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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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Newspaper Quilt

"How are a newspaper and a sunburned zebra similar? They are both black and white and read/red all over . . ."
This past year our quilting group did a "quilt in a box" challenge, whereby twelve quilters each provided two metres of fabric in a box. As each quilter received the box, she made a 12 1/2 inch square using the two fabrics and perhaps adding some of her own. At the end, each participant had 11 squares made by others, so she made one square herself and put it all together into a quilt.
My two fabrics were a white on white print and a grey on grey print. My fellow quilters added other greys, whites and blacks, and wonderfully - reds! When it all came back to me I added more reds and blacks, and used scraps to make small blocks for the sashing corners and for the borders. It all turned out to be so much fun. I machine quilted it and then added quite a bit of hand quilting, particularly in the white sashing and the black frames for the blocks. I finished the last of the hand quilting at last week's retreat, then I did a few fist pumps, danced on the quilt, and finally rolled on it. This morning I washed it in the washing machine and dried it in the dryer to shrink up the cotton batting and give it that lovely home made look. This is the finished work of art - ta da!

Newspaper Quilt from one side ...

... and from the other side.
Corner small scrap block detail.

Block detail.

Hand quilting detail.

Block detail.

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