Talent and creativity abound in the Art of Quilting feature in Love of Quilting.
88" x 88", 2003
Valerie Sauban Chapla spent thirty years in arid Contra Costa County in California, exploring the rural landscape of the Diablo Valley on hikes with her son and on horseback with her daughter. Valerie turned to quilting as a release from her stressful job as an administrative law judge, and has taken many classes at Asilomar. Inspired by the international teaching staff there, she gradually transitioned from making traditional quilts to designing pictorial expressions in fabric. This representational quilt ties all of her family remembrances together, depicting Mount Diablo and the horses and other wildlife she and her children encountered. The borders are hand quilted with California poppies, and a continuous line of oak leaves is stitched into all the background areas. Valerie’s quilt won first place in the Mixed Techniques category at the AQS Paducah show in 2004