Art of Quilting – January/February 2007

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Winter Wonderland
The year’s coldest season is brought to life in five artists’ depictions of snowy rural landscapes. Perhaps these frosty gems will inspire you to try fabric painting, fusing, or embroidery to enhance your next project.
Longing for the Past
Longing for the Past, 54″ x 32″, 2003.
Evoking the art of John Sloane’s rural landscapes, Nancy Prince’s delightful winter scene is a glimpse back to a simpler way of life. Nancy used her signature thread painting technique and approximately 12,00 yards of thread to embroider the designs. She constructed the house and church using bias tape to simulate the look of actual siding. Nancy’s popular book, Simple Thread Painting, was published by the American Quilter’s Society in 2004.
Designer Contact:
Nancy Prince
(407) 977-0177
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland, 67″ x 43″, 2002.
A love of old barns and a photograph by Willard Clay sparked the idea for Joyce R. Becker’s winter farm scene. She incorporated fabric painting, surface thread work, and layered and glued batting and tulle, as well as top stitching with invisible thread, to achieve shading and depth in the dimensional landscape. A prize-winning quilter and teacher, Joyce has completed her third book on landscape quilts, Beautifully Embellished Landscapes, published by C&T Publishing.
Designer Contact:
Joyce R. Becker
14118 SE 281 St.
Kent, WA 98042
(253) 859-0633
Whose Woods Are These
Whose Woods Are These, 49½” x 51″, 2005.
Robert Frost’s iconic poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” inspired Jane Kennedy’s beautiful quilt. With Frost’s words in mind, Jane’s aim was to impart the sense of calm journey. Her quilt won Best Pictorial Quilt at the 2006 Road to California show.
Designer Contact:
Jane Kennedy
34601 E Colbern Road
Lone Jack, MO 64070
The Old Collins Place
The Old Collins Place, 32″ x 24″, 1996.
A widely exhibited and nationally recognized quilter, Barbara W. Barber claims that, for her, there was “no life” before Wonder-Under™ and hot glue. She used fabric snippets and pre-fused blocks to complete this quilt in 25 hours, throwing away her sticky iron and buying a new one once she was done! The image is a nostalgic childhood remembrance of her grandparents’ farm in the Tomaguag Valley in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.
Designer Contact:
Barbara W. Barber
34 Langworthy Road
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 322-7906
January, 39 x 52″, 1999.
Snow swirls amid white birches and pine trees in Sue Gilgen’s depiction of blustery Wisconsin woods. Sue pieces spontaneously as she sews, letting the fabric suggest what it wants to become. Working entirely in batiks and without a pattern, she captured the three-dimensional quality of a snow storm in this quilt.
Designer Contact:
Sue Gilgen
(608) 273-3174

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