The design for this quilt was based on the traditional
quilt block, Storm at Sea. Each individual block is 25 1/2
" square. An 8" border surrounds the nine center
blocks. This quilt was designed with pencil on graph paper
the year before I got my first computer.
The entire quilt was string pieced. That is, a template
for each piece of each block was cut from paper, and as
many as nine strips of fabric, in different shades of the
same color, were sewn to each template, until it was covered.
After all of the blocks were assembled, the paper was removed.
With the exception of the 2" outside black border,
and the binding, no new fabric was cut for this quilt. It
was made entirely from scraps. When I finish a quilt, I
toss all of my leftover strips of fabric into a laundry
basket. By the end of the year, the basket is usually overflowing
with hundreds of different colors and shades. This quilt
was made from my leftover basket of strips from 1989. Before
I began piecing, I sorted all of my strips by color, and
then subdivided the colors into light, medium, and dark
values. The back of the quilt is pieced from many different
blue and green flower print fabrics.
To carry out the Storm at Sea theme, the quilting was done
in fish and water patterns. Schools of fantasy fish swim
from the upper right corner to the lower left corner of
the quilt. The spaces between the fish are filled with water
patterns, which were quilted free hand. Since I wanted the
fish to show, I chose a medium gray thread, for my machine
quilting. It looks dark against the light fabrics, and light
against the dark fabrics.
I chose the name Under the Storm, when I decided to do
the quilting of this quilt in fish patterns. I thought that
even if there were a storm on the surface of the sea, the
fish probably wouldn't care, and would swim peacefully under
the surface. Ironically, the day I began quilting the fish
was the first day of Operation Desert Storm. The quilting
of the fish became my way of finding peace, during a week
when the TV news carried round the clock reports of turbulent
and frightening events in the Gulf.
This quilt was purchased by the founder of the American
Professional Bass Fisherman's Association.
- Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2, Williamsburg, VA 1991
- Marian Kentucky Invitational Quilt Show, 1991, Marian,
- 22nd Annual National Quilting Association Show, 1991,
Lincoln, NE, FIRST PLACE
- American Quilters Society Show, 1992, Paducah, KY
- Museum of the American Quilters Society (National Quilt
- 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
- Quilters Newsletter Magazine, March, 1992, COVER
- Patchwork Quilt Tsushin (Japan) 1992: Issue #48 COVER
- The Visual Dance, 1995, Joen Wolfrom, C&T Publishing,
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