Six area quilters share their work in the Steinhauer Trust Gallery during May and June.
The artists find inspiration in Wisconsin’s landscape of prairies, woodlands, farms, rivers, and lakes – scenes viewed on the land and even from the air. The quilts’ leaves, trees, flowers, and shrubs are “cut-outs” from their collections of printed and hand-dyed fabrics. These pieces are machine appliqued onto background fabrics. They enhance hues and colors with fabric paints, dyes, inks, markers, and pastels. The fabrics have a wide variety of light and dark to reflect the way nature plays with light and shadow across landscapes. They machine quilt using free motion stitching, a technique they feel allows for almost as much spontaneity as painting. Many of the quilts are inspired by personal photographs or a memory of a place visited. The group finds joy and inspiration in their time together spent designing, quilting, talking, and laughing.