Really enjoying doing a bit of my own work between my commissions. Finished my piece for the juried Stitched and Bound contemporary art exhibition and am hoping that it is good enough to get in! I’ve also just finished this wall hanging (above) for our living room which I love – must have started it a couple of years ago. Lots of beading and embellishment if you look carefully.
Someone wanted to buy Our Quilt for the ‘grey side’. Given that I had entered it into QuiltWest and had wanted to keep it for our own bed, I made another! Surprised myself that the actual costs of materials alone was $400! Quilts aren’t cheap to make these days which is a real shame.
5 years ago, I made my quilt ‘Bikinis on Turquoise Bay’ which won a first prize in QuiltWest and was chosen as one of the best quilts from WA to be displayed at the Australian Quilt Convention.
We have just returned from a fantastic trip up to Ningaloo National Park and guess what? Turquoise Bay still looks the same!
I have had a short break from making commissions to finish the quilt for our bed. At last. I love it. It is two sided and the bright side uses improv piecing which takes much longer than you would imagine. The muted side incorporates pieces of the curtain and blind fabric.
The bright side
The muted side
There appears to be a large demand for memory quilts. I have so many requests to make quilts from t-shirts and clothing but I believe there is a better option. Recently I have been making what I call ‘Tree of Life’ quilts which use just a small disc of fabric as a memory rather than a large patch. Fabrics of completely different material and texture can be used.
A large wall hanging
Apart from the white background, this whole piece was made from my client’s mother’s clothing. The tree trunk was a t-shirt and the top and bottom beautiful silk jackets.
I have just made a set of three similar but smaller pieces from the baby clothes of each of my client’s three children.
This quilt is 1000mm x 700mm and if you want one similar made, the cost is $300 + P&P.
This one took me a very, very long time to make but it was for my godson’s 21st birthday so that made it more than worth it. It is made from shot cotton and has a superb, soft feel to it. Given that it was a BIG quilt, it was tricky to line up everything, particularly the quilting, on both sides.
Green Side of Quilt
Blue Side of Quilt
I was thrilled to receive 2nd prize in the Abstract category of QuiltWest. Standards really high this year and my friends at https://ourhousequilts.wordpress.com and http://pippaquilt.blogspot.com/ also got prizes for their stunning work.