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As I mentioned in an earlier post my good friend Fran came and took me to the Sacred Threads exhibition in Herndon, Va. It was a really wonderful exhibition of quilts from people of all faiths. There was one interesting quilt which had quotations from the scriptures of all the major faiths, all of which espoused the same philosophy – do unto other as you would have them do unto you – but in different words. The Islamic version was a saying of the Prophet Muhammad which was “He is not a Muslim who does not wish for his brother that which he wishes for himself”.

I now have permission from several of the wondeful fibre artists to show their quilts. So, without futher rambling from me, here they are.

The first one is Barbara Curiel’s beautiful Fall Madonna.

Barbara’s artist’s statement

I work a lot with images of the Madonna, and especially of the Virgin of Guadalupe. To me she is an image of holiness in the world. I have adapted her traditional clothing to reflect her presence in the beauty of the natural world. While in the traditional image Guadalupe stands on a crescent moon, in my adaptation, that moon is made of sunflowers. I have used a vintage napkin as the background of this piece to remind myself of the holiness in the everyday and in the domestic.

If you’d like to see more of Barbara’s work then please visit her blog here.

 The second quilt I’d like to show you is Jamie Fingal’s Spilling Over

Jamie’s artist’s statement

A vibrant orchestration of colors, shapes and texture. Like in life as we find ourselves overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings…they dance and spill over into a symphony of color.

You can see more of Jamie’s vibrant work on her blog here. Be warned Jamie’s a self-proclaimed “rebel quilter” and from the looks of this quilt I imagine that can become quite addictive.

The third quilt is Suzanne Mouton Riggio’s Garden Gate

Suzanne’s artist’s statement

After designing this peaceful garden and finding the right florals, I only undertook the couching of the gate (rattail) as hand work in medical settings. It took me 12 years. Spinal surgery and a long convalescence allowed me to complete the couching. Because I was now a paraplegic, I had to use my right hand to work the machine pedal and my left hand to guide the fabrics for the binding installation. In spite of using a zipper foot, I was unable at first to close the gap between the outermost rattail and the binding. Hooray for perseverance and seam ripping!

I don’t know about you but that inspiring story of perseverance coupled with her amazing creativity makes this quilt seem extra special. Unfortunately I don’t have a blog address for Suzanne so I can’t point you in the direction of any of her other work.

These are the first three quilts but wait! There’s more. In my next post I hope to be able to show you another two or three of these amazing quilts.

Sacred Threads

If you’d like to know more about Sacred Threads and their biennial exhibition you can find all the details on their website here. Their next exhibition is in 2013 and so you’ve got plenty of time to enter your own quilt. Do let me know if you do.

Stay tuned for more lovely quilts…

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