"Twilight Garden Rain" 1998
Art Quilt by Studio Artist Dottie Gantt

"Twilight Garden Rain" copyright 1998 - Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Size 57" w X 65" h

Artist's Statement:
One stormy evening looking out of my studio window, I could see my flower garden clearly between the brilliant flashes of lightning and the diagonal sheeting of rain.  The surreal feeling of the twilight darkness - the rain - the lightning - and seeing  the beautiful flowers, were all happening at the same time.

The background was machine pieced and quilted with rayon, monofilament/nylon, and metallic thread embellishment.  The appliqued flowers were cut out from a Japanese Yukata fabric, fused in place, and then heavily free-motion machine embroidered with rayon thread.  Diagonal lines of light and then darker fabrics represented the storm's rain.  For the lighting effect, I couched by machine holographic knitting metallic thread.

Detail View of "Twilight Garden Rain" copyright 1998 - Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Detail View

Materials:  Fabrics used were Japanese Yukata cottons and other commercial cottons, primarily in different values of blues, grays, and blacks.  Rayon, cotton and monofilament/nylon threads were used for the machine quilting and machine embroidery.  Metallic holographic knitting yarn was couched down for the diagonal lightening.  Polyester batting was also used.

Photo of Dottie Gantt with art quilt "Twilight Garden Rain" copyright 1998, Aiken, SC

Photo above is of Dottie in front of her art quilt, "Twilight Garden Rain", when exhibited in the Aiken County Historical Museum. [Photo by CW Gantt]

Awards/Recognition:  "Twilight Garden Rain" has won multiple awards and recognition: 

>> First Place Award at the 1998 South Carolina State Fair, and the Quilters of South Carolina Judges Special Recognition Award in 1998.

>> "Twilight Garden Rain" was juried into the international 1999 World Quilt & Textile Competition shown in Greensboro, North Carolina & Lansing, Michigan. 

>> This art quilt also won the "Excellence In Machine Quilting" and the "Third Place in Art Quilts: Professional Category" at the Aiken County Historical Museum juried show "Our Future Is Our Past", Aiken, South Carolina [March 28-May 2, 2001].

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