Quilt has Julie in stitches

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

PEP­PER­MINT Grove quil­ter Julie McAl­lis­ter had con­trol when she stitched her piece for the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, to be held from May 18 to 22.

“It was free-mo­tion quilt­ing, where you hand­con­trol the type of stitch­ing, and not the ma­chine,” Mrs McAl­lis­ter said.

She started quilt­ing 11 years ago be­cause of her en­joy­ment of the colours and tex­tures of fab­ric, be­fore her fas­ci­na­tion with the craft grew.

“It al­ways evolves, be­cause you start do­ing it for the prac­ti­cal rea­son of cre­at­ing some­thing use­ful, and then end up be­ing cre­ative,” she said

Her cot­ton quilt ‘Have I Been Here Be­fore?’ for the fair uses a tra­di­tional snail­trail pattern with a large chameleon fig­ure added.

“The whorls of the pattern are fa­mil­iar, but the set­ting is for­eign, and in this per­plex­ing sit­u­a­tion what might it do?” Mrs McAl­lis­ter said.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Julie McAl­lis­ter works on another quilt.

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