Production stories : Arches quilt

Since my much documented trip to Mexico, I have been working away at the studio to develop some new pieces of work which take me back to my textile and embroidery roots.

I wanted to create something which began to explore the architectural scale of the drawings that I made of the churches in Mexico City have. To do this I decided to jump straight in at the deep end and create a 210x 210cm quilt working with techniques I have never used before and a colour palette completely out of my comfort zone - what could possibly go wrong!

The beginning of the design process, a screen printed sample, a scale drawing and a few fabric swatches.

The beginning of the design process, a screen printed sample, a scale drawing and a few fabric swatches.

The making in progress, this quilt was the largest I have ever made so was technically challenging to make. I also had to learn an awful lot about inset appliqué quite quickly!

The finished quilt top packed up and ready to be sent to the long arm quilter.

The finished quilt top packed up and ready to be sent to the long arm quilter.

You can find images of the finished piece here or you can visit the quilt in person during the Design Nation presentation for London Craft week from 9th - 12th May in the Barge House behind the Oxo tower.