“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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“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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“Pearls of Wisdom”

Mixed media textile art The journey to adulthood can be difficult, no matter what your species. Even mermaids need advice and encouragement from their older, wiser relatives. This piece was inspired by hearing the phrase “pearls of wisdom” as a theme. I immediately imagined the scene of a mature mermaid dispensing advice and encouragement to younger relatives. I wanted to […]

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“We Must Not Look at Goblin Men”

Mixed media art quilt We must not look at goblin men,We must not buy their fruits:Who knows upon what soil they fedTheir hungry, thirsty roots? (from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti) This piece is based on Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti‘s long narrative poem about temptation, seduction, courage and sisterly devotion. Although Rossetti herself insisted the poem was intended solely as […]

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“Elemental”

Quartet of mixed media art quilts Alchemists and philosophers determined that the world was created of four basic elements and that for each, there existed a creature made of, and attuned to, that element. Elemental brings together the four alchemical elements – earth, air, fire and water – with their associated cardinal points, astrological signs, colours and seasons. These four small […]

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“Hamadryad: Oak”

Mixed media art quilt The hamadryad is a nymph so closely linked with the tree she inhabits that should it die, she dies also. Like other shy, wild creatures, they can sometimes be spotted in the woods, caught in the fleeting moment between awareness and flight. As with all these works, I began with plain white fabric and a picture […]

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