Margaret Horton – Nature – Top Toe Through The Tulips
I have to admit that this is not one of my favourite quilts so far. It is a piece, I started last summer at a day school with Edwina McKinnon, which focused on screen printing using screen printing inks.
The original piece was much larger than 15 x 15” and had two other contrasting fabrics and once back home was relegated to one of my very full cupboards for working on some time later, much, much later.
When the ‘nature’ theme was announced I remembered my screen printed tulips and as is often the case, when you revisit a piece of work much later, it can sometimes be quite appealing. I still didn’t like the colour combinations and so I got rid of them and it immediately took on a much more sophisticated look. However, once I started the quilting, I realised that continuous machining was impossible and so I gradually did part of the stitching and then spent the evening stitching in all the ends, using this method over a few days – lesson learned. Hence why it is not my favourite quilt, as I found the quilting tedious, rather than my usual feeling of enjoyment when quilting.
So, a very ‘uncolourful’ piece of work for me really, and I may try something similar again, but add an accent colour.
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