photo by jim evans


Detail from the Southern Beauty

Southern Beauty was made for the Lakeview Quilter’s Guild Mayfest 2006 Quilt Show. It's an interpretation of the show theme, “Life's a Trip.” Based on the traditional "New York Beauty" block and sashing, this beautiful and extremely challenging quilt has been brought to Texas and converted to a "Southern Beauty."

The quilt measures 71" x 92” and incorporates machine piecing and machine quilting. The design was drafted by Sue Garman, based on an antique quilt made by a 17-year old in Pennsylvania in 1874. The quilt adopts the colors used in the original old quilt, with a variety of reproduction black prints set amidst white and off-white shirtings, along with a mix of other colorful, scrappy pieces. The quilt contains 2,965 pieces. The quilt was pieced by Cynthia Clark, Jean Cloyd, Jerryann Corbin, Pat Cotter, Jerrianne Evans, Sue Garman, Denise Green, Elaine Haycraft, Sharon Meyer, Nancy Pocklington, and Georgann Wrinkle.

Sue Garman and Denise Green quilted the top on long arm machines. The quilt is stitched in the ditch along all seam lines, with a feathered design stitched in the open areas. The backing fabric is a black and white toile in keeping with the reproduction fabric used on the quilt top.

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