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  • Copyright 1994 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 81" high x 56" wide
  • Techniques: Hand dyed and painted, machine pieced, and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: 80% cotton / 20% polyester
  • Private Collection: Illinois

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Design Concept

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Unquilted hand-painted fabric

This is the sixth in a series of painted, whole cloth quilts. The fabric was painted with fiber reactive dye in an expressionistic design, then layered with batting and backing and quilted heavily by machine. The machine quilting becomes a major design element in this piece, providing a foreground dimension that is contrapuntal to the painted background design. Top stitching thread in many different colors was used, so the stitching could be clearly seen against the background.

The bird image in the quilting was inspired by the great blue herons, which nested in a small marsh area a short walk from our farm in Northern Illinois. The remainder of the imagery in the quilting came directly out of my imagination, and was quilted freehand, with no marking of the quilt top.

The back of the quilt is black fabric, with a side border of dye painted fabric. The bobbin threads in the machine quilting are close to the colors of the top threads, and show up clearly against the solid black.

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Exhibitions and Awards:
  • PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL, 1994, (juried) SanFrancisco, CA (HONORABLE MENTION)
  • Speaking of Values, Eastcoast Quilters Aliance, 1994 (juried) Westford, MA (FIRST PLACE - Quilting excellence)
  • MID-ATLANTIC QUILT FESTIVAL, 1995, Williamsburg, VA
  • 15th ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILT SHOW, Dogwood Arts Festival, 1995, Knoxville, TN (BESTWALL QUILT, FIRST PLACE, & BEST MACHINE TECHNIQUES)
  • QUILTERS UNLIMITED SHOWCASE, 1995, Kansas City, MO
  • PHEASANT RUN QUILT EXHIBITION, 1995, (juried) Pheasant Run Expo. Center, St.Charles, IL
  • QuiltFest of Jacksonville, 1995, Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville, FL Aug 24-Sept.18 (FIRSTPLACE, BEST MACHINE QUILTING, BEST OF SHOW)
  • QUILTS=ART=QUILTS, Schweinfurth Arts Center, 1995, (juried) Auburn, NY (FIRST PLACE WHOLE CLOTH • JUDGES CHOICE FOR COLOR AND DESIGN • PEOPLES CHOICE)
  • SPECTRUM: THE TEXTILE ART OF CARYL BRYER FALLERT, 1996-1997, Two year traveling, solo exhibition: The Museum of the American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY; Illinois Art Gallery, State of Illinois Bldg., Chicago, IL; The Illinois State Museum Gallery in Lockport, IL; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

Publications

  • Machine Quilting Made Easy, Maurine Nobel, 1994 That Patchwork Place (pub) p.29
  • QUILTING INTERNATIONAL, May 1995, p. 38
  • CARYL BRYER FALLERT: A SPECTRUM OF QUILTS, 1983-1995 — 1996: AQS Books, pp 11,84,85
  • ILLINOIS TIMES, Springfield, IL, Thursday, January 2, 1997, p. 15
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