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Fern Rising

2014 • 200 x 230 cm

Theme at MQS 2014: Up, up and away!

“Fern Rising” is a tribute to the strength and energy it takes to rise upfrom the shadows; up to meet the renewing rays of the sun. The leaves were painted on the prepared swirls – using freezer paper for applique. the shadows were then applied to each appliqué. I used the same technique for the silk bubbles.

You can see through the application of gauze, small flecks of colored foils and other fabrics that have been applied to the pieced background consisting of 1 1/2″ squares of hand dyed Dupioni silk. More than 27,000 Swarovski crystals represent the elusive fern flower.


MQS 2014: Best of Show
HMQS: 2014: 1.Platz Art/Innovative
NQA Columbus 2014: 1. Platz Art/Innovative + Trophy for Color
Milwaukee Quiltshow 2014: Best of Show + 1. Platz Art/Division Winner
IQA Houston 2014: 3.Platz Embellishments
Quilt Odyssee 2014: 1.Platz
Shipshewana Quiltfestival 2014: Best Machine Quilted
Minnesota Quiltshow 2015: 1.Platz Mixed
Pacific International Quilt Festival 2015: Best of Show
Northwest Quilting Expo 2015: 1.Platz
AQS Grand Rapids 2015: Design Award
AQS Lancaster 2015: Best Color
AQS Paducah 2015: 3.Platz Big Wall Quilts/Longarm
AQS Daytona Beach 2016: Best of Show
AQS Phoenix 2016: 1. Platz Longarm quilted
Festival of Quilts Birmingham 2016: 2.Platz Contemporary Quilts