This week's puzzle selected from the Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts, is March Study.  It is Nancy Crow's "lucky quilt."  It was the quilt that earned recognition for her from The American Craft Museum in New York.  In 1980, the museum displayed her quilt in the front window and on the cover of their magazine.  In 1993, they honored Nancy with a solo exhibition and in 1999 she was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

March Study was made in 1979 and is 80" x 80."  It is made from cottons and is machine pieced and hand quilted by Mrs. Levi Mast.

Here is a snippet from Nancy's artist statement on her website:

The purpose of my quilts is to make something beautiful for me but at the same time they are a means of expression representing my deepest feelings and my life experiences. In addition, my quilts are all about how I see color and color relationships; how I see shapes; and how I see line and linear movements. They are also about complexity, sadness, and hope.

My style of quiltmaking is contemporary in that I want to express my experiences now and not copy old quilts. They are traditional only in that they are pieced and hand-quilted.

To learn more about Nancy, click here to visit her website. 

March Study - 36 pieces non-rotating

March Study - 36 pieces rotating

March Study - 100 pieces non-rotating

March Study - 100 pieces rotating

March Study - 289 pieces non-rotating

March Study - 289 pieces rotating



Grape Harvest was Best of Show at Road to California 2009.  It was made by Gina Perkes, Lynn Drennen, Jessie Marinas and Marilyn J. Smith and quilted by Gina.  It was completed in 2008 and is an original design. The quilt measures 96" x 62."

Artist statement: This quilt depicts a day in the life of vineyard workers as they harvest grapes. The "Grape Harvest" was created using a variety of machine techniques including: pintucking, Broderie Perse, threadplay, and freehand quilting.

Grape Harvest - 35 pieces non-rotating

Grape Harvest - 96 pieces non-rotating

Grape Harvest - 96 pieces rotating

Grape Harvest - 299 pieces non-rotating

Grape Harvest - 299 pieces rotating

You can watch Gina in Episode 308: Artistry on a Long Arm and Episode 1005: "Twofer" the Money: Terrific Time Saving Techniques featuring Pat Yamin and Gina.



Longing for the Past - 54" x 31" by Nancy Prince -  Thread is the tie that binds this quilt together. Approximately 12,000 yards of thread, over 100 thread colors and clost to 3 million stitches are intertwined throughout the thread painted designs.  No embroidery cards were used.  Hand painted fabric was used for the background and painted quilt bias binding created each individual board of siding on the house and chruch. Longing for the Past is a step back into a seemingly simpler moment in time.

Nancy shares a great story about standing near it at a show and overhearing a man who, after reading that the quilt took over 600 hours, said to his wife, "That woman's got way too much time on her hands."

Learn more about Nancy in Episode 1004 - Nancy Prince - Painting with Thread.

Longing for the Past - 32 pieces non-rotating

Longing for the Past - 98 pieces non-rotating

Longing for the Past - 98 pieces rotating

Longing for the Past - 300 pieces non-rotating

Longing for the Past - 300 pieces rotating




Joanne Baeth's quilt, Sunset and Sandhill Cranes has won a number of awards including: AQS DesMoines 2009, Best Machine Workmanship, Denver Quilt Festival 2010, Best of Show, IQA Houston 2010, Best Pictoral, Road to California 2011, Masterpiece and Pacific West Quilt Show 2011, Best of Show.  Her quilts are influenced by her environment.  Here is what she has to say.

I am fortunate to live in an rural area in southeastern Oregon with wetlands, refuges, forests, and lakes nearby. This amazing area is the largest migration route in the Pacific Northwest for over 300 species of birds. I became inspired by the wildlife and nature surrounding me and started taking photographs and drawing birds, animals and landscapes. My husband and I are in the outdoors often which gives me the opportunity to observe wildlife in settings that are different with each season.

To learn more, visit Joanne's website.

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 36 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 100 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 100 pieces rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 252 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 300 pieces rotating



Sheila Frampton-Cooper, aka Zoombaby, had another quilt in Road to California 2012.  Her quilt, A View From Above, took 3rd place, Art Abstract.  Here is what Sheila has to say about her quilt.

This originally started as a very small color study, but to my surprise and enjoyment, it decided to grow. I've observed that when you allow the energy to flow without an agenda, you are given a gift. Several people said, "hey, it looks like the view from the plane when you are flying over the midwest". I recently flew from OH to LA, and looked out of the window and wow, there it was, my view from above.

It took Sheila three solid months to piece the top and another 6 weeks to quilt it.

A View From Above - 35 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 96 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 96 pieces rotating

A View From Above - 252 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 300 pieces rotating



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