Being Blown Away

Today, I walked 17,000 steps and climbed Kilimanjaro. And it was all done indoors.

How? Why? Tomorow and Sunday the quilt group the Textiliste belongs to hosts their bi-annual exhibition. Long time readers may recall they held a special last year, as a What did you do during Covid themed show, but this was back to the tradition. And the Textiliste, because of her extraordinary calmness under pressure, artistic eye and ability to hold several thoughts in her head curates the whole thing. Me? I climb ladders and stairs and hang quilts. It’s a full day, for sure.

They have competition quilts, team quilts, quilts that have been made to be raffled.. this

There’s a shop full of goodies,

a village of quaint houses

some sunflowers to remember Ukraine

and the completed cabinet of curiosities marking the end of the Queen’s reign

and so much more. But mostly they are just joyous examples of artists at work, exploding with ideas and colour. If my images fail to do them justice, that is my fault. Enjoy this sneak preview…

After the weekend, I may be able to post some other details, but let’s absorb this first.

And the Textiliste? This is one she co-authored with a friend

and these are inspired by Mind the charity they are supporting with the money they raise from the door, the raffle and the shop.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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42 Responses to Being Blown Away

  1. joylennick says:

    Muy bien, Geoff – thank you! Some brilliant, painstaking work there. And, what a beautiful building…Clever, patient ladies! Cheers. x

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    • TanGental says:

      Yes the building is super too. It’s the oldest in Dulwich built by a wool merchant in the 1700s and now owned by a local entrepreneur to be used for events and exhibitions which he funds by hiring it out for costume dramas and adverts. Twice in the last week I’ve gone past and Santa and snow were present for Xmas adverts!


  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilts – what talented artists! I have to admit I’ve never gotten in 17K steps. I think I once did 11K.

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  3. I could only hope to be so talented! All good wishes for a smashing event.

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  4. Sadje says:

    This is just amazing work.

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  5. Mick Canning says:

    These are amazing! Well done to everyone!

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  6. HI Geoff, these are all incredible but your wife’s is my favourite. I was thinking as I looked at it that it’s a pity you didn’t say what the name of the piece is so I could tell you my favourites and then you snuck that one in at the bottom which was great good luck.

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  7. Terrific art and super photos. Well done everyone.

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    These are beautiful! Might if I reblog – I have many friends who are into quilting!

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  9. tootlepedal says:

    I really admire quilters. For some reason the production of quilts seems to attract people with great imagination, endless patience and terrific skill. You seem to see a dull or badly made quilt extremely rarely.

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    • TanGental says:

      I’m completely with you. 8 years ago Linda was persuaded to work with the prisoners at Wandsworth prison to make a quilt that formed part of the V&As first quilt exhibition – it was to sit alongside the Maya quilt made by 19th century women being transported to Australia and which Elizabeth Fry sponsored and which is now a major heritage piece in Victoria. In her dealings with the curator of that exhibition it was made clear that one of the reasons the V&A has never exhibited their quilt extensive and amazing collection was snobbery that quilting is a craft not an art. Utter bollocks…


  10. Rather than a “guess the number of sweets in the jar” I guess you could have a “guess the number of hours worked.” I can’t even begin to imagine! Fantastic art and craft, and with the added responsibility of curating I guess you haven’t had many minutes of deep discussion time lately. Well done to all concerned.

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  12. davidprosser says:

    Brilliant stuff Geoff, I’m a big fan of the Textiliste’s work but there’s quality in abundance. I hope tomorrow goes really well and you manage your next climb.

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  13. Prior... says:

    Came here from JT’s reblog and glad I did the variety of fabric art is so awesome

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  14. willowdot21 says:

    Brilliant as ever 🌺🌺

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  15. Jennie says:

    Wow! I loved this, Geoff, especially the sunflowers. Such talent and beauty in these quilts. I hope Milly the Quilter is looking on from above.

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