This is one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional,
constructed tucks are incorporated into a pieced background.
The background was pieced from black and white striped fabric,
zebra print fabric, and one of my line of "Gradations"
fabrics from Benartex, which graduates from light grey to
black. The pieced background appears to be two overlapping
Each of the three dimensional tucks is pieced from two different
fabrics. The left sides of the tucks are a gradation from
light grey to black. The right sides are a black and white
stripe, which reads as a check because the scale of the stripe
is the same size as the width of the tucks. The use of value
gradations creates the illusion of movement and light across
the surface of the quilt.
Because different colors and patterns are used on the right
and left sides of the tucks, the appearance of the quilt can
be changed significantly by changing your point of view. I
like to call the quilts in this series "viewer participation
The three dimensional center of the quilt is surrounded by
a border of zebra stripes floating in a field of black. A
binding of black and white checks completes the quilt.