Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Moving to a new blog...

Hi everyone,
Just a boring post without pictures this morning to let you know that I am moving this blog over to a new blog space. Many people have had issues with leaving comments on this blog, and I'm hoping that the new space will work better on that front.

My new blog address is:

I do hope that you will update your blog readers, blog lists, bookmarks as required so that we may continue to enjoy the pleasure of your company!

See you at the new blog... (coming up there soon: all the latest from the opening of 'to be a child' tonight at the Showcase Gallery, Northbridge)

Monday, April 23, 2012

A picture of concentration

Oma taught Hannah to knit during these holidays. It's not often that we see her so engrossed in an activity! Thank you, Oma!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Installing 'to be a child'

Hooray! to be a child is now installed at the Showcase Gallery (Northbridge, WA).

Here are the 24 quilts, all ready to go...
Phil and I spent an intense three hours getting them up this afternoon. I was as organised as possible, with a plan for where the quilts would go. (I drew up the walls to scale, and added to-scale images of the quilts). So I though it would be simple. But we still ended up spending quite some time rearranging - probably due to how the light fell on the quilts, and due to the colours of the quilts not showing up so well in my scale plan. My plan had also left the quilts a little squished so we had to sort that out too - I doubt I would have fit another quilt into this exhibition!

Here are a couple of teaser pictures... I'll share some proper photos after the opening.
And if you are planning to come to the opening, I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday evening (between 5pm and 7pm)!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Painting the quilt

Well, it turned out that painting the quilt wasn't quite as scary or drastic as it sounded. I wasn't entirely happy with the way the quilt was turning out - part of the 'background' was too dominant; quite distracting.

I bought 'The Painted Quilt' by Laura and Linda Kemshall quite some time ago, and have been quite taken by their use of paint in their quilts. So I figured this quilt was the one to try it on. Unfortunately I can't show you the whole quilt yet - I'll do that when I can. Suffice it to say that, while others looked at it and liked it, I know that 'letting a quilt go' (to exhibitions etc) when I am not entirely satisfied would bug me for a long time.

So I painted. Not much, just enough to mute part of the background.
Although I can't help but wonder how it would have looked if I had kept on going... I have another 'failed' quilt in the back of my quilt cupboard, and now I'm contemplating taking the roller to that one, a little more drastically...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

To the Third and Fourth Generation

Regeneration: Contemporary Quilted Textiles opens at Manly Art Gallery & Museum next week. Check out their eye-catching information page here. If the invitations I received in the mail are anything to go by, it should be an interesting and stimulating exhibition. I wish I could see it in person.

To the Third and Fourth Generation
(c) Ruth de Vos 2012
natural linen, cotton homespun, cotton batting, cotton thread
152cm high by 110cm wide
machine pieced, machine quilted, hand embroidered
Society is built on parents and grandparents teaching the children, who then teach their own children and so on through the generations. The nature of our society may be determined by how and what we are teaching our children. Are we teaching them well? Or can we be more proactive in the learning journey of our children in order to (re)build a healthy society?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

To paint or not to paint

Contemplating the quilt... the book... the roller... the paint...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quilting my 'stitched and bound 2012' quilt

OK, so I'm cutting things a bit fine with this quilt. My own fault, of course. I have been working on an entry for 'stitched and bound 2012' for quite some time now. However, when the original quilt top was completed, Phil voiced what I was already thinking - that it should be kept aside for the other exhibition I am hoping to enter later this year (right when the baby is due). That was four weeks before the 'stitched and bound' deadline, which translated to four weeks in which to dream up, design, cut out, piece and quilt a new quilt. Add into that an ongoing cough, dislocated ribs, Easter, school holidays, morning sickness... oh, and an upcoming solo exhibition... and the going has been a little bit slow. 
I'm working hard at quilting it this week, and hoping that I can still complete it for the 27 April deadline. It doesn't help that this quilt demanded to be seed-stitched in the background (which means many hours of hand-stitching).
 But actually, sitting in my comfortable chair, hand-embroidering a quilt is possible the best way to calm the nerves and relax in the lead up to my exhibition. Better get back to it now...