My latest quilt, a small wallhanging, 24" square. Paper piecing is my favourite technique and Log Cabin is a favourite pattern. I'm especially fond of playing with bright, saturated autumnal colours, so this quilt was very enjoyable to do.
An earlier quilt, again playing with autumnal colours, using a paper pieced Pineapple pattern. This was exhibited in the local quilt group's annual exhibition in Kuwait. There are 25 blocks, measuring 3 1/2" each and I created a border to give it a more finished look. This one was very time consuming but I love fiddling about with tiny bits of fabric, and carefully choosing every scrap according to it's colour and pattern with an eye to creating a harmonious whole. 'Quilts in a Weekend' is not a book I'm ever going to want!
Another quilt ('Wobbly Bits') exhibited in Kuwait and one of my favourites as I had fun designing the pattern and playing with threads and beads to enhance it. The squares within squares are held on with beads and I've allowed the edges to curl to emphasis the texture. It's very small, just 12" square.
From a design by Djiane Cevaal, this quilt and the one below measure 29 1/2" square.
The design was cut out of the yellow fabric and the two resulting pieces formed the positive and negative shapes to make two quilts
A little quilt I made when I was just learning how to paper piece. I liked creating the tiny little squares in the sashing and continuing the log cabin effect out into the borders. I did learn, however, that small quilts like these shouldn't have plump batting as it makes all the carefully pieced blocks look wobbly!
Another small quilt, just 18" square. Here I was playing with gradating colours and trying to make the most of a beautiful blue batik fabric which I didn't have a lot of.
Small paper pieced wall quilt from a pattern by Valori Wells. I had most fun with the stitching and beading which unfortunately doesn't show in the photo. I loved playing with the colours but I'm not keen on curved piecing!
More fun with gradating colours for this larger wall quilt inspired by the Lone Star Quilt pattern in a book by Jan Krentz. I added star sequins, beads, prairie points, couched threads (along the edges of the inner and outer star) and a piped edge along the border. Although I don't like curved piecing, the top of this quilt was made surprisingly quickly. Perhaps it only felt like that because I'm so used to making much smaller, more fiddly quilts!
Almost the size of a table mat, this tiny quilt was put together as a demonstration piece for a paper piecing class I taught in Kuwait. Many quilters think paper piecing is very difficult but I loved to see the students faces when it finally clicked into place as they realised it's not that hard after all! It takes a little concentration to start with and I have to reacquaint myself again whenever I take a break from it.
Paper pieced stars with Bali fabrics.
One of the first quilts I made and just after I discovered the beautiful Bali batik fabrics. I took a sampler quilt class when I lived in Aberdeen simply as a means to getting out of the house (we had terrible neighbours!) but I was immediately hooked. The lady who ran the course owned a fabric shop and there were regular new classes after that for different techniques which I very much enjoyed. This lap quilt takes me back to those lovely friendly classes.
Three of my quilts were featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine (Vol. 4 No.3) which ran an article about 'Middle East Quilters', an internet forum I set up to try to bring quilters across the region together.