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Three Green Waves…..

……by Sandra Goldsborough.


DH Quilt by Sandra Goldsborough

Three Green Waves with Orange Sand

The title of my DH Quilt is “Three Green Waves and Orange Sand” which was inspired by the painting that Hockney did in 1989.  I originally intended making it a lot more textured and using many more fabrics and have some lovely green dyed scrim I was going to use.  I also meant to include quite a bit of hand stitching and embellishment.   I have had limited time to do it and, to be honest, am basically more comfortable using fabrics already printed so I choose to reproduce the image from my (fairly large) stash!

I made my pattern, altering the proportions as necessary, to produce a 30 x 40cm quilt.  I found the suitable fabrics and machined the “waves” in place on top of the sand and sea background. I then machine quilted on top of the bonded fabrics using a straight stitch and walking foot (it is not free machine quilted).  I then wanted to add some more colour and got out my Faber-Castell Gelatos which I bought from Hilary Beattie at last year’s Festival.  I had never used them before but found they produce the effect I wanted.  I used them dry but they are water soluble so suitable for either technique. I can imagine they will have lots of uses so thank you Hilary!

You can see Sandra’s work in progress on this quilt here


Abstract woodland….

… Sheila Evans.

My DH quilt was inspired by all of Hockney’s tree paintings. I could not choose just one to base by design on so I did a kind of abstract piece. I used Oakshott fabric for the background. The appliqué trees were applied using Heat ‘n Bond and heavy machine embroidery with some couching to add depth and the quilted background was created with hand stitching.

Work in Progress….

… Sandra Goldsborough

This is my DH quilt, “Three Green Waves with Orange Sand”, inspired by Hockneys painting of the same name which he did in 1989.  I’ve chosen to do the smaller size of 30 x 40 cms, landscape orientation.

I love seascapes so this was a natural choice for me. There is a similar piece in the gallery at Salt’s Mill at Saltaire.

I have used cotton fabrics, some bonded onto a background of sea and sand. It is machine and hand stitched using a variety of threads.



Hockney at Tate Britain…


Tate Britain is to mark British artist David Hockney’s 80th birthday with the “world’s most extensive retrospective” of his work.  To find out more visit by clicking HERE.

My finished quilt…..

… Jacky Hopkin

This is my finished quilt for the DH Challenge.

I decided from the start that my piece would be 30″x40″ and would be embellished.

I chose the 24th V.N.PAINTING IN OIL 1992 for it’s wonderful colour and design, and because our requirements were not far off the originals size of 24” x 36”.

I drew mine larger than the original size onto homemade graph paper and traced and cut out the shapes for my templates as I went along.

 The fabric was wool tops and other wool fibres. I began embellishing each section onto medium weight wadding, and cut out them out roughly using the templates. Fitting the pieces together was done with tongue in cheek and very slow, as I had to lightly embellish and hand sew and finally machine stitch into place onto a strong backing. I was aware that any shrinkage at this point meant starting some parts again. I lightly added more embellished shading.

Just a point to mention, I couldn’t bondaweb or stick pieces into place as that would have prevented extra embellishing and hand sewing. I needed a lot of movement to adjust as I went along. I machine quilted very slowly all over, using different threads before backing with a black cotton fabric, and using minimal outline quilting .

The whole experience was a huge and exciting learning curve with my embellisher.

Three Big Trees…..

…… Mary Jackson.

 This work in progress takes its inspiration from DH’s subject big trees, in particular three big trees. Unlike the four smaller quilts of the seasons of a tree, I struggled with what fabric to use. The trees were easy as I had two fabulous fabrics and these determined the background colour. I am trying to use patterned commercial fabrics throughout. I am sure that DH would use patterned paint if it were available. Just look at the undergrowth DH paints in his forest pictures.

The quilt has progressed beyond this picture. I have bagged it out following the technique taught me by Katherine Guerrier and am part way through quilting it.

It’s not all black & white…..

… Pat Sperr.

"It's not all black & white" by Pat Sperr

“It’s not all black & white” by Pat Sperr

My finished quilt is 30″ x 40″, portrait, and is called “It’s not all black and white”.  My inspiration came from a black and white picture, hanging in a corridor on the top floor of Salt’s Mill. The picture looks at first sight to be a drawing, but closer inspection shows it to be a collage! Notice the reflections in the windows opposite, that’s where the trees come in.

The inspiration for my quilt.

The inspiration for my quilt.

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