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Where in the World MQ 2017 Challenge

I have spoken about Midsomer Quiltings 12×12 customer challenge in previous blogs but if you would like to read more about the challenge and what it was based on click here.

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This years challenge is ‘Where in the World”…..

It will not come as any surprise to know that mine is based on a bird!  I recently watched the fabulous BBC series ‘Tribes, Predators & Me’ with nature photographer Gordon Buchanan.

All three parts were fabulous but I loved the story of the Eagle people of Mongolia.  These Kazakh nomads hunt on horseback with Golden eagles in the Altai mountains of Western Mongolia.

The aim was to set the bird into a backdrop that gave an idea of the tribesmen’s life.  This backing fabric helped to set the scene of a barren land of mountains and snow capped peaks, whilst also giving a subtle backdrop to the bird. A rose gold gilded sun added more interest to the backing.

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I have painted a shadow outline of a distant horseman with his eagle on his arm, ready to hunt.

This is quite a different challenge for me as I love trying to capture the birds power and intensity through its eye and reflections.  On this occasion though I wanted to show the bird resting in the foreground with its hood on.

I chose a selection of fabrics to create the leather hand made hood.  I have started to hand stitch areas to help create the hand pieced effect.

I have started to stitch the bird and look forward to finishing the piece after half term.

As always the entries will be for sale via a secret auction to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice.  Its well worth a visit whilst the show is on.

All entries will be displayed at the shop every day from Friday, November 24th, until Monday, December 18th.

I look forward to posting images of the finished piece before delivering it to MQ for the exhibition.

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MQ -Out with the old & in with the new!

Midsomer Quilting, the fabulous quilting shop on the Medips in Somerset has recently moved to bigger and better accommodation.  They are still based in Chilcompton but in a new location.  Directions can be found here.

After much planning and organising the shop closed at 4pm on Monday the 25th of September with the aim of re-opening on Friday the 29th (no mean task knowing the equipment and stock involved).  But, as always De, Birgetta & Chris did not want to disappoint potential customers by being closed so with the help of friends and loyal customers the epic task began.

Hundreds of bolts of fabrics were moved during Monday evening and shelving was removed from the old shop and reinstalled on the Tuesday in the new shop.

Chris, De, and Birgetta said they could not believe the kindness of everyone who offered help.  I sometimes feel they have no idea of how much they have supported, guided and befriended so many of their customers.  I would not be enjoying the success and down right fun of my new career had it not been for me meeting these three fabulous ex teachers.  Many of us owe them a huge amount of gratitude and feel lucky to count them as great friends.

They would love to see you at their new shop and can now even boast indoor loos ( only people who have previously visited can understand what a treat that is, especially during a workshop when it’s cold and wet).

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They will shortly be opening an online shop too.  Check their website for details.