I remember my first visit to a quilt exhibition. I was curious, excited … and came away delighted.
The first thing I learned was that my students were doing well, at a standard that would have fitted well in the exhibition. The second thing I learned was that you were allowed to play with block designs.
One of the quilts on display was a sampler quilt using variations of just one block, that block being Drunkard’s Path. Fifteen variations I think. I didn’t take a camera, so when I got home I tried to draw the blocks in the quilt. I got about twelve.
Then I heard that there was a book about to be published showing variations of the same block. I tried drawing variations again, but on a different piece of paper rather than waste time looking for the first bit of paper! Eventually I got the two bits of paper together, and I had eighteen variations … and some of them were not in the book when it became available.
I have made some of the blocks, and have draw many, many more since, all because of the sampler quilt I saw in that first exhibition. The exhibition was the first exhibition by the Quilter’s Guild of South Australia, the quilt was made by Heather Dunn, who sadly passed away a few days ago. Her funeral service will be held today in Adelaide with quilts currently displayed along one side of the cathedral by another member of the QG of SA.
I only met Heather briefly at a couple of Guild meetings, but one of her early quilts has sent me down a wonderful path of playing with quilt design.
Thank you, and may you rest in peace.