British quilter has guest slot in new American quilting book
Somerset Quilter and Teacher Rosemary Hillman is one of the
guest quilters in a new book by Prize Winner Quilter Irena Bluhm, one of only 2
non Americans and the only one which has been Hand Quilted.
The book “To Piece or not to Piece”, which had just been
published concentrates on making Quilts which while they are designed to look
as it they have been peiced are actually wholecloths which have then had colour
added to accent the ‘pieced’ sections.
'Flying South' by Rosemary Hillman, © Rosemary Hillman (Quilt) and Victoria Hillman (Photograph)
Rosemarys’ contribution is a Wallhanging called Flying South
and utilises a very old paper peiced pattern, Flying Swallows and the well
known Flying Geese block interspersed with faux applique Swallows and Swallow
Tails. With a Sun at it’s centre and Curled Feathers in the border it is
brought together with a series of borders being completed with Swallow Tail
Butterflies in each corner.
The Quilt Top is made from White Cotton Lawn and is Hand
Quilted in a combination of running and back stitches. Derwent Pencils were
used to add the colours on completion of the quilting. There are two images
shown in the book, one if after the quilting and before the colour and
decorative stitches were added and the other is of the finished quilt.
Further details of this and other techniques can be found on
Rosemarys’ website www.rosiequilts.com
, where there is also a form to contact her directly. This Autumn/Winter, Rosemary will be offering the Flying South Pattern as a 2 day workshop, slightly changed from the way she made the original for the book. Visit Rosemary's website in the Workshops in the Gallery
section to see images of two different workshops, the Table Topper and the Painted Flower Projects, using a similar method.