Join me at the Festival of Quilts 2017

I am delighted to be able to accompany the a matter of time exhibition on its only European outing at the Festival of Quilts 2017. If you are attending FoQ, please stop by gallery TG27 and say hello. I would love to catch up with you. I am presenting a curator floor talk each day… Read More →

Discount Tickets for Festival of Quilts (UK) 2017

Join me at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from 10-13 August 2017.  Most of the time you will find me in the gallery with a matter of time and I would love to catch up with you there. I will also be giving the following presentations: Driven to Abstraction: Friday 12.30 (45 minutes lecture)… Read More →

Join me at Festival of Quilts (UK): 10-13 August 2017

I look forward to meeting up with European textile enthusiasts at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from 10-13 August 2017.  Most of the time, you will find me in the gallery with a matter of time. I will also be giving the following presentations: Driven to Abstraction: Friday 12.30 (45 minutes Lecture) Brenda creates… Read More →

Tutorial: How to Attach Textile Art to a Stretched Canvas

This tutorial show one method for attaching your textile art to a stretched canvas in a way that allows for the work to be easily removed later if desired. Experiment and see what works for you.  There are many options available. Background For a while now I have been wanting to try mounting my small… Read More →

Flange Binding Tutorial

It’s funny how the same idea can reach you via different media. Just this week I followed a Facebook link to Susie’s Magic Binding tutorial – a fun technique where you sew two strips together to create a flange binding that is attached completely by machine.  Then I opened Quilters Companion Issue #67 (the one… Read More →

Overcast Stitching on an Overcast Weekend

It’s been rainy and overcast for much of the long weekend. Perfect conditions to get reacquainted with my machine in the Serendipity studio (take a tour!). I have completed my donation for the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction.  I will save showing the front for another day but here is the back – sans sleeve and… Read More →

A “D” for Quilt Sleeves

Do you get a “D” for your quilt sleeves aka rod pockets?  I do!  and I don’t mind saying so.  Making a sleeve with plenty of allowance to accommodate the hanging rod/dowl/baton helps to ensure that the quilt hangs well without bulging or distortion along the top.  The other thing you will notice is that… Read More →

More About Hanging Textile Works

Curate (verb) – to select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). As curator of the Beneath the Southern Sky travelling exhibition of textile works, I seek to maintain the works in optimum condition on tour and to ensure that they are displayed in an attractive and professional manner. Yesterday I… Read More →

Hanging Arrangements for Textile Works

One of the challenges of curating a travelling exhibition of textile works is to ensure that it can be displayed securely and attractively in a variety of venues with a minimum of fuss. Accordingly, I specify that all textile worksgoing on tour must have a combined hanging sleeve and velcro strip casing attached to the… Read More →

Overcast Edge Quilt Finish

A few months ago, the Janome Horizon 7700 joined me in the Serendipity Studio. A full review is for a later blog post but I can report that yesterday, for the very first time, I changed the settings from straight stitch to something else. That means I now have used two! of the zillion stitches… Read More →