Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Women's Studies Quilt Show: Quilter Tracy Craven

As a military wife, mother, and professional in the finance industry, Tracy Craven began quilting as a form of stress therapy; now, it's her joy and passion. For this year's quilt show, she donated ten quilts to be auctioned off for the Women's Studies Scholarship Fund and showed several more. The range and style of her work is truly remarkable - she is an expert in her craft.

Saw Tooth Cats:

Wall hanging; created from fabrics scraps taken from Tracy's first Dear Jane quilt. 


This quilt was pieced together in her and her husband's hotel room while waiting for permanent housing outside of the base in Stuttgart, Germany. 


Appliquéd; created while she and her family were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

Common Bride:

The inspiration for this quilt developed when a fellow quilter slipped Tracy a few advanced copies of designer Edyta Sitar's quilting patterns; the quilt took nine months to piece and 17-yards of fabric. 

Pineapple Askew:

In 2005, Tracy said that the Creative Quilters Guild presented its members with an ugly multicolored fabric which needed to be incorporated into the blocks (yellow) and in single loop chains (red and blue) - the idea was to transform something unattractive into something beautiful. Uninspired by the project and tucking the partially finished quilt away for several years, she finally finished it in 2012.

Just Takes 2:

Combination pieced and appliquéd blocks; Inspired from the American Folk Art Museum's Infinite Variety: Three Hundred Years of Red & White Quilts exhibit in New York City.

Dear Jane:

Inspired by Jane Stickle's original Civil War quilt (created from 5602 individual pieces), Tracy's quilt is constructed from 169 pieces and appliquéd blocks, 52 boarder triangles, and four corner kites. Often used as a "learning quilt", the ambitious needle artist who can complete all 225 unique blocks comprising of Dear Jane is said to be able to finish any other quilt style with ease.

It has been my pleasure to share with you the diversity, skill, and artistic accomplishments of my fellow Ohio needlewomen. I'm already looking forward to next year, which promises an even bigger show and more wonderful talent! 

Blessings and happy sewing!

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