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This quilt is a visual expression of the winter snows on the flat open prairies of Northern Illinois. This is also one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional, constructed tucks are incorporated into a pieced background. The fabrics used to piece the background were hand dyed in value (light to dark) gradations of blue and turquoise. The swirling pieced background expresses the idea of the granulated snow, being blown into drifts and dunes in the open fields for days after it falls. The turquoise and blue are the colors of the shadows on the snow drifts, after the sun comes out. The twisting of the tucks, from side to side, and the use of graduated values, creates the illusion of movement, as in the falling and blowing of the snow, during the storm.My use of a traditional quilt block (Grandmother's Flower Garden) on the back of this contemporary art quilt is my tribute to the many anonymous quilt artists of the past. I chose a hexagonal design to echo the geometric structure of snow flakes.
ART QUILT INTERNATIONAL '94, Penny Nii Gallery, (invitational) Mountain View, CA
Solo Exhibition: Little White School Musuem, 1993, Oswego, IL
CARYL BRYER FALLERT: A SPECTRUM OF QUILTS, 1983-1995, 1996, AQS Books, pp. 58,59