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Through the Gazebo Window
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  • Copyright 1985 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 62" x 86"
  • Techniques: Hand dyed, hand and machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: 100% polyester
  • Price $26,000.00

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Design Concept

My intention in designing this quilt was to create a fabric landscape with a very literal, three dimensional foreground, fading into a more abstract background. This landscape became a composite of my favorite springtime images. This was not my first piece of art about irisis. I had previously made a stained glass window and a screen printed textile design with the same theme. The irisis in my own garden were the inspiration for this theme. (see pictures below).

My first step was to cut a 2" strip of almost every fabric I owned. More than three hundred different fabrics comprised my "palette" of colors. I strip pieced these different print and solid fabrics together in sets of three related colors.

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After doing a series of preliminary sketches (see below), the composition was drawn full size on bristol board and pinned to the wall of my studio. The garden scene within the window is divided into a series of rhomboid shaped blocks. Using tracing paper, I traced one block at a time, and the shapes within the block. These tracing paper patterns became the templates for cutting the pieces out my strip pieced fabric. As each block was pieced, it was pinned to the corresponding section of the large drawing. Finally, the blocks were pieced together with the bias cut lattice strips. The finished quilt took three months of intensive work to complete, and the hand quilting took an additional two months. The back of the quilt is a single piece of muslin, hand dyed to look like sky.

Irisis in our Oswego IL garden.


Stained glass window by Caryl in our Oswego IL farmhouse.


Iris fabric design screen printed in the mid 1970's. (below left)


The branch in the quilt came from just outside our kitchen window.

The lattice and scrollwork in the arch came from woodwork I created for the livingroom of our farmhouse.

Exhibitions and Awards:
  • SPECIAL AWARD: MASTERPIECE QUILT AWARD, National Quilting Association, 1986
  • AMERICAN QUILTERS SOCIETY , 1st ANNUAL SHOW, 1985, Paducah, KY (FIRST PLACE)
  • QUILTING: NEW DIRECTIONS, 1985, Stevens Point, WI (FIRST PLACE)
  • A QUILT CELEBRATION, 1985, San Jose, CA (FIRST PLACE & BEST OF SHOW)
  • SWEDISH DAYS QUILT SHOW, 1985, Geneva, IL (FIRST PLACE & BEST OF SHOW)
  • THE VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL, 1985, (FIRST PLACE)
  • NATIONAL QUILTING ASSOCIATION SHOW, 1985, Sanford, FL (FIRST PLACE, SPECIAL SCRAP QUILT AWARD & BEST OF SHOW)
  • HARVEST OF TIME QUILT SHOW, 1985, Crystal Lake, IL (invitational)
  • AIQA QUILT SHOW, 1985, Houston, TX (SECOND PLACE)
  • AMERICAN GALLERY OF QUILT AND TEXTILE ART, 1985 (Solo Exhibition) Gig Harbor, WA
  • MONROE GALLERY, 1986, (Solo Exhibition) Chicago, IL
  • CAPITAL CITY QUILT FESTIVAL, 1986, Sacramento, CA (THIRD PLACE)
  • SAN FERNANDO VALLEY QUILTERS SHOW, 1986 (invitational) San Fernando, CA
  • ULSTER COUNTY QUILT EXPO, 1986 (invitational) Stone Ridge, NY
  • QUILTING BY THE LAKE SYMPOSIUM, 1986 (Solo Exhibition) Cazenovia, NY
  • SILVER DOLLAR CITY QUILT SHOW, 1986, Branson, MO (FIRST PLACE & BEST OF SHOW)
  • DALLAS QUILT CELEBRATION, 1987 (invitational) Dallas TX
  • VISIONS: QUILT SAN DIEGO, 1987 (juried) Fallbrook, CA
  • QUILT EXPO EUROPA: AIQA WINNERS EXHIBIT, 1990, (invitational) Denmark)
  • FOHS HALL, 1991 (two person invitational exhibition) Marion, KY
  • BEST OF SHOW QUILTS National Quilting Assoc. Silver Jubilee Celebration, Charleston, WV 1994
  • SPECTRUM: THE TEXTILE ART OF CARYL BRYER FALLERT, Traveling Solo Exhibition, 1996-1998 Museum of the American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY, Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum Gallery, Lockport, IL, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, American Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin FL, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
  • EXHIBITION OF NQA MASTERPIECE AWARD WINNERS, Museum of the American Quilters Society, 1998, invitational, Paducah, KY
  • OUR GLORIOUS WORLD IN QUILTS, Leman Gallery, (invitational) 1998, Golden CO
  • QUILTS BY THE MASTERS, Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, NE May15-July 18 1998
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Sense of Wonder, solo exhibition at the Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, ON, Canada, Feb. 28- Mar.30
  • Solo Exhibition, Little White School Musuem, Oswego, IL 2003 "
  • " National Quilting Association Show, Invitational Exhibition of Masterpiece Quilts, Peoria, IL 2004
  • "Evolving Styles - 20 Years of Color & Design" Solo Exhibition: LaConner Quilt Museum, LaConner WA, March 16 - May 15, 2005
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert: Silver Star Salute: Retrospective Exhibition, International Quilt Market & International Quilt Festival, October 27-November 5, 2006, Houston, TX
  • Brigham City Museum of Art and History's International Quilt Invitational, July 1-August 23, 2014, Brigham City, Utah
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion,
    • University Museum, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, January 26 - April 16, 2016
    • Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, July 31-October 9, 2016

Publications

  • AMERICAN QUILTER, Fall, 1985, p. 28
  • PATCHWORK PATTER, Winter, 1985-86, COVER
  • SIGNATURE: The Northwest's Art Magazine, Jan. 1986
  • QUILTERS NEWSLETTER MAGAZINE, November/ December, 1986 p. 6
  • AURORA BEACON NEWS, October 24, 1986
  • QUILTMAKERS '88, Calendar, Leone Publications
  • AWARD WINNING QUILTS AND THEIR MAKERS, AQS, 1991, p. 36
  • CARYL BRYER FALLERT: A SPECTRUM OF QUILTS 1983-1995, 1996, AQS Books, pp. 22-23
  • TRADITIONAL QUILTER, 1997: Golden 50th Issue, p. 37
  • THE SUN, Lowell, MA, Sunday Nov. 9 1997, p. B 4
  • PATCHWORK PERSUASION, Joan Wolfrom, C&T Pub, 1997, P. 71
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion
    • University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, January 26 - April 16, 2016
    • Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, July 31-October 9, 2016
    • Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts, Newnan, GA January 9 - February 17, 2017
    • Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX • March 30 - June 25, 2017

Media

  • CHANEL 5 NEWS, Chicago, IL, Sunday Morning Show, 1986
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