It is exciting being back in the studio designing two new projects which involve lots of different techniques……from paper foundation piecing, English paper piecing with cardboard, raw edge machine appliqué, a little piece of colouring with Fabrico markers and of course, needle turn appliqué using lovely Japanese yarn dyed fabric.
More than 20 years ago, Lyn Keogh was encouraged by a friend to enrol in a beginner patchwork class at the local high school. Over the term of the course, the ladies each made 12 hand-pieced traditional blocks using English paper piecing to complete a sampler quilt. “We were only allowed three fabrics — a light, a medium and a dark,” Lyn recalls. “I can still remember drafting each of the patterns by hand on thin cardboard.” Lyn dabbled in various small projects over the following years, however with small children and working full time as a primary school teacher, it was a hobby that was only indulged in occasionally.
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I have been experimenting with free motion quilting designs, creating patterns and texture to fill a shape. The finished quilt panel highlights how quilting enhances your projects and brings them to life. From simple in the ditch and straight lines to stippling, lots of background fillers, circles and feathers. The cot panel provides an excellent start for some creative sewing to fill each coloured shape using a variety of coloured threads.