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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, January 28, 2016

Floating Squares aka Yellow Pond Lily quilt in progress

I am a member of Sherri Lynn Wood's Facebook group based on her book:  The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. The group has a plan to work through the ten scores this year, 2016, each participant making a quilt from each score.
This is just the kind of motivation and structure that works for me, so I am in. I have also offered to "guide the conversation" for one of the scores, later in the year after my drawing course is done.
Although I am very happy to make quilts purely based on colour and form, I particularly like taking an aspect of nature as inspiration. When I looked at score #1, Floating Squares, I thought of the yellow pond lilies that grow in the marsh at the Inner Island Nature Reserve. Although they are very deeply rooted in the soil under the marsh, the flowers and leaves float on the water surface. The only photo I have is of the leaves only, before the blossoms, so here is a photo cribbed from the internet.

Today I curated fabric for the quilt, decided on a size (48 inches square), and began the ruler free cutting of the squares. It is a hard habit to break, not to reach for the ruler!

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