Broken Dishes

10 Jul 2009
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I was originally drawn into quilting by the strong geometric patterns and the fanciful quilt names. Many times I would look at a traditional quilt block and try to figure out why it got its name. The "Broken Dishes" quilt block is one of those blocks I would let my mind ramble over, and I always imagined a loving, tender moment of forgiveness and acceptance between mother and daughter. For the figures in this quilt I used a modified version of the beginner's technique described in my "Making Faces" DVD.

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smidgen wrote
on 10 Jul 2009 4:43 PM

I love the realism that you are showing.... it brings back memories for me!

Whidbey2 wrote
on 10 Jul 2009 6:06 PM

This is a wonderful quilt.  I just love the feeling it shares.  Great job all the way around.  How big is it and is it really fused?  just wonderful


Maria Elkins wrote
on 11 Jul 2009 6:57 AM

This quilt is 58" high by 42" wide. The mother and daughter are a bit larger that life-size. Yes, the entire quilt is fused, including the "pieced" quilt in the background. The only exception is the large circle in the background, which is stenciled on with transparent white paint. The smaller circles are fused silk organza.$__-->

Whidbey2 wrote
on 11 Jul 2009 9:52 AM

Thank you for the information.  I love the idea of fusing the traditional patches as background.  I personally couldn't have pieced it traditionally.  But I have no luck quilting through the fusing. I am afraid the I would have had to hand applique that background and that takes a lot of time.  i know those who do.  Silk organza  has become my favorite fabric.  It paints like a dream with inks.

Thank you for sharing your amazing work.


on 11 Jul 2009 4:50 PM

A very well done quilt! Beautiful and full of emotion!

Phoenix4426 wrote
on 12 Jul 2009 3:58 AM

What a lovely quilt !  It makes me feel quite emotional - what a great mum, and you can obviously communicate that emotion through your work.