“Traditional Quilt Block”
13” x 17” (framed dimensions)
Growing up in the rural South as I did, handmade quilts were simply part of life. My grandmother would have quilting parties at her house and the local women would “visit” while they stitched by hand. She would fasten the quilt to be worked on in a wooden frame and suspend it from hooks in the ceiling. They would line their chairs up side-by-side and work on one section at a time. As a section was completed, it would be rolled up like a scroll so that a new section was on the edge of the frame. This continued until the entire thing was finished. The end result was a piece of functional art that had been made by the community. Life was so much simpler then.
Using that as my inspiration, I decided to make a quilt block (with a contemporary spin). This is a quilt block made of glass. There are two dozen pieces of glass that were cut by hand and then individually inked. For this particular pattern the white spaces between the colored squares would have been a solid color fabric but I preferred to leave them white for a very contemporary feel.
This piece was professionally finished with a simple black frame. It has two mats (top mat is white with black core, bottom mat is beige with black core) and reflection control glass.
This original piece is available and, as always, feedback is appreciated.