Somehow, at the Sydney Quilt and Patchwork Show, we were re-introduced
to the Mrs Billings' Coverlet, (Somerset Patchwork). Simultaneously we
felt a sting and goose bumps up our spines .... the Pox had struck
again, big time!
As TT's, we were as Siamese Twins, and had to undertake this challenge together to come full circle in our lives.
little note here, we both were influenced by our textiles teachers, Mrs
Gibson and Mrs O'Neil at Fintona Girls' School in the early 70's. We
are OCD in this regard and our teachers would be amazed at our sewing
I have just spent the past week with my sewing TT and
together we have discussed, challenged, researched and explored the
colour palettes and expressions, moods and impact of borders and fabric
design. Also we have been exploring the techniques and methods to create
the most accurate sewing method for this coverlet. As TT's, we decided
the instructions and directions with the pattern were lacking and the
unusual sized measurements made it very difficult to foundation or paper
piece if you so desired. this led us to make our own paper pieces for
sections of the coverlet!!!
I was adamant and declared to my TT, I am
not going to hand sew any quilts, if I can't machine stitch, I'm not
doing it!! Well, that went out the door and I am hooked.
My TT gave
me a Jelly Roll in November 2011, "just have a play" she said. She knew
what she was doing and left smiling with herself. Seven months later, I
have many BOM commitments and finished 7 quilts!
I am so looking forward to sharing and getting feed back from my TT as we work on our Mrs Billings' Coverlet together. Both of us approach the project with very different colour palettes in mind!
I promise I will update pictures tomorrow!!! :)