Our design needed to incorporate the required ‘tiny piecing’ as well as involve as many of our members as possible. One thought was to pixelate a map or image of the river and piece all the blocks from one inch or smaller squares – but we soon realised this would make the quilt a massive undertaking and would be difficult to achieve in the time available.
So, we turned to a method that allowed all our members to participate, regardless of individual skill levels, and achieve a cohesive design in a relatively short amount of time – improv piecing. Members were provided with block packs containing small scraps of coloured fabrics matching the palette and asked to improv piece tiny crumbs of fabric into stretches of river, with occasional random pops of the darker purples to represent our jacarandas. Once all the blocks were received, we assembled and quilted our quilt. Fiona Kuilboer and Vic Mansfield oversaw the assembly and Jane Davidson wrought the long arm magic required to machine quilt our beautiful quilt.