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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, July 13, 2016

Hexagon quilt Ocean Currents: edge finish

I am finishing up my large hexagon quilt called Ocean Currents.

I hand pieced all the hexagons together, in a pattern of ocean currents. I machine quilted with rayon thread in various colours, and a modified spiral pattern to look like ripples or waves on the surface of the ocean.

I finished the edges by trimming the wool batting to the edge of the inner hexagons, leaving a 1/2 inch of backing fabric to tuck in over the edge of the wool batting. Then I folded half of each outer hexagon to the back and hand stitched it all down.

Finally, I hand quilted all around the outer edge with #8 perle cotton, and I doing some final hand quilting of the outer row of hexagons. It works well for a finish, and will be sturdy.







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