I have been a dedicated patchworker for over 30 years and a closet artist for even longer. I have an identical twin Keryn, and after 26 years living apart, we are finally in the same town again.We now own a Gammill Statler longarm and have started quilting for others. We have designed and sold continuous quilting patterns for over 10 years.
I try to paint when I can, particularly animals, but life is getting busier and busier. At least I'm never bored!
In the last week of December I finished this little wallhanging. It was originally going to be a bed sized quilt when I started it many, many years ago. My middle son Robert was six months old, and he's nearly 31 now! Hard to believe that this has been hanging around for so long- it was well and truly time to do something about it.
I was trying to make it look like an antique quilt, but reproduction fabric had never been heard of, and it was hard to find cotton fabric at all. There are a few poly blends in here, which is one of the reasons it was abandoned when better fabric became available. When I decided not to add any more rows Keryn helped with sewing extra bits to square it off, and then it was relegated to the cupboard, where it matured quietly.
I added the two borders and it's now about 35" by 45", so just a small finish, but it feels good to have this done. I've picked out backing fabric and I'll make the binding straight away, but I haven't decided yet whether to hand quilt it or not. It's too blanking hot to even think about quilting at the moment, so it can go back in the cupboard for a little bit longer....