After seeing another 1988 quilt called Crane Dance, Beth
Gilbert commissioned me to make a similar quilt for her.
In Fan Dance I have reversed the values in the background
in order to suggest the snow of the original photograph
of cranes, which inspired Crane Dance. I also included some
shades of violet and turquoise in the background, which
is composed of fan shapes. The Cranes were appliqued and
then machine embroidered to provide the annotomical details
and shading of the birds.
The quilt is bordered with a commercially produced reproduction
of a Japanese block print in a blue and white fan pattern.
A traditional "Grandmother's Fan" block is pieced
into the back of the quilt as my tribute to the creativity
of the anonymous quilt artists of the past.