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Fallen Petal Quilt

Inspired by block A-7 of the renown Civil War quilt by Jane A. Stickle, I enlarged the block, iterated it four times in a grid, and added a drop shadow. Next, I incorporated a “fallen petal” concept into the design, symbolizing a petal falling from a flower passed its prime. This theme harkens back to still life paintings of the past which depict skulls, hourglasses, and flowers dropping their petals, prompting us to ponder life’s ephemeral nature. My mom’s current battle with cancer reminds me daily of life’s fragility and that I’m edging closer to the veil myself. Fallen Petal was published in the July 2017 issue of Klude Magasinet and in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. This quilt showed in the Modern Traditionalism category at QuiltCon 2017 and at the 2016 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Made and Quilted by Karen Lee
62” x 62”
May 2016 – June 2016

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