547 - Grandmother’s Attic

547 - Grandmother’s Attic
Vicki Shetter
New London, WI   USA

Width: 9"   Length: 12"

Materials/Techniques: Ribbon work and photo transfer

Artist's Statement: Big, floppy hats, dresses from another time, porcelain dolls and wicker carriages, big little books take me back to the hours I spent as a child playing in my Grandmother’s attic. Oh the wonders!

I was a big city girl and it was always a special treat to visit her in the small Iowa town. What freedom, to be able to walk to the soda shop or the library by myself was such a special treat. I remember her as a very “proper” lady, but always ready with a smile and a hug. When I was in grade school she was diagnosed with “Hardening of the Arteries” or “Arteriosclerosis”. Today they call it by another name “Alzheimer’s.” She was only in her early 60s.

Using my love of quilting and photo transfer techniques, I tried to replicate a page from and old photo album, using ribbons, pieces of old lace and vintage buttons that I have collected over the years. The sepia tones of the photo suggested the color palette.

Looking at the photos I saw a familiar face, yet different. This was a person full of life looking forward to the adventures ahead of her. It brought back warm memories of the woman I knew.
Vicki Shetter

This quilt is displayed with a hanging ring.

This quilt earned $120.00 for Alzheimer's research.