Quilter in Distress: Shirley Malia
Rescuer: Nita Markos
"Winds of Time" • 40" x 20"
Shirley: "On a business trip to New Mexico years ago I squeezed in a quick sightseeing visit to the Petroglyphs National Monument Park. My unfinished quilt top it based on my pictures and memories of this trip. The top was started last year, many years after my visit to the park. I wanted to incorporate feelings of history, ambiguity, and sacredness. To me the site felt mysterious yet compelling. I believe the center of the piece is too dominate. I used muted colors to imply age but I do not sense age in the UFO as it is today. I believe there is a lack of mystery, history, and intensiveness."
Nita: "I was delighted with I first saw my UFO challenge. The colors were wonderful and the petroglyphs image fun. It reminded me of my trip out west. I manipulated the background until I was pleased with the resulting colors and composition and then quilted it in long gentle lines. In the meantime I began constructing ritual-like objects from my collection of doodads. I made a sketch of how I would quilt the original UFO. Then I layered, quilted, and bound it to appliqué onto the background. I began sewing the UFO and the doodads and beads to the background. I wanted a stick for a hanger but it would be too long for the required box so I bought a curtain rod which expands, wound jute around it and decorated the ends with feathers."