Talent and creativity abound in the Art of Quilting feature in Love of Quilting.
40" x 34", 2006
Alaskan fiber artist Karin Franzen has turned her love of birds and nature into a full-time career. She has made more than 50 bird quilts, including this one depicting a common raven on the limb of a spruce tree. Karin hand-dyed the broadcloth background and incorporated commercial cotton fabric into an evocative machine quilted and appliquéd collage. The artist takes frequent trips into the wilderness to photograph and draw ideas for her quilts. Karin notes that her love of sewing and art were instilled in her by her mother and grandmother.