I usually find that this is a good time of year for looking back as well as looking forward, like Janus. Yesterday we cleared out the loft, primarily in preparation for the move but also just to see what was up there. I found a box containing some old work which I thought might be interesting to post here.
I hardly recognise this as my own work:
Machine pieced and machine appliqued, this measures about 40″ square and is hand quilted. You can probably see that this is made entirely from commercial fabrics and prints, which I no longer use.
About 31″ x 44″, almost entirely machine-quilted and also made with commercial prints. The standing stone shapes are hand appliqued, but I can’t imagine doing that much quilting by machine now.
This one is about 36″ x 52″ and is entirely hand-pieced/hand-quilted. I think this is the first large quilt in which I used some of my own hand-dyed fabrics, and it was also my first exhibited quilt, appearing at the 2007 Quilts in the Garden show in Trentham.
Interesting to see the differences from and similarities to more recent work. All recognisably by the same hand? I’m not so sure – but then it’s notably difficult to view your own work with an entirely objective eye. I’ll add them to the shop: better in someone else’s loft than mine!