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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.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Ocean Currents quilt in hexagons

I finished piecing the hexagons version of Ocean Currents quilt, and sandwiched it a couple of weeks ago. Then I waited for inspiration on how to do the free motion machine quilting. I knew that I wanted to emphasize the hexagons.

I settled on a modified spiral that looks like an ocean wave. Each colour of fabric is quilted with a different shade of rayon embroidery thread that coordinates with the fabric colour. I have started and stopped at the beginning and end of each sequence of hexagons, and changed colours. I am going to tie off and bury the threads when I am done quilting.

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