Monday, 29 December 2014

Jane's Quilt

My latest commission was a quilt for a lady's 70th birthday on 21st December.  I didn't get chance to meet Jane as it was going to be a surprise for her birthday from Shocka one of her daughters but from making the quilt and creating the design I felt I got to know her quite well.  Shocka asked me to  include the names and nicknames of her mother's six children - Val (Shocka), Robert (Dennis), Etus (Junior), Amos (Tony), Verna (Vee) and Carmen (Gloria) and to also include a palm tree to reflect Jane's Jamaican roots.  Jane loves her garden and is particularly fond of roses so I made the background from six fat quarters of Tanya Whelan Barefoot Roses from The Cotton Patch in Hall Green.  I liked the idea of juxtaposing the two diverse cultures of Jane's Jamaican upbringing with her English rose garden.


Note the slipper socks are not part of the design! 


The trunk of the palm tree was made up from various batik fabrics from my stash.


The coconuts in the centre of the tree were made from the Tanya Whelan rose fabrics to which I added embroidered text.


 Shocka asked me to include some of her mother's favourite sayings.


I then embroidered the names of the siblings on the leaves of the tree adding a bit of bling with diamond buttons.  Their nicknames were embroidered down the trunk of the tree and a border added using the same green marble fabric used for the leaves to bring the design together and to create a narrow frame.


And here is the finished quilt with a framed photograph of Shocka fastened onto the base of the tree with more diamond buttons .

Happy 70th Birthday Jane! 

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