Painted quilts : stitching together two passions

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Zick, Meghan R.
Barnes, Hannah M.
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Thesis (M.A.)
Department of Art
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This project was inspired by my grandmother’s love of quilting. She passed away in 2001 and I have fond memories of sewing with her from a very young age. Quilting was her passion. Although I did make a few quilts with my grandmother when I was young, I did not get the opportunity to make quilts with her as an adult. With this project, I set out to marry my grandmother’s passion for quilting with my own passion for painting. This project gave me the opportunity to honor my grandmother by looking to her quilts for inspiration for my work. Creating these painted quilts has allowed me to look into the past for inspiration and discover a new appreciation for a traditional craft. I have gained knowledge in the history of quilting in America and how it developed into art. The work I created shows a commitment to learning traditional quilt block piecing techniques. Just as quilts were made in the past to preserve a person’s memory, I too have preserved the memory and legacy of my grandmother through creating these painted quilts.