“The Grape Thieves”

Design for patchwork and appliqué quilt Most William Morris fans will recognise his famous ‘Strawberry Thief’ design, which was reproduced in the Best of Morris – Fall collection from Moda Fabrics used in this quilt. But the collection was all about the rich colours of autumn, and strawberries say ‘summer’ to me. While William and Jane Morris might’ve had thrushes stealing their […]

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“Memoirs”

Design for patchwork quilt A personal project designed to show off the lovely, eclectic, script prints in the Memoirs collection by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. I used elements of both Crossed & Recrossed and Jewel Box in a new combination. Year 2019 Size 76″ x 76″ (193 cm x 193 cm) Series or Collection n/a For n/a Pattern available […]

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“Creative Sketchbooks”

Course sketchbook This is my sketchbook for the Creative Sketchbooks online course offered by DesignMatters Art & Craft School, run by artists Linda and Laura Kemshall. So far I have only worked on exercises in Module 1, which is all about finding inspiration, drawing media and mark-making, value, tone, and composition. Year started 2019 Size A5 Resulting works n/a

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“Creative Practice 2019”

Creative practice journal As taught by Lisa Sonora, creative practice is an approach to art-making that puts your creative process before technique or outcome. Emphatically not about making ‘good art’, it’s a way of using creativity for well being, and to support personal and spiritual growth. It’s a daily practice of visual journaling that uses simple techniques of collage, painting, […]

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“Hedgerow Adventures”

Design for patchwork and appliqué quilt The work of Arts and Crafts designer William Morris often has a dark, rich and sometimes heavy feel, but the Morris Garden collection from Moda Fabrics also had plenty of lovely paler prints I wanted to feature for a lighter effect. Simplified garden-themed appliqué on a creamy plain background also helps to balance the […]

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“Irish Heirloom”

Design for patchwork and appliqué quilt The reproduction print fabrics from the Regency Ballycastle collection (designed by Christopher Wilson-Tate for Moda Fabrics) featured some lovely border stripes, so the obvious design choice to showcase the collection’s full potential was a medallion with multiple borders. And with the fabric collection being inspired by a gorgeous Irish quilt, the traditional Irish Chain […]

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“Nesting Spot”

Design for patchwork quilt For this quilt, I had a couple of design goals in mind. I wanted to echo the fabric collection’s name (Nest by Lella Boutique for Moda) in the design, so I created a shape that’s reminiscent of a nest full of eggs. I also wanted a layout that left plenty of open, airy space around the […]

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“Regency Mariner”

Design for patchwork quilt My first design for the antique reproduction print fabrics from Christopher Wilson-Tate for Moda Fabrics. All his collections are based on prints from his hundreds of antique quilts, and this quilt was designed to showcase Regency Blues, his first collection, in a traditional Mariner’s Star medallion design. Year 2018 Size 67″ x 67″ (170 cm x […]

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“Jewel Box”

Design for mystery patchwork quilt Another quilt designed as a mystery block-of-the-month, this one constructed in units rather than blocks to keep the final design secret until the end of the year. Participants were asked to choose a primary and secondary colour from the list of Sapphire (blues), Ruby (reds), Emerald (greens), Amethyst (purples), Topaz (oranges/tans), or Onyx (blacks/greys) along […]

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“Crossed & Recrossed”

Design for patchwork quilt In the nineteenth century, when postage and paper were expensive, letter-writers would often write a page, then turn the paper sideways and write across the lines again to save starting a new sheet. Jane Austen wrote dozens of these “crossed letters” to her sister Cassandra using a quill pen and ink. This quilt was inspired by […]

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