My large quilts explore the rocky, sandy bottom of the ocean
baths in which I love to swim.
I have used linen with wool batting and cotton backs. The
thread drawing is the design line as well as the quilting.
I used all black thread on these whole cloths. The 150cm x
150cm quilts are the largest I have made using this technique
with which I have been experimenting over the past 12 months.
With the smaller pieces I draw with the machine immediately
on to the fabric. For this size work I drew a loose grid first
and worked from there within the grid lines. The stitching
I find rhythmic and satisfying for me - similar to swimming
in the baths.
I used the techniques again in the smaller responses, adding
hand stitching as I felt appropriate