We need water for life, but we also need water for the fun it adds. Bought a photo at a thrift store because of the perspective thinking it would be easy. Not so much! Changing the size really changed the proportions and I kept eliminating surf boards until it looked right to me. Otherwise this quilt would be 8 feet tall!
38" x 43"
Waterways drove settlement in every culture. The need for water for transportation and travel was vital. I was looking at some Japanese maps from the 1500s and loved the soft colors and graphics.
44" x 46"
Touring and staying in many hotels with "plastic" paneling gave Paul McCartney the idea for this song. The title had always made me think of secluded forest settings! I enjoy working on perspective and used my own wooded setting for examples.
40" x 46"
In the music industry, remixing is taking something established and making it in a new way. I looked at my "Norwegian Wood" quilt and remixed it in a much simpler method and in a nonrepresentational way. A mark of success was when a 10-year-old boy saw them side by side and said, "Those are really the same scene!"
26" x 32"
Paul McCartney says this is meant to represent the unattainable and calls it a sad song. Maybe you will not ever reach the door at the end of the road. I can relate to that feeling having been on many long road trips in the American West. Long vistas, open spaces with no homes or vehicles in sight, and the sense you will be driving forever!
33" x 38"
I love to work on perspective and envisioned a red barn with a black roof against a field of snow. This is my own design and I constructed it without using a ruler until I squared it up. All pieces were cut freehand by rotary cutter.
43" x 40"
My objective in a Jean Wells class was to work in an unfamiliar color group. I did but found myself using my favorite red as the background. I used an image Jean had for my inspiration and only on the third day did I ask what the image was - the inside of a basket!
43" x 37"
Our group challenge was red, and another member and I agreed to do something red in the style of Matisse. I picked bits of several paintings although the posture of the lady bears great resemblance to a personal photo circa 1970.
25" x 30"
Peter Pan inspired this quilt, which is one of my earliest original designs. The part that I found most challenging was to draw a pattern and of course the next most challenging part was putting it together!!!
28" x 48"
Bark by Cedric Pollett is a fantastic book and the author graciously granted me permission to use his images. This quilt originated in a Jean Wells class and all strips were free hand cut.
35" x 45"
I made the large sword fern frond for another project several years ago, but it just didn’t fit. It hung on my design wall until I got the idea to use it as part of this work for our tree retrospective.
35" x 42"
"Liam's Web" by Hedda Wright 41" x 42"
Liam's first grade art fair project compelled me to make this quilt. The irregular machine quilting and the big stitch represent his exuberant coloring.
Technique: Machine quilting.
"Golden Gate Bridge" by Hedda Wright 40" x 48"
A photo taken during a very happy Christmas vacation came to mind as soon as Mary Kay suggested this challenge.
Technique: Machine pieced, quilting.
"Desert Modern" by Hedda Wright, CarolAnne Olson and Dianne Kane 55" x 32"
The original image is courtesy of AMAN Resorts. The image was separated into 9 pieces with each of us completing 3 non-contiguous pieces.
Technique: Machine pieced, paper pieced, applique, machine quilting.
"Room for Rent with City View" by Hedda Wright 41"x28"
I found this image compelling because of the perspective and the mystery of an empty room. What story will begin with the next occupant? What can be seen from the windows?
Technique: Pieced and machine quilted.
"A City from Dreamland" by Hedda Wright 35"x35"
After thinking and working on the "Cities" theme for months, I wore from a dream about an ethereal city of pastel buildings. The challenge here was to find the pastel fabrics. Several are the backside of printed fabric.
Technique: Pieced and machine quilted.
"Super Moon: Manhattan 12.3.17" by Hedda Wright 38"x24"
An after-dark bus tour of Manhattan coincided with the night of the super Moon. The reflection of all the lights on the water was so brilliant that it seems unreal. But serendipity led me to a hand-dyed fabric in my stash that had all the color of my photo. It pays to buy beautiful fabric without having a plan for it.
Technique: Pieced, Hand ap
"Canberra, N.S.W. Australia 1937" by Hedda Wright 18"x 23"
I love maps and can't imagine taking a trip without one. In 1912, Australia held an international competition for a design for the new capital city of Canberra. This winning design looked so modern and geometric with the pops of color representing government building, parks, and waterways.
Technique: Pieced, fusible applique, hand stitchin
"The Sunflower Quilt" by Hedda Wright
79 x 74
Hand appliquéd by Hedda Wright
Hand quilted by Robin Anderson
I really like hand appliqué. There are 32 sunflowers and each one has 16 peaks and valleys. It sounds daunting, but this was a truly satisfying project. I treasure this quilt above all others.
After I finished the top I realized it deserved better quilting than I could muster. Robin Anderson di
"Off the Wall" by Hedda Wright
8 inch square wall tiles
Using a technique I learned from Jean Wells Keenan of Stitchin Post fame I adapted a Ruth McDowell Hollyhock design to make these wall tiles.
"All the Light" by Hedda Wright
36.5 x 35
I made this for a challenge posed by a small quilt group I belonged to. It was inspired by three blocks I made in a Rosalie Dace class that were supposed to use color to illustrate a mood. I started with the sunny yellow block in the top center.
This was fun to work on. No rulers so things just evolved. It is hand quilted with a big stitch. I love doing a bi
"All the Light II" by Hedda Wright
29 x 44
I made this quilt as a challenge to myself. I was working on a quilt that had hundreds of small pieces and I was really happy with the design but wondered if I could evoke the same mood with fewer pieces. The colorways for the two quilts are very different, but I think they convey the theme equally well. This version might be my favorite because of the deep
"Self Portrait" by Hedda Wright
49 x 62
Center design is original artwork. Border blocks are "Flower Power" by MaryLou Weidman.