"I was emotionally burnt-out when I started this series in 1985 and was not sure I could go through another new struggle to make a quilt. Instinctively, I felt I had to start simply." Nancy Crow
|YELLOW CROSSES 1 by Nancy Crow, 1985 82" x 82" hand quilted by Sarah Hershberger and Mrs. John E. Mast|
I cut out long narrow rectangles and pinned them up on the wall. Just putting up those simple crosses to indicate the final size of each quilt was therapeutic. I let them stay there, solitary, for several days so I could react to their shapes against the white spaces of the wall behind."
|Colour Blocks 1 under construction. The center cross is made up of nine patch blocks.|
|Colour Blocks III under construction. 1988-1989.|
"The crosses symbolize the burdens that people must bear during their lifetimes.
Burdens of sorrow, fear, guilt."
|Colour Blocks 1 by Nancy Crow 1988 62" x 62"hand quilted by Elizabeth Miller|
"My quilts are developed intuitively.
All my quilts after 1978 have been made intuitively.
To size, on the wall, with much fabric wasted in the process.
I must work this way making visual judgements as I move along.
I hate working from a drawing.
It is too constricting."
All text and images in this post are by Nancy Crow and are from her 1989 book, Quilts and Influences.
|merimekko black and white fabric pinned beside the start of Lady of Guadalupe III 1987|
This post is about the importance of a pin wall to Nancy Crow's process.