Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry, IQA 2002, Houston
Machine Quilting Award ~ NQA 2003, Columbus
Machine Quilting Award ~ Quilt Odyssey 2003, Gettysburg PA
HM ~ Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival 2003, Williamsburg
83" square, wool batt, silk thread, all original free-motion quilting designs---except for Jeanna Kimball's rabbit
Inspired by the gift of a "skinny quarter" of red toile de Jouy from a friend's trip to Paris, this traditional 4-block quilt adds three more large scale vintage style fabrics to make up the four stars. Original quilting designs based on antique Provence, Welsh, English, and American quilts.
The star blocks are separated with red ombre sashing and hundreds of varied red sawtooth borders to form a framework for the ornate quilting. Cornerstones were added made with chocolate sateen (also the binding) with broderie perse roses centered on each. These were then framed with sections of Jean Teal's Civil War stripe repro teal and brown fabric to form "corners" of the four stars.
The title reflects the formal quilting in a soft golden background or "field," inspired by the effortless flowing beauty, grace, and courage of Michele Kwan's glorious skating to the music of Sting after losing the 2002 Olympic gold medal.