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MORNING MANDALA I

1994

43 1/2” diameter

 

After achieving escape velocity from the midwestern farm and community where I was raised, I began making my own quilts from start to finish in the strange world where there was no group to help with the quilting.

 

I began experimenting with color changes and all kinds of variations in traditional patterns.  Once, when I was quite ill, I had the first of a few dozen specific, brief, mandalic “visions” appearing first thing in the morning upon waking.  The quilts with “Morning” in the title are exact renderings of what I saw.

 

These quilts were my first attempts at piecing circles and they carry the quality of technical exercises, rather like scales and arpeggios to a musician.  I was skeptical about sewing in circles, then, but it seemed imperative to attempt to render these vivid matinal images in quilt form.

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