“From Tragedy to Triumph” – 2002
This quilt was inspired after seeing the tattered flag from the New York World Trade Center during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Initial plans were to use pictures of victims of the September 11 attack on the starts. I felt it important that I become familiar with the people behind the names to help understand this tragedy in a personal way. After down-loading some pictures and biographies from the internet, I realized the stars would have to be very large to use pictures, and this quilt would be KING-SIZE! I then decided to use names and ages of victims instead.
I spent hours at a quilt retreat raveling the edges of strips of red fabric… my friends thought I was crazy! This was to give a somewhat tattered look. Strips were pieced end to end, and then gathering stitches were run, gathered, then sewn onto a white background.
The tattered edges of the quilt symbolize that although our country was torn emotionally on that day, we will stand together in triumph over this tragedy. The free-motion quilting (done on my DSM) in the white sections of the flag is an olive branch, symbolizing the world peace we all desire. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
TOMORROW’S TEASER: I jump a little deeper into the art quilt creek. Actually, I went several MILES (that’s a clue) down the creek (but I DID have a paddle!). HAHA!!
See you tomorrow… BE BLESSED TODAY!