"In Gina's Footsteps." 24" x 30" by Dana Jones, 2018
"In Gina's Footsteps" Goes on the Road
In 2018, inspired by "Flood of Colors," 68" x 88" by Gina Abayan of Caohagan Island, 200, I created a mini version of her quilt for the American Quilt Study Group’s 2018 Quilt Study of "200 Years of Solid Color Quilts, 1800 to 2000." Quilts juried into the exhibition were displayed at AQSG’s 39th annual seminar in Maryland in 2018. Following the seminar, 25 of the study quilts were selected to travel as a group to various venues for an exhibition beginning in 2019.
I was honored that my quilt was among those 25, and even more honored when it was selected for the cover the exhibition book. My quilt has been part of the traveling exhibition to the following sites:
April 1 - May 1, 2019
Ohio County Historical Society: Rising Sun, Indiana
May 27 - September1, 2019
Baldwin Reynolds House Museum, Meadville, Pennsylvania
October 5, 2019
MOKA Quilt Study Group Meeting, Shawnee, Oklahoma
October 15, 2019 - February 1, 2020
Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, Stillwater, Oklahoma
March 1 - May 31, 2020
Gilbert Historical Society, Gilbert, Arizona
October 1 - December 31, 2020
Quilters Hall of Fame, Marion, Indiana
April 1 - June 30, 2021
Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas
July 20 - September 15, 2021
Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, Virginia
October 1 - December 31, 2021
Fiber Arts Center of Eastern Shore, Denton, Maryland
"Bethlehem: Prayers for Unity" Exhibited
at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
In 2018, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum issued a call for quilts for an exhibition that would highlight reproduction fabrics from collections inspired by four quilts from the museum's permanent collection. Though I'd never worked with reproduction fabrics, I decided to give it a try and was thrilled when my quilt was accepted for the exhibition.
Working with the Star of Bethlehem fabric collection reminded me of walking along the wall in Bethlehem that separates Palestinians from jobs, family olive orchards, water supplies and their traditional lands. My design is divided into four parts tenuously connected with woven strips and hand stitching symbolic of the hopes and dreams that there will some day be peace and unity for all in Palestine and Israel — a peace and unity that honors all traditions, religions and cultures of the region. My design incorporates traditional blocks in a traditional medallion layout as a nod to the use of reproduction fabrics. And it looks forward in the design of the woven strips, a more modern touch.
The quilt is made of 100 percent commercial cotton fabric, most from Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Star of Bethlehem collection; fusing; nylon mesh; and nonwoven interfacing. Techniques include foundation piecing, hand stitching of strips, weaving of strips, mitered corners and fusing of the backing for the horizontal strips.
"Bethlehem: Prayers for Unity," 48" x 68", designed and pieced by Dana Jones, quilted by ZJ Humbach, 2018
"Proclaim Liberty for All," 72" x 84", designed, pieced and hand embroidered by Dana Jones and quilted by Rita Meyerhoff, 2020
"Whose Red Line?" 56" x 72", designed and pieced by Dana Jones and quilted by Rita Meyerhoff, August 2018
My Entries Into Colorado Quilting Council's Annual Quilt-a-Fair Quilt Show
"Proclaim Liberty for All," my entry into Colorado Quilting Council's 2020 Quilt-a-Fair Quilt Show, was inspired by the words of Leviticus 25:10 from the King James Version of the Bible that are engraved on the Liberty Bell: “…proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof…” Known as the Jubilee passage, this verse resonants deeply in the souls of enslaved, impoverished and excluded Peoples; is at the heart of Hebrew Scripture; and demands forgiveness of debt and a place at decision-making tables for all. It is a promise still elusive for too many inhabitants of the United States and too many people around the world. The log-cabin blocks represent all peoples’ desire for home; the piano-key border represents the many walls and fences that need to be torn down if all are to have liberty. The logs and piano keys ½’ wide. I foundation pieced the blocks and border and hand embroidered the inside border.
My design for "Whose Red Line?" was born when I was struck by newscasters' frequent use of the term "red line" without clear definition of its meaning. This quilt critiques how flexible such boundaries seemed to be as our nation dealt with long-held political norms being trampled constantly by the 45th president. I designed and foundation pieced the quilt, and Rita Meyerhoff long-arm quilted it. I began with straight lines, randomly placed horizontally and vertically. In conversation with Rita, I liked her suggestion that she do curved quilting to further vary the lines of the quilt.
Exhibitions of Caohagan Island Quilts
I curated or assisted in curating the following exhibitions of the quilts from Caohagan Island:
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, July 28-October 21, 2017.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California, April 21-July 9, 2017.
Gilpin County Winter Arts Festival, Gilpin County, Colorado, December 10, 2016, and December 12, 2015.
Colorado Quilting Council Quilt-a-Fair, Longmont, Colorado, September 25-26, 2015.
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, October 29-November 1, 2015.
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, July 10-October 13, 2015.
American Quilter's Society shows: Daytona Beach, Florida, March 1-4, 2017, and February 24-27, 2016; Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 10-13, 2014; DesMoines, Iowa, October 2-5, 2013; and Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 14-17, 2013.