wax batik, stamping, lino-cutting and printing, weaving, machine stitching and quilting, hand stitching

Cotton, TAP, threads

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Grace Meijer, Berber


A photograph of a Berber, sitting on a wall early in the morning at an archaeological site in Tunisia.

The background is screen printed. Machine stitched, hand stitched into the stone wall. After the stitching I used white paint with a roller to give the impression of stonework.

Cotton, linen, Markal sticks, acrylic paint.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Uta Lenk, Silver Lining

Silver Lining (Play of Lines XXXVI)

Vertical Lines made from reflecting fabric provide a different outlook onto 'silver linings on the horizon'. Hand stitching with silver and red thread adds detail which catches the viewers attention.

Machine pieced, hand- and machine quilted

Hand-dyed cottons, reflector fabric

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Yemima Lavan, Child's Burden

She stood by the side and looked at us, a group of tourists.
Suddenly girls her age came by, wearing school uniforms, laughing and skipping gaily. She stood there and watched, She can't join them, because she is carrying her sister on her back.

Hand dyed, shibori, screen printed, fused, free motion on a domestic sewing machine.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Brigitte Kopp, Downtown

The movement of people in the city – scatting, lingering, pottering, with each other or without noticing the others - this fascinates me.

Own technique with inserted cords, layering different kinds of application, free motion machine and hand quilted/embroidered

Silk partly self painted or dyed, different cords, polyester batting and cotton backing, sil and cotton threads

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Bella Kaplan, Bird Eye View

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Bird Eye View

My quilt tell the story about the place where I live. Its agricultural area, fruit, flowers and fields. A variety of colors and smell.

Hand dyed fabric, Hand  dyed batik, screen printed, painted, fused,  machine quilted.

Cotton fabric, polyester batting

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Patchworkage - Furth, Germany 9th to 11th June 2017

Wide Horizons V will be at Patchworktage in Furth in June.

Barbara Lange and Uta Lenk will be there as well.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Storm 2 (Dark) by Leah Higgins

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

 Storm 2 (Dark)
This is a companion piece to Still 4 (Flow). The Storm / Still series is an exploration of the influence of place on my mental state. Storm 2 (Dark): on the worst of days. Despairing, desolate thoughts. Lost.
Pieced with fused applique, layered and machine quilted.

Artists own printed and dyed fabrics. Madeira Cotona threads.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Mother and child by Bodil Gardner

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Mother and child
When children arrive you change your mind about what is important and what can be ignored. Your Horizon changes, so to speak.

Appliqué with raw edges zigzagged, machine quilted.

Recycled materials, mostly cottons.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil   collects and dissects any object that suits her inspiration, be it vegetal, manufactured or industrial. She likes to explore new ways of using and combining those materials.

Elizabeth also makes great use of photographs. She tries to capture the atmosphere and the emotions of a place, to later transcribe them in her drawings or her textile artwork. This way, her work can be seen as witnesses of nature, life and past times.

In some of her works, the thread is a guideline and the fabric becomes a support. By accumulating various materials, abstract figures are created that combine into a more complex design, not unlike a bas-relief.

Always searching for new colours, Elizabeth uses pasting, superimposition of fabrics and dyeing processes. This is probably one of the many singular aspects of her artwork.

Old cloth dyed the snow and working with the water-soluble son and miniaturized tissue. Quilting and embroidery machine. 

Beaded hand pearls, angelina, embroidery, tulle fabric

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Safe Haven by Christa Ebert

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Safe Haven
The great number of refugees is the top theme in political and social discussions in our country. The quilt deals with this topic. The small gap in the border symbolizes the difficulties refugees have to overcome. Only few people manage to reach the safe haven.

Dyeing, painting, machine- and hand applique, hand stitching, free-motion applique

Mostly self dyed linen and mostly self dyed cotton, polyester-organza, fusing material

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Underground River by Maryte Collard

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Underground River

Underground rivers run  beneath the  surface of the Earth. We are not able to see them but we know they are there. Once in while they break out as crystal clear springs. In the same way we experience our emotions as well as  creativity. Unseen on the surface once in a while they break out and open new horizons for us and for others.

Machine piecing, domestic machine quilting, hand stitching.

My own rust and hand dyed cottons, one commercial batik, polyester batting, cotton yarn, variegated polyester thread

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Metropolis 6 by Jette Clover

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

 Metropolis 6

I love living in the city and exploring the traces of past communication in the urban landscape. The torn, faded, peeling and overlapping posters, advertisements and graffiti present a visual documentation of time and place.

Painted, stamped, screen printed, flour paste printed, collage, hand- and machine stitched

Cotton, linen, cheese cloth

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wide Horizons V - City Slickers by Susan Chapman

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

City Slickers
This quilt was developed from some sketches made in a cafe in Berlin, watching business women rushing past to work. A contemporary space, there were windows reflecting in all directions
(this quilt was shown in the 'distortion' exhibition in Alsace)

Screen printed and free drawn fabric, machine applique and machine quilted

Calico and cotton wadding

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Generosity by Maria Billings

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


"Generosity" shows people around the globe sharing fruits and vegetables, as a sign of holding together during hard times.

Simplifying the complexity of the composition widened my horizon: combining many, many sketches of different hands (different skin colors, different ages) into one composition was a new challenge for me.

Hand-painted with acrylic, then hand-quilted (took 2 years)

Cotton and mixed fabric