The quilt below was one of my most favoured quilts in the show.
I go back over the images over and over again. In my studio and at my computer I’m able to look at the quilts in detail and read the description by the artist without any interuptions.
This quilt was inspired by illuminated roses in my hometown’s park. That reminds me of the old days when I walked with good friends and played with my little children.
I started the first block of this original quilt in 2009 and continued to create blocks that incorporate the plants and birds of places where my teaching travels had taken me, as well as ones from my own garden. This quilt has also recorded my growth as I challenged myself artistically and technically to create more realism and detail using only fabric, thread, hand applique, and hand embroidery.
While working through various animal designs in fabric collage, I reached the bovine family. They make such wonderful design motives, and especially this Highland cow. I had so much fun straying from their normal colors and going for a bright abstract palette. When I found this background in my stash, I knew it was perfect , and it inspired the name of the quilt.
I placed the local train, which had discontinued service in 1964, in the centre of this quilt. It is surrounded by the scenery of my native birthplace and is filled with many memories.
An antique hand painted kimono provided the starting point for a fusion of traditional American quilt motifs and Japanese design elements. The cranes and chrysanthemums symbolise long life. The river separates and joins East and West. The white and silver, contrasted with dark green, call to mind dreams of a moonlit night.
Serenity, Melanie Marr, Houston Texas. USA
This was inspired by a photo taken of a green sea turtle in its natural habitat. The green sea turtle lives in the Pacific Ocean and is endangered. The blue-green color of the water makes this a very calming quilt, which is why I named it Serenity
This quilt was inspired by acrylic paint dotting, also called Pointillism. I’ve created my Mandala by using circles in various sizes. Each dot was hand-turned, and each was individually hand sewn.
Flowers Donn’t have any feelings; however, they heal people ad let us know the passage of the seasons., I wanted to entrees such gentle flowers in my quilt