In 1986 Nic was still at University. In the normal way of things I took over his room. During vacations I had to make a hasty retreat, well not so hasty, boxes of bits everywhere. In one box I found a pile of dyed fabric, experiments. I had just started 'playing' and at that time not many dyeing books were available. So I had fun. Such pale colours - I had a lot to learn. I pieced them all, free cutting, with a vague Log Cabin pattern.
I love old Welsh quilts - filled with carded sheep's wool; the utilitarian quilts of India, stitched together randomly, and quilted to hold the layers together. So this quilt has, possibly, Warm and Natural wadding, and a plain cotton backing. It's quilted from the back with big stitches. The back could be a whole cloth quilt.
I love this quilt, it's randomness, the texture - over the years it is now getting that old 'lumpy' worn look. I called it Indian Comforter - Winter (and it does!) There is also a Summer Comforter, Thermofax wadding, much lighter. also hand stitched. The colours on this one were really bright. No more pale colours for me. This quilt was sold and is living in a cottage somewhere in Dorset.
A detail of the quilting, seen only as points of colour
So now we come to 2009. I have my own room, what a joy to settle at last with my 'stuff'. I still continue to experiment with dyeing, moving on to screen printing, and the beloved Indigo vats. Trips to India inspire, and I sometimes get to 'play' with master craftsmen, or at least watch the process of their craft. I actually take dyeing workshops now, and I guess I am so lucky doing what I want to do, passing on knowledge and learning from students. Never going to be rich, but as long as I have enough money to continue with my work, and then some over to travel to India I am as happy as happy can be!
The old shirts (pillow cases, kurtas, or anything white laying unattended) quilt completed. Dyed, waxed, overdyed; free cut and pieced; Soft and Elegant wadding this time, and machine quilted with simple (not so) straight lines. My dyeing skills have improved!
These two quilts gave/give me such pleasure. Just going for it, having fun and not sticking to any rules! I can piece precisely if I want to, I am a Virgo after all - yeh, I might have broken out, and machine quilt pretty well too. It's good to know how to break the rules sometimes
I'm going to call this one Blue Moon, as this is the evening of such a moon. It will be part of Raw Talent, the family exhibition - see link bar. Guess this is only going to happen once in a Blue Moon.
A Good New Year to you all.