East-Durham Artists-Network

A couple of members have suggested that in these difficult times we might think about doing a quilt and Sue Hall, our lovely Art Block volunteer and honorary member has agreed to pull it together at the end. 

Sue and I have had a conversation about this, and the following is what we have agreed: 

  1. The quilt to be made by edan members and friends, with the addition of anyone that they would like to invite personally. (Don’t do a public call on Facebook! We need to be able to manage it).
  2. The theme is SPRING. You might also like to include a little rainbow somewhere on your square as this seems to be the sign of hope that is being adopted. The rainbow is not essential though. 
  3. Each square should be 9 inches worked space plus a 2-inch border. So, your base piece should be cut 11 inches by 11 inches. 
  4. Please use cotton as your base material. An old pillow case is ideal. 
  5. Consider recycling/upcycling in the materials you use. We would prefer that to new materials. 
  6. Any medium is acceptable so long as it works on cotton. Obviously applique and embroidery will work. However, you don’t have to be a stitcher to do this. For instance, I have found that lino printing inks can work and I’m sure eco-dyeing would be great. 
  7. We will need buttons to fix it. So please find at least 8 buttons to accompany your square. Again, we would prefer that the buttons are recycled and meaningful to you in some way. They do not have to match! 

If you want to take part in this project while we are locked away from each other, please send an email and let us know. If you have friends that want to do it, ask them to tell us too. 

To begin with, one square each will do. We can assess the situation later if people want to do more. 

Sue has sent me info on how to do ‘rapunta’ quilting. If anybody wants to learn this process, let me know and I’ll forward to you.  

We have a promise from the people who made the Grenfell Tower remembrance quilt that we can borrow that to display in the Art Block at some point. We can organise an exhibition of some kind that would include both these quilts. Not sure yet what it would be but let’s see how it pans out. 

I think that’s all for now. 

Looking forward to hearing from some of you. 

And for those of you who haven’t submitted sea images, don’t forget – Rochelle is putting a picture a day on our FB page and they seem to be appreciated!

Best wishes and keep up your spirits!

Jean S. x