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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, May 26, 2013

Free Motions Quilting, and Quilt As You Go

I am making a full size quilt for my summer art exhibit, and for the first time I am using the "quilt as you go" technique. I am doing very dense and detailed free motion quilting, and I knew that trying to manipulate a whole quilt through my machine would be no fun.

My reference book for this project.

My instructions when the time comes to put the blocks together.

My paper cartoon sketch for my planned free motion quilting.
The backing fabric is Osnaburg, a loose weave utility cotton fabric. It is natural coloured, that is unbleached. I washed and ironed it before use as it shrinks quite a bit. But wow, is it ever great for a backing fabric in this instance, as it really shows the texture of the machine quilting. I like the back as much as the front - see below.

A block with the free motion quilting completed. The block is 18 inches square, and 16 blocks will make up the quilt.






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