"First Class At 55 " ©2002
Art Quilt by Studio Artist Dottie Gantt

"First Class At 55" copyright 2002 - Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Size 18" w X 22" h

Artist Comment/Statement:  In 2001 the PAQA (Professional Art Quilt Alliance) members challenged each other to create a small art quilt representing a postage stamp.  There was a size restriction and a template provided for the perforated edge of the piece, other than that you could make anything you wanted.

At the time of the challenge, I had purchased a book about the artist Gustav Klimt.  I was inspired by Klimt's "Tree of Life" painting to represent a celebration of my age 55, and a reminder to myself that I should always do my best (First Class).  Because I believe that if you do your best, then you never have to second-guess yourself or look back with regret.

Techniques:  All of the applique's were raw-edged fused to the yellow background.  Fabric flat piping was added to the edge, and then the final border was added.  The whole top was layered and quilted.  The edge of the border was cut to match the challenge template, and serged.  A liquid sealant was added along the final border edge to prevent any raveling to the raw-edge of the border.

Fabrics used were commercial cottons, batiks, and hand-dyed cottons.  Batting used was a polyester batting.  Machine embroidery and quilting was done using metallic, rayon and monofilament nylon/invisible threads.  Fabric paint and alphabet rubber stamps were used for the lettering.

Detail view of "First Class At 55" copyright 2002 - Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Detail View

Detail view of "First Class At 55" copyright 2002 - Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Detail View

For another version of this tree design, please visit the Fiber Art Postcard "Deena's Tree" © 2006 - click on the photo or link

"Deena's Tree" copyright 2006 - Fiber Art Postcard by Dottie Gantt
"Deena's Tree" © 2006

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