One of the textiles pieces I’m most proud of is this quilt, which I made for the wedding of two of my loveliest friends.
I’ve made quilts before – by which I mean, I’ve chosen fabrics and cut them and pieced them into a quilt top, and then I’ve sent the top of the quilt away to be quilted by machine. Then, when it returns, I finish by hand sewing a binding.
This time I wanted to quilt by hand. It was a labour of love, but fortunately I love hand embroidery. I was recovering from surgery and not capable of concentrating on anything else, but the meditative nature of repetitive stitching was a healing experience.
It also made me feel much better that I’d created something during that year, even though I’d done very little writing.
What you can’t see from the photos is the wonderful handle and texture created by the hand stitching. Just looking at it now, I am thinking it’s time I started another quilt.