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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Splash by Edith Bieri-Hanselmann

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


Made from Saristrips fabric to show the colorful way when you throw a stone into the water.

Applique strips on pieced background fabric, tied punctually by machine

Sari stripes, silk, cotton, rayon, thread: cotton an metallic


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Tranquillity by Elly van Steenbeek

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


My inspiration for this work is a Haiku:

Away from it all
Deep breath in of salty air -
Sea tranquillity

The design is based on the sea, the sand and the sky.

The symbols are signs of tranquillity and peace.

Fusing, hand embroidery

All kinds of papers, rusted, altered and painted,combined on a base of cotton.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Transit by k3n

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Transit in astronomy describes the movement of celestial bodies in relation to one another. I am in transit creatively, exploring new techniques without forgetting the old. I need to retain an enjoyment of the process so keep old techniques that give me pleasure and add new ones for excitement.

Collage with torn and cut fabric, foundation piecing, fusible appliqué, machine top-stitching and free machine quilting, hand quilting and embroidery.

Printed cotton, hand dyed and found fabric, unbleached calico.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Patchworktage - Germany

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

Barbara Lange and Uta Lenk will be there as well.

Over the next month, we will post images of Wide Horizon V quilts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Made in Europe II

Made in Europe II entry opens today.

"Made in Europe II” will showcase the best work of European quilt makers within a theme that allows both representational and abstract designs. This will be presented at Festival of Quilts 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK alongside the all SAQA exhibitions, Tranquillity and Turmoil.

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK – August 2017
Then many of the quilts in this exhibition will travel with a selection of quilts from “Made in Europe” when it is returned from USA.


Shoshi Rimer – Israel
Grace Meijer – UK

Open to SAQA members in the Europe / Middle East