Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
I told you in my last post that when I found the correct information about Carol Bryer Fallert’s quilt, that I would share it here. Here’s a link to the story of that quilt that galvanized the quilting community. Many folks thought (in 1989) that a completely machine constructed quilt wasn’t really a quilt. Hand quilting was something that the purists weren’t willing to relinquish. It seems funny today when machine quilting your own quilts and sending them to long-armers is generally accepted among most quilters. I will say that there are a few quilters I know who still feel that hand quilting is automatically better somehow than machine quilting.
Here’s a link to the information about the quilt that got the quilting community talking! Click here.
Wow!! Thank you for sharing Mary Ellen. This quilt is stunning. Please forgive my ignorance, but how is it I’ve never heard of this woman?? Her work is inspiring — I now feel like I’ve been missing out all these years!
Hi Robi, Why haven’t you heard of her? Here are a few theories: 1) you’re too young. Carol was in the “news” of quilting mostly around the time of that big award in Paducah (1989). (Were you even born yet (LOL))? 2) Carol is a working artist and doesn’t particularly market her work and patterns in the usual ways many of the big name quilters do. I haven’t seen anything about her work in a quilting magazine in a long time, nor does she have herself out there at the on-line resources. 3) The style she is most known for is way out of the box for most quilters. Definitely would not be called traditional, although she credits traditional patterns for some of her techniques and inspiration. BTW did you note in the first blog entry about Carol how our guild helped her start her quilting journey?
I enjoyed this information too. Thanks for posting it.