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- Copyright © 1990 Caryl Bryer Fallert
- Size: 36" high x 48" wide
- Techniques: Hand dyed, , machine pieced, appliqued,
- Materials: fabric: 100% cotton / batting: 80% cotton
/ 20% polyester
- Private collection: Montana
In May, 1990, Malinda Jones, my closest friend lost her
21 year old daughter in a tragic car accident. Several times
in the months following the accident, Malinda and her husband
visited their retirement property in Montana, and each visit
seemed to help in their healing process. In October, 1990,
my husband and I accompanied them on one of their visits.
Their property is in a beautiful green valley, near Yellowstone,
surrounded by four snow capped mountain ranges. Cranes,
swans, and geese all migrate through the area. When I returned
home, I had the idea for this quilt.
My conscious intention was to make a quilt about what it
would feel like to fly among birds migrating over the beautiful
landscape of Montana. They do not represent any particular
speciesof bird, but are birds of the imagination. As I was
piecing the birds, I realized that they could also represent
Malinda, her husband, and their younger daughter. When the
quilt was completed, I saw that there was a fourth, almost
transparent bird, flying with the other three, in the background.
The quilt was a gift to Malinda from her husband on Christmas.
Malinda saw the fourth bird the day after she hung the quilt
in her livingroom, and made the same connection.
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The bird shapes and the background were string pieced with
fabric dyed in both chromatic and value gradations. The
birds were appliqued over the background, with the back
of their wings partially three dimensional.
The use of a variation on the traditional quilt pattern
"Flying Geese" on the back of the quilt, reflects
the bird theme of the front, and is my tribute to the creativity
of the many anonymous quilt artists of the past. This is
the first quilt in which I experimented with paper-pieced
flying geese in a curved template, a technique I have since
taught to hundreds of my students.
- American/International Quilt Association Show, 1991,
Houston, TX (Award of Excellence
& Viewers Choice Honorable Mention)
- Quilting Today, April-May, 1991, p. 62
- Backart: On the Flip Side, Rafalovich and Pellman, PP
- Note Cards, Chilton Press, 1991
- Quilters Newsletter Magazine: January/February, 1992,
- The Magical Effects of Color, 1992, Joen Wolfrom, C&T
Publishing. P. 68
- The Arts Advocate, 1993, April p. 12 (New Zealand)
- Listener, May 1-6, 1993, P.9 (New Zealand)
- Quilters Newsletter Magazine, September 1994 P. 22
- Quilting Today, Special 50th issue, Editorial Choice
Quilts, Fall 1995, p. 33
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