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Bracken – fractal quilt

Bracken - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Bracken – fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Bracken was created for an exhibition, and book authored by Donna deSoto – Inspired by National Parks.

I chose the North Cascades park which is filled with bracken – a type of fern. A fern is a natural fractal. The colours are extracted from a photo.

The piece is 20″ square, hand stitched using both hand dyed and commercially printed cotton fabrics.

Bracken - close up of fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Close up of Bracken

Bracken - detail of fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Detail showing quilt stitches

A book is available with pictures of all the quilts. The quilts are travelling around the USA as a touring exhibition at various venues.

Speaking with Color – Margie Deeb’s Bead & Button magazine competition

Bead and Button magazine April 2014 issue

It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.

The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.

Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

The chain is approximately 25 inches long.

Here’s the clasp unsnapped.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace unsnapped focal - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.

Studio Art Quilts Associates Portfolio 19

SAQA Portfolio 19

SAQA Portfolio 19

If you want to view a collection of quilts by the most up to date art quilters then you can’t do much better than http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/saqa/portfolio19/#/199portfolio 19 from the Studio Art Quilts Associates  .

The link takes you to one of my anamorphic quilts. What appears to be a stitched circle in the middle is in fact, a conical mirror reflecting the morphed outside applique into the shape of a cat.

Just love the concept of a virtual quilt within a real quilt.

You can read about the piece on my website –Anamorphic Cat.

But don’t stop there – browse through the rest of the SAQA Portfolio and see what the professional members are up to. It’s a online flip book so take your time…….

Bohin Quilting Finger Cots

Bohin Quilting Finger Cots - SmallBohin Quilting Finger Cots - MediumBohin Quilting Finger Cots - Large

We’ve started carrying these finger cots from Bohin in Small, Medium, and Large. They are tougher than the little rolled up finger cots we used to have. They are really useful when you hand quilt as they stop the needle slipping out of your fingers. So… you put your quilting thimble on your middle finger and one of these finger cots on your index finger – bang, you speed up your work.

I used to have a needle grabber resting on my quilting hoop, ready to help me pull the needle through. But now I will try one of these. It means I don’t have to stop, pick up the needle grabber, pull the thread through, then put the needle grabber down.

Plus you don’t get all sweaty as the cots allow your finger to breathe.

Susan Cleveland, the Piping Hottie, (don’t you just love it?!), recommends using these finger cots.

Oh – and if you are curious. She wrote the book Piping Hot Curves, and there’s a Piping Hot Binding Kit.

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnan

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon

After a long gestation period this lovely spiral bound book arrived in my mail box. Along with some sweet ‘extras’ which Kate very kindly included. A tube of candy which I ate absolutely immediately – no hesitation. A tube of delica beads and an eraser in the shape of a small donut! Plus some postcards and a signed book plate to stick in the front of the book.

Actually, there is a very good reason for the donut eraser. The simplest way to crack out a bead is to slip a thumb tack through the bead into the eraser. None of the other beads get damaged, the thread stays intact and the bead pops out easily. Continue reading