This is the fourth in a series of quilts about fire and ice. In these pieces, fire represents passion for life, and ice represents fear, which often prevents full participation in life. The use of these two opposites in the same quilt, represents the search for a balance between passion and fear.
This quilt is also part of a larger series in which three dimensional, constructed tucks are pieced into a patterned background. Each tuck is pieced from two different fabrics. The left sides of the tucks are a gradation of deep turquoise to white. The right sides are a fabric that was hand painted in ice crystal patterns. The tucks appear to float over a background fabric which was painted in flame patterns. The use of value gradations, and the twisting of the tucks from side to side, create the illusion of movement and light across the surface of the quilt.
The border was pieced from graduated, turquoise and ice blue fabrics. A fabric, painted in fire patterns was used for the background behind the tucks, and for the appliqued flame shapes in the icy pieced border.