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My style is eclectic, both in fabric design and quilting. I am influenced by the shapes and colour from the uniquely South African cultural and natural landscape. I feel a close affinity to nature and the bushveld. You will find a lot of symbolism and metaphors in my quilts giving them an artistic nature. I find that experiments with mediums like paint, textiles and fibre combinations give extraordinary results.

Music for Nathan

Music for Nathan

Music for Nathan is a quilt I made for my son.  He loves music, and his only requirement was that I use lyrics from Five for Fighting.

The guitar is a trace of my own – originally I drew it out on EQ8, but lost the file when I reloaded my laptop!  The appliqué was done using appliqué paper and worked with a blanket stitch using my sewing machine.  The fabric has the look of African beadwork, and I did couching for the strings.  Buttons finish the detail of the guitar.

The words were outlined using computer software and then manually guided to colour with thread.  It is very dense, I used four bobbins before deciding it was enough – I could easily have carried on with that!

Finally, the negative space is filled with a pantograph and some free motion quilting.  The guitar is also quilted.

This is South Africa

I am particularly proud of this quilt since it is my first large scale digital quilting design.  It shows some of the favourite tourist attractions in the country.  You can read the story behind the quilt here.

This is South Africa
halloween quilt

Cats and bubbles

Macbeth and halloween.  Shakespeare’s “double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble” – describe the actions of casting the spell in the first line and boiling up a potion to make it work in the second, to ensnare Macbeth’s soul.

The cat embroidery designs are from Kara’s Kreations.

The design was a random one – I had embroidered the designs and then started putting the quilt together.  The appliqué “bubbles” were added to further the cauldron bubble idea, and I had the stunning fabric of witches and brooms in my stash.  I believe this is my first quilt where circles are prominent. From there it simply came together, and is a favourite in the house.  Proudly displayed on the pool table for visitors before they start their game.

Of course this also talks to my love of circles on quilts!

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