Frayed textiles, thread embroidery, ribbon, machine pieced, machine quilted
This quilt was my therapy from having had breast cancer. There are pictures of the other women in my family line who either had or died of breast cancer – my sister, my aunt, my great-aunts. The central figure of frayed fabrics represents me falling off the world as I know it, toward the dark unknown (but known) of the same disease that my relatives knew. The ribbon is my hope of a new beginning, which is represented by a thread “painted” embroidered butterfly. There are hidden names quilted in the background.
What was surprising to me was that during the course of the execution of this quilt, it became lighter and brighter. When it was finished, I looked at it and saw the hope that I was trying to express.