I know, I said I’d be back on Monday. I didn’t say it would necessarily be Monday UK time, and it’s probably already Monday somewhere in the world by now.
I just wanted to post a couple of pictures of ‘Sunset’, which is now finished and hanging in the workroom. I like to live with finished pieces for a while, just to check that they are in fact finished.
The quilting always takes much longer than I expect, but the extra effort of doing it all by hand is well worth it, I think. I like the fact that you have to get really close to a cloth to see the full effect of hand quilting.
This is one of my favourite fabrics, a sturdy white cotton. You can see that there are little rectangles in the cloth where the weave is different, more open. I have no idea how this is done or what the technique is called, since weaving always strikes me as a black art understood by a very few special individuals. I found it in a charity shop. It used to be a summer dress, and had a very full gathered skirt, yielding quite a lot of fabric when it was cut and ironed. There was no shop label, and no care label, so I think someone must have made it for themselves. Sometimes I wonder if it’s cruel to salvage a handmade garment for fabric, but then if someone else had bought and worn it, they might one day have thrown it away, and that would have been tragic.
There is lots more quilting to do, on two other large cloths that are in progress. In the meantime, I’ll be starting something new tomorrow.