this series of quilts, Carol designed a motif that is basically a quarter circle
with crossbars that look rather like Chinese chopsticks. By combining this motif
in various ways, she has come up with a whole series of quilts.
quilts are made of hand dyed cotton or sateen, and each piece is cut
individually and improvisationally, so that each motif will be an original.
Curved piecing is used extensively, and each quilt has it’s own
quilting design. Some quilting takes the form of a simple grid as a counterpoint
to all of the circular piecing, and sometimes a circular pattern of quilting is
used for effect.
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the motif is used as a whole circle, it suggests a Chinese gong in an oriental
using values in different ways, this series has evolved into the following
This was the first and smallest and the goal was to make it funky which
was achieved by the use of black and white, bright colors, and neon
Funky Motif Detail
Received Juror's Award
2. Sound Waves:
52" x 43.5"
This is a quilt about contrasts to make the motif stand out, and is
complimented by simple grid quilting to show the “sound waves”.
Quilt National 2001
56" x 67"
quilt is the latest in my “Chinese Gong” motif series. Each motif is
original, individually cut and pieced. A complete circle is formed once
the four motifs are joined giving the appearance of a Chinese gong
residing within an oriental setting. Striking the gong sets the
vibrations in motion from the lightest area echoing outward. While
utilizing progressively darkening fabrics, the free motion circular
quilting heightens the illusion of sound vibrations throughout the quilt.
close details of Vibrations
Acquired by the American Craft Museum in NYC for their permanent
59" x 63.5"
Thinking of the Chinese gong being struck, the artist shows
the reverberations by each of the six layers receding in size as the values grow
free motion circular quilting also recedes in size and value.
101" x 41.5"
The goal of the third in the series was to make one side as simple yet
elegant as possible, while creating a busy and energetic feeling on the other
a way to join the two sides was the challenge.
Carol has used value to allow the two sides to blend and fit together,
creating a way for the eye flow across the piece.
39" x 45"
In this quilt the artist has used partial motifs going off the page, and
an unusual color palette for her.
Moving Target Detail
38" x 44.5"
the syncopation idea, but with more gongs and partial gongs interspersed
with the crossbars. There are several areas of silence. This
quilt shows what we might hear on different frequencies as the gong echoes
across the miles.
Happy Days: 29 x 22 The bold colors combined with black
and white prints remind one of the 1960’s, old 45 rpm records, and
a juke box.
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