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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wedding Quilt for my nephew and his wife

I have been working on this quilt for about three years. It is a Double Wedding Ring design, but without all the separate pieces in each ring that is customary for those patch workers who *really* love a challenge. I used fabric in French country colours, but they were inappropriate for the first couple that I had in mind when I began making the quilt. Which is just as well, because by the time I got it all pieced together, at my Thetis Island quilting retreat in March 2010, I had discovered hand quilting with perle cotton which is perfect for this project. I used wool batting which gives the hand quilting a lovely three dimensional texture. I started the hand quilting this spring, and it might have languished with my other partially finished quilts, when my nephew and his wife decided to get married quietly last week. Hurrah, just the impetus that I needed. I put hand to my needle and finished it up this week. And I think that it is lovely. I will mail it off tomorrow.

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