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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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work in progress Wednesday: EPP

Funny thing - I came home from the very exciting and inspirational QuiltCon, that is the Modern Quilting Guild Conference, which is all about improvisational quilt design - and when I got back to my lovely studio, what did I pick up to work on but my several in progress English Paper Piecing projects. Go figure.

I am still in love with improvisational quilting, and I know that I will do lots more of it, but somehow the precision of EPP really appeals to me right now. And I think that I actually use EPP in an improvisational manner, so there you go :-)

This collection of rosettes made from 1/2 inch hexagons is mostly left over from my "Garden Anticipation" collection of medallion wall quilts. I am just putting them together randomly with no plan in mind. Now THAT is improvisation!
The swag bag from the QuiltCon registration desk included a number of 2 inch sample fabric squares. Perfect to use with the 1 inch hexagon papers that I bought in the exhibit hall at the Stitch Lab booth. I made these last evening while listening to the last of my audiobook, "The Magician King" by Lev Grossman. Again, I have not plan in mind for them. Right now, they just are there, waiting for inspiration.
This part of the Grandmother's Garden quilt that I am making for Katie. The top is almost finished. I worked on it today. Just a few more rosettes and pathways to add, then some kind of border to make it larger.

These are octagons. They are mostly made from the interesting fabric samples that I ordered from Fingerprint. The solid green is stamped by me. I am appliquéing them to this lovely natural linen for a set of placemats for myself.


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