There is a new book coming out this September from Lark - 500 Traditional Quilts by Karey Patterson Breshenhan, director emeritus of the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas.
The first is Flesh and Blood (shown above). Made in 2003 from cotton, wool and sheer polyester, pieced with a sewing machine and then appliqued, embroidered and quilted by hand, 90" square. The traditional pattern's name? Ocean Waves. Click here to see Flesh and Blood on my website.
The second quilt that will be in the book is entitled Something More Magical Than It Ever Was. It was made over twenty years ago in 1991 from recycled family clothing and new silk fabrics in a traditional Log Cabin pattern with some variation. It's not included in this post but you can see it on the website as well, here. That quilt was about memory and how we adjust our memories as time goes on. I thought it was art too when I made it. I felt that I was using a woman's art medium.
Protection Blanket, 2005, hand dyed rayon, machine pieced then hand quilted and embellished with couched rayon ribbon and sequins, 80" square. The traditional pattern here is an Amish one, usually made with somber or deep toned fabrics. Diamond in a Square. (to view on website click here)
I had recently learned that in order to keep their children safe, many mothers in eastern cultures sewed shiny things onto their children's clothing to reflect the bad energy. I sewed sequins onto the central diamond - making it into a shield that would protect the sleeper.