RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases.
This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction! This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.
Meet "Mr. Pineapple" by Gyleen Fitzgerald
"When asked to make Rare Science Bear that represented me as a quilt artist, I knew it had to be a pineapple bear. Since the launch of Pineapple Tool by Gyleen in 2005, I’ve been known for making and teaching Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts. True to the pineapple concept I upcycled the materials. The embroidered pineapple on the center square was cut from a linen bread cloth. I used Peppered Shot Cottons strips and leftovers to complete the pineapple block and to color block my bear. The ribbon was from a lovely gift I received last year. I wanted to infuse as much color and playfulness into the bear as possible. Mr. Pineapple makes me smile. You’re going to love him, bid high."
Star Members can watch Gyleen in Show 1403: Build Beautiful Quilts with Butterfly Seams.
Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children's books.
An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pinapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.
She has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.
For Gyleen, dreams hold no limits. Ray, her husband, is her shining light and quilting is her passion; together they color her world in a very special way.
Gyleen is a Philadelphia, PA, native who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.