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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, May 23, 2014

Original Design quilt entered in Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am allowed to enter two quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. My first quilt was an Art Quilt, and the second is an Original Design quilt.



This is my queen size quilt Dragonfly Summer, which was shown at the Denman Island Summer Art Gallery in 2013. The centre is hand-pieced 1 inch hexagons joined by hand, that central piece then hand appliqu├ęd with fine silk thread to a piece of bronze coloured silk/cotton fabric. The surrounding squares of solid coloured cottons were rubber stamped in archival ink with various motifs, including dragonflies. The leaf motifs were subtly coloured with Sharpie pens.
The whole was free motion machine quilted with rayon machine embroidery threads.

Note the free motion quilted cobweb in the lower right corner of the central bronze coloured fabric.


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