My work over the last five years or so has concentrated on mixed media and experiments with techniques far removed from traditional quiltmaking so it might be interesting to read how I came to be invited to contribute traditional quilt projects to the latest book from Dorling Kindersley.
As you might have seen in my 'About Me' page, I came to patchwork and quilting about 15 years ago. When I find something I enjoy doing it, I'm afraid it takes over my life! This meant that I was making pieced quilts well into the early hours of the morning as I was completely hooked on the processes. Many were given to family, friends and Project Linus but a huge number are all over the house - on beds, stuffed in cupboards and in numerous bags in the attic.
Naomi Harrison of Artisan 80, the gallery where my last solo show was held in February 2013, runs a Christmas pop-up show and last year some of my quilts were for sale. One was bought by the editor at Dorling Kindersley, who then came to see some of my other creations. The staff on the project were keen to feature seven of the quilts for which I provided the instructions to make them. This was an interesting process - most of my quilts are just made as I go along so I had to analyse each and, working backwards, write out the instructions and draw the accompanying diagrams, sometimes making a sample block to check dimensions, then make an estimate of the yardage needed.
The quilts were photographed professionally - a flat shot to see the quilt clearly and to help potential makers visualise it finished and pictures showing the quilts in a lovely setting. With kind permission from Dorling Kindersley, those pictures are shown in this post.