This is the second week in a row that the Top 100 Puzzle has featured a quilt by Jonathan Shannon.  It is a quite different quilt than Air Show.  As Jonathan said,

"Amigos Muertos' is a memorial to all those artists who have died from AIDS and cancer, and espeically to my friend, Lynn Piercy, who died as the quilt was being completed.  In quiltmaking, there is an honored tradition of using this medium to express personal feelings of both joy and sorrow.  Making this quilt was my way to feel close to those who have died too young.  For 16 months I used my finest stitches in their honor.  It is a loving, even joyful, work.  These skeletons play music and dance in a field of flowers and vines surrounded by a border of intricate cutwork applique.  While we who are left behind may be saddened by death, who is to say the dead are sad?"

Amigos1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

Amigos2 - 81 pieces rotating




In 1992, Jonathan Shannon was the first man to win Best of Show in Paducah.  Jonathan always loved planes and enjoys the fact that the quilt appeals to quilters and non-quilters alike.  He chose early model planes for their graphic design and nostalgic appeal.  Everything about this quilt embodies the qualities of flight and motion.  This is not Jonathan's only quilt in the Top 100.  In the future you'll see another of his designs.

AirShow1 - 81 pieces non-rotating

AirShow2 - 81 pieces rotating



Margarete Heinisch's quilt, In the Heart of Europe, graced the cover of Quilter's Newsletter in 1998 (just one of three of her quilts that have graced the cover).  The quilt honors Margarete's Viennese heritage.  Each dancing couple represents one of Austria's nine provinces and the border of grapes symbolizes the wines which are produced in the country.  The outer border illustrates scenes of her family.  The quilt is 76" x 80" and is made of cotton, silk and wool.  It is hand appliqued, machine pieced, embroidered, and has ink drawings.  It is in Margarete's personal collection.

Europe1 - 72 pieces non-rotating

Europe2 - 72 pieces rotating



This quilt was traded to Alex Manor for some chickens.  It was made on the Crow Creek Reservation of South Dakota.  It was stolen and turned up in a pawn shop.  Alex' sister, Hattie Anderson, kept the quilt and it was passed down through her family.  In 1975 the quilt was taken back to the reservation in an attempt  to decode the pictures.  It is said that the story begins in the upper right corner and ends in the lower left corner and tells tales of hunting and Indian family life.

The Pictograph quilt was made c. 1900 and is 70" x78"  It is made from cottons and is hand appliqued and quilted.

Pictograph1 - 80 pieces non-rotating

Pictograph2 - 72 pieces rotating



This large hand pieced, appliqued, and embroidered quilt created by Mildred Jacob Chappell in 1931-2, depicts the settling of the west.  It has an embroidered salute to the pioneers who settled the countryside calling them "indomitable and unafraid."  Everyone from Lewis and Clark to Geronimo are depicted in this imaginative quilt, Settling the West.  Mildred's love for the Old West earned her many accolades including success at the Century of Progress national competition in 1933.

Mildred added an inscription to the back of the quilt which reads,

I, Mildred Jacob Chappell, made this quilt as a labor of love.  Love for the 'Old West' as I have known it in history and books.  Love of the "New West' as I have known it in travel.  My only regret is that I could not have lived one hundred years earlier to experience those stirring times, instead of only having made this quilt to commemorate them.

West1 - 100 pieces - non-rotating

West2 - 72 pieces - rotating



Therese May made this quilt in 1969.  It is 72" x 90" and is made up of cotton, machine pieced and appliqued, and then tied with yarn. It is the Therese Quilt.  The Therese Quilt uses self-portraits and photography to create the overall picture.  Each roughly-cut patch is appliqued onto the quilt.  According to The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts from C&T Publishing, this quilt shows "the early style of a university-trained fine artist who devoted her art career to making quilts which flaunt "imperfect workmanship" to emphasize spontaneity and passion rather than control and precision."  

Therese was responsible for much of the embellishment movement in quilting and helped promote the idea that anything goes.  For her, it was more about the creation of the art than the perfect workmanship. Perhaps this is something we should all keep in mind when our points aren't always perfect.

Therese1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

Therese2 - 70 pieces rotating


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