May 8-10, 2008, Salt Lake City, UT, USA – This famous quilt, a reproduction of DaVinci’s masterpiece, will be shown at the 2008 Home Machine Quilting Show. The “Supper” quilt exhibit at Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) is sponsored by Gammill Quilting Systems.
The quilt was created by Donald E. Locke, of Waxahachie, TX, USA and is comprised of 350 different fabrics, including some hand-dyed and cut into 51,816 half-inch squares. The computer image of DaVinci’s original painting was enlarged until the pixels (blocks of color) appeared. A printout of the pixels aided Locke in the determination of color and fabric placement. The quilt was finished in August 1999, after 2 ½ years of labor. Joy Press of Godley, TX then hand-dyed the fabric for the back of the quilt. Renowned machine quilter and HMQS instructor, Linda Taylor of Etna, Wyoming, then quilted the piece, which took three weeks.
“The Supper” measures 5.5 x 15.3 feet, and had to be quilted sideways because the quilt was longer than the quilting machine table. Taylor says, “It was the most challenging project I have ever worked on because when you are close to the quilt, it is hard to see the figures.” Taylor had to count the squares, like counted cross-stitch, to see where she was quilting. She utilized her Gammill longarm quilting machine for her portion of the project.
The quilt will be on display at the HMQS 2008 during show hours. The show is open to the public and all are welcome to visit “The Supper” display. For more information on HMQS 2008 visit www.hmqs.org. “Supper” creator, Don Locke and quilter, Linda Taylor, will be present during the show to answer questions about the work. For more information on “The Supper” quilt, visit www.TheSupper.net