Quilts by Charmaine Strong
December 9, 2002 through January 31, 2003
UNCA Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery
is more than fabric, batting and stitches.
It is a
wonderful creation of the soul, expressing our personal statements, our likes and dislikes, our feelings, thoughts and loves.
began quilting about fifteen years ago. My mother was a talented
seamstress and insisted that her three daughters begin sewing lessons at
age twelve. My older sister, an accomplished quilter, aroused my
interest in quilting when she sent me a small quilt as a gift. I started classes and was hooked.
nearly thirty years I pursued a fast-paced, stressful career as a social
worker, and I found that quilting offered a creative means to unwind and
relax. In addition to providing comfort to the soul, quilting
provided decorative items for my household, ones that could be passed on
to future generations. Despite long work hours, Iíve created many
quilts, learning and experimenting with each.
In the past few years
Iíve tried working with different fabrics, from slippery satins and
raveling velvets to loose-weave flannels.
sufficient quilts for my household, my goal is to move away from the
traditional toward more artsy quilts, with bold, dramatic colors."
experimenting with fabric textures over the past few years, I decided to
try flannel. It has become
very popular recently, and fabric stores abound with a vast variety of
prints and colors. Because
it has such a loose weave, it can be difficult to work with,
particularly if there are lots of pieces.
Each can stretch, meaning that the seams and pieces donít match
up correctly. Hand quilting
is more difficult due to the thickness.
Despite these difficulties, the end product has such a
softness and warmth. This
particular design has a star, within a star, within a star.
For me it evokes images of being in a log cabin in the wooded
Adirondacks, sitting with this warm, cozy quilt in front of a blazing
fire on a cold, snowy night."