In the summer of 2011, the community of McCarthy, Alaska gathered together on a rainy August day to make quilt blocks for a community quilt. When I make community quilts, more often than not, the community members involved do not know how to make a quilt block. I prep lots of sheets of fabric by placing a fusible, heat-activated adhesive to the backside of the fabric.
The community members then cut their images out of the fabric and adhere with heat the images to a background fabric. This method works really well as it allows the maximum number of individuals in a community to participate.
I asked each quilt block maker to make a block that represents him or her in the community. It could be something loved or something about themselves. I did not limit or control the size or topic of the quilt block.
Once the blocks are gathered, I begin moving them around into various compositions.
A braided river and a braided river.
It makes me very happy to say that this quilt, thanks in part to the Art Acquisition Fund and the Rasmuson Foundation, is now part of the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum’s permanent collection.
The McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum is located in an old railroad depot in downtown McCarthy.
On Memorial Day, Walt and I walked down the street from our cabin to the museum to hang the quilt.
If you go to McCarthy this summer, swing by the museum and take a look.
Doesn’t it look great with the sewing machines? You know I love sewing machines.
PS- I’m linking this post to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays where you can see what fiber artists from around the world have been doing this week.