Gillian Cooper

Bamboo Beauty

Inspired by William Morris’ quote: ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’.

Gelli plate printed from bamboo leaves onto hand-dyed fabric. Appliquéd sheer and black fabric. Free machine quilted.

Alison Drayson

Red Sky at Night

Based on a technique learned in an online workshop with Dena Crain, this uses gradations of colour from light to dark. Night moves from sunset to darkness and morning from dark to sunrise.

It uses curved piecing in a variety of commercial fabrics and is embellished with couched threads and ribbons and by cutting and moving circles. Free machine quilted in variegated threads to tone with the colour changes.

Margaret Morrow


Sayings were written on Lutradur, then covered with letters cut from many layers of sheer fabric which were appliquéd to the back ground .

Margaret O’Gorman

Not the Sharpest Knife in the Box

A literal interpretation of this saying.

Raw edge appliqué, machine satin stitch and machine quilting.

Jan Watson

Dancing in the Rain

Inspired by a quote from Vivian Greene, an American motivational speaker – “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” We all face adversity in our life. However, it’s not the adversity, but how we react to it that will determine the joy and happiness in our lives. During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or can we, with gratitude, learn how to dance in the rain?

Mary Ennis

A Bee in his Bonnet

Modelled on the tricorn hat traditionally worn at  Carnival time in Venice, this “bonnet” is made of felt and has a gold trim.  The feathers are from hand dyed silk fabrics. The little fat bumble bee with wandering eyes is comprised of hand dyed silk velvet . Background material is commercially produced. The work is machine pieced and machine quilted.

Joyce Watson

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

European city horology and planetary circles symbolise moon cycles controlling world tides. And the shoes?  Where are the owners? The viewer is left to interpret the “back story” behind the  abandoned footwear.

Pat Archibald

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

This Ghanaian saying originates in the kitchen and refers to the pestle roaming around the mortar until it eventually finds the palm nuts to pound. No matter how elusive the palm nut is, as long as it is in the mortar, the pestle will find it. This is encouragement to get started on whatever you want to achieve and you will succeed if you keep at it.

Sheena Reeman

Still Waters Run Deep

My inspiration for this piece began with the fabric. The graded colours suggested to me an initially calm sea, becoming darker and more threatening, so “Still Waters Run Deep” immediately came to mind as my choice for “Sayings”.  I have tried to convey the change from serenity to more troubled waters and lurking unknown dangers – a metaphor for the human condition!

I used various techniques, some from the book Quilted Sea Tapestries by Ginny Eckley, such as the coral, using the technique called “machine lace”. Pieces such as the octopus, were Bondawebbed on and covered with organza, then quilted.