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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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dear Jane quilt variation

In January 2014 I suggested a challenge to our local quilt group, to do a Dear Jane quilt of their own interpretation
No one but me ended up doing it, and even I lost interest after doing a few block variations. I finished the project by appliquéing hexagons to my 4.5" white squares in order to make up enough blocks. So every block is not a different design, and there a few fabric repetitions in the hexagons as well. But the final result is still pretty.
I am going to donate this quilt to the Vancouver Hospice, a wonderful hospice where a dear friend died earlier this year.

The completed quilt.
I decided to make it lap quilt size (yes, I really was running out of interest in this project). I used a cheerful fabric for the backing and machine quilted it. I used a free motion pattern of a flower in each square and curlicues in the sashing. After washing and machine drying, the quilting does not really show up, so that is a lesson not to be too detailed with machine quilting in this kind of project.

Detail of a block made when I was still full of enthusiasm for this project. I appliquéd and embroidered these leaves. I did a variation on my usual free motion flower, and added a cobweb which I like to include in every one of my quilts.

The quilt backing.

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