I have been working in textiles for over twenty years. All of my work is hand quilted, hand bound and original designs, some using traditional quilt blocks and others abstract designs. Most of my art...
This art quilt has been juried into many quilt and fine art exhibitions during the last six years and has an extensive exhibition history that not many art quilts have.
This medallion art quilt has been a work in progress since 1998. It is an interesting way to view usually complicated quilt blocks and play with color and layout within each block to achieve amazing variety in designs.
This is the first in a series of art quilts using this block. The entire quilt is made from one block with each block individually designed to create the overall design. The quilt is set on point with setting triangles to make the quilt square.
The block used in this quilt, Wyoming Valley, is from the 1930’s Chicago Tribune column, Nancy Cabot, written by Loretta Leitner Rising. The Nancy Cabot column was published from 1932-1939.
The block has 65 individual pieces consisting of squares and triangles. A total of 2,665 pieces are in the main body of the quilt. Placement of the 6 different colors affected the change in the design of each block. The focus fabric of this quilt is the Angel Tapestry fabric used in the center of each block.
The blue paisley, mint green and solid burgundy colors used in the block, are drawn from the colors in the Angel Tapestry fabric and serve to emphasize the design elements.
Because this was a work in progress that took over 6 years to complete, the time involved was not fully documented as design time was required for each block to create the tapestry look of the overall design that grew and emerged with each added block.
The heirloom hand quilting done over the entire quilt top in a grid design, took hundreds of hours that were not fully documented. The finishing quilting was documented at over 350 hours, which comprised approximately 1/3 of the quilt top. The binding on this quilt is also hand applied as well as the display sleeve on the back.
The backing of the quilt is traditional, unbleached muslin and the quilt is signed and dated by the artist. This wonderful piece of art is designed to be used and it is totally machine washable and dryable. Full care instructions are provided to the owner. This artwork has also been made with the intent that it can be displayed on a Great Room wall or used as an artistic headboard in a master suite.
March 25, 2005
January 9, 2012
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