Retrospective of my Prairie Quiltsby Cathy Grafton on 08/01/13
Today and for the rest of August, 10 of my Prairie Quilts will be on display at the Pontiac Art Center, on the square in Pontiac, IL. These quilts are a selection of the Prairie Quilts I have been creating for over 20 years - all based in some way on the prairie and bits of Illinois farmland near my home.
I chose these quilts because they represent my development from using my own versions of traditional patterns and designs to the free-cut applique style that I developed to create the pictures of the prairie and landscapes. During this time I began to add silk ribbon embroidery to the quilts and eventually silk ribbon became an equal partner to the applique work. These quilts grew out of my love of the land and I am working on some smaller "portraits" of fence posts to add to this series.
The Pontiac Art Center is on the north side of the downtown square and open from 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and see the quilts if you are in the area.