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(This is the design for the quilt that is on view at the exhibition at Shandy Hall)
Description of work

'The patchwork quilt-top was sewn by Alice King (who worked on theWomen's Work quilt with me), and comprises exactly 73 pieces. There are 18 off-white pure silk log cabin pieces around the edge and 55 black pieces in various different fabrics making up the lettered section. The patchwork was constructed using the card template technique. Each piece is cut out in card, and the fabric lightly tacked around it to form the flat, irregular patchwork shape. Thepieces are then sewn in place by hand from the wrong side with small overstitches before the card templates are removed from the back, along with the rough holding-stitches. The log cabin strips have been sewn on by machine. The quilting stitches (which hold the three layers together) are done by Alice Wood, by hand. The log cabin strips and quilt backing are remnants of raw Thai silk which came from the makerof Alice Wood’s wedding dress. The batting is 100% cotton and was leftover from one of my own previous quilts. The black pieces are from the two Alices' fabric collections, and consist of silk taffeta, jacquard cotton sateen, velvet, flocked chiffon and satin.'