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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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Proceeding with the Placemats

I was at my tai chi class in Comox this morning, then we had lunch with friends at Longlands Golf Course Restaurant, which was very nice surrounded by the green grass with the warm fall sun on our backs as we ate outside on the patio. We got to the Buckley Bay ferry for the 3 pm ferry, but given the Labour Day holiday traffic, it was after 4 pm by the time we got home. I picked a pint of blackberries, went for a swim in the lovely high tide, clear and calm water, and then I had time for a wee bit of quilting before dinner.
I seamed together 4 strips for each placemat. The longest time was spent in pinning every inch to match the crossing seams, and then in carefully pressing open the seams. That was it for the day - tomorrow I will make the quilt sandwich for each mat.
I am pressing with a dry iron on a hardwood tailor's pressing board. The goal is to keep the fabric from stretching.

Here are the completed tops.

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