Mrytle's Silverspot Butterfly - The Endangered Specis Series
I have started a series of art quilts highlighting the endangered species from my northern California county of Sonoma. I am enjoying learning about each of these animals and highlighting the plight of habitat loss in their potential extinction. I'm also enjoying the challenge of creating something informative and beautiful and engaging. Each art quilts uses all my hand printed, stamped and dyed fabric along with digitally painted images of the endangered animal featured. it is 36"x24" inches on linen and cotton
I began this quilt in a "Double Visions" workshop with Louisa Smith. I decided to rely primarily on my extensive stash of Australian aboriginal fabrics for the pieced lower layer and brightly colored solids and near-solids for the overlayer of X and O shapes. Then the animals demanded to be added to the diagonal "road" so they could get headed outback!
This quilt is the result of a group challenge to take a purchased fabric panel and make it into a quilt. I chose to enlarge one of the flower squares in the panel and surrounded the enlarged unit with the other flower panels. Such fun! Each of our six quilts were so different and totally unique.
This is a Jewel Box quilt pattern using fabric from the Calypso fabric line for the half square triangles, and several batiks from my stash for the squares. It has a flanged binding. It was named Diamond Lake after a lake in Oregon where my family and I camped and my daughter had her first canoe trip. At the time there was a large gathering of square dancers and they put on an impressive and entertaining square dance in the parking area near the boat docks... thus the squares surrounding the diamonds. These happen to be some of my favorite colors and I loved working on it and watching it evolve.
I purchased a charm pack of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and paired them with a variety of white tone on tone fabrics to make half square triangles. I sewed them together in a balanced square design, and used some beautiful Kaffe Fasset feather fabric as an outer border. I made a flanged binding using another Kaffe fabric. It is a simple design that I think shows off the variety of beautiful prints that he has designed. Ellen Abshier machine quilted it with dark blue thread.
Collaboratively designed, pieced and quilted using multiple themed and multiple sized Baker’s Dozen blocks (log cabin, Autumn leaves, and red & gold). Made for one of the Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild’s 2019 charity East St. Louis Community Fund College Scholarship recipients. Smaller blocks were enlarged by adding log cabin-like strips to create consistent 10” finished blocks. Too large blocks were used as quilt cornerstones. Inspirational words were cut from a Word Play fabric panel.
Quilt Stats :
693 hours of applique
41 hours of quilting by Manisha Iyer of Studio Baani (Pune)
288 shades of fabric
Why did I make this quilt?
Ever since I started making portrait quilts, I had always dreamt of making something larger than life. This project is my attempt at making my dream a reality!
Why this picture?
My home town is Satara, the city which has a rich history. I spent my holidays hiking up the Ajinkyatara - one of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's forts with my cousins and friends. I grew up listening to stories of bravery and righteousness of this great warrior king. And my young mind was influenced by his many qualities.
A little bit about Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He is considered to be one of the greatest warriors of his time and even today, stories of his exploits are narrated as a part of the folklore.He had an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiers and peasants. He was also the staunch promoter of secularism and roused the sleeping conscience of the nation. He was the ultimate man of the father of freedom movement in Maharashtra and source of inspiration to the Hindu throughout India.
Chatrapati Shivaji has influenced people for generations. There is just so much to learn from just reading his stories. Artists around me, before me and even today, have used their medium to express their respect and paid tribute to this inspirational hero. There are many films, books, paintings, songs even rangolis that have been created to pay homage to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. I am using my medium - quilts- to do just that.
I chose this specific image because it is the most glorious moment in his life, where the dream that he saw since the age of 16 was finally realized. The coronation ceremony in itself was an iconic event that spoke of the grandeur and strength of the Maratha empire and Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj himself.
Making this quilt taught me a lot of things - patience, consistency, priorities, and skills. It also gave me a glimpse into people’s minds and what they thought about me. I believe after a 10 month effort, I have emerged on the other side as a better person!!!
It's just a large quilt that came about because I wanted to try my half-baked idea for constructing wide geese. It turned out my idea was fully baked but my apartment was too small to photograph the quilt. So then I got an idea...
This is my contribution to the 2019 SAQA Auction. I've been working on a Dresden plate/fan series so this year are Dresen Plate sea urchins. The individual urchins were created with 'appli-piecing' a la Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry and then appliqued onto the quilt surface.
2019 Benefit Auction will take place from September 13 through October 6.
Made for the Pagosa Piecemakers 2019 Challenge. The requirement for the challenge was that the quilt had to have 10 "things" in it. I added 10 hand embroidered circles. I used the Accuquilt Orange Peel die and the Accuquilt Rose of Sharon die to create all my "peels". I used freezer paper on the dies and then edge turned and machine appliqued the peels. I was blessed to win 1st prize!
I've always wanted to make a sunbonnet sue quilt and I live in the Florida Keys, so this quilt was born. Since I could not find a tropical pattern for a sunbonnet, I took the opportunity to create my own design. I had just finiished a starfish quilt so had the fabric for the ones fused all over and for her outfits. It's like playing paper dolls again! This quilt was also QAYG practice which is a learning curve to keep your brain right side up. It's hard to see but the sashing and binding are sand dollars. Super fun to make, hope you enjoy! Don't know why my pictures are sideways!!!
This quilt is a replication of book jacket art, with permission from the Publisher. I had the privilege of working with the author...Dr Sambo...to his friends, for many years. After attending my first Houston quilt show I was inspired to look for art that was meaning ful to me and to replicate it in fiber. This is the result, finally completed after languishing in the UFO pile for a very long time. It was waiting for me to have the courage to put it on my longarm.
This was made as part of a quilt challenge that I co-chaired for my guild titled, "HERstory; Notable American Women" featuring American women whose accomplishments occurred in or while representing America. I have had an interest in Susan B. Anthony since I was in college and did research papers o her. In 1978 I acquired 2 letters found folded inside some old books that I purchased. The letters were on National American Women's Suffrage Association letterhead and were signed by Susan B. Anthony. I wanted to use copies of the letters on my quilt and feature aspects of Miss Anthony's life that she was known for in history. While working on the quilt one day, I was listening to the news and was alarmed at some of the sexist/misogynistic comments being made by some of our current politicians. I had been reading many of Miss Anthony's quotes and realized that some of them were just as relevant today as they had been over a century ago. There wasn't room to include all of the quotes that I felt needed to be on the quilt, so a decision was made to make the quilt double sided. The back side of the quilt contains a timeline of Susan B. Anthony's life as well as her quotes. I added embellishments including feathers (from my fly tying collection), vintage buttons from a friend born in 1920 (the year the 19th Amendment was enacted), and a Susan B. Anthony dollar given to me by one of my co-chairs. The title of the quilt came from one of Miss Anthony's well known quotes. The quilt is being displayed at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA until Feb. 29, 2020, to be a part of the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth on Feb. 15, 2020. What an honor to be part of the celebration of this amazing woman's life!