Over the Christmas period I've had some festive wall hangings on display in my sewing studio. Last Saturday, when I packed Christmas away for another year, it was a dull and grey January morning, and my studio needed a pop of colour to brighten it up. I pulled out some batik quilts to display on the walls, and they have certainly lifted my spirits! The sunflower quilt was made several years ago, using the stitch and split applique technique which is demonstrated in the book "Stitch and Split Applique" by Jayme Crow and Joan Segna. I made this quilt on a workshop at Quilter's Haven (sadly closed down now). Some beads were hand stitched onto the leaves to add a bit of bling, and I free motion quilted the same leaf shape in the borders...
...more bright batiks are now displayed on the opposite wall too - the trees wall hanging was made initially on a workshop with Helen Howes quite a few years ago, using improvisational piecing and machine applique, and was finally free motion quilted when I was on a residential course with Philippa Naylor in 2017. Instead of binding the edges, it has a facing which is handsewn to the back. The curved wall hanging in the middle was made completely on a "curved piecing" course with Philippa in 2016, and was made with lots of bright batiks. The course focused on how to draught a pattern using freezer paper templates, and piecing curves. Then I had great fun free motion quilting it under Philippa's expert guidance. It has a double row of piping and curved binding too. Finally the Stargazey Heartz quilt was a joint venture with my daughter about 13 years ago and is based on a pattern by Jan Mullen. We attended a workshop together, and both pieced a few blocks using an assortment of batiks which we decided to stitch together to make a wallhanging. This was machine quilted by me, and was one of my first attempts at free motion quilting!
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