Helen Kelley was inspired by 1976 trip to Norway to create this Renaissance quilt. It was made in 1983 and is 30" x 70". She made a study of Norwegian coverlets which revealed the use of geometric patterns much like those in American quilts. Helen studied designs for more than two years and put together detailed drafting designs in order to insure geometric accuracy. She struggled with finding appropriate fabrics and decided that including calico was required in order to blend the old world with the new. "Renaissance" is an American quilt tapestry which depicts the Christmas story. It is made up of cottons, machine pieced, hand appliqued and quilted. It is in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Renaissance1 - 70 pieces non-rotating
Renaissance2 - 80 pieces rotating