4862 - Paned Memories

4862 - Paned Memories
Christine Turner
DuPont, WA    USA

Width: 9"   Length: 11.75"

Materials/Techniques: Black Kona cotton background, hand-dyed and other cotton scraps for the window panes. The Cathedral squares are machine sewn, then the bias sides are all hand sewn back to the window panes and around the outside edges.

Artist's Statement: My memories tend to be linked to textiles. I can remember look at a fat quarter and easily remember it was a gift my mother brought back from Amsterdam, or the piece of silk in a little Crazy quilt and remember when my husband brought it back from an Army trip to Thailand. The quilt my son took to college had pieces from friends and the extended family's wedding, graduation, baby and comfort quilts, so that he would know he wasn't alone even though he was going to be far away from home. Each quilt is like a secret story to me. The thought of losing all my stories terrifies me...
Christine Turner

Dedication: This little Cathedral Window quilt was made in memory of my grandparents, with lots memories of both stitched in. Grandpa loved whatever I made, and Grandma would have loved the feel of the finished quilt, while imagining the colors I'd try to describe to her. I still don't know how she knew when I was yawning in church, those Sundays when Grandpa was preaching. Though trapped in frail bodies, both "wandered" back home to the Maine woods near the end, and it sounded like Grandma could "see" again then. I miss them so much.

This quilt is displayed with Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt earned $100 for the AAQI.