Spring 2009 Virtual Quilt Festival

Amy is hosting a virtual Quilt Show this week. Here is my entry…sure to win Best of Show. (Just kidding, I’m really not that cocky! But since it’s a virtual world…a girl can dream, right?!) I chose this quilt as my entry into Amy’s “Festival” because it was my first true “art quilt” and I truly love how it turned out. The batiks blend together beautifully, I used alot of thread painting and quilting techniques I had not tried before and the overall product is, in my humble opinion, stunning. Here is it’s story:

My sweetie is a major fan of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy jazz musician from Belgium, who died in 1953. In addition to idolizing Django, he plays the guitar (a Martin that he refers to as “The Grail”) and the mandolin. I made him this art quilt for Christmas 2005. The name of the quilt is “Gypsy Django”.
The guitar in the quilt is created from the jazz guitar that Sweetie owned at the time, prior to purchasing The Grail and selling all other “inferior” guitars in his possession. The two mandolins are also his, the inlay one was his grandfather’s, and the “triangular” one he made himself.
This is the mandolin his grandfather owned and played, it’s beautiful, with a mother-of-pearl inlaid butterfly, and m-of-p inlay around the edges and on the neck. It’s a true work of art and is proudly displayed on the mantel.
We aren’t sure how old the mandolin is, or where it came from, but he has this photo of his grandfather (on the left) playing this very mandolin in the very early 20th Century:
The mandolin he made himself hangs on the bedroom wall when not in use.
I used a batik on the back and binding as well. This was my first foray into “creative” quilt labels. Now, go see Amy and enjoy the rest of the “show”! Oh! One more thing…go check out this birthday giveaway:


52 thoughts on “Spring 2009 Virtual Quilt Festival

  1. ….wow….great quilt! the batik fabric has certainly captured the feel of the instruments…and isn’t “grandfather’s” mandolin gorgeous….lovely history! I think the quilt will be as treasured as the instruments….btw love the term “the grail”….!

  2. What a wonderful quilt. Very unusual. It is so interesting to see what different people are coming up with for quilts. Such fun! You are very talented to create such a wonderful work of art.

  3. Wow!!! I love this quilt. My husband collect guitars and he has been asking me to make him a quilt with guitars on it. I’ve been waiting and waiting because I’m really afraid that I won’t be able to do it. Your quilt inspires me to maybe give it a try. Thanks!!!

  4. Best of show, indeed! The quilt is stunning, and the history and story behind it is just wonderful. What an heirloom. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Stunning quilt! Luscious colors. I’ve long struggled trying to capture the graceful lines of my own sweetie’s guitar in fabric-you’ve captured them beautifully. Your first art quilt? Wow…I’m impressed!

  6. Doris, your quilt is simply stunning! I wish I could see it in person. What a lovely and priceless gift!

    Both mandolins are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the quilt and it’s story.

  7. I have to show this spectacular quilt to my husband, also a devoted fan of Martin guitars. Great story, superb fabric choices — yes, you’re in the running for “best of show.”

  8. Amazing…my husband also plays guitar and made what he calls a dulcilyn, mando-dulcimer combination that he later turned into a octive mandolin. He too has sold “inferior” guitars to get better ones and in fact is sitting a few feet away making a guitar right now. I just showed him the wonderful photos of your work of art quilt. We are both very impressed. So glad I persisted in trying to see all the entries and got to see your!

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