The circus: exciting, silly, energetic, dazzling, risqué, hold your breath, laugh till you cry, suspend belief. I’ve used clashing colours and patterns to depict this in my little quilt for Deb: “Under the Big Top”. Machine pieced. I have scribbled all over the quilt with a running hand stitch using cotton thread hand dyed by Heather Ridley. Like Lyn, I too was inspired by a circus clown, in this case David McKee’s “Big Top Benn”, and also the brightly coloured costumes of his circus artists. Margie.