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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, January 11, 2014

Denman Island Quilting Challenge

I proposed the following quilting challenge to our local quilting group at our first January 2014 meeting:

Quilting Challenge January 2014

Goal:
Make your own version of a Dear Jane quilt, which can be any size from a tablemat to a full size quilt. The result will be your own original design, not a copy of the 1863 quilt.
Criteria:
1.    Quilt is made up of multiple blocks, all the same size. The original Dear Jane blocks all finished at 4 ½ or 5 inches. You can make larger blocks, but any larger than 6 inch blocks will detract from the design.
2.    Each block is different and is constructed using scraps of one colour of fabric on a white or light coloured background. The scrap colours change with each block, but the background colour remains the same throughout. Use modern block designs or traditional, or a mix.
3.    The original blocks were constructed using many different techniques, including foundation paper piecing, applique, and English paper piecing. Use block designs from design books or make up your own. The blocks can be as simple or as intricate as you wish.
4.    The blocks are joined with a narrow light coloured sashing so they appear to float.

Timeline:
Report on your progress each month.
Reveal your masterpiece at the June potluck lunch meeting.

Here are the blocks that I made this afternoon. It was a good exercise to measure carefully and sew accurate scant 1/4 inch seams. I think that my piecing skills are already improving.




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