‘Over the Rainbow’ A Quilt for Lauren – Textile embroidery 1991


A Quilt for Lauren received the Runner Up Certificate at the Hertfordshire Visual Arts Forum Exhibition in June 1993.

In June 1992 A Quilt for Lauren received the  First Award – The Beckford Mill Cup, in ‘quilts for a child’ at the VIII National Patchwork Championship, Hatfield House.  Following this the piece was exhibited at Beckford Mill and featured in the Independent Patchworker Magazine (Autumn 1992).

The Quilt is 146 x 146cm. It took 1 year to complete.

After completing my City and Guilds I wanted to make something using all the skills I had learnt, I decided to make a quilt for each of my children that they could keep.  The first quilt I made was for my youngest daughter as she is the more creative and at the time was more interested in what I was doing.  I asked her what she would like, we had previously made Dorothy Doll (from her favourite film the Wizard of Oz) together and my daughter wanted her to be in the quilt having a picnic with all her other teddies – over the rainbow.

All the teddies in the quilt belong to my daughters, another toy that we had made together was Jamie Rabbit who is sat between my youngest daughter and her best friend in the centre of the quilt.  Behind the tree is her older sister as she did not want her at the picnic.  Everyday after school she would come and ask what I had done, she had lots of opinions, one example was her devil called Goby he had been sat eating the picnic with the other teddies, she told me this simply would not happen, he was naughty and he would be doing something like putting curry powder on the jelly, so that is where I put him.

The picture was drawn on pattern cutting paper (spot & cross paper), I then cut out the individual characters and moved them around to decide where they would be placed.  The background was airbrushed onto a piece of silk, it is backed with wadding.  The trees, items and individual characters  were all done individually and transferred / appliquéd on, they are a combination of transfer dyed and airbrushed onto silk or velvet.  There was then some hand and machine embroidery on top to provide further detail to the piece.


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