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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I have a quilt juried into QuiltCon!

Lovely message from Heather Grant, the Director of Marketing and Programming for the Modern Quilt Guild, "Congratulations! Your entry, Syncopation Quilt, has been selected by our panel of jurors to be displayed at QuiltCon!".

I made the quilt according to a words only, no picture "score" from Sherri Lynn Wood of http://daintytime.net/ . I made Improv Handbook Score ~ 05 Rhythmic Grid.

Ten of us each made ten different quilts from ten scores. We were asked to not blog about it, or publish pictures, as the process was in support of a book by Sherri Lynn Wood. Some volunteer quilts will be illustrated in the book, not mine though.
I had a recent email from Sherri, "Please feel free to enter your test quilts into exhibitions including QuiltCon. It would be appropriate to note that your quilt was inspired or prompted by your participation as a test quilter for the Improv Handbook. "

The book has been published, and is available on Amazon:
I am thrilled that I will be able to present this quilt at the conference. I had submitted two other quilts of my own design to QuiltCon, that were not accepted, but no problem - I would have had to take another suitcase to pack all the quilts. This lovely soft quilt will fit nicely squished into my regular packing.

Here are some pics of the quilt.

Syncopation quilt hanging on the back clothes line. The natural light gives an excellent photo and the colours glow.
Detail of hand quilting with #8 perle cotton in various colours of blue and orange. The hand quilting is in rows of 5 as in musical notation.

Back of the quilt.

Detail of back of the quilt.

Quilt label.


  1. Congratulations! I am so happy your quilt will be there - and you'll get to see it with all its new friends. Your quilt is just beautiful and vibrant. Nice going you!

  2. BTW, The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters is available for PRE -order, publishing date March 2015, so not ready yet!

  3. This is really beautiful -congrats! I love the colors and the hand quilting always gets to my heart.

    1. Thanks Colleen, I love the hand quilting too!