Left – Desert Wind 1995, 200cm x 200cm. Right – Toothpick, year unknown
A couple of days ago while showing some visitors a few of my quilts, I unfurled this one, Someone said ‘There’s a needle in it…’ and we turned it over to find not a needle but a toothpick slightly protruding. It’s not of any kind I’ve ever bought, and I have no idea how it could have got there. The notion of someone stalking around an exhibition opening spearing a quilt with a used toothpick is quite bizarre. ‘Desert Wind’ (bound edges not visible) is approx 2m x 2m. It’s big enough for a bedcover – and in the right room in the right house it would be dramatic. I made it originally to use as an eye catching backdrop for my booth at a contemporary craft show in Australia. It doesn’t suit our style or anywhere we’re ever likely to live – but anyway it remains in my possession, and I exhibit it from time to time. In its exhibition history it’s been handled by quite a few people one way and another, and of course, it took many hours of machine piecing, machine quilting and hand quilting.
How strange this toothpick has only just come to light!