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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, February 27, 2015

Linen placemats in progress

I love linen for table things, well,  I guess they are "table linens" . . .

I am appliquéing octagons of printed fabric to some beautiful natural linen for a set of placemats. I am looking forward to doing some really interesting free motion machine quilting on all the negative space. I was inspired by Angela Walters' lecture at QuiltCon.


  1. Hi Jean, What a nice little trip through your blog I just had! A fellow islander! Congrats on your quilt being at Quiltcon and being in Sherri Lynn's book. Our (I assume) mutual friend Barb is taking my place at Sherri Lynn's workshop this weekend - I couldn't go, after booking it way back in July. But I am hoping there may be a workshop on Denman this summer so I can come and meet you and Barb and do some stitching!

  2. Hi Heather, so nice of you to comment! I enjoy your blog very much, and follow it regularly on my Feedly app on my ipad (thanks to my daughter-in-law for keeping me technically in the know :-). Barb told me how delighted she is to be able to attend Sherri Lynn Wood's workshop in your stead. I am sorry to hear that circumstances curtailed your plans. I certainly hope that we can meet in the near future. Best, Jean