Laslap en Kwilt - Inspirasie uit die Verlede by LAPA Publishers
SAQG President Elsa Brits feels that if you don't know where you are coming from, you'll never know where you're going. I can endorse that.... The idea for the book was to choose 15 heritage quilts from museums and in private collections around South Africa and to challenge 45 South African quilt artists to produce their interpretation of the specific heritage quilt in their personal brief. Each of these quilts had to be portrayed in a traditional, innovative and freestyle way. The finished size of the quilts had to be 30cm x 30cm (12" x 12")... One always think that it is so easy to make a small scale project, but oh dear, what a challenge...
As I burnt the edges of the strips for the blocks, I needed to repeat the method in the border - this technique creates texture and it is important to balance it throughout the project. I burnt the edges of strips of chiffon and tulle and stitched it to the outer border and added a few beads and sequins to make it interesting as it catches some light as the dark green was rather dull and lifeless. I used a green decorative cord to seal the edges around the border sections and sealed the outer edge with a double row of satin stitch as a freestyle technique instead of a traditional binding.
Van Toeka tot Nou 2012
This was an amazing project and an honour to be part of the recorded history of quilting in South Africa.... It was such a thrill to receive a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers and find my mug shot on page 99....!