|detail of the finished quilt|
|The finished quilt|
|My original watercolour|
We painted lots of watercolours (most of mine were disastrous but the aim wasn’t to create a great watercolour painting, just source material), then we selected the best bits of each one before deciding which one to make into a quilt.
|The selected detail to make into a quilt|
These were then traced and blown up in full sized patterns, which were meant to be copied exactly. She also does ‘proper’ appliqué – none of this raw edged stuff – and showed us her technique.
|The back of my applique|
|Laying out the pieces to applique|
|Applique in progress|
Finally, Katie heavily quilts her pieces to add interest and tends to use a similar coloured thread to the fabric, using a different pattern for each area.
|Quilt ready to be trimmed|
Being awkward, I was the only person in the class who created a horizontal piece, but now that it is complete and trimmed down to rectangle, I think I may prefer it to be hung vertically.
It was a great learning experience, not just for what I learnt, but for what I also discovered about my own working practices. For instance, I don’t like working to exact patterns, I want things to evolve and life is just too short not to use raw edge appliqué (besides I like the effect)! Also, I like the quilting to add to the design as well as the texture of the piece. Overall, it was a great experience and even though I am highly unlikely to make another quilt like this (it is Katie’s technique after all, not mine), well worth going to.