Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Hello everyone.

I've been away for a while.  We've been doing some house re-decoration and re-organising, one exhibition is up and running and I've made a piece for the next exhibition in May.

At  "Art Journal Journey"  Erika is asking us to make art on the theme "New Year, New Adventures" and fortuitously the piece I made this month for my quilting group's next exhibition is of an adventurous nature.

We were each given a week date last year about which to make an Art Journal Quilt on a News Item anywhere in the world.  I was given 9th July 2017.

In the week beginning 9th July 2017 surfers all over the world gathered together to paddle out to sea to remember a legendary pioneer of the surfing world.  The tribute was in memory of Californian surfer and inventor of the wetsuit, Jack O’Neill, who died the previous month.

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And here is a little teaser.  I've made this peculiar postcard using a rather adventurous and unpredictable method which I will describe in the next blogpost.

Meanwhile, happy adventuring!


  1. Your Quilt Art is very beautiful, Sheila. Love the deep colors and combination of them. The card is interesting and great to know more about it as you promised.
    Have a happy evening πŸ’•

  2. Hello Sheila,
    I am curious as to the size of your adventurous quilt? It is striking, due to your color choices and design. I really like looking at it. I hope all your projects are going well. Lovely to see you sharing with us.

  3. Hope your exhibition went well 😁. I love love love your Art Journal Quilt piece, the colours and stitching are amazing! The fabric patterns that you used to create the surf boards remind me of O'Neill clothing designs too (similar to some O'Neill swimwear I have which I won't be modelling on my blog incase you ask see it...lol πŸ˜‰). I love how you created the waves too, the thread and stitching is perfect! Can't wait to see what your beautiful postcard teaser is all about. Have a happy week! J 😊 x

  4. What a different for you post today, dear Sheila. I am in love with your art quilt. It makes me yearn to get into my craft room and sew. It is a perfect example of the tribute to Jack O’Neill. LOVE those surf boards.

    Now I want to know your technique. I anxiously await you showing how you made this beautiful art postcard.

  5. Your surf quilt journal page is terrific - wow!!!!! And I love your special postcard - you made me curious about a new technique Sheila! Hope you will explain it soon!
    You made us happy to even join AJJ beside of the exhibitoion and house re-decoration and re-organising. Thank you very much for being with us!
    Happy week to you!!!
    oxo Susi

  6. OMGosh. I got so excited over your quilt and new technique, I forgot to thank you for joining us today at Art Journal Journey. THANK YOU, Sheila!

  7. This quilt page is fabulous Sheila! What an interesting yet sad event to commemorate! The new technique has me waiting for your next post already! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. This is a beautiful quilt piece.
    I am curious about your new technique as well.

  9. Wow Sheila. Your surfing quilt is gorgeous. That is a really adventurous quilting project but I love it. I like the news you had because even though it is sad the legacy left behind is happy and uplifting. And I want to know your adventurous techniques for you colorful shapes. I shall be looking forward to that post. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ this month. I appreciate your posts. Hugs-Erika

  10. Sheila, a very cool and very honorable tribute to Jack O’Neill. I love those surf boards and those great surfing waves. Your threads on the waves appear to have glitz. Great for the white caps. The color contrast of this piece is so eye appealing. I have never tried surfing, but I love sitting on the beach watching others ride the waves.

    You know I’ve been sitting here trying to figure your secret method for that fun postcard, so I’ll be watching for that next post. Plenty of great color in those shapes.

  11. Busy January! And that art quilt is great, I love the colors.
    I wish you a huge success with this exhibition and the upcoming one in May!!

  12. That's a cool page Sheila, and I adore your quilt art!
    Alison x

  13. Surf's Up !! Love the waves and the background material. Super quilt. The quilt colours are superb, hard to improve upon with the postcard. Love it, Awesome !!

  14. Hello dear Sheila, what a wonderful Quilt. It tells from summer and beach fun. Gorgeous!
    I also like your sweet card with the funny rhino. Great technic.
    Happy rest of the week.

  15. WOW!!
    I like your quilt very much! And I LOVE the card with the purple bear who is playing with this blue things.
    He seems to be that happy. And the flower who (yes, she is a personaltiy) is watching the quote with big eyes…

  16. It’s a rhino! A purple rhinoceros 🦏 who is looking very thoughtful! Perhaps he is admiring the pink in the lovely flower, or perhaps he is thinking other blue unspecified thoughts, who knows?
    Your surf boards floating on the tranquil sea are lovely too, their colours in such contrast to the sea around. Makes me feel like going for a try of surfing, but maybe not at this time of year! Hugs xx

  17. Your quilt makes me want to drive to the beach. :)

  18. Gosh you certainly have had a busy start to the year Sheila.
    Your art journal quilt is amazing, love the stitched waves especially.
    I wonder how difficult it was being given a date and then finding a theme for that.
    Your lovely postcard is certainly intruiging... I do hope you will put us (I mean me of course) out of our misery and tell us soon :)
    Gill xx

  19. Hello Sheila! I absolutely love your quilt piece - those pretty waves are full of movement. The whole composition is wonderful. You're very talented.
    You have me wondering about your postcard... it's very creative and it will be fun to know the process.
    All the best, Sue xx

  20. Oh, a little surfer quilt, looking forward to the summer, sea waves and bright colours! How beautiful!
    You have a lot of work to do at the moment, but it's wonderful when it comes to creating art!
    Your postcard makes me curious - abstract painting of a special kind!
    Regards Ulrike

  21. I think it is not so easy to make an Art Journal Quilt on a News Item - but you made a fabulous art piece with these colourful surf boards and these wonderful waves in different blue colours and full of motion.
    Now I am going to your next post to see how you created this beautiful postcard!
    Rike xx

  22. nice to see you back Blogging, sheila! i just love this surfer quilt! i didn´t know this pioneer, but it is a great Tribute to him! and makes me Long for summer...

  23. Nice that you are back Sheila. Your little quilt looks deceptively simple but I know it wasn't, it is lovely 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

  24. Your quilt is beautiful! I have great admiration for anyone that can sew and produce such wonderful things. It must have taken you a long time, but certainly worth the effort. Jx

  25. Strolling through your blog, finding a lot of great things, but this quilt is my absolute favorite!
    I'm often dreaming to try surfing, but we are living so far away from all waters...
    Greetings from Germany


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