Four Seasons of Oatlands - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Four Seasons of Oatlands

© Rose Rushbrooke 2000
33″ square

Pattern: Original fractal design.
Technique: Hand stitched.
Medium: Hand dyed cotton fabric.

Oatlands Plantation was about five miles from my home in Virginia. For many years they held an art exhibition and this was my entry for 2000. Each square represents a season of the year.

Spring: the dark brown area has a gathered section appliquéd to a self-coloured background. This gives a 3-dimensional effect.

Spring from Four Seasons of Oatlands - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Spring from Four Seasons of Oatlands

Summer: the curved pieces are outlined with quilting stitches close to the seam – this is known as stitch-in-the-ditch. Underneath the seam allowance is ironed in one direction – the quilting stitches are on the free side allowing for less layers of fabric to quilt through.

Summer from Four Seasons of Oatlands - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Summer from Four Seasons of Oatlands

Autumn: each piece is individually created, bound, and stitched onto a batik sashing.

Autumn from Four Seasons of Oatlands - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Autumn from Four Seasons of Oatlands

Winter: each curved piece of hand dyed fabric is seamed together by hand with a running stitch.

Winter from Four Seasons of Oatlands - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Winter from Four Seasons of Oatlands