2020 brought so many changes to us all. For me, no teaching, no quilt shows to attend, no retreats, no competition deadlines and most of all, no travel.
I am usually away 100 days a year and chasing my tail to get everything done. Suddenly that all stopped.
I needed a personal challenge. This design I drew in 2018 and planned one day to create it, but when would I ever have the time for a such a huge project…………
July 2020 thru to January 2021
Design enlarged 7x in size to 6.5m x 1.65m (22″ x 5″)
75 hours painting with Sun Dyes on calico/muslin
110 hours quilting on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen approx 4 hours per day over 6 months
17m of binding
approx 4.25million stitches
Material & Techniques:
Original design hand painted with Sun Dyes and rock salt on unwashed calico/muslin.
Black Sharpie marker outline and Free-Motion machine quilted in poly cotton black and white thread, under supervision of 30K Followers on social media.
Cotton batting and backing gradually added in 1m sections until complete.