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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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ergonomic Cutting Surface

It is well known that raising the table height when using a rotary cutting mat will save the user's back. Bed risers are commonly used under table legs. I have another solution to staving off back pain when cutting. Years ago a quilting magazine published a design for an angled wooden rack to slip onto the cutting table. My kind husband made it for me and it works beautifully. I wish that I could remember where the design was published. I had a long time subscription to the Quilters Newsletter, so it might have been there.


This is my design wall. It is 2 inch foam covered with beige cotton flannel. It leans against the wall and can be stored in the loft when not in use. I have another one, and side by side they allow me to design a queen sized quilt. The article that gave me directions indicated that beige is a more neutral background colour than white, and I this was excellent advice. The flannel is attached on the back with silver electrical tape and woodworking staples.

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