Talent and creativity abound in the Art of Quilting feature in Love of Quilting.
20" x 23", 2006
A chance encounter with a flock of ravens in Death Valley was the inspiration for Terry Kramzar's work. This quilt is one of a series depicting the personalities of these expressive black birds. The tactile nature of fabric and stitching is important to the Pennsylvania fiber artist, who uses a variety of techniques to create her heavily textured quilts. A pieced background forms the foundation for the fused and free-motion quilted sunflower and raven. Terry used jewel-tone metallic thread to catch the glint of sun on the bird's feathers. To capture the three-dimensional quality of the sunflower, she dye-painted fabric and machine quilted with variegated thread to build the structure of the large seed head. Terry applied the letters with fused silk organza and further defined the shapes with outline stitching.