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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, March 30, 2014

Souçon Block number 6, part 5 border complete

Whew, these part 5 borders are complex. But I am churning them out.

Soupçon block number 7, Part 5 border done

Getting there, this is block #7. Only two more to go after this one.
Here I fussy cut and pieced a whole bunch of 1/2 inch hexagons and I am very proud of myself !

I think the more subdued colouring of this border works with the drama of the polka dot edging in part 4. And the intricacy of all those hexie flowers works because this part 4 border was not made of pieced squares as was the case with previous blocks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A textile jigsaw of words

Les Soeurs Anglaises is hosting a competition called "a textile jigsaw of words".

Here are 4 pieces that I will mail tomorrow, and hope that they arrive in France in time for the April 10, 2014 submission date.

The embroidered sayings are: winds sing many songs, peace like a river, moon beams on water, rire les enfants.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Soupçon part 5 border finished

Five blocks finished to Part 5 - 4 more to go. Then Part 6 is ready and waiting to be done on each of my nine blocks. But, you know, I am really starting to get into those 1/2 inch hexagons . . .

Purple and Gold block, Part 5 border completed (unless I do some more embroidery later on . . . )

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Quilting Retreat on Thetis Island 2014

Our annual quilting retreat at Capernwray Centre on Thetis Island.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Soupçon QAL part 5 continued

Part 5 is the most challenging and time consuming so far, as the goal is to make an appliquéd border of tiny hexagons. Here is my third block (of nine) that I have completed.

Coral and blue block. 1/2 inch hexagons in the border.

Border detail.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sewing machine cover

Making a sewing machine cover is terribly prosaic compared to making quilts and wall hangings. But, I use the cover every time I am in the studio, and using the horrible plastic cover that came with the machine is like a carpenter who never put baseboards in the house.
So yesterday I took a break from piecing 1/2 inch hexagons (whoee, that does call for a break) and used the fabric that I had created from scraps to make a sewing machine cover.

The patchwork created from random scraps from recent projects.
My lovely new sewing machine cover. The nasty plastic one is laying next to it. I used the plastic cover as a pattern, and then tossed it in the garbage. I carried on the scrap theme by using up all my leftover bobbin threads when doing the machine quilting. Not always lovely in combination with the top thread of deep pink (which is very pretty) but it did empty a lot of bobbins. All in all, a very satisfying project. Oh, and I used up different types of batting scraps too.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Soupçon QAL Part 5 continued : Pansies

Another Soupçon QAL Part 5 border, this time on my Pansies block. I used 1 inch hexagons, but included some diamonds and some circles as well. First time with appliquéd circles. Fussy to make, but like anything, one gets more efficient with practise.
 am working on a border with the 1/2 inch hexagons that Karen is demonstrating for Part 5 - but the do take time. That will be another installment.

Pansies block Part 5. I added an appliquéd circle to the central motif.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soupçon QAL Part 5

Part 5 is an appliquéd border. The goal is to use 1/2" hexagons. Instead, for my first attempt, I used 1" hexagons and appliquéd leaves. Then I embroidered onto the leaves.

Red Roses: Part 5

Red Roses: Part 5 detail

Red Roses: Part 5 detail

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Collaborative Quilt Number Two finished

Finished! Danni put the first collaborative quilt together, and it was my turn to do the second quilt. Here it is, finished, for show and tell at quilting guild yesterday. I cut off the picture of Danni, for her privacy, so you only see her hand. You get to see me though. And of course, I love blue.

The name of this quilt is "Pictures at an Exhibition".