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Myrtle Melvins Fortner completed The Matterhorn in 1934.  It is a large quilt, 95" x 105".  She used hand-dyed and commercial cottons.  It is hand pieced and quilted.  Myrtle was quite a lady, after losing everything in the early 1930s, she moved to the California desert and built a house with her own hands.

While she made a living painting canvases and china plates, she spent years working on this quilt.  The Matterhorn is based on photographs that Myrtle had from her niece's trip to Switzerland.  There are 9,153 1" square pieces.  Once it was finished, she hung it in her home and covered it with curtains to protect it from light.

Matterhorn1 - 80 pieces - non-rotating

Matterhorn2 - 80 pieces - rotating

 

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Faith Ringgold created The Men: Mask Face Quilt #2 in 1986.  It is 62" x 70" and is made of cotton, acrylic on canvas and sequins. It is the Collection of the International Quilt Study Center. Faith is known for her story quilts. In this example, she fills the spaces with half-torsos and faces that seem to go with the torsos.

The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts asks the question, "Are we sure they go together as Faith has placed them?  Masks, after all, conjure stereotypes; but they also hide the person underneath. Faith's painted faces are individuals, each with his own features and dress.  By presenting 15 faces, which at first seem so similar because of their placement in the overall pattern of the quilt, as individuals, she forces us to look beyond stereotypes."

Mask1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Mask2 - 80 pieces rotating

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Conway Album (I'm Not From Baltimore) was designed and finished by Irma Gail Hatcher in 1993.  It is 90" x 90" and is machine pieced and hand appliqued and quilted.  Based on an antique quilt, Irma Gail made it her own by adding stuffed and padded applique, ruching, gathered petals, folded rosebuds and yo-yos.  This quilt has won many major awards, including a $10,000 award for hand workmanship from the AQS in whose museum the quilt currently resides.

Conway1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Conway2 - 90 pieces rotating

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Judy B. Dales, Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon, was created in 1997.  According to the Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts edited by Mary Leman Austin, Judy says "this particular quilt was created in a frenzy of creativity.  Three days before leaving for an annual trek to our cottage in Vermont, I decided to start a new quilt.  I chose one of my airplane doodles, edited it a bit and began the quilt.  One day for pattern preparation, one day to cut the fabric, one day to embellish the background pieces, then the whole thing was packed up and transported to Vermont."  Look what comes from doodling...

DancingontheDarkSide1 - 88 pieces non-rotating 

DancingontheDarkSide2 - 70 pieces rotating

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This is one of the largest quilts created by Terrie Hancock, generally considered one of the first artists to work in mixed media and embellishment  In the late 1980s she began painting on canvas. Terrie then cut up the canvas and worked them into quilts.  The quilt measures 123" x 99" and was quilted by Sue Rule in 1985.  It is made of cottons and cotton blends, is hand appliqued and machine pieced, reverse appliqued, embroidered, and uses beadwork and other embellishment.  It is in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center.

Click here to learn more about the quilt.

Saints1 - 70 pieces non-rotating

Saints2 - 80 pieces rotating

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Anthurium was created by Mary Manoi.  The applique was done in 1912 and the quilting in 1939.  It is 84" x 91" According to The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts, edited by Mary Leman Austin, it is "atypical of Hawaiian quiltmaking in two respects:  it lacks a central motif and it uses four colors, accenting its basic green and cream palette with red and orange-yellow flowers."  The flower is based on the Anthurium, Hawaii's most popular flower.

Anthurium1 - 63 pieces non-rotating

Anthurium2 - 63 pieces rotating

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