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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.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Moths and Bees Quilt

This wonderful red fabric has faithful images of Luna Moths.  The coordinating honey bee fabric is nice too. I was not inspired by the centre pieced snowball section of the top when I first put it together, but when I put the acidic green fabric around for the first border, then I loved the quilt. What a difference colour juxtaposition makes, and what a lesson in the use of complimentary colours in values of dark and light.

Here I have ditch quilted the major seams, and channel quilted the outer border. Now I am putting on the binding. I like to do this before I quilt the centre part of the quilt, as it is so much more pleasant not to have the raw batting rubbing against my arms as I wrestle the quilt through the machine.

Detail of the quilt with the binding on.

Detail of the half-square triangle border. These triangle squares are a result of the making of the snowball blocks. I realized this happy byproduct when I was making the previous snowball quilt, Firelight.

Only a very few scraps remain from the making of this quilt. Most of the scraps went into the backing, which I will show when I post pictures of the completed quilt.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mittens for the grandchildren

Using scraps of yarn. Hope these fit! We will find out in 1 1/2 weeks when we drive to Calgary.