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Be Joyful – Wendell Berry Quilt

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I lost my mother when I was young; seeing her handwriting creates a bright line of connection to her. I turned my own handwriting into applique for a quote that I held in my heart when I decided to have children. This quilt is made with raw edge scraps from the mobiles that hung over my children’s cribs. Having my beautiful children was in part a way of showing my wild love for our planet, despite worries about global warming and political strife, and this is my advice to them.

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Above is my artist statement. Here is my quilter’s take. I was playing with construction methods. I used a glue stick to glue down the raw edge circles to pink squares and pieced them together. I then did a million hours of matchstick quilting. Yikes! I did the perle cotton and embroidery thread by putting that in the bobbin and sewing the quilt upside down. It’s easier than trying to run it through the top, because you don’t have to fiddle with tension.

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I then appliqued the letters to the top, and sewed the edges down with free motion quilting.

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It is a stiff, heavy quilt, with the glue and layers of applique and quilting. It is made to be a wall hanging, so I am ok with that! I am entering it into a few quilt shows. I think it might be a little bit too weird, but I had a lot of fun making it.
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