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Fertility Quilt

Fertility Quilt

18" x 18" ©2004

This quilt is my first real art quilt. It began at a FAN retreat held in Saskatoon. The workshop director, Judy Morningstar, told the participants to find an interesting shape, to repeat it many times and then to find a way to arrange it using a variety of possible techniques. I found the central shape in a piece of grill work in the hotel and imagined it to be Shakepeare’s Comedy. I rounded the nose to make it more useable, repeated the shape several times as instructed (I designed the shape to look like mushrooms which looked good using the autumn scraps I had brought) and then arranged them on a piece of complementary fabric (blue). Soon other participants started making comments about it being fetus’. They ended up in a circle and I thought this to be possible so I added a blue and a pink one to the mixture. Then I remembered that four days earlier, I had seen my daughter’s ultrasound of her baby, our first grandchild, and it had one arm uplifted and actually looked like this mushroom! So I added a metallic piece for the umbilical cord, some dark organdy for the placenta (a nurse in the group suggested that it needed a placenta) and the rest took shape with great joy!

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