Making the quilt
To start off, I prepared striped and plain cotton ticking by coating them with cyanotype solution, which is light-sensitive. I printed acetates with the different laws I wanted to use, and on every bright day I could, put the acetates on the prepared fabric, weighed them down with a sheet of glass, and exposed them in the sun. After leaving them on the balcony for 10 - 30 minutes (brighter days = shorter exposure) I rinsed the fabric in water to wash away the unexposed fluid and fix the cyanotype on the exposed areas.
Once my fabric was dry, I cut it into pieces - 5x5cm, 5x8cm, and 5x14cm. Each block took 9 pieces, and to create a 1.95m x 1.5m quilt I needed 130 blocks. Because time ran out, I ended up making it a little smaller than intended - 8 blocks wide by 13 long.
The blocks were constructed using English paper piecing, where a paper template is sewn into the fabric pieces, which are hemmed around the template. This keeps each piece accurate, and gives them a little stability making them easier to hold as the pieces are hand sewn together.
Once all the blocks were made, I stitched them into rows, then stitched the rows together to make a complete quilt top.
The quilt top was then made into a "sandwich" with cotton batting in the middle, and wool pinstripe suiting as the backing fabric. This was tacked together, and I sewed binding around the edges. The last stage was sewing a single stitch through the centre of each block and tied each one off - it's the multiple layers of fabric sewn together that makes a quilt, a quilt.
Once complete, the quilt was shown as part of the 2021 West Dean Fine Art Summer Show, and at the BOUNCE exhibition by Fine Art students at the Copeland Gallery, Peckham.