Claire and I have a lovely mutual friend Jo and to celebrate her birthday they booked on a foundation piecing course at my studio in Ilkley. We had a good laugh and they both made a cushion and went home.
Then Claire returned – with several more small projects and asked to sign up to regular classes each month – in amongst 5 children and a growing business in hair extensions which she is apparently amazing at too!
The wolf pattern is by Violet Craft (see Dot’s story for her wonderful Lion). Claire totally changed the colouring – using striking tones of blue to match her daughter’s eyes, and he transformed into an Artic Wolf!
One incredible benefit of quilting is making a bespoke gift that nobody else in the world has. The wolf is symbolic for Claire, a metaphor for protecting her daughter and making her feel secure. Her children growing older has acted as a trigger for wanting to produce quilts so that if and when they do leave home (as she is hoping they will so she can claim a proper sewing space) – they will have a piece of her to take with them.
After contemplating a quilt for years I feel proud that our studio classes were the catalyst for a new passion Claire has embraced with all her energy.
Pattern is by Violet Craft
Fabrics are Kona by Robert Kauffman