CHELTENHAM GATE  32" x 49"  1996               Back to Gallery


I started to teach a class on 'Reverse appliqué inspired by wrought iron designs' and I was invited to teach it in Cheltenham. My hostess took me around the city to see the wonderful wrought iron there and it suddenly dawned on me that the beauty of the patterning in a gate was not lost when seen in front of a busy garden. I began to work on this, my first Garden Gate quilt, on my return home.

Machine piecing, hand reverse appliqué and hand quilting

*The squares are joined together with precision so that the corners match and the seam alternate to butt up to one another. There is extensive hand quilting to texture the picture but as it can't be seen clearly I began to wonder about the virtue of spending so much time on this aspect of the quilt.