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Stars of Bukhara
This quilt was made specifically for The Sultan Gallery in Lancaster. I based the design on an Islamic pattern. All the fabrics are hand dyed. Machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted. 168cm X 168cm.

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Another quilt for The Sultan. I wanted to use a traditional pattern but with an eastern feel to it. All the fabrics are hand dyed. Machine pieced and quilted. 183cm X 183cm.
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This was the first quilt I made to be hung from the ceiling in The Sultan. I wanted to get a feeling of spinning when you looked up. All the fabrics are hand dyed. Machine pieced, and quilted. 183cm X 183cm.
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This quilt was selected 1st in the Advanced category and Best Geometric Quilt at the National Patchwork Championships, 2000. Also selected for the World Quilt Competition and toured America in 2001. Machine pieced and quilted using my own hand dyed fabrics. 2000. 132cm X 132cm.
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Shepherd's Delight
Even though I made this quilt in 1992, it's still one of my favourites. The colours work well together and the centre really glows. It's on display at the Sultan Gallery in Lancaster (UK), where it is suspended from the ceiling and viewed from below. The gallery is well worth a visit, as is the Sultan Restaurant which serves great Indian food. Machine pieced and quilted using hand dyed fabrics and some lamés. 1992. 115cm X 115cm.

 
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Machine pieced and hand quilted using hand dyed fabrics, a selection of different black fabrics and some lamés. Selected 1st in the Quilt Art category at the Great British Quilt Festival, 1991. 115cm X 115cm.
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Colour Wheel
Machine pieced and hand quilted using hand dyed fabrics and black. I made this quilt as a teaching aid to show how colours work when they are mixed together. 115cm X 115cm.

The pattern for this quilt is in 'Magic Dyeing Made Easy'

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I love the work of Vasarely and his use of optical illusions. When viewed from a distance the centre of this quilt really does look like it's coming out toward you. Machine pieced and quilted using hand dyed fabrics and black. 125cm X 125cm.

Jackie in 1967 – our bridesmaid

Jackie, sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2009 and I decided to make a quilt of her clothes, something for her family to remember her by.

This turned out to be quite a challenge as her clothes were not made of really 'patchwork friendly' materials. Plenty of glitz and stretchy stuff – that was our Jackie!

Anyway I decided to give it my best shot. It ended up as five small quilts instead of one and the results' although not my usual style, turned out quite well.

One of the first Jackie Quilts – all frills and lace

 

All rather glitzy
One of the biggest challenges – a tartan wool jacket, a stretchy knitted tee shirt and a fine cotton lawn dress 
This is the back of the last quilt. I free machined around the flowers and got a lovely surprise when I turned it over
One of the more traditional techniques although all those beads and sequins were a nightmare
This quilt was made from 4 different flimsy dresses. I cut out flowers and appliqued them onto a background before doing a bit of machine embroidery
This was the label that was sewn on to the back of each quilt.