Do you ever remember having a turning point when all your preconceived notions are put aside and a new door opened? When I started to quilt it in 2002 it was a chance to learn some of the new techniques had been introduced since my first quilting attempt in the mid 1970's. It was also to have an opportunity to meet other creative women from our community. I filled my stash with traditional fabrics and colors and set about learning as much as I could. It was a year later when I saw "New Dawn" by Caryl Bryer Fallert (both quilt and artist are pictured above) that everything changed. It was like being released from a box and my imagination started to go wild. I suddenly had a need for vibrant color (I always did, I may have just repressed it for a while). My stash took on a new life as I refined my dyeing skills to include quilting fabrics. I love the highly saturated colors. I dye lighter colors with my mom in mind. She prefers a pallet full of pastels.
This year in Paducah I had a chance to meet the woman that inspired me and see her quilts up close. Every single quilt is a work of art from the design to the fabric selection.
The last quilt pictured is called "On the Wings of a Dream". It is simply stunning! To view more of Caryl's work please visit her site Bryerpatch.com
All photos published with permission from the artist.