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Kiwi Kwilt

Kiwi Kwilt

Begun in a 2007 workshop; completed 2009.

Materials: cotton—including one hand-dyed piece, scraps of silk, chiffon, vintage ribbon, lace, and trims, vintage buttons, bugle beads from an appliqué worn by my great grandmother

Techniques:  fusible appliqué, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement:

Kiwis--the fruit, that is, have appealed to me ever since I discovered them…The rather drab, hairy exterior  makes the inside all the more beautiful, as slicing yields the luscious green color with a burst of tiny black seeds.

This piece had its beginnings during a vacation in Rotorua, New Zealand, where I purchased two unusually big kiwi fruits.  I set them on the kitchenette sill at our motel, and photographed the vignette. I translated the resulting image into cloth during a QSDS class titled "Developing Personal Imagery in Art Quilts," taught by Judy Hooworth, as it conveys my passion for bowl shapes and other vessels…as well as my excitement for the sweet fruit, the strange bird, the gorgeous landscapes throughout NZ, and the warmth and generosity of the Kiwi people. The title is a nod to the clever wordplay of quilter Ami Simms, who spelled her memory quilt of New Zealand this way...though quilt show exhibitors fixed  it (NOT!) to read Kiwi Quilt!  



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