Aroound the world with Iris Made in one week as a last minute inpriation for my mother's birthday. The fabrics were limited to those I could get locally and the colour choices inspired by my mother's favourite flower. The patchwork pattern is Trip Around The World, hence the quilt's name. The quilt is machine pieced and quilted in the ditch. I have since got a little braver about my quilting!
Cold Comfort Cabin A log cabin quilt in barn raising formation. My husband bought me two sets of fat quarters (lights and darks in reds. greens beiges and cream and pinks) in Chartres, France. I sorted my other fabrics of similar colours to add to this and bought a few others. The traditional red central square uses up backing fabric left over from Jada's Rainbow. This quilt was made during an intensely stressful time for the extended family. My sister was murdered 12 years ago.The lives of every memebr of the extended family were indelibly affected and irreparable damage has been done to relationships and careers. It took the family many years to recover. I use that word for want of another. In 2007 a murder trial was mounted (against our wishes) and the nightmare was revisited. The ramifications of that, in particular the timing, have literally wrecked the lives of my parents and my sister's son and almost brought my marriage to an end. The quilt, pictured when the top was completed (machine pieced sometimes in a rather frantic mood) has since been filled, backed and quilted in the ditch by hand. During the quilting stage (Feb-March 2010) the quilt became a soothing companion as it curled around my legs in the cold evenings. It's name, a play on Log Cabin and the name of the book Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons) reflects the theme of our lives at this time and the quilt itself is probably responsible in part for the gradual recovery of my equilibrium.
Jada's Rainbow My first quilt, for my grand daughter Jada. Hand pieced and quilted. Each block is a different combination of colours. The blocks are all shoo-fly. I have never been any good at sewing and it took me all year to make a dolly bag at school. I stayed with an old friend in 2006 who introduced my daughter to textile crafts as something to entertain her. I raided my friends box of fabric scraps to make a patchwork cushion cover. Although my technical ability is limited I have always loved fabrics and colours. I am now making my fifth quilt and buy fabric wherever I go.