In June 1993 A Quilt for Jade was awarded the First Certificate – Machine appliqué at the IX National Patchwork Championship, Althorp House, Althorp. Following the award the piece was featured in Popular Patchwork Magazine (July/August 1993), Needlecraft Magazine (Summer 1993) and was the front cover feature in the Independent Patchworker (July 1993).
The piece is 146cm x 146cm. It took one year to complete. Further information on this piece can be viewed in a video here. This is the second quilt that I completed and it was for my eldest daughter, she wanted to be a princess riding a horse.
I made her a dressing up outfit that she wore sitting on top of the sofa pretending to ride a horse so I could take some reference photos. The background is silk painted using an airbrush, the individual items within it are either transfer dyed, airbrushed or silk painted and then applied and then embroidered into, with the exception of the textured hedge which was made with a Russian punch needle that acted like a carpet hook to create the texture. This quilt was finished with a lot of handwork for example around the base of the trees I anchored them with the bluebells. The goldwork and faces are all completed by hand embroidery.