Popular Patchwork October 2017

Now autumn is here I am loving this landscape, but when I was working on it, in the midst of summer, I questioned the wisdom of standing over a hot iron fusing pieces of wool suiting. However, it was for a magazine and they work several months ahead, so, at my desk sultry autumn landed in sunny July.

This design is based on photos taken on a walk in Pyecombe earlier this year. At A1 size it is the largest one I have worked on so far, but wasn’t much more difficult - in some ways sizing it up made it easier as there were less tiny pieces to mislay. I am feeling like I am suffocating under wadding scraps so it was good to make something that made a little dent in the pile. The fabrics are a mix, and I didn’t buy anything new for it. Some of the things I used include old suiting and shirting, lovely Irish 100% wool that I bought at Festival of Quilts in 2016 and some Liberty from a swatch pack dated 1986. Somehow it all fits together well, and I like the calm feel it exudes. I left out the windmill on the hill as I wanted it to stay fairly abstract. The quilting is simple, echoing each piece of fabric and and extra line or two in the middle of the larger sections.

Styled beautifully 

Styled beautifully 

A close- up. This was taken as I made it, so excuse the stray threads.

A close- up. This was taken as I made it, so excuse the stray threads.

I was thrilled that Emma asked if I could write a little more about my landscape work and she took some lovely photos of me at work. It felt good to share a peek behind the scenes at the creative process that leads to these landscape pieces.

Designing/doodling

Designing/doodling

The magazine on display with my work at Hailsham Arts Festival.

The magazine on display with my work at Hailsham Arts Festival.